#1
I'm planning to buy the Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal, but would it sound great on my 40 watt Stagg 40 GA R? My guitar is a Squier by Fender Stratocaster Standard series. Some people say that Boss DS-1 would only sound good on tube amps and sounds bad on solid state amps. Also, Boss DS-1 would have the tinny/treble-ish sound on a solid state amp. Please help me, I want to know if I could achieve a Nirvana sound with Boss DS-1 on my amp, or would the Boss DS-1 sound bad on my amp. Please help.
#2
I doubt it will sound good at all, honestly. Even through nicer amps, the DS-1 is kind of just getting to an "acceptable" tone, and I honestly think they need to be modded to get to that point.
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#3
DS-1's aren't the greatest things ever, however, on a budget they get the job done especially if you want a nirvana sound it'll work out fine.
Get one for now and start saving for a better amp, they're cheap so it's not a huge deal to grab one, it'll sound okay.
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#4
Just use your amp's distortion. IMO the tone of a DS-1 is pretty terrible. And I have tried it through some tube amps. Artists that use DS-1 usually have them modded or then they use some older MIJ versions (though I don't know how that differs from the newer pedals).
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#5
^ i think the original mij one was more like a rat (i.e. single op-amp versus dual one), but i haven't tried it.

i reckon the ds1 would be alright. nothing spectacular, but should be usable (especially if you were to run it into a slightly crunchy amp). the amp is the problem here IMO.
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#6
If Nirvana is the tone you're going for, it'll probably be fine. If good done is what you're going for, look somewhere else.
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#7
In my opinion it's a decent pedal. It's pretty good for the money and it's definitely the toughest thing your gonna find for the price. Honestly I would go for it. It's not like your spending a ridiculous amount of money for it. Plus I think it sounds really good combined with the boss overdrive.
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So, it would be good on my amp even if it's a solid state Stagg 40 GA R amp?



Well, your amp kind of sucks my man, not much way to get around that, no pedal will really improve that.
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Quote by MaggaraMarine
Just use your amp's distortion. IMO the tone of a DS-1 is pretty terrible. And I have tried it through some tube amps. Artists that use DS-1 usually have them modded or then they use some older MIJ versions (though I don't know how that differs from the newer pedals).


I can't really rely on my amp's distortion because when I'm playing, I have to press the overdrive switch on my amp when switching from clean to overdrive or vice versa. So I really need a pedal for the ease of playing and less hassle.
#12
Does your amp have a footswitch jack?

How much do you have to spend, and where are you located?
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#13
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Does your amp have a footswitch jack?

How much do you have to spend, and where are you located?


I don't know what is a footswitch jack, the switch on my amp is just a little circular plastic button for switching from Clean to OD or vice versa. I would spend $40 to $100, maybe $150 if I'm lucky, for a distortion pedal. I'm planning to buy the Boss DS-1 or maybe Boss DS-2, because it's a great choice for Nirvana sound, but the amp maybe the problem. Philippines is my place.