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Namm 2016 | Boss announce Waza Amplifier Head and Cabs

In the early 1960s, the evolution of the electric guitar and its components began influencing art. The sweet overdrive sound of what came to be known as the “sound of rock” was made possible by an impressive line of tube guitar amps. The evolution of these amps, reflecting the passion of master builders in search of an enhanced musical expression, gave birth to the legendary “brown sound.” This same passion is what inspired BOSS engineers in their pursuit of the ideal rock sound. While the basic circuit block designs of amps have not changed all that much, engineers over the years have painstakingly contributed to the evolution of the rock sound through many phases of inherited craftsmanship and tuning. Fast forward to today: the BOSS Waza Craftsmanship team, through their proven expertise, has given birth to the new BOSS Waza Amp. The BOSS Waza Amp has contributed to that evolutionary process through Waza Craftsmanship with the ideal brown sound for today’s passionate artists.

 

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The Wisdom of the Past Dictates the Future
The vintage Marshall JTM 45 amplifier circuitry was based on the popular 1959 Fender “Tweed” Bassman 5F6A circuit. Today, both are legendary amplifiers, each providing their own unique tone. As the first-generation amplifiers evolved, component and cosmetic changes often took place; therefore there are a few different variations of these early amplifiers. The Marshall amp had evolved to 100-watt amp heads such as the “Plexi.” The power tube is 6L6 for the Fender, but for the Marshall, four EL34s with a parallel push-pull design are used to meet the demand of musicians for more output. As a result, the EL34 sound has been established as the rock sound. Almost all stack amps have been tuned based on the basic circuitry of the early stack amp, including the new BOSS Waza Amp, which promises to carry on the legacy.

The Ideal Rock Sound Continues to Evolve
The representative hard rock sound of the ‘70s and ‘80s is known as the “brown sound.” What then, is the “Waza Brown Sound?” In developing the new Waza Amp, BOSS has been able to achieve the chewy sustain of the rich tube distortion, while at the same time achieving high clarity with a dynamic response to the picking nuances of the player. In addition, a chunky clean sound can be achieved just by turning down the guitar volume. The sustain of the lead sound is sweet, and the elastic rhythm sound has such high clarity that each note of a chord can be heard. The dynamic sound change reflected by a player’s picking emotion emphasizes the sound presence in a band ensemble. To produce the Waza Brown Sound, BOSS engineers devoted much time and effort in finding the perfect setting combinations, such as tweaking the AC power voltage and experimenting with various configurations while driving speaker and custom load boxes.

Persistent Ingenuity for Greater Expression
Through their circuitry tuning innovations and expertise, BOSS engineers have made specialized fine adjustments to achieve the ideal brown sound. Historically, there have been many masterpiece stack amps with complex overtone changes created by adding different distortions in each stage of serially connected multiple tubes. By adjusting the balance of each stage, the basic distortion is created. However, the basic sound is not expressive enough. Fine adjustments with the interaction of each stage of distortion and many other factors are very important. Not only that, by adjusting how much the interactive factors respond to a picking attack, and by controlling how the distortions of each stage vary as the sound sustains, a truly expressive sound can be created. Based on the accumulated expertise of BOSS regarding distortion and Roland with in Tube Logic, the “Waza Brown Sound” not only means the sound is “brown,” but that the expressiveness is also “brown.”

Devotion to the “Waza Musical Voice”
The speaker used with the early Marshall stack is often cited as the best-sounding speaker. Even though its power handling capacity is only 20 watts, we have learned through the process of developing the BOSS Waza Amp that its smooth high en­­­d and clarity is still attractive to many musicians. In testing numerous other speakers, BOSS has found that there is no other speaker more suitable for the brown sound than the landmark speaker of the early stack amp. However, the limitation of power-handling capacity posed a critical problem for BOSS engineers, especially for the 2 x 12” cabinet configuration. In their struggle for perfection, they found the sound pressure to be simply not enough. Due to the experience and innovation of the legendary BOSS R&D division, Waza Craftsmanship engineers were able to develop a speaker with the original ‘70s brown sound, yet with 80 watts of power-handling capacity. The Waza cabinet comes in two formats: 4 x 12” and 2 x 12”. The closed-back cabinet is carefully designed in combination with the new speaker to provide a strong presence in the ensemble, with a dense sound pressure and full-face resonance.

Meticulous Architecture Dedicated t­­­­o Precise Hardware Control
The power amp section is composed of a discrete solid-state amp. Two power transformers are also incorporated to stably achieve 150-watt output (more than the 100-watt output of conventional tube amp heads) while driving the typical 4 x 12” cabinet impedance of 16 ohms. The 150-watt capability provides very large headroom for a clean sound. This unmatched design makes the transformer section strongly resistant to heat. This was achieved through BOSS’ comprehensive and vigorous torture tests. In the Waza Amp, two transformer sections have been dedicated separately to the preamp and the power amp. This is specifically designed to produce a more vivid sound by precisely controlling the interaction between the preamp and the power amp. The transformer separation avoids an unintended link between the power amp and the preamp sections through the transformer section. As a result, noise is drastically reduced for an amp with this much output and the sound presence is greatly increased.

 

Amp Head

THE QUEST FOR VINTAGE SOUND BREEDS THE ULTIMATE HIGH-GAIN ROCK TONE

The BOSS Waza Amp Head is a rugged 150-watt amp born of the same innovative spirit used in pursuit of the ideal rock sound from the beginning of the rock era. The Waza Amp Head and companion cabinets are rooted in the long history of rock amp development and offer the original sound of the very first rock stack amp. In addition, consistent with the evolution of the ideal rock sound, the BOSS engineers have also discovered their own interpretation, which is called the “Waza Brown Sound.” While the Waza Amp Head was born in the spirit of historic innovation, it offers expressiveness ranging from vintage to Waza Brown with modern expandability and reliability. BOSS breaks new ground in the amp market to realize the ideal rock sound.

Features

  • Inherited spirit from historical masters to BOSS Waza craftsmanship evolved into a 150-watt amp head with the ideal rock sound for gigging
  • Amplifier selector knob for amp character variation: the legendary rock tone in the Internal position, the “Waza Brown Sound” in the Amplifier A position as a pre-installed Tone Capsule, and one more empty socket for the future expansion.
  • Four switchable channels (Clean, Crunch, Lead 1, and Lead 2) for each amplifier character
  • Composed of a 3U rack-mountable unit and a dedicated wooden head-cabinet
  • Reliable, maintenance-free 150-watt solid-state power amp designed with discrete circuitry
  • Four-way Power Control (1 W, 50 W, 100 W, Max) allows for sweet power tube distortion at any volume
  • Modern expandability for various situations with EFX loops, line out with Air Feel control function, foot controller, and more
  • 4 x 12” and 2 x 12” matching cabinets available, perfectly designed for maximum compatibility

 

Details

Inherited Historical Spirit Breeds the Ideal Rock Sound
The Waza is BOSS expertise and passion. It is combined with the inherited spirit from historical master 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 the amp to discover the ideal rock sound. The ‘70s and ‘80s hard rock sound, called the “brown sound,” was born in this pursuit. With dynamics responding to a musician’s picking nuance, and such factors as growling low end, powerful midrange, bite, presence in the high end, airiness, and touch sensitivity are all present in good balance in the brown sound. The Waza Amp has two types of amp characteristics: one delivers the classic sound of the very first stack amp, and the other has the ideal brown sound painstakingly tuned up with BOSS’ own interpretation. Each amp type has four channels—Clean, Crunch, Lead 1, and Lead 2—for adaptation of the tradition and innovation into the diversity of the modern rock scene.

Dependable Durability for Creative Freedom
While the Waza Amp has ample power for any stage performance, it is free from the maintenance issues found in tube amps which are powerful enough for live gigs. The Waza architecture eliminates major drawbacks such as vibration damage, tube replacement, and other costly maintenance concerns. As such, the Waza Amp is basically maintenance-free and designed with Waza craftsmanship, which has the essence of BOSS’ reliability and endurance proven in the history of professional use for decades. You can count on the trusted sturdiness and dependability of the Waza Amp. It eliminates stress for the professional gigging artist who needs to concentrate on their creative inspiration for live performances.

Vintage Inheritance Fused with Expandable Modernity
No tube amp player can really resist cranking up the volume to get a true feeling of how an amp performs at its peak. With the BOSS Waza Amp’s Power Control capability, you can get a richer overtone texture with a more dynamically responsive feel at any volume. The Waza amp features other functions that complement its historical innovative spirit with a modernistic expandability. Two EFX Loops with selectable parallel or series routing allow for advanced sound creativity in combination with stompboxes. A Line Out feature is also available which allows direct connectivity to external mixers or recording devices. In this way, you can get a powerful guitar amp sound just as if you were playing through the speakers. The Line Out Air Feel switch enables you to change the sound character of a mic setting. A special Cabinet Resonance switch on the Waza Amp magically changes the audibility of the sound coloration of the cabinet. Additionally, there is a foot controller that lets you change channels and switch effects on/off, as well as a USB Rec Out jack for recording directly to a computer.

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212 Cabinet

The BOSS Waza Amp Cabinet 212 is specially crafted for compatibility with the Waza Amp Head, and is a combination born of the same innovative spirit used in pursuit of the ideal rock sound from the beginning of the rock era. The Waza Amp Head and Cabinet 212 are rooted in the long history of amp development and offer the original sound of the very first rock stack amp. In addition, consistent with the evolution of the ideal rock sound, the BOSS engineers have also discovered their own interpretation, which is called the “Waza Brown Sound.” While the Waza Amp was born in the spirit of historic innovation, it offers expressiveness ranging from vintage to Waza Brown with modern expandability and reliability. BOSS breaks new ground in the amp market to realize the ideal rock sound.

 Features

  • Specially designed cabinet for maximum compatibility with the Waza Amp Head
  • Two custom-made 12-inch speakers, developed for the legendary early rock sound and high power-handling capacity
  • Selectable open/closed-back cabinet designed in combination with the custom-made speakers for a strong presence in the ensemble and full-face resonance
  • Cabinet impedance: 16 ohms

 

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Details
A speaker is an indispensable and critical component for guitar amplifiers that provides a “voice” for guitar playing to reach the world. The speaker used with the early stack amp is one of the most highly regarded speakers by top guitarists. In the process of developing the Waza Amp, BOSS engineers tested numerous speakers in combination with many components and configurations of amp circuitry, and found no other speaker that is suitable to bring the ideal rock sound to life. Its transparent high end and vivid clarity have attracted many artists and engineers involved in the Waza Amp project. However, the speaker has only 20 watts of power-handling capacity. In the quest of the perfect Waza Brown Sound, the sound pressure was insufficient for the BOSS engineers. With painstaking craftsmanship and accumulated expertise, BOSS gave birth to a speaker with the raw sound characteristics of the legendary rock speaker, yet with 80 watts of power-handling capacity. The cabinet is also specially designed to maximize the potential of the Waza Brown Sound with rich, full-face resonance and commanding sound presence.

 

412 Cab

The BOSS Waza Amp Cabinet 412 is specially crafted for compatibility with the Waza Amp Head, and is a combination born of the same innovative spirit used in pursuit of the ideal sound from the beginning of the rock era. The Waza Amp Head and Cabinet 412 are rooted in the long history of amp development and offer the original sound of the very first rock stack amp. In addition, consistent with the evolution of the ideal rock sound, the BOSS engineers have also discovered their own interpretation, which is called the “Waza Brown Sound.” While the Waza Amp was born in the spirit of historic innovation, it offers expressiveness ranging from vintage to Waza Brown with modern expandability and reliability. BOSS breaks new ground in the amp market to realize the ideal rock sound.

Features

  • Specially designed cabinet for maximum compatibility with the Waza Amp Head
  • Four custom-made 12-inch speakers with high power-handling capacity, developed for the legendary early rock sound
  • Closed-back cabinet designed in combination with the custom-made speakers for a strong presence in the ensemble and full-face resonance
  • Cabinet impedance: 8 ohms

 

 

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Details
A speaker is an indispensable and critical component for guitar amplifiers that provides a “voice” for guitar playing to reach the world. The speaker used with the early stack amp is one of the most highly regarded by top guitarists. In the process of developing the Waza Amp, BOSS engineers tested numerous speakers in combination with many components and configurations of amp circuitry, and found no other speaker that is suitable to bring the ideal rock sound to life. Its transparent high end and vivid clarity have attracted many artists and engineers involved in the Waza Amp project. However, the speaker has only 20 watts of power-handling capacity. In the quest of the perfect Waza Brown Sound, the sound pressure was insufficient for the BOSS engineers. With painstaking craftsmanship and accumulated expertise, BOSS gave birth to a speaker with the raw sound characteristics of the legendary rock speaker, yet with 80 watts of power-handling capacity. The cabinet is also specially designed to maximize the potential of the Waza Brown Sound with rich, full-face resonance and commanding sound presence.

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