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Boss DS-1 for Chicken Pickin'/Country Guitar

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Cody_J, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. Cody_J

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    I'm a huge advocate of small boards, especially with country guitar. Part of the reason has to do with not liking to carry too much for gigs, haha, but the other reason has to do with my general happiness using a stripped down board that forces me to focus on playing (this just has to do with my own ADHD when I give myself too many options, not a comment on any else's style).
     
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    Excellent succinct video.
    Ty!!
     
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    Thank you! I got so tired of demos that were 10 minutes long with the first 7-8 minutes being talking, that I decided to make mine in this format. Succinct, to the point, and the talking at the end if you're interested in listening. I'm sure it doesn't get all of the YouTube metrics it could if I did it some other way, but I hope other guitar players appreciate this style.
     
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    Testify, Yes!!
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    Great playing and demo! Boss pedals are so versatile and sound great live and in a mix. The DS1 is an old school distortion meant to work with your amp not for your amp if you catch my drift. It can help push it along into a natural driven sound but it’s more of a ratty fuzz if you just crank the gain like a modern pedal. A true classic pedal and excellent demonstration!
     
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    Thank you, and I definitely agree with what you said. I like that phrasing about working with the amp versus for the amp. I have definitely come across that with other pedals, but reading the way you phrased it really does that experience justice.
     
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    I’ve seen the waveform it can create, and it looks like saw teeth. I use it with a tube amp on the edge of breakup and it smooths those jagged teeth out quite nicely.
     
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    I think that my DS-1 might have once belonged to a country player. It came from a pawn shop with a (all Boss) tuner, compressor, the DS-1, and a Flanger and IIRC a noise suppressor. I know a lot of chicken pickers use compressors.
     
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    I know I never leave home without a compressor on my board, haha. I'm a fan of the Barber Tone Press and the Wampler comp. Sounds like that pedal of yours definitely could have come from a country picker!
     
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    Very cool. I find a lot of drive pedals are great when we don't completely step all over the amps with them.

    But cool video, might start tearing apart my closet to try some of my old Boss pedals again.
     
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    Definitely would recommend, haha. I got caught up for a while going down the path of the "boutique" market, and honestly I have some great stuff that I love as a result. However, I feel like I neglected pedals that work perfectly well like my Boss stuff as a result.
     
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    A current production stock DS-1 IS quite compressed to my ear and hand.
     
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    A backup for a Boss pedal! Haha - that’s a good one!
     
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    Nice demo. I can't pick a chicken like that - there would be feathers everywhere.

    I have always not liked the DS-1 - hate would be too strong. Recently, I modded one and I actually love it now. I didn't think it was all that usable stock, even though plenty of people do.

    Again, nice pickin'!!
     
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    Thank you! The person who wrote the article I mention at the end of the video keeps trying to push me to mod my DS-1. He swears it's night and day. Might have to do it...
     
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    In case it’s stolen, which is more likely than it failing. LOL!
     
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    The poor DS-1 catches so much hate, but it seems like it’s all from either snobs who only listen with their wallets or newbies that don’t understand you can’t use a distortion pedal to make a Fender Frontman sound like a JCM800.

    The circuit has its quirks (tone full up is borderline unusable unless you have a very dark guitar and/or amp) but it has a variety of good sounds available. Tone all the way off with a decent low to mid output neck humbucker makes for a variety of decent sounds all the way across the gain spectrum if you’re plugging into an amp with a decent clean sound.
     
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    Rarely will any distortion pedal sound good with the tone full up.
     
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