TS808 vs Boss SD-1

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  1. peaveydriver

    peaveydriver Member

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    I've been shopping for an 808 and found some info claiming that the SD-1 is functionally the same, but much cheaper. School me?:huh
    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/msg/1108597094.html
    Boss SD-1 Distortion Overdrive Pedal Tube Screamer TS-808 - $35 (Chandler Az)

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    Boss SD-1 Distortion Overdrive Pedal. Works great! This pedal is just like a Tube screamer Has the famous JRC 4558 chip. Get the Tubescreamer sound for much less!


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    10-15-2006, 07:39 AM

    Very similar circuits, just some changed component values. One pedal can be modded to be the other.

    http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f252/bucky_guitar/Schematics/SD-1TS-808.jpg
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  2. Stormbringer

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    Both circuits are very similar and the SD-1 can be modded to sound like an 808 and way beyond.
     
  3. Tone_Terrific

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    SD-1 is thinner and buzzier with less mid boost in stock form.
    Try a Bad Monkey.
     
  4. stratballa

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    I am in denial. I refuse to believe that :(
     
  5. NetStar

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    With a couple of (very cheap) component changes, they are the same pedal.
     
  6. Melodic Dreamer

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    I like the SD-1 better.
     
  7. stinkfoot

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    The SD-1 and TS-808 have the same basic circuit, yes. The SD-1 is different in a couple of places, giving it more gain and a sharper, brighter sound. You can relatively easy mod the Boss into a makeshift 808, but it will always have more gain (unless you also replace the drive pot).
     
  8. peaveydriver

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    Ok, I appreciate the scoop.:AOK
     
  9. KBN

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    The SD-1 is one of my favorite pedals and so much fun to tinker with. I own two at the moment and have them modded a little differently. If we are talking about stock pedals, I would probably have to go with the tubescreamer though.
     
  10. zestystrat

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    I have a AM modded SD-1 Silver TS808 mod with the push/pull knob and it's blows away the TS's: both the AM & Keeley. Not sure why but it just does.

    The SD-1 was originally boss's answer to the TS (no doubt some one will correct me on that if the SD-1 came out 1st - but I'm pretty sure on this). One has symmetrical clipping the other has asymmetrical clipping, otherwise very close.

    The push pull mod gives you the option for both and I have to say I love the boss clipping.
     
  11. nnick

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    I like the SD-1 better. I have been using a stock SD-1 for about 19 years. I recently added a Keeley modded SD-1 which sounds killer also.
     
  12. jgyn

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    Blues? TS-808.
    Rock? SD-1.
     
  13. DanR

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    That's what I thought also, although I can't remember which was which.
     
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    The SD-1 is an extremely under appreciated pedal even in stock MIT form. If I had to sell off everything and start over again (and do so inexpensively), the SD-1 would be the first purchase I'd make right after a Blues Jr. I'd do this even though I have an Ibby TS-9 sitting somwhere in my crap closet growing some mojo. To me, it does the pushing an amp on the verge of breakup better than a stock TS-9 :rimshot. IMHO, it is more of a boost than a gain pedal.

    There, I said it. Let the flames begin.
     
  15. Waxhead

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    Ah Peaveydriver - which TS-808 tubescreamer are you talking about.

    There's lots of em made by Ibanez and Maxon and others. TS-808's, TS-9's, OD-9's blah blah blah - all tubescreamer clones sounding very similar.

    The best one's IMHO are the mod'ed Ibanez and Maxon TS's sold by Keeley and Analogman. Most stock Boss pedals are hissy tone suckers with poor quality buffers.
     
  16. ninjaaron

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    For classic TS sounds on the cheaps, Bad Monkey > SD-1
     
  17. ninjaaron

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    Or so the legend says.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    :agree
     
  19. zestystrat

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    From http://www.analogman.com/boss.htm goes without saying that Mike is talking about his mods but the info is still helpful on the clipping issue.

    The yellow SD-1 has the same basic design as a Tube screamer but with asymmetrical clipping. We can leave the clipping as-is (Boss style asymmetrical clipping) if you wish, but we normally change it to the Ibanez (symmetrical) style on my standard SD-1/808 mod. Ibanez told me that Roland (Boss) has a patent on asymmetrical clipping, which gives it a bit more volume, harmonics, and crunch. With Ibanez style clipping, it sounds similar to a TS-808, but still has a touch more edge and drive available. With Boss style, it gets yet a bit more volume, edge, and harmonics.
     
  20. Melodic Dreamer

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    I have the same pedal from Analogman and haven't used it in awhile. If anyone wants to try it.. I'm selling it for 75$ shipping and all.
    Unless someone has a buffer to trade.
     

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