#3
the DS-1 really relies on you already having a good tone. It's a very dry sounding pedal, doesn't change tone much, so you have to have a good tone in the first place, otherwise it won't sound good.
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#4
if you mod it yes. otherwise not that good.
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#5
get a ds-2 xD only like 15 bucks more expensive and waaaay better (that dude from RHCP uses one)
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#6
The DS-1 is a run of the mill digital distortion pedal.

It performs very well after a few mods, but until then, it is still just a cheap pedal.
Try it out, see if you like the tone. If you do, buy it, cos unlike the MG amp, it WONT BREAK!
#7
Quote by the_bastard
get a ds-2 xD only like 15 bucks more expensive and waaaay better (that dude from RHCP uses one)

That dude is John Frusciante, and yes, the DS-2 is Great.

The best answer to your question is: Try it out, see how you like it.
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#9
Quote by FarewellMemory
The DS-1 is a run of the mill digital distortion pedal.

It performs very well after a few mods, but until then, it is still just a cheap pedal.
Try it out, see if you like the tone. If you do, buy it, cos unlike the MG amp, it WONT BREAK!

it's not digital.
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#12
I have one, outgrew it fast; gave it to a guitarist friend, and he used it instead of his MG combo's distortion all the time and thought it sounded better.

It's alright, could never do the type of sound I wanted though.
#13
Doesn't Joe Satriani use it in Flying in a Blue Dream I think? It sounds pretty good there. My friend has one, hooks it up to an MG though and it sounds very run-of-the-mill, very dry, definitely not for really thick and crunchy tones if that's what you're looking for.
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#14
[quote="'[VictorinoX"]']Does it also have the flux capacitor?

Naw, it couldn't get enough jiggawatts into the damn thing for it to work.

Seriously though, my PhiS-1 is the ****. It sounds bloody amazing, good range from light overdrive to full on high gain, it plus my modded Valve Junior that stays clean even cranked = perfect tone for me.
#15
Quote by Brian 1.0
Doesn't Joe Satriani use it in Flying in a Blue Dream I think? It sounds pretty good there. My friend has one, hooks it up to an MG though and it sounds very run-of-the-mill, very dry, definitely not for really thick and crunchy tones if that's what you're looking for.

that's because he's using a crap amp.

this is how a DS-1 can sound with a good amp:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCE6SDkdPDQ

i'm pretty sure this guy was using a DS-1 to boost his leads in this song (such as at the beginning). I know his settings were volume full up with distortion and tone at about 10 o'clock.
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Elixir Nanoweb 10-52 strings, Dunlop Jazz III XL picks
#16
Quote by Blompcube
that's because he's using a crap amp.

this is how a DS-1 can sound with a good amp:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCE6SDkdPDQ

i'm pretty sure this guy was using a DS-1 to boost his leads in this song (such as at the beginning). I know his settings were volume full up with distortion and tone at about 10 o'clock.


Wow, **** me, that sounds great. But does the TS have that kind of rig right now?

edit: He's using a Peavy Vypyr 30, no experience with the Vypyr with pedals...but doesn't the Vypyr already have great digital modelling?
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#17
i think not (both guitarists in this video were using matchless DC30s hehe), but it can be good enough with a half-decent tube amp. I have experience to say the DS-2 certainly can sound great into an overdriven tube amp, it even sounds nice with my cheap rocktronic "tweed" clone.

edit: well, distortion pedals with a digital modeller are a waste of time, something i know from experience. When i was running a digital modeller as my main amp, i never even desired a distortion pedal, i did the right thing and got a footswitch for the amp instead. Later on, when i got my first tube amp, i started getting myself pedals. then, curiosity made me try using my Boss DS-2 with my modeller (Vox AD50VT) and they just mushed the hell out of the sound, since the modelling is designed to work around a clean, dry signal.
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Elixir Nanoweb 10-52 strings, Dunlop Jazz III XL picks
Last edited by Blompcube at Feb 15, 2009,
#18
Quote by Blompcube
the DS-1 really relies on you already having a good tone. It's a very dry sounding pedal, doesn't change tone much, so you have to have a good tone in the first place, otherwise it won't sound good.


Yea I'd agree there, the DS-1 lets a lot of things through. I wouldn't call it transparent but its not something that will mask your tone so if your amp already sounds crap it will so even more though a DS-1. I guess thats why so many think it sucks, especially on UG but if you put it in front of a nice tube amp it sounds great.

Its not the greatest pedal and I'm looking for a new OD/Dist. pedal, but for the price it can't be beat and I like it. Its not digital like someone else here said. I like the setting where your tone knob is roughly like this \ and your Dist. knob is roughly like this / then adjust the volume to fit your setup. Gives it a nice growl.
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