Boss quality controll - deteriorating ???

hamfist

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Am I the unluckiest man on the planet, or is Boss QC going down the pan ?

I've played the guitar for over 20 years, but only owned my first Boss pedal in the last year. I thought I should be safe as Boss's reliability record seems to be well known.

Anyway, my first purchase (brand new !) was a DD-6. That died after about a week. I took that back to the shop, thinking that it must be a one-off, and I used the refund value , plus a bit extra to get a DD-20. But now, 4 months down the line, the DD-20 has just died on me. :jo

It's not as if I'm hard on my pedals. They always stay velcroed into my flightcased pedalboard. And I only get out of the house about once a fortnight. I'm pretty gentle with my feet too. The DD-20 was powered with a dedicated Boss PSA power supply as well.

So am I seriously unlucky, or is Boss's QC really starting to slip recently ?
 

screamtone

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I've never had a Boss pedal die on me... including some of their recent pedals.
+1...

I've worn some Boss pedals out by using them 4-5 nights a week, every week for 4 or 5 years, but breaking one is unheard of in my neck of the woods. Even the ones I wore out still worked, just not as well. Sounds like bad luck to me.
 

hamfist

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I would doubt a power spike. The power in the UK seems pretty steady. Other people's Bosses seem to cope with all sorts of dodgy power so ..........Yup, looks like I am the unluckiest man on the planet. :puh
 
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Yeah, it's honestly probably you man. hahaha thats rough, but boss easily makes the most solid products in the pedal game. I've never had one die from normal use, I've messed one up using the wrong adapter but that was me.. not the pedal.
 
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bluesmann

That sounds kinda rare to me also. The only issues i've had was a few years back with a bad switch and that was easly replaced.

stress not! 5 year warrantee
 

IAE

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i would tend to agree boss QC has dropped as years ago boss were THE pedal to rely on.

i bought an RC2 and it died on me within 3 months,its in getting repaired now.
i hear the odd complaint about boss effects dying but i never heard this complaint in the 90's.
 

crosse79

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Never had a boss pedal die on me before..... tough luck man. Try one more tiem - after that go for a Nova Delay :)
 

mrmuzikhead

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Everything Boss /Roland I've ever had was bulletproof but my little microverb amp died an early death. No abuse, some components inside just disintegrated. Looked like it was due to moisture but the amp was never exposed to any moisture. Strange.........I miss it but won't buy another one.
 
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bluesmann

just a added 2 cents

Everything i've bought thats Boss has always performed to my expectation or higher. I have a personal practice amp a cube 30x that i use sitting next to my computer learning songs. It has a good lead tone i like to use and when i need a cleaner tone for stuff like "sultans of swing" i just back off the volume on my guitar a little. its a great little tool for personal practice. I also have a Br864 8 track digital recorder. Same thing great portable tool that sounds top notch! There's some really smart people at Boss!

Thank you Boss!
 

JeffreyC

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My Boss TU2 just recently went haywire on me. It flashes the cent lights like a christmas tree when powered up. It's just over a year old which means the parts are still under warranty, but the labor is not. It would cost about $50 + to send it in for repair - bummer, that's half the value of the pedal and I could probably get a used one for that.

Before this, I've had many boss pedals and not had any problems. My DD20 is still working fine after 2+ years of continued use as is my TR2 and old Super chorus from early 90's.
 

Joses

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hmm, i'd honestly say its tough luck. i've been using the same TU-2 for the last 5-6 years and its still ever faithful and reliable, and to my knowledge all of my friends using boss pedals almost never seem to complain about them dieing (in fact now that i think of it - never)
 
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bluesmann

in one mode the 11 LED's light up and move in one direction or the other. if thats what you were talking about with lights flashing your tuner not broken.
 

JeffreyC

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in one mode the 11 LED's light up and move in one direction or the other. if thats what you were talking about with lights flashing your tuner not broken.
Cool - thx. I'll check it out tonight and look over the manual too.
 






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