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Boss DS-1 with 'pedaldoc' tube driver mod

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:02 am
by blake375
Just a little post to say that I modded my DS-1 recently and it sounds awesome.

My usual setup is Goldstar going into TS-9 going into Blues Junior with the BJ set so it is breaking up and the TS-9 pushing it over the edge.

The modded DS-1 (when distortion level is set low) can be used exactly as the TS-9 in this set up and sounds remarkably like a TS-9, but is a bit more affordable.

The really fun bit is that with the pedal's distortion set high, you can run the modded DS-1 into a totally clean amp and get a sound which is remarkably similar to a TS-9 combined with an amp set to break up, and then some! Awesome tone.

I know there are a lot of home-brew mods for the DS-1, which are probably cheaper to do than buying a kit, but I'm not great with electronics and I thought a kit was a good lazy option. The mod was pretty easy to carry out too.

You also get to replace the original dull red LED with a bright blue LED. As all boutique pedal makers know, changing the colour of a pedal's LED to blue or green always improves the tone.

Re: Boss DS-1 with 'pedaldoc' tube driver mod

Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:18 am
by thepacifist
blake375 wrote:As all boutique pedal makers know, changing the colour of a pedal's LED to blue or green always improves the tone.
Just don't set out to buy one with that in mind. You could be rudely surprised !

and congrats on the mod....

Re: Boss DS-1 with 'pedaldoc' tube driver mod

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:46 pm
by ranjam
blake375 wrote:I know there are a lot of home-brew mods for the DS-1, which are probably cheaper to do than buying a kit, but I'm not great with electronics and I thought a kit was a good lazy option. The mod was pretty easy to carry out too.
You are changing a few resistors, and more likely a few capacitors. That's it. And if you think you're not great with electronics, it doesn't matter of you pulled the capacitors out of your pocket or bought a kit. You still have to solder and not !#$% it up, so you have to know a little. Savor the accomplishment.