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Doz  
26 Jul 2007 18:35 | Quote
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Somebodies selling, I might by. Anyone got any experience with this distortion pedal... I hear it's good, and I just want something to mess around with really.

All help appreciated, of course... thanks.
bodom  
26 Jul 2007 20:40 | Quote
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I have one. I dont like it. What do you have now for pedals? If you dont have any then you will probaly like it. Also the amp you are running it to will make a differnce. Im really not a fan though. I find the sound very limited. I suggest going to a music store and try it before you buy it. If you like it then great. Just remeber to use gear that is as close to yours.
Afro_Raven  
27 Jul 2007 07:34 | Quote
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Ah well, the Boss DS 1 is often a source of debate amongst many guitarists. The problem is that the original Boss DS1s were made in Japan up until about 1992. However, manufacture was then moved to Taiwan (and still is) because labour is much cheaper. But, along with this cheaper labour also came cheaper components, which (most argue) produce a fairly tinny, artificial sound. If you find one of the original Japan ones, GET IT!!! They are incredibly rare - people don't want to sell them because they sound so much better than modern DS 1s. Having said that, you can get the Robert Keeley modded DS1, which is a modern day stock DS1 that has been modded to sound like the Japan DS1. This is the DS1 that I use and it does sound really good, but :-
A common error most people make when they first plug into a DS1 is that they use only the pedal to provide the distortion. WRONG!!! If you have a valve amp (TBH if its a solid state amp, you don't need a pedal) you should be running the pedal through the amp's overdrive channel, producing a much more natural and warm distortion, but with more punch. Anyway, you can check how old your friend's pedal is using this website - http://www.bossarea.com/serial/sndecoder.aspx

You put in the pedal's serial number and it tells you when it was made.
As Bodom said, the sound the pedal itself provides is fairly limited, but it's your amp that should be doing most of the talking anyway.

Hope this helps - take it easy,
Afro
Doz  
27 Jul 2007 10:01 | Quote
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Thanks for the advice.
ironman91313  
6 Aug 2008 10:50 | Quote
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I'd go for it.
brodyxhollow  
6 Aug 2008 10:53 | Quote
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It packs an okay distortion, but I agree, very limited. I'm going to get mine modded by Analogman soon though, so that should help with the low quality.
blackholesun  
6 Aug 2008 13:04 | Quote
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I've used one, didn't like it.
les_paul  
6 Aug 2008 16:55 | Quote
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This thread is over a year old. I don't think he is looking at the same pedal anymore.
EMB5490  
6 Aug 2008 17:14 | Quote
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lol woh it is lol
blackholesun  
6 Aug 2008 17:18 | Quote
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Wow, I thought it said 26th July 2008! I wondered why I didn't see Doz's original post. I had - but it was so long ago that I forgot about it!


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