Vintage 1981 Boss DS-1 MIJ sounds the same as 2009 DS-1MIT

Discussion in 'Pedal/Effects Owners Clubs' started by Jazzerclean, Dec 14, 2019.

  1. Jazzerclean

    Jazzerclean TDPRI Member

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    Had great memories of my first Boss pedal bought in 1981 which was a DS-1. I used it with both a 75 strat and a 77 Les Paul Custom through a 77 Marshall JMP & recall getting nothing but a great full & fat sound. Many people back then were using DS-1's. I took mine from Australia to England in the 80's where I lived for a few years and gigged with it over there & eventially sold it.

    Fast forward 38 years and had I had a chance to buy again another 1981 MIJ DS--1 long dash totally original for a bargain price of $25 AU.

    Even with a different guitar and different amps (Roland JC55, Vox Pathfinder 15R Polytone MBII, Henriksen Jazz Amp) I instantly got the great sound that I remembered, but here's the kicker!

    Soon after buying the 1981 MIJ, I bought two, MIT DS-1's (2009 & 2011) where I modded one of the MIT to the wampler vintage mod (the one with white knobs) and left the other MIT and the 1981 MIJ untouched as stock.

    I was shocked when I compared side by side the stock 1981 MIJ & the stock 2009 MIT as they both sounded exactly the same in all settings for the tone, level & distortion.

    As many people seem to dislike the MIT DS-1 and say the sound of the vintage MIJ is noticably better, I found my DS-1 MIT sounds identical to the original 1981 MIJ & both sound absolutely great to me.

    Considering I paid $36 for the MIT DS-1 & the value of the Long Dash 1981 DS--1s, its great to find the MIT DS-1's are IMO are equal in sound as the vintage ones, but I'm going to say that its subjective for the die hard, vintage collectors/dealers comanding big $$$$$.
     

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  2. 2HBStrat

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    So that's good?
     
  3. FrontPU

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    Oh really? Did you see their inside well?
    I guess your 1981's should have the original configuration since 1978 which consists of the "DS-1" circuit with a Toshiba TA7136AP pre-amplifier (not an op-amp but a preamp circuit), and then your 2009 has the "DS1-A" circuit with a Mitsubishi M5223AL op-amp or a New Japan Radio NJM2904L op-amp.
    If so, it's a little hard for me to believe that the 2 different circuits and core parts produce the same sound...
    Your 2009 has something different which is similar to original version?
     
  4. Jazzerclean

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    Yes, the MIJ 81 has the toshiba chip & no mods, the STOCK MIT can't recall what is used, but yes, (Imo)
    the MIT sound identical to the MIJ, but lets say the MIJ sounds worlds apart so I can sell the for MIJ for a ton, lol.
    Just my perspective in case someone was looking for a non-vintage DS-1 & concerned.
     
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  5. FrontPU

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    Okay, I respect your own opinion, but don't agree on the choice of the word "identical". :D
    I wouldn't say which is better (old or new, MIJ or MIT, etc), Boss has maintained a high standard of product quality.
     
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