“Waza wit’ You, Boss?” “Nuthin’, ‘cept These Premium Pedals”

Everyone has a boss pedal on their board. Nope, don’t try to send me some photo of your buddy who has only fancy boutique price munchers, or your other pal with naught but Behringer. They don’t exist. Everyone has a boss pedal, just like every recording studio has a Shure SM57 (even the studios that hate them). They’re indestructible, reasonably priced, and always sound good.

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But it looks like Boss want to get a little more fancy this year. And since a monocle and top hat don’t sit particularly well on a stompbox, the company is releasing retooled versions of a few of its more famous units. Enter the “Waza Craft.”

The literal meaning of the Japanese term “Waza” is very broad and not easily translated into English, but it loosely means “art and technique.” In Japan, Waza is very special—it symbolizes a level of excellence that is only achieved through years of dedication and commitment to one’s craft. BOSS carefully chose the Waza Craft name to capture the enthusiastic spirit of dedication that has gone into the development of these outstanding pedals. Each Waza Craft stomp proudly carries the Waza symbol to represent the artful wisdom and tech-savvy spirit that has always flowed within BOSS design and craftsmanship.

The DM-2W Delay will likely turn the most heads since it means Boss has an analog delay on store shelves again. It takes the circuit of the original, sought after DM-2 and adds the option of split wet/dry outputs from the DM-3, and also an expression pedal input if you want to go crazy with shifting your delay speed. I guess tap tempo would’ve been too much to hope for, but the route Boss took was the next-best option.

There’s also retooled versions of the Blues Driver, a personal favorite of mine, and the Super Overdrive. Both have mode select switches for original recipe or extra crispy the new Waza Craft “custom” voicing. The DM-2W has a similar switch that cleans up the tone and doubles the delay length. You can learn more about all 3 pedals at Boss’ website.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.