Call me crazy....

matacus

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...but I actually really like my stock Boss DS-1. I got one cheap and was going to mod it, but after messing with it I actually like it. Many have said it's too thin, too tinny, sounds like a buzz saw or swarm of bees. Yeah, it does if you run it through a clean amp. Run it through an already overdriven amp or stacked with an overdrive and that's where it shines.

Thoughts?
 

jordane93

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You are not crazy. The stock DS-1 is a great pedal. Keep the tone around 9 to 10 o clock and gain to taste and you have a very capable distortion pedal.
 

TheoDog

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I loved a MIJ DS1 I had. A little clearer than the recent ones. Sent it to Keeley for the SEM mod. Then sold it. I wanted it back the way it was.
 

tnipe

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I have a MIJ DS-1 and ca 2000 taiwan DS-1. The taiwan one is actually my favourite! Been thinking about giving a modded one a new try, didn't bond with the Analogman one. Wouldn't mind giving it another try though. I've been using the DS-1 mostly with gain all the way down or to about 9 o'clock, just because I like the color. Doesn't work as well with the Matchless amps I'm playing now though.
 

shinksma

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I like my stock DS-1. I think I got it in the 2000s, so it is probably not a MIJ (unless that store had lots of NOS!).

It works well for me straight into my HRDX if I play it that way, but also seems to work well with a TS-clone into the DS-1. I should try the DS-1 into a TS-clone...I have a Joyo Vintage OD and a Boss SD-1 - I wonder which will play better?
 

ArtDecade

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Only on TGP would someone tell you that you are crazy for liking one of the best selling pedals of all time.
 

TheoDog

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What's not crazy is how many players are going to agree with the premise.
When I was just learning guitar, my dad took me into some Burbon St. Clubs will staying in NOLA for Jazz Fest (late 80's/pre hurricane) and besides seeing the blind Brian Lee change a guitar string on the fly mid-song, the only thing I remember was seeing an orange DS1 with gain off and level maxed.
 

snow and steel

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A stock DS1 into a clean amp never impressed me. In fact they sound pretty lame.

A stock DS1 into a something lie a JCM 800 that is breaking up... oh dear lord it is a fantastic sound! in fact its a 'classic' sound that's almost impossible to replace!
 

I-IV-V

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I agree. I think a lot of people forget that Satriani and Vai, and many more for that matter, made a lot of money using the DS-1.
 

2HBStrat

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Full disclosure.....you asked us to call you crazy so I complied, but the truth is that I have an unmodded DS-1 on my pedalboard, too.
 






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