Boss SD-1

Discussion in 'The Tone Zone' started by scozz, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. ricksdisconnected

    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    try a mxr 10 band.
    i put my EQ's on top of my amps. they are always in the loop and usually on.
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Never. GE7 always.
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    why is that?
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Form factor. Doesn't fit in my board.
    Besides, BOSS stuff is indestructible in comparison.
     
  5. King_Crimson

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    I am currently trying to find out if the new Boss OD-200 could be a good solution. That would be several pedals in one. Or would it be better to buy SD-1, BD-2 etc. as separate devices? Any ideas?
     
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    I liked the tone of the SD-1 but it colored the tone too much when turned off.
     
  7. LCW

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    Received a Waza SD-1 tonight. After seeing some mixed reviews after I had already ordered it got my wondering. Turns out though I like it quite a lot!

    I have a Maxon OD-9 from early 2000’s with the JRC4558D chip but I think I prefer this to it (although the OD-9 is still a keeper). I find the SD-1 a bit less ‘boxy’ sounding.

    Plus the Custom switch of the Waza version gives it an extra voice. A bit thicker and a hint more gain when engaged. Sounds great in either setting. Have it Classic mode right now though. Great for some Tool. Kudos to Blake and his vids ;)

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  8. Alter

    Alter Well-Known Member

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    Only thing i don't like about the Wajas is, the Boss lines were doing just fine NOT being boutique pedals, but being simple and CHEAP (or at least affordable) ones. So i don't particularly like them moving towards more expensive (read overpriced) offerings. Sticking with traditional Boss pedals..
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I agree. They worked and sounded fine before Waza stuck their nose in the business. Get the old ones while you can...
     
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    Been looking at the Wazaversion for a while now, how is the noisefloor? My only complaint with the stock SD-1 is that it is waaaay too noisy.


    I do agree that the SD-1 adds its own character to the sound, it's not transparent. Wether you like that or not is personal preference. I love it exactly for that reason, the asymmetrical clipping adds grit, teeth and aggression to the sound and that's what works for my style of music which is hard rock and metal riffage. If you play more laid back styles the TS-9 is probably a better choice.
     
  11. WellBurnTheSky

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    I can understand them wanting to get a slice of the boutique market, especially since some of their pedals are the basis for popular boutique offerings.
    Plus the market for older "vintage" versions showed there was room for a reedition of some of their more iconic pedals.
    Tbh I have an early CE-2 that is absolutely awesome, and sounds better than any other chorus pedal I ever A/Bed it against, so if for any reason I needed to get another one, the CE-2W would be a no-brainer.
     
  12. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member

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    Well I may have been a bit premature with my negative assessment of the SD1. I gave it another try last night and this morning. It does have some nice useable tones that I really like, so I'm gonna give it some more time. I understand better now the things you guys are saying about this pedal.

    I'll keep you posted,....if anyone is interested. :D
     
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    It seems to be on par with my OD-9 for noise.
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    The stock op-amp in the SD-1 is inherently noisy. (usually a TLO72)
    One of the first mods I look for on a BOSS pedal is an upgraded op-amp.
    AN NE5532 is the best lo-noise inexpensive DIP I have found for the SD-1 as well as the GE-7.
     
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    A bit fizzy, sounds like crap playing at home, but live one of these would be handy I guess. Not for me though, asymmetric clipping pedals all seem to have that harsh edge to them.
     
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    solarburnDSL50 Well-Known Member

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    This thread made me think of watching this comparison some time ago. Elmo had his opine at the end.

     
  19. HOT TUBES 70

    HOT TUBES 70 Well-Known Member

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    It might be ... i had a bunch of pics of SD1 mods still in my Marshall Forum stash etc .
     
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    LPMarshall hack Well-Known Member

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    I used your pedal the other day with my MKIII...beastly!!! Totally awesome
     

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