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previous: Mark Hammer When asking for ratings of the sort... -- 12/24/1999 7:40 PM View Thread

Re: QWhat did you expect?

12/30/1999 12:31 AM
Jim S.
Re: QWhat did you expect?
Underneath the TS-808/TS-9 series of overdrives, I wou;d place the Boss DS-1 distortion pedal. I liked this one at first, but quickly found its sound to be bass-heavy, over-compressed, and one-dimensional. A lot of players seem to like this one, though. I suppose it could work OK as a semi-clean boost at miminum drive settings.  
Another popular Boss pedal, which I used to use a lot, is the BD-2 Blues Driver. I would place this in the "frustrating" category. It has a wide range of gain, and is reasonably dynamic, at least compared to most pedals. It has some nice sonic qualities, and works well with vintage type tube amps, such as blackface Fenders. But the think tends to be very bright and just a tad thin-sounding. Also, the notes just don't "jump out" they way I would like them to -- the tone seems a bit too reserved and slightly synthetic. I think Boss could have come out with a really great pedal if they had just put a little more work into it and made the EQ fatter and less "jangly".  
Right now my main overdrive pedal is a Stamps Drive-O-Matic. Also, I recently bought a Blackstone Mosfet Overdrive (no tone controls!) which shows some real promise. These are not holy grails, but I sure wish these products were available five years ago, when I was gigging more regularly!!

pHiLtHy Jim,If you think Bo... -- 12/30/1999 12:43 AM