Guyatone TZ2 The Fuzz

Controls

  • Volume
    controls the output volume
  • Depth
    ...

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Guyatone

We all know there are plenty of digital multi-effect units out there, but how about an analog one that's so small it can fit in your shirt pocket? The TZ-2 Fuzz may appear simple at first glance, but once you plug it in you'll discover it's multiple uses.

A retro-style fuzz effect based on the vintage Univox Superfuzz, the concept behind the TZ-2 was to create distortion using methods other than waveform clipping. Unlike standard distortion and fuzz pedals, the TZ-2 produces a sawtooth waveform that yields a much ruder and cruder tone with a whopping low-end that makes it perfect for use with Bass as well as Guitar.

So where do we get off calling the TZ-2 a multi-effect? Well, its circuit contains a diode ring. Diode rings are used to add upper octave tones to an input signal (think Dan Armstrong Green Ringer or Tychobrahe Octavia). The TZ-2's upper octave tracks particularly well and is smoother and more subtle than most "boutique" octavia clones currently on the market. It even tracks well on Bass, creating a very unique, synth-like tone on upper register notes. In addition, playing double stops or chords through the TZ-2 will produce atonal, clangorous tones similar to a ring modulator, making it great for special effects and more unconventional applications.

The TZ-2 Fuzz: Distortion, Octavia, and Ring Modulator - Three great analog effects in one pint-sized powerhouse!

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Specifications

  • Input Impedance
    470K ohm
  • Output Impedance
    1k Ohm
  • Max Amplitude
    +30dB
  • Power Voltage
    DC9V (Battery) / DC9 V (AC Adaptor)
  • Current Consumption
    6 mA
  • Dimensions
    2.75" W x 3.875" L x 1.5" H
  • Weight (w/o battery)
    8.0 oz

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