Throughout the last month BOSS has been unleashing a variety of new products into the stratosphere which has included the new MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher Pedal, RV-500 Reverb Effects Pedal, MD-500 Modulation Effects Pedal & KTN-MINI Katana Mini Guitar Amp. However, today’s surprise announcement could be the most exciting of the lot, with the release of the Box-40 (Compact Pedal 40th Anniversary Box Set), DR-01S Rhythm Partner (Organic grooves for unplugged musicians) and WAZA AMP HEAD 75 Guitar Amplifier (The ultimate high-gain rock tone in a gig-ready 75-watt head). Let’s jump head first into the BOSS Box-40!
LIMITED EDITION REISSUES OF THE ORIGINAL THREE BOSS COMPACT PEDALS.
In celebration of four decades of compact pedal innovation and the support of millions of worldwide users, BOSS is pleased to offer the Compact Pedal 40th Anniversary Box Set. This special limited-edition commemorative package features one-time-only reissues of the OD-1 Overdrive, PH-1 Phaser, and SP-1 Spectrum, the original three BOSS compact pedal models. Only 1500 box sets will be produced, and each comes in a deluxe presentation box with the BOSS 40th Anniversary logo and a numbered message card.
Special Reissues of the Compact Models That Started It All.
In 1977, BOSS introduced the now-famous compact series with the OD-1 Overdrive, PH-1 Phaser, and SP-1 Spectrum. Often referred to by collectors as the “traffic light series” because of their red, yellow, and green colours, these three pedals launched an effects revolution that continues to this day. With over 15 million units sold and counting, the iconic BOSS compact design remains as vital as ever, and continues to influence music makers all over the world. Now, dedicated BOSS fans everywhere can enjoy the classic sounds that started it all with this one-of-a-kind, hand-wired reissue set, which comes accompanied by a special heartfelt message from BOSS President Yoshihiro Ikegami.
OD-1 Overdrive: Timeless Tone.
Forty years ago, the OD-1 introduced the now-familiar concept of the overdrive pedal to world. During its development, BOSS engineers were looking for a more natural sound than the typical fuzz units of the day. To this end, they used an asymmetric clipping circuit that produces lots of even-order harmonics. The resulting design produces a warm, pleasing tone that’s similar to the natural breakup of a cranked-up tube amp, but with its own unique character and response. Today, the original OD-1 lives on in a slightly enhanced and more versatile form as the SD-1 Super Overdrive, a pedal that’s been in continuous production since 1981.
With its expressive touch, subtle mid boost, and tight bass response, the OD-1 is well-loved by guitarists as a standalone pedal for all types of music styles, and as a front-end booster for amps and distortion stomps. The OD-1 reissue features a circuit with four op-amps, just like the earliest versions of the pedal. In addition, the diodes have been carefully selected to accurately reproduce the original OD-1 response characteristics.
PH-1 Phaser: Classic Four-Stage Modulation.
In 1977, phaser pedals had been around for a while, and there were a few popular competing models on the market. For the PH-1, BOSS engineers worked to create an improved design with better clarity and a deeper modulation range. In comparison to other four-stage phasers of the era, the PH-1 has a more natural and mild sound, with a richer low-end response. In addition, there’s a minimal level difference when the effect is turned on, thanks to its integrated output boost circuit.
For the PH-1 reissue, the FETs for the four phase-shifting circuits have been carefully matched to make the response characteristics exactly like the original pedal. Furthermore, each individual preset resistor has been meticulously tuned by hand, replicating the same process that went into building the original PH-1.
SP-1 Spectrum: The Rarest of All BOSS Pedals.
In the long history of BOSS compacts, the SP-1 stands out as one of the most unique pedals. Derived from an effect built into some early Roland guitar and bass amps, the SP-1 is basically a single-band parametric equalizer with a fixed level boost. The Spectrum knob allows you to sweep the center frequency from 500 Hz to 5 kHz, while the Balance knob adjusts the mix of the direct and effect sounds while keeping the overall level consistent.
When used with guitar, the SP-1 produces a sound similar to a wah pedal set at a fixed position, but with a more focused boost at the center frequency. However, the SP-1 was most often used by bassists, who found it to be a great tool for cutting through the mix on stage. In either application, the Balance knob is very useful for filling out the sound with a bit of direct tone as needed.
The SP-1 was produced in limited numbers until 1981. It’s probably the hardest vintage BOSS pedal to find on the used market, and commands the highest prices as a result. For the reissue, each individual preset resistor has been meticulously tuned by hand, ensuring fully accurate reproduction of the original SP-1 sound.
ORGANIC GROOVES FOR UNPLUGGED MUSICIANS.
Introducing the DR-01S Rhythm Partner, the world’s first virtual percussionist designed specifically for acoustic musicians. Unlike the rhythm machines used by electronic musicians and DJs, the DR-01S is packed with organic percussion sounds and simple, versatile grooves that tastefully complement the unplugged experience. It’s an ideal companion for acoustic guitar and vocals, and just as powerful with ukulele, violin, piano, and other types of acoustic instruments.
The friendly interface on the DR-01S makes it easy to cater beats and variations to suit any style, while the onboard speaker provides high-quality sound that blends perfectly with acoustic instruments. And with battery-powered operation, you can take your rhythm partner everywhere you go. Whether playing solo or with friends, the inspiring DR-01S brings a new level of enjoyment to all your acoustic music sessions.
The Perfect Rhythm Partner for Unplugged Music.
One of the great joys of acoustic music is that it’s simple and uncomplicated—you just grab your instrument and start playing. The DR-01S flows seamlessly with that relaxed unplugged vibe, offering a friendly panel interface, all-in-one design, and tasteful, understated grooves that enhance any acoustic music style without getting in the way. Via dedicated buttons, you can call up all sorts of beats and variations, layer up to seven instruments together to create your own unique rhythms, and save up to 50 favorites for later recall. Volume, tempo, and time signature can be adjusted with just a few touches, and it’s easy to add a count-in before the rhythm starts. You can even fade out grooves to create polished endings for your songs.
Expressive Percussion Instruments and Grooves.
The DR-01S takes full advantage of the acclaimed rhythm machine and sound development history of BOSS and its parent company Roland. A large variety of authentic acoustic percussion sounds are on board, including shakers, maracas, tambourines, congas, bongos, bells, cajon, and many more. There’s even a full drum kit with acoustic and electronic sounds, perfect for when you want to rock up your acoustic jams. Every instrument category includes lots of expressive grooves created by acoustic percussionists, giving you a wide range of organic backing for any unplugged style.
Impressive Sound in a Compact Design.
With its integrated audio system, the DR-01S produces warm, full sound that blends right in with the natural tones of your acoustic instruments. BOSS’s advanced approach combines an innovative cabinet design, custom speaker, and a high-efficiency amplifier to deliver impressive sound in a highly portable package. And when you want to take your rhythm partner to the stage, just connect the line out into your acoustic amp or PA system.
THE ULTIMATE HIGH-GAIN ROCK TONE IN A GIG-READY 75-WATT HEAD.
The BOSS Waza Amp Head 75 is a rugged 75-watt amp head born of the same innovative spirit used in pursuit of the ideal rock sound from the beginning of the rock era. Waza amps and companion cabinets are rooted in the long history of guitar amp development, and offer the original sound of the very first rock stack amp. In addition, consistent with the evolution of the ideal rock guitar sound, BOSS engineers have discovered their own interpretation called the “Waza Brown Sound.” While the Waza amp was born from the soul of historic innovation, it offers expressiveness ranging from vintage to Waza Brown, plus modern expandability and reliability. With the Waza amp series, BOSS breaks new ground in the amp market to realize the ultimate in rock guitar tone.
Inherited Historical Spirit Breeds the Ideal Rock Sound.
The Waza is BOSS expertise and passion, combined with the inherited spirit of historical master amp builders. Together, the two join to create the ideal rock sound. The very first stack amp is still the benchmark for rock amps, even now. Throughout history, master builders have worked to fine-tune this classic amp design to discover even more refined tones, and the famous ‘70s and ‘80s hard rock sound, often called the “brown sound,” was born in this pursuit. This highly sought-after sound offers many characteristics in perfect balance, including dynamics that respond to the player’s picking nuance, growling low end, powerful midrange, bite, smooth high-end presence, airiness, touch sensitivity, and more.
From the factory, the Waza Amp Head 75 includes two different amp characters selectable from the front panel, allowing you to completely re-voice the amp at will. The Internal setting delivers the authentic sound of the very first stack amp. Engaging the Amplifier A setting instantly switches to BOSS’s painstaking interpretation of the coveted brown sound. There’s an Amplifier B setting as well, which provides a third character that’s available by adding an optional Waza Tone Capsule. For each amp character, you have access to four channels—Clean, Crunch, Lead 1, and Lead 2—providing a wide range of serious rock tones, from vintage to modern and beyond.
Power Control and Other Modern Features.
No tube amp player can resist cranking up the volume to get a true feeling of how an amp performs at its peak. When the output section is really working, you get a richer overtone texture and a more dynamically responsive feel. Thanks to the Waza Amp Head 75’s built-in power control capability, you can enjoy this inspiring sound and feel at any volume, even bedroom levels. The Waza Amp Head 75 also includes many other modern features that complement its historical and innovative spirit.
Two EFX Loops with selectable parallel or series routing allow for advanced sound creativity in combination with stompboxes and rack effects. A line out with mic’d cabinet voicing is also available, allowing for direct connectivity to external mixers or recording devices. And with the Air Feel switch, you can to change the sound character of the mic voicing to taste. A special Cabinet Resonance switch on the amp magically changes the sound coloration of the connected cabinet. Additionally, an included foot controller lets you change channels and switch effects on/off, and there’s even a USB Rec Out jack for recording directly to a computer.
Dependable Durability for Creative Freedom.
While the Waza Amp Head 75 delivers ample power for any stage performance, it’s free from the common maintenance issues found in tube amps that are powerful enough for live gigs. The Waza architecture eliminates major drawbacks such as vibration damage, tube replacement, and other costly concerns, making the amp basically maintenance-free. And with Waza craftsmanship, you can count on BOSS’s proven history of extreme reliability and years of endurance in all sorts of professional situations. With its exceptional sound and modern design, the Waza Amp Head 75 eliminates stress for gigging pros, allowing them to completely concentrate on their creative inspiration while performing.