NPD: Boss LS-2

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  1. SkyMonkey

    SkyMonkey Well-Known Member

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    Well I succumbed to Cyber Monday and just ordered a 'Mint' BOSS LS-2 Line Switcher off Reverb! £57!
    The pedalboard is nearing the core 5 pedals I think I need for a basic rig.
    The LS-2 will switch between a BD-2 and the DSL preamp in loop A, and an MT-2 in loop B going directly into the DSL return (bypassing the preamp).
    Next I need to find a BOSS RV-6 and we're off!
    Though this might be close enough to start thinking about getting a RockBoard Tres 3.1 and start plumbing it all in!
     
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    Ha - I just picked up an LS-2 off Reverb last week. $60 mint. It's a useful tool, even though I don't have any burning use for it at the moment. But it offers so many possibilities to get creative.

    You will dig the RV-6. I have one of those also and it's a legit reverb pedal.
     
  3. MickeyJ

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    i found the boss ls-2 to be a tone sucker. A significant chunk of highs seemed to vanish, was it the buffer? I've tried others from time to time, same thing.
    Have no experience rv-6, however i had both rv-5 and rv-3, the rv-3 was on another planet, much better. a lot less floor noise, a lot more ' real' sounding reverb.
    I still have rv-3.
    i have an rv-2 as well, but it's quite hissy, I prefer this pedal to rv-5 also.
     
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    RV-2 is mono? Have looked at RV-3 which is a cross between reverb and delay. Both those are really quite rare in the UK.
    I think the RV-6 is better suited to my needs than the RV-5 (stereo and shimmer). Also the +Delay setting will get me by until I decide if I need a dedicated delay.
    Tone-suck is something I have seen on YT and read in other reviews. Some say they suck, some say they don't.
    If it is a sucker then an EQ may be the solution. But it is tailor made for what I need to separate out the MT-2 for direct injection into the FX return only.
    Will post my experience when it gets here in a few days.
     
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    The problem I have is that if the features all exhibit the same ' thing' I don't like, then the features mean nothing.
    The rv-5 is thin sounding too.
    the rv-3 is very lush, fat with very low floor noise, I consider it a gem.
    the rv-2 is lush as well ( not as lush as the rv-3), but you really can hear the low bit rate in action, quite hissy.

    if you decide to get a dedicated delay you're going to get hit hard with recommendations from people. My favorite dig delay is the dd-2, it does have a low bit rate also, but the repeats have some decay to them which sounds really good.
     
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    I love my LS2. It's just a utility pedal but It just made everything easier... use it in the loop, to switch in whatever your lead fx are and use the loop level to get transparent level boost for your solos, all at one stomp

    Happy NPD
    J
     
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    Going to get rid of the LS-2. It's a tone sucker (in my setup).
     
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    Sorry to hear that @LCW.
    Not received my one yet. Should get here by the weekend for me to test it out.
     
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    So the LS-2 has arrived, and is indeed in mint condition.
    Other things to note are the lack of an info sticker on the base. I did notice this in the advert, but only after buying it.
    Some other BOSS pedals from the same seller were the same, leading me to think they are factory seconds.
    No sticker means no serial number!
    But it looks kosher otherwise. No box, but instruction sheet included.
     
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    LS-2 all works OK with the NS-2 too.
    Quite a volume mismatch between loop A (BD-2>amp preamp) and loop B (MT-2>FX return) being quieter.
    Can dial in parity with the LS-2 loop levels, A @ 2 O'clock & B @ 9 O'clock.
    So far only tried a mechanical test really, with the VS65R at very quiet levels.
    Not really noticing any tone-suck yet either.
    All good. But the LS-2 and NS-2 don't play well with MXR flat right-angle patches. Jack sockets too close together.
     
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    All good. But the LS-2 and NS-2 don't play well with MXR flat right-angle patches. Jack sockets too close together.[/QUOTE]

    These work well.
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    Cheers to your new pedal brother.
    Mitch
     
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