Boss Sd-1 Super Overdrive, Any Love? I'm Kinda Blown Away

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  1. toomanycats

    toomanycats Well-Known Member

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    Hey @PsychoCid, in the course of my SD-1 research I've come across mention that Eddie Van Halen used one at some point, possibly even endorsed the thing. What do you know about that?
     
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    I believe the custom mode has more gain and more of a mid boost on tap.

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  3. PsychoCid

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    I've heard little about it, to be frank. I think it was a mid-90s thing, and rumored to be used to make up signal loss from a Crybaby. Take it with a grain of salt.
     
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    @toomanycats I think I enjoyed that playing more than anything else I've heard you play, at least recently. There's some real feeling behind that. Bang up job!

    I'm also an SD-1 lover and I have the Waza Craft version. I keep trying other ODs when maybe all I really need is stick to a Super Overdrive.

    A while back I picked up a Keeley-modded BD-2 and then recently also found a very clean OD-3, so I need have a shootout and determine a clear winner(s).
     
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    toomanycats Well-Known Member

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    I have a BD-2 also. It's my only other BOSS pedal. Looking forward to the results of your shootout with the SD-1, BD-2, and OD-3.

    It occurs to me that the BOSS SD-1 is something like the Agile AL-2000 of drive pedals. It's cheap, solidly built, sounds real good, and is the object of cork sniffer scorn.
     
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    I have the Waza BD-2 also, but still favor the SD-1 (either version). Lately I've been playing them in front of my DRRI SE, so I might need to go back and try them all through something with some more grit on it. I had a OD-3 and liked it alot, but got rid of it for some reason.
     
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    That's some tasty playing there TMC, with some sweet tone.

    I know Jake E. Lee used one in the 80s, as did Zakk Wylde (he said that his signal chain for "No Rest for the Wicked" was his LP, into the SD-1, into a JCM 800 combo driving a 4x12).

    I had a DS1 back in the day, but now thinking I should nab one of these, even if the 6505 and the Bandit both have some hair on their.....chests.

    I wonder if using boutique pedals is the equivalent of drinking expensive wine when all you want to do is get totally pounded.
     
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    Keep that pedal! Thank you, that was utterly delicious. The tone and the playing were both amazing. A tribute to the "Affordable Guitar Forum." I could listen to that one all day. That was 40% better all day long!
     
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    I have never been overly impressed with Boss dirt pedals. Even though Boss has some winners.. mainly yours and the Blues Driver. .I have never fully embraced the size/design of Boss enclosures and have never wanted a buffered pedal so early in my signal chain. I now own a switcher and I feel little differently about the buffer.
     
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    So this thread got me thinking about the Tube Screamer which is a variant of the SD-1 and I went to the schematics.

    The differences:
    - The SD-1 trims a little more bass off, but is flatter for the rest of the frequencies.
    - The TS bumps the 800Hz way more.
    - The SD-1 has more gain, asymmetrical clipping which will sound more aggressive, but less overall soft clipping than the TS.
    - The SD-1 may have a smidgen more 'level' (volume).

    I see @Pratteman is using a DRRI. What amps and SD-1 settings are you guys using?
     
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    So the riffs for "Miracle Man" and "Crazy Babies" are the sound of the BOSS SD-1. That is such a bad ass tone, IMO about the best Zack ever had.

    At the other end of the spectrum, I've read that while Lindsey Buckingham is a minimalist in regard to effects, he does use the SD-1.
     
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    So people are all like

    ANALOGUE
    TEWBZ
    OLDSKEWL

    then it turns out those guys were using digital anyway
     
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    I'm confused on this point. Is the circuitry of the DS-1 completely analog or partly digital? I guess it hinges on the question of whether the JRC 455800 chip is digital or analog.
     
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    Double Ds my friend ...
    JRC4588DD

    They are analog.
     
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    Ah, I thought I'd read earlier in the thread that this was their take on a tubescreamer. To me that meant TS8, which made me think of the jrc4558d chip. This I thought was digital.
     
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    Tubescreamers aren't digital either. :)
    I'm not familiar with a ts8 though. Do you mean ts9?
     
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    Sorry, ts808. The original. It was a joke I'd picked up from another forum. If ts808 is analogue, then the joke doesn't work. The writers will be taken out back and sacked.
     
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    I had an SD1 for a lil while. Should have kept it, was sold in a fit of GAS. I liked it.
     
  19. jimytheassassin

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    There are no other forums. Only Zuul !

    I was tempted recently to pick one of those up local for $30. It’s definitely in that “fuck it, why not” category at that price but in review it seems to be a really solid design. I’ve watched a couple of Brian Wamplers reviews of it and he design. I like how he puts pedal myths and questions to rest. But he had nothing but positive review did the sd-1

    BTW I really like the BD-2 also. It’s got all the heart and soul that’s missing from the TS9. My buddy Al has sometimes used the BD-2 in front of his 70s silver face twin reverb and it’s just rocks. I like the TS9 more than the BD-2 in front of my JCM-800 but I also don’t play that much these days.

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