Boss equivalency test

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by RetroTeleRod, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. RetroTeleRod

    RetroTeleRod Poster Extraordinaire

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    Could you replace everything on your current board with Boss pedals and still sound close? I think I could definitely get in the ballpark. Here's my list. Give it a shot if you'd like to play along.

    OD-3 Overdrive = Gain Changer
    SD-1 Super Overdrive = Plimsoul
    PH-3 Phase Shifter = (same)
    DD-7 or DD-3 Digital Delay = Hardwire DL-8
    RV-6 Reverb = (same)
    TR-2 Tremolo = EHX Pulsar

    I love Boss pedals.
     
  2. BigDaddyLH

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    Is there a Boss for harmonic tremolo?
     
  3. Axegrinder77

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    I really like boss pedals as effects. Sometimes you don't want "transparent." However, I have an issue with their buffers. Maybe I just got a bad one, but the TU3 had to come off my board. (bought new). The tone became "tinny" with noticeable low and mid range loss.

    I also had this experience with an mxr analog chorus. So go figure. EHX and boutique pedals haven't given me any problems in this regard so far. ymmv
     
  4. Greg_L

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    Sure.

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  5. bricksnbeatles

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    boss doesn't make 12 different fuzz flavors, or an envelope flanger, so I won't bother trying to find equivalent pedals to my other weird crap.
     
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    Boss does the work, for cheap!
     
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  7. chris m.

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    If you have higher capacitance cables and a long cable run, the Boss buffer will restore highs back to your signal. It is NOT making it sound tinny, it is adding back lost highs....
     
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    No.

    Because board is all Boss.

    Tuner, Chorus, Overdrive and Reverb.

    @chris m. - good point. Saying you don’t like a modern Boss buffer is saying you don’t like the sound of your rig plugged straight in with a really short, really low capacitance cable. Which is fine, but don’t blame the pedal as doing something “bad”.
     
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    Boss TU-3 = Boss TU-3
    Mu-Tron Octavider = Boss OC-2
    Bondi Sick As Overdrive = Boss OD-20
    Boss DD-500 Digital Delay = Boss DD-500 Digital Delay
     
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    I love Boss pedals, and regularly have at least a couple on my board. "Transparency" and buffers don't bother me. They're built like a tank, sound great, and the pros use them. The only one Boss pedal I replaced with a more expensive brand was an RV-5 reverb that I replaced with a "boutique" reverb, but only because I wanted it to do something out of the ordinary that the Boss (and most others) are not designed for.
     
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    Reliability is increasingly important to me these days. I've had a few pedals go south on me, but never a Boss. (yet)
     
  12. chris m.

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    I still have an original Boss CE-2 that is all dinged up from years of hard road use. And it keeps on truckin'.
     
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    My favorite OD is the Boss OD-1x, and it's currently on my pedal board. I'm also using a modified GE-7.

    My reverb and delay could easily be replaced with Boss pedals.

    I'm also using a Greer Lightspeed for low gain. I think the Boss Blues Driver would be a usable replacement, but I prefer the Lightspeed.

    Boss makes a lot of great stuff. I'm a fan.
     
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  14. chris m.

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    The only standard pedal that Boss doesn't make AFAIK is a wah. Autowah yes, regular wah no.

    They even came up with a few obscure, weird pedals that are a bit unique, although I can't recall them at the moment.
     
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    I could get by replacing with all Boss except the Gamechanger Audio Plus pedal. But that pedal, as amazing as it is, is not totally necessary.

    Polytune could be replaced with a TU-3 (and I might even like it better).

    Gamechanger Audio Plus has no Boss equivalent.

    Boss BF-2 wouldn’t go anywhere. I love that pedal.

    Chicago Stompworks orange squeezer clone could be replaced by a CS-2 (but I might not be very happy about it).

    Analogman Prince of Tone could be replaced with a Blues Driver.

    Analogman dual delay could be replaced by two DM-2s.

    Earthquaker Devices Hummingbird could be replaced by a PN-2.

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    that's not at all an accurate comparison. silly really. the wampler guy did a good job explaining this in a video, specifically pertaining to boss buffers, with the frequency loss all graphed out. I can't be bothered to find you the link right now.

    Fact: buffers alter tone
    Fact: not all buffers are equal
    Fact: boss pedals are not known to use the highest quality parts - particularly the made in Taiwan stuff

    You are categorically wrong about a boss buffer providing the same tone as a short cable buffer free.

    You are right about one thing - buffer brings back highs lost due to capacitance. If you can't hear it, then you've got no worries. Not all ears are created equal!
     
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    agree to disagree. I heard tinny, and i'm not the only one. Best not to assert your subjective ear as fact. Especially when the data indicates otherwise.

    BTW I use a buffer, just not a boss one, which I think are pretty bad.
     
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    Ha. You can believe what you want. I don’t drink internet Cool Aid produced by boutique manufacturers.
     
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    neither do I... my ears are what I answer to. you think I would have shelled out $130 for a new tu3 if I was worried? I discovered the issue later. there was significant tonal variation, and not at all in a good way for me. surprising, and so material that I've bothered to mention it here.

    As I said, if you dont hear it, then you got no worries... some people justifiably purchase higher grade gear.
     
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    And then one step further subbing Behringers for the BOSS units.
     
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