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Sound Quality

This is the only Boss overdrive (or distortion) pedal I've ever bought (it was on sale at GC for $30). I was in the middle of modifying my TS9 and TS9DX and had been reading about these online and thought I'd buy it. This pedal comes stock with a JRC 4558D op-amp chip (the new version of the magic chip found in some original TS808's) which I found to be a big plus. The pedal sounds similar in a sense to a TS9 808 mod but has a little more hair and a bit more bark. Not quite as transparent as the TS9, thus it doesn't quite make as clean of a boost as the TS9. This could be due to the clipping circuit, which can be modified. For bass application, it makes for a good overdrive; doesn't kill the lows and has a good bark rather then being muddy and sterile. On guitar I'd prefer the TS9, but this pedal does have a good sound (kinda reminds me of an MXR Distortion+). The downside is that it is rather noisy, especially with '57 Classics.

Reliability/Durability

Construction wise all Boss pedals are built well. I'm curious about the noise and want to see if there's a way to clean it up.

General Comments

This pedal was a steal at $30 (I've seen them go for more then that used). I don't really know much about the Japan vs Taiwan construction, but with electronics the principles and componants shouldn't be too different. Other Boss pedals I've tried have been a bit too plain or fuzzy. This one seems like the red headed stepchild of the Boss family.




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