Shin-Ei's FY-2 Companion Fuzz was born in a time when the East and West shared a hunger for fuzz, and all the fuzz pedals were being made that are now considered modern classics. As for the Companion Fuzz, let's just say the original needed some work. Despite this, it still had its devotees—lots of them—just ask Wata of Boris. We offer, as humble tribute, the Sasori.
The Sasori—Japanese for scorpion—lives up to its name by delivering a punishing fuzz tone that checks all the boxes of a versatile fuzzbox, yet is still very much a Companion Fuzz at its core. The tremendous load of harmonics and bite that characterized the original still exist within the Sasori with none of the drawbacks.
Anyone who's played an original Companion Fuzz can tell you about them—the fuzz isn't louder than unity, even when all the way up, the Fuzz control is extremely subtle and the enclosure is just plain huge. Fear no more, we've worked overtime in our lab and we have crafted an antidote to these maladies.
Like any good fuzz, the Sasori excels at both chord and lead work, but with a venom-tipped buzzsaw-like edge that pierces through the densest layers of mix without sounding like an icepick. Looking for a harmonically rich, doomy fuzz that can sound like a synthy gated snarl on demand? Make way for the Sasori.
The volume drop of the original Companion Fuzz has been properly dealt with, and we've included a tone control to change the character of the grind from dark and moody to brash and untamed. Like the original, the Fuzz control mixes between two different flavors for maximum versatility. This is one Companion Fuzz you'll want to keep close.
- Fuzz: The original Companion had this control wired as a mix, but we’ve made sure it controls the actual fuzz amount, from barely there to tons of hair.
- Tone: Unlike traditional tone knobs, this one controls the mids. It starts at scooped and delivers a punishing dose of midrange.
- Vol: There’s enough volume on tap to put the sting on your amp’s front end.
- True Bypass: Yes
- Power: 9V DC
- Current Draw: 5mA
- Dimensions: 4.39" x 2.34" x 1.06" (112 x 60 x 27mm)