BOSS Pedals - Mods, Info and More

Discussion in 'The Tone Zone' started by Micky, Jun 16, 2020.

  1. Micky

    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    The DC-2 is another one of those ultra-rare BOSS pedals that scalpers on eBay are getting upwards of $200 a pop for. It is another one of those kinda complicated schematics that means to me that it is better left un-modded... Anytime I see a bunch of MN3207 bucket-brigade devices I usually just close it back up and leave it alone.
     
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  2. Len

    Len Well-Known Member

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    I made the following mod to a Metal Zone. Very usable now.

     
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    dslman Well-Known Member

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    It took me a lifetime to realize that I prefer a smooth,harmonic, yet somewhat agressive OD.
    I only hear it in asymmetrical boxes.
    But that's is just my exp. so far.
    For me those above mentioned, as well as a bit of chewyness for lack of words.
    When the drive is too loose ,or ratty, it just ruins it for me, and I can always hear a digital metalic factor in some pedals that is a turn off.
    I think the chewyness without too much sag, and the smoothness kinda go hand in hand, but there are fine lines that I just know work for me.
    Being smooth , and agressive are two factors that most pedals just don't have either.
    Two pedals that do this well are the SD-1, and MXR M-77.
    Actually many pedals do this well, but have the wrong voicing,ie. too scooped, or too much highs, stuff that can't be dialed out.
    ex. the Boiling Point was a nice pedal, but it sounded like the wah was engaged.
    Sorry for the longwinded response.

    Factors:
    Smooth,
    Harmonic/Rich,
    Agressive/Not Ratty,
    Slightly Chewy
     
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    Sustainium Well-Known Member

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    That was entertaining, great job all the way around.
     
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    dslman Well-Known Member

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    Do tell what you think of the OD-3 after you try it.
    Oh My!! those things have gone up in price.
    I may give my friend 20 bucks, and get it back, since he hasn't used it once in 5 years.
    Now I'm questioning my own judgement , but pretty sure I remember a digital tone, with lots of low end.
     
  6. Micky

    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    My OverDrive shootout tests will have to wait.

    I finally got the parts in to mod my CS-3 Compressor/sustainer.
    Might get into that tomorrow since it is gonna be almost 100 degrees F here...
     
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    You won't need a soldering iron with that heat! (I'm not that far from you... not looking forward to it).
     
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    dslman Well-Known Member

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    My friend always used the Boss compressor for his "drive" pedal ??? I couldn't make it work like he did, but he sounded great through a 2204, and TSL. Just shows how versatile Boss pedals can be, I suppose.
     
  9. Micky

    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    After getting into the CS-3 it seemed to work better on the Ultra channel on my DSL, but I haven't had a lot of time with it yet.
    I just started modding it, and I'm not sure if I am done yet.
    I started a blog:
    http://www.***********.com/forum/entry.php?44-Modding-a-BOSS-CS-3-Compression-Sustainer
    It is a basic overview of the modifications.

    EDIT - The Admin of the forum has deemed the name of the other forum where my blog is located as a 'bad word' and it is obscured with asterisks.
    As to nit piss anyone off here, you can PM me for the proper link.
     
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  10. Amadeus91

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    My Keeley modded BD-2.
    Had it a long time and still love it.
    [​IMG]
     
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  11. Marshall4Metal

    Marshall4Metal Well-Known Member

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    I love Boss pedals there footswitch mechanism is the best design . They have made some absolute legendary pedals over the years. Everyone should have a boss pedal in there arsenal.
     
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