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Boss DS2

Post by Stephen_42 » Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:07 pm

TL:DR - I've just ordered a DS2. Good idea? Waste of money (well Amazon vouchers)? Something in between?

I decided I needed a distortion pedal. Or an overdrive. Couldn't really decide which - I only really play at home and I've only just started dabbling with effects, so working out what I wanted was half the battle. I didn't want to spend a lot (~£50 budget) and a DS1 or DS2 seemed the most generic thing to go for, so a sensible first dip / benchmark. For sake of £2 difference, I went for the DS2.

I know people have strong opinions both ways on them, so I'm interested to hear what people here think? It'll be going into a 12W practice amp. Retrospectively, it might have made more sense to post this before pulling the trigger but never mind - it will at least make lockdown 2.0 more fun!
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Re: Boss DS2

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:19 pm

I've never played a DS-1 or a DS-2, so I can't say for those specifically, but I've always felt that playing gear that's cheap, that you might have low expectations of, or just straight believe you won't like, is fun because there's nothing holding you back. You aren't trying to find good sounds or hoping that you'll like it, you just play. I've ended up liking unexpected gear once or twice that way.
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Re: Boss DS2

Post by HNB » Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:44 pm

I like the 1 and 2. Pedals don't have to be super expensive to be good. :) There are many artists who like to use boss because if you have one break on tour, you can easily grab a replacement at a local store. Loads of boss pedals are good. :)
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Re: Boss DS2

Post by Ceylon » Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:10 pm

I used to have a DS2 when I was getting started playing and I liked it just fine. It didn't have lots of character but it bridges the gap between Muff-esque fuzz and distortion pretty well, and at the time I was all about grunge and alt-rock so that suited me fine. I wouldn't mind having one now either.
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Re: Boss DS2

Post by soggy mittens » Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:19 pm

ds-1 and ds-2 are the most vanilla sounding distortions I've ever heard beyond the cheap crap copy pedals, but they have their place. Lot of great music has been made with them.
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Re: Boss DS2

Post by Stephen_42 » Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:21 am

Vanilla is exactly what I'm going for to start with - "why make 100 flavours if you can't get vanilla right?" being my logic. Plenty of time to experiment with other things in future.

Sounds like I've made a sensible choice - looking forward to it arriving!

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Re: Boss DS2

Post by Nick and the Noise » Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:55 am

I think it's a great first distortion pedal (mine was a Big Muff with Tone Wicker). I think I would like a DS2 more than a DS1 - it's sounds ever so slightly fuzzier, although the DS-1 is "the classic". The turbo mode on the DS2 sounds a bit too middy I think, I don't know if it's usable.

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Re: Boss DS2

Post by budda12ax7 » Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:05 pm

Sounds good, but you just need to mess with it and add it gently to your amp...

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Re: Boss DS2

Post by andy_tchp » Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:32 pm

Never understood the bad rap the DS-1 gets/got.

Yes it only really does that one thing, but if you can't coax good sounds out of it...it's probably not the pedal's fault.

I really like the compression/sustain they provide.
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Re: Boss DS2

Post by HNB » Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:19 pm

There is something to be said about being able to make awesome music with simple inexpensive gear. Like said above, plenty of great music recorded with a ds or a plain muff. :)
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Re: Boss DS2

Post by Acidhouse » Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:49 pm

I have an old beat up DS-1. I like what I can get out of it. It’s not an expensive or boutique pedal but it was one of the main contributing pedals for the album Nevermind.

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Re: Boss DS2

Post by Pacafeliz » Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:14 pm

TEH KURDTZ

But yeah, in fact, I love both the 1 and 2 models. 👍🏻
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Re: Boss DS2

Post by s_mcsleazy » Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:01 am

I'm actually a big fan of ds1/ds2/os2 pedals. Especially the os2. They always sound super cheap but in a good way. Except the os2. That's honestly a secret weapon for me. It's a ds1 and a od2 in one pedal with a blend knob. It kinda smooths out the harshness of the ds1 and can sound super heavy
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