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Pedalhacker Mod Ibanez DS7 Mod Kit



Sound Quality

I listened to this modded pedal through both a Mackie Mixing console and also through live amplifiers- both solid state (hi-fi rack mount gear) and Vintage Tube Amp (Vintage Ampeg V-4) though Hartke 4x10 and 1x15 XL Cabs. This Effect seems both usable with Guitar ('73 Stratocaster) as well as Bass ('85 G&L El Toro). The Ibanez DS7 I Modded was the M.I.T. Model (however this Mod is compatible with the Chinese as well) After modding, I noticed less noise/hiss, but the most profound difference is the significant increase in Bass "Bottom-end" tone- Can adjust from "Subtle" to "BALLS to the WALL!!". I love that the Mod includes changing out the boring stock red L.E.D. for a Ice-Blue High Intensity L.E.D. (gives it some external character- but it's "what's under the hood" that my praise goes out) Before the Mod, it was a OK sounding Distortion Pedal (nothing special), but after the Mod, O.M.G.!! I would now rate the pedal as BETTER than a stock Ibanez TS7, with a much broader selection of thick, pleasing distortion, with tons of ¿¿¿Bottom End¿¿¿. A+ in my book, and being a "TONE-FREAK" I'm pretty hard to please...

Reliability/Durability

Reliability is probably only as good as your personal soldering skills (unless you have the Mod performed by Pedalhacker- in which case is done at a most professional level). In my case my Soldering skills rank up there in "Experienced" so I would depend on my own work without a backup.

Price/Value


General Comments

I listened to this modded pedal through both a Mackie Mixing console and also through live amplifiers- both solid state (hi-fi rack mount gear) and Vintage Tube Amp (Vintage Ampeg V-4) though Hartke 4x10 and 1x15 XL Cabs. This Effect seems both usable with Guitar ('73 Stratocaster) as well as Bass ('85 G&L El Toro).

The Ibanez DS7 I Modded was the M.I.T. Model (however this Mod is compatible with the Chinese as well) After modding, I noticed less noise/hiss, but the most profound difference is the significant increase in Bass "Bottom-end" tone- Can adjust from "Subtle" to "BALLS to the WALL!!". Before the Mod, it was a OK sounding Distortion Pedal, but after the Mod, O.M.G.!! I would now rate the pedal as BETTER than a stock Ibanez TS7, with a much broader selection of thick, pleasing distortion, with tons of ¿¿¿Bottom End¿¿¿. A+ in my book (and being a "TONE-FREAK" I'm pretty hard to please...

 

I would consider myself a Veteran Musician with lots of experience.

I play out live and some studio work- Styles vary from Modern Rock, Funk, Jazz, Classic Rock Heavy, R&B, Blues... I think this effect works awesome for Classic Rock, Modern Rock, with the potential to use it for Heavy Metal. It seems best suited for a thick, tube-like Rock-n-Roll distortion, but could even be aggressive enough (when all controls are set to "wide-open"- to be used with Heavy Metal (pleasing harmonic overtones). The best thing about this Mod is the cost...

If it were stolen or lost, I wouldn't give a second thought about replacing it.

 

The only suggestion I have is to take note of pedalhacker's modding "optional" directions in replacing the specified capacitor with a larger one for "increased bass response" and a "fuller bottom-end" (in my case, I used the largest one I could fit in there!- You can also request this, if sending the pedal into him to be modded).

Other options are to replace the stock RCG4558 Op amp with a Bur Brown chip (pedal hacker can supply you with one at additional cost) but that choice is purely up to your personal preference...

 

The DS7 is one of Ibanez's lowest priced distortion pedals- new or used, with little investment, this box has the potential of standing up to- or even outperforming- very expensive Boutique Pedals. Bottom line is even though the DS7 model doesn't have a huge reputation of being "sought after" (and the stock tone is rather "hum-drum"...), it has a huge potential to be right up there with the "Holy Grails" (it's among a sparse few of my absolute favorite pedals now)- with noted THANKS, going out to "Pedalhacker"!

 


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