BOSS DS-1 Distortion Pedal - Sounds Crazy GOOD, is it just me!??

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  1. yamariv

    yamariv Senior Member

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    Ok, so I know the DS-1 is probably the best selling distortion pedal out there but how does it sound so good!?? I've been trying to use my amps distortion then compare to the DS-1 distortion and my amps don't stand up to it at all (with the exception of my Marshall of course). The BOSS always seems to sound fuller and clearer, maybe it's just the perfect distortion for me I guess!!??
     
  2. Les Paulverizer

    Les Paulverizer Senior Member

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    No it's not just you ,otherwise how could the DS-1 ever got to be so popular...?

    There are a lot of cork sniffers out there, and also here of course, always ready to ridicule this humble pedal (humble & dirty cheap too!) while praising the most obscure products, which more often than not also sport ridiculous names too, but let me tell you that the DS-1 is the one pedal that saved my life (both in the studio & in live situations) more than any other.
    I can understand how some folks might be put off this pedal at first as it does need to be used in a certain setting and also the amp needs to be set up in a certain way, but once you learn how to use it, than it can be really awesome!
    Into a clean amp sucks more than any other, but into a quality amp set to crunch, that's when it comes alive!
    I've had 3 so far. The 1st one was an 100% stock one, then a 2nd one which someone modded for me with a "Keeley-type" mod, then the 3rd current one which is a proper legit Keeley one.
    The thing I've noticed is that even though the Keeley is undoubtedly better, it's still very much a DS-1, apart from limiting the floor noise there isn't a massive difference between the stock one & the Keeley one, which speaks volumes (pun intended) about the original one.
    It's funny how most of the aforementioned cork sniffers might rave about Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Gary Moore etc. etc. and throw garbage on the DS-1 when those cats all used it as integral part of their sound, with Moore actually using a stock one!
    I've worked hard at it but the guitar pays my phone bills, in various ways, hence I don't have the luxury of waisting time & money on stuff that doesn't deliver, and let me say that whichever pedalboard I carry with me for any particular job, even though my DS-1 is on neither of them at the moment, I always carry it as a spare, just in case.
    And at times it even goes back to one of my pedalboards, and never fails to inspire me when I step on it!

    Enjoy it!
     
  3. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    Everyone has a different view, just as everyone's rig is different.
    I had a keeley modded one that is supposed to make it sound like the old MIJ one. For me I couldn't get a single good tone no matter where the dials were......but that more square wave distortion is not great for me with any of the pedals that do this......I despise fuzz tones too for the most part.

    So enjoy your pedal for what it gives you.
     
  4. Kris Ford

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    SAME goes for SD-1..it's a JMP Marshall's best friend!
     
  5. yamariv

    yamariv Senior Member

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    Very interesting to hear the different views gents! Of course no everyone will agree but most should agree that it's probably the best bang for your buck in the industry
     
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    I Break Things Senior Member

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    I have one. Just stock. I really like it. It's cheap, simple, and I can just turn a few knobs to get pretty much any sound I personally want.
     
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    Am I wrong to like my Metal Zone pedal?
     
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  8. yamariv

    yamariv Senior Member

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    Yup! DS1 or nothing! Haha, just kidding....
     
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    I wanted a distortion pedal so I bought a 40th Anniversary DS1, based on it's cheapness and reputation (and the cool, gold lettered black box.) I can't compare it to any others because it's my first.
     
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    Since, as I said before, the DS-1 (both Keeley & stock) is the pedal that got me out of some seriously sticky situations more than once & more than any other similar pedal, if I can bring something to this table, I can share my settings.
    AMP: I never push the "Gain" past 1 o'clock as after that all you get is just more compression, which only makes everything indistinct.
    DS-1: Tone at 11 o'clock, Gain at 1 or 2 o'clock at the most, Level at 1 o'clock.
    I know for a certainty that Steve Vai likes his DS-1 with the Gain maxed to the full but, as accomplished as he is, I find his sound too sizzling & fizzy and I much prefer a Bluesier, rounder & more "muscular" Tone; if anything, between the two I'd say closer to Satriani's than Steve's, with the exception of another "Steve", Steve Schneider (a.k.a Steve Stevens...!)
    Anyway, regardless of the model of the amp, I tend to stick to Marshall's and/or Vox's and with the Master Volume quite high up (which allows me that much needed headroom) and those settings, I can go on for hours with neither fuzz nor fizz, just pure balls & attitude!
     
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    I have liked the DS-1's I have owned. I keep the drive and tone at less than 12 o'clock.

    My bud has a Valve Junior and a DS-1 (both of which I picked out for him when he was shopping) and it is one of my favorite low volume setups. Whenever I go visit him, he has the gain on the DS-1 maxed. I dial it back and dial the tone back and he is always shocked at how good it sounds. Then he sits down and turns the gain back up to 10. :rofl: Fizzzzzzz...
     
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    ..into a Marshall type I'm guessing? I LOOOVE my SD-1 for that..(had a stock and a WAZA SD-1..kept the stock..)

    I should pick up a DS-1 again..for classic metal it sounds like a winner! I haven't had one since the 90's..and that was through a Bassman 10! I'll snag one on the cheap, and give it a shot!
     
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    A MIJ was my first effect pedal. Unlike all my other early gear I still have it.

    The DS-1 does its job well and I'm glad to have one, but there are better boxes out there.
     
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    I find I like mine better with a solid state amp.
     
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    Out of curiosity, what do you find better than the DS1 and why?
     
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    Awesome to hear some of peoples settings! I tend to keep my Gain at 3 o'clock for when I need as much distortion as possible but like to roll my volume back on the guitar to bring in the crunch when I need it. The Crunch the DS1 produces is porn to my ear if running through a totally clean chimey amp.
     
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    Haha, my second DS1 pedal is the anniversary one too! It was $5 more for the gold and black colors but I thought F#%@ It why not!??:dude:
     
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    I almost put one of those in my cart, as i had a GC gift card for my B-Day..but used it to put a mid 80's E Series Strat on layaway.

    I also saw an orange lettered on black version as well as the gold on black...:hmm:

    A stock one would do just fine with me!
     
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    But the black and gold is SOOOO much cooler!! :dude: haha Good call on buying the Strat!! Any pics handy?
     
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