BOSS Waza Craft

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  1. crossroadsnyc

    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Never tried, but I'm curious ... how do the Waza Craft boxes differ from the original / standard versions? What's your take on them?
     
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    Sapient Reformed Witchdoctor Silver Supporting Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    I have the WAZA delay and all I can say is that the delay time has been increased in custom (WAZA!) mode. I never actually compared the sound too much though.

    What's the difference though - I mean they look cool as hell and that's probably good enough reason to get a few anyway. Lol. (kinda)
     
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    dragonvalve Well-Known Member

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    Waza means art and technique in Japanese.

    These pedals are an entry to a boutique pedal market that Boss decided to step into building them in Japan.

    The prices are reflective of basic boutique pedals.

    All you can do is try them for yourself to really know if it will work for you.

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    Sustainium Well-Known Member

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    I’ve got four of them (SD1W, DM2W, CE2W and MT2W) and use them daily. I usually run them in the custom mode as it sounds better to me in most situations.
     
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    Biff Maloy Well-Known Member

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    I have the SD-1W. It is one of my favorites of all my overdrive pedals and I've not been that big a fan of Boss pedals over the years. I also run mine in custom mode. Nice thump on that setting.

    No regrets about the purchase.
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    I've been curious about them myself but cant find any to try.
     
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    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    Waza is the Boss subbrand indicating that the item is a new premium MIJ line

    Whether it has classic or updated features, I think you need to consult individual product descriptions???
     
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    Delete!! Well-Known Member

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    I have the tuner and the delay. I recently sold the chorus and replaced it with an Ibanez Mini Flanger (great pedal!). I love my Waza delay and tuner pedals, both are worth the money as far as I’m concerned.

    I liked the chorus for a while, but grew tired of what my ears perceived as a volume boost. It also didn’t play well with my Wampler compressor at times. If I need another chorus I will go back to the Ibanez mini chorus.
     
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    Sustainium Well-Known Member

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    They have both classic and updated features via a small toggle switch.
     
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    Kutt Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    The CE-2W is heavenly, versatile, and delicious.
     
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  11. crossroadsnyc

    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    So, take the SD-1 as an example ... what's different about the Waza vs the original? What would the Waza mode give me that the standard mode does not?
     
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    Got to be plenty of videos out there.
     
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    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, you have one, right? What's the difference?
     
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    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    So, I listened to some videos today on a few of them ... sounds to me, at least on video, as if it's just an EQ shift, whereas there is an increased bass / lower mid response (basically a bigger / fuller sound). Whenever there was a switch from the original to new version, I preferred the original. There are a few I haven't watched yet (like the Metal Zone), but from what I'm hearing so far, I prefer the standard versions. Haven't checked out the tuner either ... it looks cool, but I'll have to look into the details. I have two BOSS pedals on my board that I use regularly (SD-1 & RV-5), and I think I'll keep them as is.
     
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    I like Boss Waza ...
     
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    Are you going to buy one?
     
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    Ive got the Delay and absolutely love it.

    Couldn't tell you with a straight face if it was better or worse than the non Waza version.

    I'm toying with getting a Waza Blues Driver next.
     
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    Used SD-1.....$30. Couple of simple mods to make it "better....$10+time.
    "WazA" SD-1.....Over US$100, no?
     
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    Is there a noticeable difference in tone or performance to justify the higher price of the WAZAs?
     
  20. atarilovesyou

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    Lokk at it this way: you get a Japanese made analog pedal with all the original functionality plus a modernized custom mode. I have the SD1. The screw for the battery is metal, the paint is a bit more metallic, the knobs are a bit better looking and feel smoother. The sound is great. I bought mine on sale, which seems to happen every few years. If you want the original, it's up to you if it's worth the extra money. I wanted the originals, and when on sale, the price dofferemce was justified. You could also try used.

    Personally I love the Waza line and hope they keep it going. I still need to pick up an MT2 and Blues Driver. Not in a rush.
     

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