NPD: Boss DS-1 Distortion

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  1. Clifdawg

    Clifdawg Well-Known Member

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    Confession: I've never owned, nor played, a Boss DS-1.

    That changes today.

    Pics coming, but, uh, you know what it looks like. Really, the main reason I bought it was to achieve a more smooth, balanced distortion for lead lines than the gritty crunch the Marshall's red channel provides. The OCD is an awesome low-gain drive, but it definitely has that soft-clipped, mid-boosted thing going on. The DS-1 is harder clipped, and has a scooped character. Together, the two mix really, really for a heavily saturated, but not necessarily heavy, tone. Fun times ahead. :thumb:
     
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    Clifdawg Well-Known Member

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    A classic, although I've never owned one either. Back in the 80's I had a whole board of Boss stuff, including the Heavy Metal which is apparently a sought after item now.

    These days my only Boss pedal is a DM-2W, a ripper little analog delay. I actually don't own any distortion or overdrive pedals, preferring to get that from the amp. For pedals I favour boosts to push amps harder and fuzzes for the square wave thing.

    Glad you're enjoying your new purchase!
     
  4. gypsyseven

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    Congrats, I believe it sounds killer with the OCD. Funny thing is, my very first pedal was a DS-1 and I sold it after 30 minutes and from then i hated it.
    Almost ten years later i bought one ( the 40th anniversary edition) again and I LOVE it!!!! Killer pedal, killer tone! I just had to learn how to use it right:)
     
  5. Chubbles

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    I modded mine...
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  6. PixMix

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    I have one that I haven't played in ages. But speaking of Boss, SD-1 is a must try low-gain overdrive. Same as DS-1, can be found used for $30-40, and has been going strong since late '70s.
     
  7. Beery Swine

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    I could never find any setting on the DS1 I liked that didn't dime the distortion. idk what it is. My boss OD-3 goes thru many different settings depending on what I feel like playing, the Black Magic ii sounds great with most gain settings, my old Metal Zone (which was stolen by someone from my brother's church, the rat bastard) sounded great in a whole lot of settings, even rock and rolly stuff, the silver Archer is loads of fun . . . . I just don't get the DS1 love. I tried it out again a couple days ago, and it's the same thing. It seems weird and weak and thin to me with the gain anywhere less than 3 o'clock, but then it sounds a little sorta kinda Marshally once you get it up there, but it sounds too . . . saw-like, I guess?
    It's just not for me. Doesn't or didn't Satch used to use it for most of his tones or something?
     

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