TB-2W Tone Bender

TB-2W

BOSS and Sola Sound Unite to Reimagine the Iconic Tone Bender MK II

BOSS and Sola Sound have come together to introduce the TB-2W Tone Bender, an authentic sonic recreation of the iconic Tone Bender MK II fuzz pedal used by some of the greatest guitarists of all time. Heard on legions of classic tracks from the 1960s through today, the Tone Bender’s bold, rich voice and smooth sustain are forever embedded in the annals of rock and pop music history.

Using a “masterpiece” Tone Bender MK II (serial number 500) from Sola Sound’s archive as a benchmark reference, BOSS engineers have fully realized the pedal’s magical sound and expressive dynamic response through detailed Waza craftsmanship. Available in a limited production run, each TB-2W features rare germanium transistors carefully tested for optimum tone, a three-way voltage selector, selectable true/buffered bypass operation, and a refined circuit design for ultra-consistent performance from pedal to pedal.

Standard Features

  • Authentic sonic recreation of the legendary Tone Bender MK II fuzz from the 1960s
  • Three-way voltage selector for shaping the overall tone and response
  • Selectable true bypass or buffered bypass operation
  • Limited production run due to component availability
  • Available in Q2 2021—more details to come

The TB-2W Tone Bender Story

Among the iconic fuzz pedals in music history, the Tone Bender is one of the most revered and unique. Embraced by many of the world’s greatest guitarists, the sound of this pedal is woven into the fabric of some of the most influential music created over the last five-plus decades. Under the Sola Sound brand, Macari’s Musical Instruments in London produced numerous variations starting in the mid-1960s, and many consider the “MK II” version to be the ultimate Tone Bender voice.

When BOSS and Sola Sound first discussed collaborating on a Tone Bender MK II pedal in 2017, we realized there would be many technical challenges in achieving our goal. Foremost among them was sourcing the rare and vitally important germanium transistors at the heart of the circuit. Other problems included power supply considerations and resistance to environmental changes, which would be key to realizing both authentic Tone Bender sound and BOSS’s strict performance standards.

Working through one challenge after another, we were able to overcome them all with no compromise through dogged determination and careful attention to the finest details. While BOSS and Sola Sound have totally different histories, both companies have always strived to achieve the very best in tone. The TB-2W embodies our shared passions, bringing you Sola Sound’s famous rock voice coupled with BOSS’s committed craftsmanship and legendary spirit of innovation.

TB-2W
Nominal Input Level
-20 dBu
Input Impedance
1 M ohms (Buffered,Effect Off)
15 k ohms (Effect On)
Nominal Output Level
-20 dBu
Output Impedance
1 k ohms (Buffered)
15 k ohms (True Bypass,Effect On)
Recommended Load Impedance
10 k ohms or greater
Controls
Pedal switch
Battery switch
OUTPUT switch (BUF/THRU SW)
ATTACK knob
LEVEL knob
Indicator
CHECK indicator (Serves also as battery check indicator)
Connectors
INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
OUTPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
DC IN jack
Power Supply
Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61 or 6LF22)
AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)
Current Draw
60 mA
Expected battery life under continuous use
Alkaline: Approx. 4 hours
*These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
Accessories
Owner's manual
Leaflet ("USING THE UNIT SAFELY," "IMPORTANT NOTES," and "Information")
Tone Bender booklet
Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61 or 6LF22)
Options (sold separately)
AC adaptor: PSA series
Size and Weight
Width
73 mm
2-7/8 inches
Depth
129 mm
5-1/8 inches
Height
59 mm
2-3/8 inches
Weight (including battery)
430 g
1 lb
* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms
* The specifications are subject to change without notice.
History in the Making: the BOSS TB-2W Tone Bender

History in the Making: the BOSS TB-2W Tone Bender

The inside story of how UK pedal pioneers Sola Sound forged a collaboration with BOSS and wrote a new chapter in the history of fuzz.Read more…

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