Shin-ei Companion FY-2
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 too much, this makes it good for a clean / fuzzy adjustment via the guitar volume output.
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)
Notable musicians who have used the FY-2 include:
- William Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain famously used the FY-2 and a Shin-ei Companion Fuzz/Wah extensively on their 1985 debut album, Psychocandy.
- Colin Greenwood of Radiohead can be heard on "Exit Music (For a Film)" from OK Computer and "Myxomatosis" from Hail to the Thief.
- Graham Coxon
- Dan Auerbach
- Stephen Morris of Joy Division and New Order
- Ross Knight of Cosmic Psychos
- Nick Tyler of Driveblind
- Adrian Lendon of Red Riding Quartet
- Andrew Wilson of Die! Die! Die!
- Mike Doskocil of Drunks With Guns
- Jon Wilson of Father One
- Christian Bland of The Black Angels
- Mick Destiny of The Demon Drink
- Ian Chestnutt of Percolator and Art Slug
- Lauren Andino of Sun Colony
- Kevin Bayly of The Dance Party
- 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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