#1
Would it be worth it to buy the Boss DS-1 pedal?
I have a Line 6 Spider III and would the Boss pedal be better then the Line 6 Distortion?
I KNOW IM STUPID FOR BUYING IT ITS MY FIRST AMP DONT FLAME ME 4 IT
Also what cables would i need for this one pedal THX
#2
It'll be a bit better yeah,
but if you're planning on buying a new amp in the near future then
don't bother.
#3
Many Line 6 amps don't take pedals very well. I don't know how well it will or won't take the DS-1. But if I were you, I'd just invest towards a new amp, and not really buy anything until you do.
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#4
If you take your amp to a guitar store and ask to try out the DS-1 into your amp, they should let you. You can make a better decision from there.
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#5
Everyone must own a DS-1 at some point in their playing career.

I just bought one yesterday (I had a $15 gift certificate from GC for the weekend & I paired this up with a 10% off coupon). Got it for about $20 new. It sounds great in my SS amps (Ampeg BA-112 and MicroCube) and it even sounds good with my Orange TT -- although the TT doesn't need any help.

Go for it. GC has 'em for about $35. You can't go wrong @ that price.
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#6
for leads the line 6 distortion is better. But for rythem i would suggest the boss pedal. the line 6 lacks the chug good distortion needs. but i guess it would depend on what style you play. i play really heavy stuff. but i used to own both and i hope this helps.
#7
A DS-1 will give you a more "tasteful" range of distortion, compared to the presets. You'll need two cables, both at least 10 ft (I'd suggested at least one being 20ft)

I like using it better than the presets on an Spider 3 because I can easily change settings, and contrary to popular belief, with the correct pickup.setting combo, you can get a decent tone. I'm not saying it will knock your socks off, but I get a nice heavy southern rock-ish classic tone on my bridge pup (humbucker) with the distortion at 2/3 and the tone all the way down.


there's also plenty of modifications out there for a DS-1 if you get it but have an interest in making it better. I don't have the time for it.


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Here's what I wish I did instead of buying that though: get a fuzz box offline, and listen to sound clips. I KNOW IT WILL SOUND DIFFERENT WITH YOUR AMP, but at least you will get a better bang for your buck.
#10
So, J dizzle if i cleared my amp of all of the presets would the boss sound better than if I kept the presets
#11
The Line6 doesn't get along well with the DS-1. I have both and have tried. It sucks a lot of volume out of the amp, making it a lot quieter. Honestly, don't use effects with a Spider, at least not any distortion. You could use others like modulation, but it's already got those. I'd wait to buy effects until you have a better amp.
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#12
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The Line6 doesn't get along well with the DS-1. I have both and have tried. It sucks a lot of volume out of the amp, making it a lot quieter. Honestly, don't use effects with a Spider, at least not any distortion. You could use others like modulation, but it's already got those. I'd wait to buy effects until you have a better amp.


Yeah when I got my Spider III I was kinda sad my DS-1 didn't work well with it, but after about a year I found a good tone on the Spider that makes up for it...although I miss using my DS-1...
#13
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the spider > ds1 dist.



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#14
I know, I know...
Buy a new amp.

Buying pedals to improve your tone is just gonna suck money out of your wallet until you realise that a new amp is the way to go.
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#15
if ur gonna save up for a cheap, better amp, the roland cubes distortion is pretty much the ds-1
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Everyone must own a DS-1 at some point in their playing career.

I just bought one yesterday (I had a $15 gift certificate from GC for the weekend & I paired this up with a 10% off coupon). Got it for about $20 new. It sounds great in my SS amps (Ampeg BA-112 and MicroCube) and it even sounds good with my Orange TT -- although the TT doesn't need any help.

Go for it. GC has 'em for about $35. You can't go wrong @ that price.


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#19
ok two options
1. buy a cheap multi effects and use it ONLY ON THE CLEAN CHANNEL. this made my spider significantly better for a little while.
2. Sell the spider for whatever you can get and use the money you get plus the money you were saving for the pedal to buy a peavey vypyr instead.
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the spider > ds1 dist.

tube dist.>both
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#21
the DS-1 is basically just a generic hard-clipping circuit with simple frequency filters. which is why it sucks unless you use it to sharpen up a smooth tube overdrive tone. with your amp, it will sound horrible.

you can get distortion/overdrive pedals that will work reasonably well into a spider III, but they can be pricey. It all depends what kind of distortion you're looking for.
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#22
The only good about the ds1 is that it can be modded into tons of sounds.
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#23
Well, The DS-1 is probably better than the Spider's distortion, but Line 6 don't take pedals very well, so I'd suggest waiting and saving up for a better amp, one that takes pedals well, than go from there.
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#24
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The only good about the ds1 is that it can be modded into tons of sounds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCE6SDkdPDQ the guy in the middle here is using a stock boss DS-1 as a boost at the beginning of this song. it may not sound so awesome on the video, but i was there, and his tone was just OMFG good

i will point out though - that is what a DS-1 sounds like with the level maxed and tone/dist at 10 o'clock-ish into a cranked matchless DC30, with a 1965 gibson firebird V, being played by an awesome guitarist. And through a clean amp or an amp with crap overdrive or an overdrive channel that doesn't respond to pedals too well, the DS-1 is awful for reasons i already explained a few posts up.
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