Let us talk about the DS1

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by BBQLS1, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. BBQLS1

    BBQLS1 Member

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    I'm not a big pedal guy, but I just acquired a boss DS1. Classic 80s guitar in a box. Anyone have some good tips on using one? Settings?
     
  2. re-animator

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    keep the tone below 12 oclock... and the drive below 3 oclock. thats my only real suggestion... and make sure not to use single coils!
     
  3. HipKitty

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    Where's Carlos Cavazo when you need him?
     
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    Throw it out. Sorry.
     
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    That last comment didn't answer his question. I leave it at that.
     
  6. Stressfest

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    If its a classic 80's black label Jap model...its a keeper. I always kept the tone around 9 o'clock, vol at 1 o'clock and gaint to taste. :D

    Enjoy :AOK
     
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    Hey - worked for Neil Scholn for years...
     
  8. XKnight

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    If it's a new DS-1, I'd recommend getting it modded by Analogman or Keeley. It will sound even better that way.
     
  9. Scott Auld

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    Tone way down, max out the drive, put on the hair spray
     
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    It's a classic for sure. Don't mod it. They build it that way for a reason. Hair metal.

    Just keep the tone down past noon. If you take the drive/gain almost off and run through a DRRI etc of some sort of Victoria it just nails Keiths tone.


    brianf
     
  11. mule73

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    Mine's a newer one,dead stock and I love it.
     
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    owned/sold this pedal 3 times before i discovered the joys of mod's....bought the Keeley for lower gain marshall type rhythm...just recieved the analogman mod/with mid control for leads....the mid control is essential to help stand out in the mix.......mods make the difference....
     
  13. re-animator

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    i noticed that. its a bit scratchy though, but serviceable for "start me up" covers.
     
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    Melodic Dreamer Supporting Member

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    Plus, Joe Satriani & Steve Vai used them for years. Eric Johnson has even bragged on the little orange pedal.
    I could never get it to work in my rig, but thats just me. Many of great guitarist have relied on that pedal for years.
     
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    If you're going to mod it, I've heard good things about Brian's mods at Indyguitarist. Here's a demo comparing the stock version of the DS-1 with the two different mods that Brian does:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmARgeZPTN4

    After hearing this, I don't know how anyone could prefer the stock over the modded.
     
  17. Elektrik_SIxx

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    Don't forget Gary Moore and Mike Stern. At one point I think Landau and Henderson used it too.
     
  18. BBQLS1

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    Thanks guys! This is a good thread so far! Keep it coming!
     
  19. Birddog

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    I keep the tone around 10 o'clock and the distortion around 2 o'clock (sometimes 3) for a few of the songs we do. I don't use it often, but I like it especially for Ain't Talkin Bout Love, with a little Flanger on the side.

    Also good for ZZ top stuff at that setting.

    I do find that I have to run the volume "level" setting all the way up to match the volumes of my other drive pedals, however.
     
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    I've heard of Kurt Cobain using one too. It's a great pedal.
     

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