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Buying a kit to modify my Boss Ds1

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by guitarman85, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. guitarman85

    guitarman85 NEW MEMBER!

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    Hi everybody,

    I would like to mod my Boss Ds1. I haven´t used the pedal for years as I don´t like the sound it produces so before selling it for peanuts in Ebay I have decided to try and mod it.

    Have any of you tried Pedaldoc´s mods? They seem to get very good reviews and the owner of the shop where I usually buy my stuff recommended them. The mods go for 22 bucks, so I think it could be worth trying. If any of you has a Pedaldoc modified pedal or has ever bought one of their mods...could you drop me a line and let me know what you think?

    I can solder but my electronics skill are quite limited. Are the mod kits well explained?

    Thanks a lot in advance for your answers.

    Paul
     
  2. manfesto

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    I wouldn't go with a mod kit, especially for the DS-1, which is probably one of the best documented pedals online - the parts in the kit are available everywhere else (Ratshack, Mouser, etc) for significantly cheaper.

    Mod kits sell because it saves people the trouble of hunting down all the parts they need, and because they come with guides. That's all well and good, but as I said, you'd be paying $22 for maybe $5-$10 dollars in parts, tops. As far as guides - there are plenty of them online for all the popular mods.

    Plus, the vast majority of parts in those kits aren't (IMHO, of course) necessary - the important mods you can hear happen by changing the clipping diodes and the tone stack, which are maybe a quarter of the parts in any given kit. The rest of the parts are replacing resistors and caps with identical-value pieces, but with tighter tolerances (as in, going from cheap resistors with a 5% tolerance to military-grade resistors with a 1% tolerance). It's nice, and can help a little bit, but really, those aren't the changes you're going to hear (unless you have the ears of a dog).

    If you browse through the Stomp Box forum, I started a topic on modding the Boss DS-1, and there was some good discussion there about it. Basically, any popular mod you can already find on the internet with a bit of searching, but the DS-1 is pretty simple, so why not do a bit of research and customize the pedal to exactly what you want?

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/stomp-box/122734-boss-ds-1-mods.html
     
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  3. bottleneckman

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    Go for the premade kit

    As the previous poster says you can get info to mod pedals all over the net. The problem is that when you do that you don´t really know where the info is coming from, or if it´s reliable. I modified my Boss Ds1 using some data sheet I downloaded and the pedal stopped working and it took me hours to make it come back to life. After I did the pedal didn´t sound as before, I suspect because some component had got destroyed after I modified it. I can tell for you sure I won´t modify any other of my pedals with info taken from the net. :cry:

    I would go for the Pedaldoc kit. They have been around for many, many years, and as far as I know the kits they sell are the very best you can find. I modified my Ts9 with one of their kits and the sound is just amazing. The instructions which came with the kit were very clear, and best of all, they have a great customer service, in case you need any help (I must confess I did :oops:).
     
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  5. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

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    its been 4 years, what did you decide?
     
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  7. cousinpaul

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    There are a lot of mods and kits out there. Ideally, what kind of sound would you like to get from your DS-1?
     
  8. artdecade

    artdecade Poster Extraordinaire

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    4 years later and still only one post... He must be doing one super complicated mod. :twisted:
     
  9. cousinpaul

    cousinpaul Friend of Leo's

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    I need some new glasses.
     
  10. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

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    The best DS-1 mod is to get a Rat! ;):twisted:
     
  11. artdecade

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    I see... maybe that is why this mod is taking so long. He is replacing everything and making a Rat!
     
  12. surfoverb

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    im guesing he modded it, and then got discovered and signed as a result of his amazing new tone. Thats why he stopped posting-hes busy being famous.
     
  13. cousinpaul

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    ...or perhaps life took an unexpected turn on the way to Radio Shack.
     
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