Your pedal board --> Only current Boss pedals, what would you do?

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  1. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Tele-Afflicted

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    So, I have been a big fan of Vince Gill of late, specifically his guitar sound on "Don't Try This At Home" from the Players DVD he was a part of with Brent Mason, et al. After digging for a bit to figure out what that incredible tone was, turns out he was using almost all Boss pedals through Rivera amps. His distortion seemed to be two Boss OD-2 pedals.

    I have never been a big boss fan, preferring higher end pedals for their attention to voicing and tone (yeah, cork sniffing,) but as I complete what is about a 2 year run of trying a very large number of pedals, I discovered that if I had to build a pedal board from only boss pedals, I could and be happy with the tone, if I had to.

    This question crossed my mind because of Vince Gills sound and an interview Steve Vai gave about being able to get his sound using all boss pedals...

    If you could replace some of your key pedals with current production Boss variants, what would you do? While some of these are obvious, others surprised me - Here is how I would swap them out:

    ZenDrive - Boss BD-2
    Fulltone OCD-Ge - Boss SD-2 (this surprised me)
    Guthrie Trapp OD (v1) - Boss OD-3
    TC Alter Ego - Boss RV-6 (+Delay mode)
    MXR Phase 100 - Boss PH-3
    Moog MF Trem - Boss TR-2
    Ventura Vibe - N/A
    Digitech Nautila Chorus - Boss CE-2w (this was a recent switch to the nautila from a CE-2w for various reasons)
    65 Amps Colour Fuzz - N/A
    Coppersound Foxcatcher - N/A (not aware of a Boss Bluesbreaker variant - they should do that)
    ------ Effects Steel String SRV - N/A (not sure there is an equivalent.)

    Would like to see how youd go all Boss, if you don't already.
     
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    My favorite pedals do not have a BOSS equivalent, so I would be pretty much screwed.
     
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  3. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

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    The boss GT unit have virtually the full boss Pedal range emulated (40+) and a bunch of other popular fuzzes, vibes, etc.

    I use a Boss GT100 but not tried the new GT1000.

     
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    schmee Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I think I could get by with most everything but an OD by Boss. Could probably do that too. Chorus, Delay, EQ, Tuner all are fine.
    Vince Gill sounds great no matter what he plugs into though.
     
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    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I used to have a GT-100, currently have a GT-1000. The biggest difference is in the amp modeling engine, though I never had a problem getting great sounds out of the older unit. BOSS had the effects down pretty well with the GT-100 as well.
     
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    I would throw myself off a cliff.
     
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    This is exactly what I have used for about 15+ years and really haven't changed ( except to experiment with a few OD's):

    The Boss Tuner ( with its Power IN/OUT jacks, I plug in 1 One Spot to IN and daisy-chain OUT to power other pedals)

    - an always ON Blues Driver

    - a Boss Chorus Ensemble- dialed to ' fast Leslie' setting

    - a Boss DD-3 usually in an exaggerated slapback delay setting ( for surf, rockabilly, Country stuff)

    * just works to give me basic yet authentic sounds for older Classic R&R/Blues/ Country
    ( plus a Fender amp!)
     
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    I used to rock only an ME-50 for effects, and I liked it a lot. Still think it's highly underrated and consider buying one again.

    But if going with single pedals, a BD-2, OD-3, RV-5 and DD-7 would be good.
     
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    Boss is good enough. The rest is up to the player.
     
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    for guitar - chorus, bass and OD. I've used others, but that's my basic 3 effects
    for bass - none, ever
     
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    Oh! This will be fun!

    Up Front
    Snark Pedal Tuner -> TU-2
    Joyo Tremolo -> TR-2
    EHX Small Stone -> PH-3
    Joyo Vintage Overdrive -> OD-3 (I know an SD-1 is probably closer, but I'm not totally loving the Vintage Overdrive, so the OD-3 might happen anyway ;) )
    Boss GE-7 -> Boss GE-7

    Amp FX Loop
    Boss NS-2 -> Boss NS-2
    Zoom ms100bt (running only a touch of reverb - always on) -> RV-6
    EB Volume Jr. -> FV-500
    Zoom ms70cdr (deep ambient reverbs and delays) -> RV-500
    Zoom ms100bt (running tap tempo and other programmable delays) -> DD-200


    This would work equally well for me, but not better, I don't think - BUT the Boss only route would be much pricier.
     
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  13. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Tele-Afflicted

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    I can respect that...
     
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    Steve 78 Friend of Leo's

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    My sense of OCD approves, nice!
     
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    I just looked on the Musicians Friend. The typical BOSS pedal costs $129+. If you’re spending $100+ per pedal I think you can do a whole lot better.

    That’s my opinion.

    My favorite workhorse affordable pedals are Electro-Harmonix.

    Domestic company. Domestic owner. Built like tanks. Average new price is $69-$79. I have a few boards but this is the Mike Matthews board. I love that guy.

    [​IMG]

    Sorry for being the BOSS buzz kill. :cool:
     
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    I'm afraid I'd be right behind you.

    As much as I do like some Boss pedals (especially if you'll grant me permission to tweak them, so I can optimize them to work with my gear, for my uses), they have nothing that is similar (enough) to the Rat. Also, there's nothing IMO that's ballpark close to the Version 1 Bluesbreaker. Also, as cool as some of their fuzzes are, none of them really do an actual old school fuzz thing (the buffers basically prohibit it).

    Furthermore, they really don't have anything that would get even slightly close to approximating the ROG Peppermill, IMO.

    IMO/IME, something like the basic SD-1 can somewhat easily be altered to become "more than ballpark close" to a Zen Drive, to a OCD, a Fulldrive, and a bazillion other "fancy" OD pedals. Unfortunately for me, I don't really favor any of them as part of my foundational rig.
     
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    Just call us Thelma and Louise: Actually, the only Boss dirt pedal that I got along with was one I modded with instructions from MachineHeadPedals.com :) IMG_4225.JPG
    :lol:
     
  18. codamedia

    codamedia Friend of Leo's

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    All BOSS... Easy, and I wouldn't apologize for it.

    Soft Overdrive > OD-3
    Lead Overdrive > SD-1
    Compressor > CP-1x
    Tremolo > TR-2
    Delay > Ultimately a DD500 for versatility, but I'd be fine with a couple DD-3's
    Volume Pedal > FV-500H

    All stock, I would use that setup on any tour, with any artist!

    That doesn't mean I don't prefer other options (eg: I'll take a TS-9 or TS-808 over an SD-1), it just means I can easily do it and would be more than fine with it.
     
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    codamedia Friend of Leo's

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    I know that is meant to be an innocent comment... but it's always been an odd statement to me.

    The point is... Vince Gill can choose anything he wants yet he still chose Boss
    The point is... that choice has never hurt his tone.
    The point is.... IF someone cannot sound good through BOSS pedals, that sounds like THEIR problem.
     
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    TU3-CE2-SD1-DD3

    Was my board for a couple years. Sounded great. Low noise. Kept them all because I’ll be back.


    Get up to reasonable band volume and all the tone nuance is BS. And outside that setting it doesn’t matter, so what’s the point?

    DOD had a big sale so I did an alternate board:

    TC Polytune - Phasor - Gunslinger or 250 - Flashback.

    Local shop had the TC pedals used and cheap.

    That board sounds great too.
     
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