The unique FB-2 Feedbacker/Booster packs a world of expressive, versatile boost into a single stompbox. Seamlessly morph from flat, clean boost that doesn’t spoil the nuance of the original tone to an amazing mid boost for high-gain solos, or dial...
The unique FB-2 Feedbacker/Booster packs a world of expressive, versatile boost into a single stompbox. Seamlessly morph from flat, clean boost that doesn’t spoil the nuance of the original tone to an amazing mid boost for high-gain solos, or dial up a bright and clear treble boost to lighten the tone. And that’s only half of the picture… the FB-2 can generate smooth and natural amp feedback as well. The FB-2’s versatile tone, simple operation, and low noise are made possible through BOSS’ latest technology and decades of know how.
There are two kinds of guitarists: those who prefer a transparent boost, and those who don't mind a little color in their signal. The Boss FB-2 seems to come up somewhere in the middle, oddly enough. It's nowhere near as clear as, say, the MXR MicroAmp--probably due to Roland's buffer--but at its mildest EQ setting, it's much more difficult to hear than you might expect.
The secret sauce here is the Tone knob, which allows the user to dial in anything from a flat (non-EQed) signal to a bold midrange hump, up to more extreme settings. And actually, with the Tone knob at 12 o'clock, the pedal can really fatten a guitar's sound and really help it cut through a mix. This is especially useful with single-coil guitars, like a Fender Strat, which can sound thin in the context of a live band.
This pedal has a few other neat tricks up its sleeve. Most obviously (since it's part of the unit's name), it can assist in the generation of feedback when the pedal is held down. It does this by raising the volume slightly, and the nature of the feedback generated varies depending on where you position the Feedback knob. In my experience, the noise floor and volume increase substantially the higher you set this value; however, that can be a desired effect in certain circumstances. The lower half of this dial can be used to summon nice, droning waves at fairly low volumes, making it extremely useful in small gig or practice settings.
Another nice aspect of the FB-2 is that, with the Boost and Character knobs set sufficiently high, the pedal begins to act more like an overdrive pedal. It has a more harsh character than, say, the SD-1 or a Tube Screamer, but it's not unpleasant--in fact, there are times when I find myself using the pedal specifically in this way, rather than engaging my super-smooth Fulldrive II MOSFET. I like the "clang"-y nature of the FB-2's driven tones; they're reminiscent of classic punk and post-punk records, to my ears.
In short, this is a cool pedal with a fair amount of sounds to be explored. Highly recommended.
The 'boost' part of this pedal is good, and the character knob is nice for lead breaks and solos. A bit of tweaking and you can actually use this as an overdrive as well. I don't care much for the feedback function however, it doesn't sound at all like natural feedback to my ear, and I found it a bit awkward to use in a live setting.
I know a local player who swears by his Sustaniac pickup with the volume knob that clicks into feedback on the "11" setting. All that is nice, but having the feedback effect at your feet allows your hands to remain free (to play notes). I find the FB-2's feedback effect is perfect for when you need a controlled feedback, for example if you just need it for the last couple beats of a phrase. Instead of running back to the amp and hoping to hit that sweat spot on stage you can rest assured knowing the FB-2 has you covered. Also, if you don't have a wah or heavy distortion going, the FB-2 gets you that feedback regardless. It's definitely useful and sounds good in a band mix. The boost is great, too. Whenever I am playing a small gig, or sitting in with some friends, or going direct into a cheap PA system, I use the boost to get nice lead volumes. Many times in these settings the FB-2 is the only pedal between my guitar and my amp (or DI box, PA head, etc). I am not a huge Boss player, but I love this pedal and recommend you try it before dismissing it. It's one of my best "secret weapons."
The FB-2 works great just for a little boost and volume to make you stand out during a solo or to beef up a particularly intense part of the song and, in the same vein, it works pretty well as an overdrive pedal. The thing that sets it apart and makes it a fun little toy in your kit is the eponymous feedback feature. Feedback can be hard to master and control, but even at low volumes the FB-2 does a pretty great job of emulating that feedback and putting it in your control.