Over the month of January we tweeted 100 BOSS Facts. Here they are!
1.The first ever BOSS Compact Pedal sold was the OD-1 in 1977!
2.The revolutionary double concentric 2-axis knob 1st appeared on the MT-2 in 1991
3.5 units of Limited Edition “Zakk Wylde” SD-1 Pedals were produced by Ishibashi Music in 2001
4.The OC-2 was originally labeled “Octaver”. The name changed in 1984 to “Octave” and later a darker colour was also introduced
5.The 1st effect made by Roland is the AS-1
6.In 2011, The BOSS Compact Series was awarded the 2011 Good Design/Long Life Design Award
7.The BOSS SG-1 has a slow gear effect that reproduces the effects of a violin bow playing
8.All BOSS Pedal Switches withstand the 1,000,000 repetition durability test!
9.BOSS was the first in the world to introduce digital delay, digital reverb, and pitch shifting in compact-pedal format!
10.The longest selling pedal was the DS-1 distortion which sold for 34 years and 7 months
11.The PW-2 had the shortest production span!
12.After December 1986 BOSS products were produced in Taiwan. Products made prior were made in Japan.
13.BOSS compact effects are actually hand-made
14.The PH-1 was the green light in BOSS’s original “Traffic Light Series”
15.BOSS Compact pedals measure 125mm long, 70mm wide, and 55mm high
16.The world’s 1st compact digital delay was the DD-2
17.The world’s 1st compact reverb was the RV-2
18.The B-100 Preamplifier was the first product released with the BOSS name in 1974
19.Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Mike Stern (to name a few) have all used the DS-1.
20.The BOSS VB-2 was sold from April 1982 until April 1986
21.The XT-2 Xtortion pedal was in production for only 1 year and 9 months
22.The FZ-3 only was only produced for 2 years
23.Dave Rosin of Hedley has a tattoo of a VB-2!
24.On March 13th, 1973, Roland Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi established the Music Electronics Group, or MEG Electronics, which later became BOSS
25.The TU-3, NS-2 and LS-2 can all act as power supplies for up to 7 other BOSS pedals using the PCS-20A
26.The name “BOSS” was chosen because founder Ikutaro Kakehashi wanted a name with leadership connotations.
27.The OD-1 Overdrive was sold from November 1977 to July 1985
28.The OD-2 TURBO Overdrive was on shelves from 1985 to 1994
29.BOSS BD-2 has been selling since March 1995!
30.The MT-2 Metal Zone has been in production for over 20 years!
31.Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck all use BOSS pedals
32.Dave Navarro’s first BOSS pedal was the TW-1
33.The BOSS DR-55 Dr. Rhythm was released in 1980
34.BOSS Pedals are tough! Find out why here:
35.The BOSS CE-1 & GE-10 appeared inside a Roland catalog in March 1977
36.Along with CE-1 and the GE-10, the KM-6 six-channel mixer was in the earliest lineup of BOSS Products
37.In the early days, mixers products like the KM-4 helped to establish the BOSS brand image
38.The DB-5 came out before the launch of the long lasting, compact CE-1, which marked the debut of the compact effects series.
39.The BF-1 also predated the compact series. Running off an AC adapter, it embodied the innovative thinking at BOSS
40.The DC-3 was originally labled “Digital Dimension” but was later changed to “Digital Space-D”
41.Classic chorus effects like the CE-5 Chorus Ensemble were originally produced with analog circuitry, but replaced with digital versions shortly thereafter with no relabelling.
42.The FZ-3 fuzz is made without integrated circuits, and can be modded fairly easily, just like some boutique effects
43.The Boss Doctor Rhythm DR-110 drum machine was the last drum machine out of Roland to use analog sound synthesis to generate the drum sounds.
44.The DSD-2 was sold from April 1985 to August 1986. http://bossarea.com/cat/1985/DSD2/Boss_DSD2_Ad.jpg
45.The TR-2 was designed to reproduce the true tremolo sounds of vintage amp like the original “British Spy movie” sound
46.The word’s first compact bass synthesizer was the SYB-3!
47.The BF-1 Flanger’s notorious effect made its lead engineer cry!
48.To celebrate selling 6 million units, BOSS put out a special limited edition gold DS-1!
49.Up until 1984 all Boss pedals (BBD circuit or not) had black labels http://bossarea.com/labels/labels.htm
50.John Frusciante used several BOSS Pedals in his ’01 “Californication” stage setup http://www.guitargeek.com/john-frusciante-red-hot-chili-peppers-2001-guitar-rig-and-gear-setup-diagram/
51.Boss introduced COSM (Composite Object Sound Modeling) into their AC-3 Acoustic Simulator pedal in 2006
52.David Gilmour of PINK FLOYD used the BOSS HM-2, MZ-2, CS-2, CE-2 and the DD-2
53.Carlos Santana uses the BOSS CE-2, CE-3, and DD-2
54.The LM-2B was a professional-spec model that used a version of the LM-2 that was refined for bass use.
55.The LS-2 has more jacks than any other model in the BOSS compact lineup. There is a total of six.
56.The CH-1 was the only BOSS compact effect released in 1989
57.Of all the effects in the luminous and varied BOSS lineup, the MT-2 has the highest gain and can produce the most intense distortion effect.
58.The CE-3 was the third generation BOSS chorus unit, and the first compact type witih stereo output
59.The DM-2 Delay was the first BOSS compact analog delay
60.The FRV-1 recreates the legendary sound of the 1963 Fender Reverb via COSM technology
61.The BF-2 has been a flagship flanger for BOSS, and has sold well since its release in 1980. The original color was bright pink.
62.The FBM-1 recreates the 1959 Fender Bassman Amp’s tone
63.The PH-1 was the first BOSS phase shifter, and it covered a wide 16sec to 100msec range
64.The SD-1 followed the OD-1 as the 2nd member of the BOSS Over Drive Lineup. The main difference between the 2 pedals was that the SD-1 had tone controls.
65.The GE-7 was an upgraded version of the GE-6 with 7 bands and level controls.
66.All BOSS compact pedals are have FET electronic switches which means no sound cut-offs or switching noises
67.The FDR-1 recreates the legendary tone of the 1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb guitar amp
68.The AW-3 was the world’s first compact pedal to produce the human-voice type wah sounds using a “humanizer” effect
69.The MZ-2 is a state-of-the-art device that adds doubling and chorus digital delay circuits to distortion to allow users to create multifaceted sounds almost like a multi-effect
70.When the Turbo mode is off, the OD-2 produces the same sound as the OD-1
71.The PW-10 V-Wah is the first programmable modeling wah pedal!
72.The BD-2 was released in ’95 in anticipation of a new blues boom
73.No BOSS Compact Pedal was released in 1992.
74.The RV-2 was the predecessor to the RV-3, and used a double-deck circuit board arrangement.
75.The RV-3 had more functions than the RV-2 and only needed one circuit board.
76.In his song “Maybe I’m Amazed”, Paul McCartney uses the FDR-1
77.The ODB-3 was the first BOSS over drive for bass use
78.The OD-1 was put on the market as a distortion-type effects processor, but a lot of guitarists, like Jeff Beck, were using it as a pre-amp type of booster
79.The album “Flexable” by Steve Vai inspired BOSS engineers to create the “Humanizer” effect.
80.To get the sound for “Back in Black” by AC/DC use the RV-5 and OS-2!
81.The BOSS SP-1 covers a frequency of 500Hz to 5kHz
82.GUNS N’ ROSES star Slash uses the DD-3 and the GE-7
83.The LS-2 enables centralized switching between solo and backup settings, or between amps
84.The FZ-3 was in production for 2 years
85.Never leave your BOSS thumbscrew at the middle position. The screw tip will remain sticking out, and it’ll wear and rip the rubber pad around the screw.
86.In 2012 no BOSS Compact Pedal was released
87.The PN-2 not only creates traditional tremolo by modulation amplitude, but also features a left-right stereo panning effect.
88.The DS-1 three knobs make way for practically every rock sound you’ve ever heard.
89.The RV-3 was developed during the same time as the PS-3 and uses the same DSP chip
90.The SD-2 has two over drive systems – crunch and lead – split over a dual-shaft pot
91.The original name for the DS-2 was “Red Zone”
92.The EH-2 is used a lot for recordings by professional musicians
93.The PQ-4 is the only “4″ that appears in the BOSS Compact Series lineup
94.The FZ-5 recreates its vintage fuzz through BOSS state-of-the-art COSM
95.The RV-5 Digital Reverb offers six of BOSS’ best reverbs in one stereo effects pedal
96.In 2001 BOSS introduced its twin pedal series
97.The GP-20, EQ-20 and RC-20 were the first twin pedals released by BOSS
98.BOSS introduces its newest pedal the BOSS MO-2 Multi Overtone Pedal!
99.BOSS releases its newest pedal the BOSS DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Pedal!
100.The BOSS TE-2 Tera Echo is the 100th BOSS Compact Pedal!!