#1
Hi, I just purchased my DS-1 from Muscian's Friend on January 1/31. It arrived in the mail on Feb 2, 2007. I started playing with it, using two Monster Cables that are perfectly fine, and I notice that sometimes when I push down on the pedal, the volume just gives out randomly. Like I set it so that way I don't lose any volume between distortion and the clean sound, but then randomly when I switch over, it sounds completely dead. There is barely any sound coming out of the amp... I don't think it is the cables, considering when I play them from my guitar directly to the amp, They sound find, and they can both play distortion and clean, but when I hook them up to the pedal, it goes nuts. What can I do?
-Roy

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#2
It's probably happening because the switch isn't switching properly. Since the pedal is new it probably just needs a little time to break in. If the problem persists make sure to return it before the 45 day period is up.
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#4
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change the damn batteries

Yeah, they ship with almost dead batteries so they don't leak. If you haven't changed the battery, that's your problem.
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#5
Ok, I did change the batteries, same effect

Now I am noticing that if I step on the pedal, and hold my foot on the pedal for about 5 or so seconds the pedal kicks in and then after that period it works fine, but to switch effects I have to step on it and hold it down for 5 seconds.
-Roy

My Gear
Fender 60th Anniversary Standard Stratocaster
Washburn Lyon (LCT24)
Silvertone Revolver Bass
Ibanez IJV50 Acoustic
Fender CD160E-12
Guild Starfire IV
Some cruddy classical that my parents bought off ebay for like 40 bucks.
#6
Could this be because of the circuitry?
-Roy

My Gear
Fender 60th Anniversary Standard Stratocaster
Washburn Lyon (LCT24)
Silvertone Revolver Bass
Ibanez IJV50 Acoustic
Fender CD160E-12
Guild Starfire IV
Some cruddy classical that my parents bought off ebay for like 40 bucks.
#7
Looks like your switch isn't activating when you step on it, open up the pedal and adjust it or tighten the screw on the edge of the plate to create less resistance.
#8
Could the screw be too far in meaning it would increase resistance?

Sorry I'm a pedal newb.
-Roy

My Gear
Fender 60th Anniversary Standard Stratocaster
Washburn Lyon (LCT24)
Silvertone Revolver Bass
Ibanez IJV50 Acoustic
Fender CD160E-12
Guild Starfire IV
Some cruddy classical that my parents bought off ebay for like 40 bucks.
#9
it could be because its a DS1. ive had two (both given to me for free) and both of them have been broken within 3 months and i take realll good care of my stuff. there just crap. thats my opinion though.
#10
Yes, the screw could also be too far in. In some cases, the rubber rips, which happened to my MD-2.

Have you adjusted the screws at all yet?
#11
Yea I took it out somewhat and it seems to be doing alittle bit better. But still sometimes it just randomly gives out.
-Roy

My Gear
Fender 60th Anniversary Standard Stratocaster
Washburn Lyon (LCT24)
Silvertone Revolver Bass
Ibanez IJV50 Acoustic
Fender CD160E-12
Guild Starfire IV
Some cruddy classical that my parents bought off ebay for like 40 bucks.
#12
If it isn't your battery (Are you sure? Try taking it out and pressing it against your tongue) and it isn't your cables, OR the screw, there could very well be something wrong with either the circuit (which is unlikely) or the soldering. Is the board connected correctly? Are there loose wires? If something isn't connected completely it can cause random breaks in volume.
#13
it is a brand new battery, The cables aren't really that old... I emailed Boss about it
-Roy

My Gear
Fender 60th Anniversary Standard Stratocaster
Washburn Lyon (LCT24)
Silvertone Revolver Bass
Ibanez IJV50 Acoustic
Fender CD160E-12
Guild Starfire IV
Some cruddy classical that my parents bought off ebay for like 40 bucks.
#15
Infant mortality. Take it back, get another (hopefully good) one.

Ron
#16
Isn't there something like a bypass time or something? You just gotta reduce it, if it's even there.


Return it and complain.
#17
What is a bypass time?
-Roy

My Gear
Fender 60th Anniversary Standard Stratocaster
Washburn Lyon (LCT24)
Silvertone Revolver Bass
Ibanez IJV50 Acoustic
Fender CD160E-12
Guild Starfire IV
Some cruddy classical that my parents bought off ebay for like 40 bucks.
#18
I don't think the DS-1 has a bypass time, the switch should turn the pedal on automatically
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#19
Yeah, most pedals don't have bypass timers, they should switch as soon as you push them...