#1
Hey I thinking of buying a new fuzz/distortion pedal,
Im stuck between the boss ds-1 and the big muff, I already have a digital effects unit (Boss Me 50). My main hesitation is that the boss me 50 has a ds-1 built in.
Would the analog version sound better than the digital version?
Thanks
#2
Hi, I'm looking for some fruit, I can't decide between apples and oranges.
Which one is better?
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Hi, I'm looking for some fruit, I can't decide between apples and oranges.
Which one is better?
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You can't compare apples to oranges, silly!
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Which one is better?
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Well, apples are sweet and crunchy, oranges are juicy but can be bitter. I recommend apples.


How about describing each pedal and giving the pros and cons of each, instead of just making sarcastic comments?
#7
Used to have a DS-1, but sold it after a while. Still got my Big Muff, I'd say its very hit or miss. You either love this thing or you hate it. I personally love it, but it comes down to what styles of music you play.
#8
I play mostly alternate rock, Industrial Rock, eg. Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails and Ministry,
I have a Fender FM212r
#9
The only time a DS-1 is acceptable is in front of a good tube amp which you don't have. A Big Muff will sound ok in front of any half decent clean amp which you have.
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#10
Buy a Proco Rat instead
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Well, apples are sweet and crunchy, oranges are juicy but can be bitter. I recommend apples.


How about describing each pedal and giving the pros and cons of each, instead of just making sarcastic comments?

What he means is that they're two completely different pedals, so what he has to do is decide what kinds of sounds he wants. Describing the pros and cons doesn't really help him, because if we recommend a Big Muff but he wants DS-1 sounds he's not gonna be happy.

It's not like he's deciding between two very similar pedals and that the differences are only quality or something like that. gilly's comment wasn't as stupid as you made it look.
#12
Both. You can usually find a used DS-1 for about 20 bucks at a store.

I like both of the pedals. The Big Muff is incredible. DS-1 is good, especially for what you're going for.
#13
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I play mostly alternate rock, Industrial Rock, eg. Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails and Ministry,
I have a Fender FM212r

obv a Big Muff judging from these bands, however a new amp will improve your sound significantly more.
#14
For Sonic Youth and NIN, the Big Muff is perfect. The DS-1 will obviously put in Nirvana territory, but you don't have a good enough amp to catch that sound. Ministry probably just used amp distortion.

I would recommend a new amp, but Big Muffs are cheap enough and much better than the DS-1.
#16
I own both. The DS-1 is a pretty cheap (both in price and quality) pedal, but it's exactly what Kurt Cobain used for Nevermind, so I pretty much exclusively use it for Nirvana.

The Big Muff is AWESOME. Beast of a pedal. Really thick, powerful, processed fuzz, with tons of sustain. My favorite fuzzbox by far. Mudhoney uses that pedal a ton - listen to them if you want some idea of what tone you'd get.
#17
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I own both. The DS-1 is a pretty cheap (both in price and quality) pedal, but it's exactly what Kurt Cobain used for Nevermind, so I pretty much exclusively use it for Nirvana.

The Big Muff is AWESOME. Beast of a pedal. Really thick, powerful, processed fuzz, with tons of sustain. My favorite fuzzbox by far. Mudhoney uses that pedal a ton - listen to them if you want some idea of what tone you'd get.


Well, it's not exactly what Kurt used. He used the older version of the DS-1. I'm not sure if it was "Long dash" or not, but it's a little better than the current model. Very similar sound though.

Also, Mudhoney used the Op amp version of the Big Muff. Modern ones sound very similar, but not quite the same as well.
#19
i'd say your best option for getting what you want is to go to a guitar store and try out a few pedals. bring your own amp and guitar if possible. it is about the only way to avoid buyer's remorse. there are plenty of good guitarists and tone geeks on UG, but only you know what you'd like.

if you go to a guitar store, try out some of the other pedals mentioned above, a tubescreamer and a rat proco would be good to try too.

also, can't you pick up a used digitech bad monkey for super cheap? they have a DS-1, big muff and tubescreamer circuit on that pedal, and it allows you to blend the tones too. i'd get one of those over a big muff or ds-1.
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#21

Those run $120 or more dude, out of his budget.


The DS-1 sounds bad analog, and I can't even comprehend it digital. Takes about $30 in mods to make it a decent pedal.

He never gave a budget...
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