#1
Hey guys!

Time to buy a new pedal I think, and this time, I'v been looking at the Boss DS-1... Sounds okay to me... Just wondered what you guys think of it?

I play mostly heavyish stuff, but I wont be using it for Trivium or All That Remains. I will be playing stuff like Nirvana etc through it...

so UG... Yayy or Nayy!? to the Boss DS-1?

Discuss.
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#2
It'll be okay. I find it good for Nirvana type stuff, but it's too thin for lead work.
#3
It's only good for nirvana, other than that it isn't very good.
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#4
It's a decent pedal, nothing amazing. I think you should save up for a nicer amp first.
#5
It's not bad, for the price a very nice versatile distortion. However I don't think it would be of much use with your Spider amp.

The modeling on that Spider III should get close sounds to the DS-1, I would just mess with the various amp models on the line 6 for a while before dropping cash on various pedals.
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#6
Forgot to mention, its not going to be run through my Spider... i'm buying a Valveking in a few weeks! So it'll be used with that
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#7
Um, with the vk you probably aren't gonna need a distortion, I'd take a look at the bad monkey.
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#9
Oh ok, then I would say the DS-1 is worth a try. There are much better distortion pedals but for those basic distortion tones and Nirvana tunes it should work out fairly well.

I've run a DS-1 through my Classic 50 before and have managed to get some decent sounds from it. Of course, you could do better than a DS-1. I'm just speaking on budget terms, if you could spend up to $100 on a good distortion/OD pedal you'd be set.
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#10
if theres zero chance of a new amp in the future, go for a boss DS-2 perhaps
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#11
what amp do you have? whether the DS-1 sounds good or not is hit and miss depending on what amp you use with it, since its a very transparent sounding pedal.

edit: missed your post about getting a VK. It would probably be good for adding a sharp edge to an already overdriven amp, but if you want to maintain the natural warmth of the VKs drive and simply boost it i'd recommend an overdrive pedal instead.
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#13
I'v heard the Ds-2 is just a more crunchy version of the DS-1, true or false?
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#14
^Sounds the same to me, maybe more gain, not worth the extra bucks if you ask me. The big draw to the ds1 for me is the price.
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#15
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I'v heard the Ds-2 is just a more crunchy version of the DS-1, true or false?

the DS-2 is very similar to the DS-1, except it has a "Turbo" switch, with 2 different settings. the first setting sounds almost exactly the same, except possibly a slighly scooped midrange compared to the DS-1, but the 2nd setting has a big boost in the upper midrange to give it a really raw tone which cuts through a mix really nicely but can sound very nasal and honky on its own. this setting is also footswitchable, as the DS-2 has a footswitch jack (labelled "remote") which is a useful feature.
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