Shin-ei Companion FY-2

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The Shin-ei Companion FY-2 is a discontinued fuzz box which was made by the Shin-ei company in the 1970s in Japan. FY-2 pedals are considered a rarity, and can be occasionally found on eBay and Reverb.com.

Different versions were made, most used silicon transistors. These had a Tone switch added which lowered the volume. The sound from these was the so-called classic chainsaw buzz.

An earlier version - ultra rare- used Germanium Transistors. These did not have the tone circuit and therefore had a very loud output. The circuit lent itself to a natural gating making the unit rather quiet, even when playing the noise floor is quite low. The sound from these is very rich, fluid and thick. Creating classic fuzz/buzz and brass tones. The fuzz control when increased did not change the volume to much, this makes it good for a clean / fuzzy adjustment via the guitar volume output.

Sound

The FY-2 is well known for its raw, distinctive, gated fuzz. There are two knobs on the pedal:

  • "Volume" (controls overall level)
  • "Fuzz" (tone)

FY-2 Users

Notable musicians who have used the FY-2 include:

External links

  • A guide to the FY-2
  • Wikipedals's page for the FY-2, with audio sample
  • A Harmony-Central Page on the FY-2
  • Discofreq's Effects Database entry for the FY-2, with modern clones and variations
  • New Order interview- Melody Maker 1986


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