Boss SD-1

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  1. Bear

    Bear New Member

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    Can anyone tell me what the difference is between the newer $40-$50 SD-1, and the ones on ebay that are made in Japan going for around $120? I don't use pedals hardly ever, but it seems like this is the pedal everyone prefers so I guess I'll start with this one.
    Thanks
     
  2. jcmjmp

    jcmjmp Well-Known Member

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    I don't think that there's much of a difference, really.
     
  3. chuckmehh

    chuckmehh Well-Known Member

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    I've always heard from people who have actually worked on them and dissected them that there is no difference. Cork sniffers like to say there is, but I don't think that is the case. Get the cheaper one!
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Just got one from musiciansfriend $39 free shipping. Has a nice crunchy midrange sound to it. Another good one I recently got is the Bad Monkey ($28 used on eBay). Its got a tighter sound and flat response, not as loose and midrangey as the SD-1. They both have their place.
     
  5. IbanezMark

    IbanezMark Senior Member

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    Can't beat that price - that's where I got mine too
     
  6. Bear

    Bear New Member

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    Thanks guys. I'll grab one from MF.
     
  7. HOT TUBES 70

    HOT TUBES 70 Well-Known Member

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    +1

    just buy the cheaper one , and have it modified , you'll be happy then !!:wave:
     
  8. CMC

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    Here is the difference in tone between the older Japan made ones, and the newer Taiwan made ones:

    Nothing. None. Zilch. Zero. Nada. 0%.

    Grab the cheaper one.

    Period.

    Have a nice day.
     
  9. Salsg

    Salsg Well-Known Member

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    It's made in Japan, it has to be better. Better than anything MIA even. Because it's MIJ, it should be more than $120!
     
  10. Lespaulnmarshall

    Lespaulnmarshall Well-Known Member

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    My MIJ strat is pretty good actually. The Japanese know how to build guitars it's in their blood.
     
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    grimlyflick Active Member

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    +1 for the Bad Monkey.........My SD-1 got retired after I got my Monkey.
     
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    i feel the opposite, the bad monkey with nearly the exact same boosting attributes has this distorted grit air to it that the SD-1 does not, its tighter but for a price. the lows and highs of the SD-1 our about as smooth as i can imagine a overdrive pedal needing to be.
    i have both and ive had the bad monkey longer.
     
  13. AudioWonderland

    AudioWonderland Active Member

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    There are differences between MIJ and MIT DS-1's but I am not aware of any differences in the SD-1's
     
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  14. HOT TUBES 70

    HOT TUBES 70 Well-Known Member

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    The older MIJ SD1's have better quality caps ....to my knowledge this is the only difference with the two , they have very close specs component wise , with only a few minor changes over the years .

    I can tell you from my own experience ( for what its worth !! ) that after you complete a good mod on either a MIT or a MIJ unit , you will forget all about where it was made !!!!!!!

    Long live the SD1 !!! !! still one of my fav OD boxes !!!!!!
     
  15. dcooper830

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    Yeah just get the $39 one from MF.

    It sounds awesome just like a good Tubescreamer.

    I have one and I love it! Nice midrangey crunchy tone.... but still has plenty of depth.

    I also have a Bad Monkey and I love that one too.
     
  16. Salsg

    Salsg Well-Known Member

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    I just picked up a black label MIT SD-1 for $29 at GC, works perfectly, as Boss pedals usually do.
    I've modded it already though, with great results. I think Hot Tubes mods would make a HUGE difference.
    The biggest problem I had with the SD-1 and other ODs is how much they cut off the lows. Simple mod on the SD-1 fixes that.
     
  17. Phildog

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    I had an SD-1 and liked it. Then, I performed. TS-808 mod on it and loved it. The mod really low.ed up a new flavor to it.
     
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    Get a new one or cheap old one and remove C6 (easily reversable & huge improvement IMHO).
     
  19. AlisterHag

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    Love the SD-1, but I am trying out the OD-3. Heard good things about it, I'll let you know what I think.
     
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