Video: Boss DM-2 vs DM-2W Waza Craft Analog Delay

When Boss stopped manufacturing the DM-2 in 1984 after only three short years in production, delay-lovers mourned. With its MN3005 chip, which has since been discontinued, the DM-2 served up some of the warmest, creamiest bucket brigade delay of the ‘80s that analog enthusiasts still crave. Of course, you can still get a DM-2 if you have upwards of $400 to drop on a vintage pedal.

But now, BBD fans can rejoice: Boss' recently inaugurated Waza Craft series includes a special edition DM-2 dubbed the DM-2W. “Waza” is the Japanese term for “art and technique,” which describes the painstaking, boutique-like craftsmanship of this series perfectly. Along with special editions of the SD-1 and the BD-2, the Waza Craft series houses the beloved tone of the original pedals blended seamlessly with updated switchable modes that suit more modern styles.

Although the DM-2W has a different chip and some reworked circuitry, it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between the original and the new pedal. Similarity in both tone and aesthetics is what makes the DM-2W so effective at providing a more affordable alternative for those seeking the DM-2 delay sound.

The DM-2W has a few nifty improvements as well. A Standard/Custom switch allows you to toggle between Standard mode which offers the classic BBD sound of the DM-2, and Custom mode which achieves a larger, clearer delay that sounds a bit more modern. The plug-in for an expression pedal lets you affect the rate of delay for some super funky effects and its dry direct output can give you a great ping-pong effect.

Watch the video above to hear both the Waza Craft DM-2W and the original Boss DM-2 in action, and then click below to shop the pedals.

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