It's A State of Mind

New Project – Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal

Running my own recording studio has taught me to be self-reliant when things break down and need to be fixed.   A good money saving technique is to fix things yourself and to also be able to make your own cables.  This has led me to be rather comfortable around a soldering iron.

This led me to try another little challenge.  I found a mod kit in the style of the Keeley Mods for my Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal.  If you play guitar you probably recognize this as the most common pedal out there.  In fact, it was my very first guitar pedal, which I’ve owned for about 12 years.  These are very common because they are inexpensive pedals and beginners love adding that distorted sound.  But the truth is they are not the greatest sounding pedal.

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The mod kit was $20 and claimed a dramatic improvement in the ever-chasing tone.

Boss DS-1 Disassembled

Boss DS-1 Disassembled

Pedal with modification

Pedal with modification

The mod took me several hours. Longer than I initially thought but not bad for my first attempt. My biggest concern was, Would it Work? I was overjoyed when I plugged it in and the new blue LED came to life. I was even more excited when I plugged my guitar in and started playing. The difference is staggering. Immediately I started looking for mod kits for some of my other pedals. My next mod will probably be to my Boss SD-1 Overdrive pedal. Like the DS-1, the SD-1 leaves a lot to be desired.

Mod Completed And Ready To Rock

Mod Completed And Ready To Rock


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