Boss DS-1 Distortion Supreme Mod Kit for DS1
Boss DS-1 Distortion Supreme Mod Kit for DS1
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Boutique tone for a bargain price!
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This is not called the supreme mod kit for nothing. Included are detailed instructions, including photos, and all the parts to voice your DS-1 for 5 different styles including the Supreme Germanium Mod with Vintage 1n34A Germanium Diodes. This Supreme mod takes things one step further and replaces just about every cap in your signal path with high quality Film or Non-Polarized Electrolytics. Nothing says underdog like a Boss DS-1, but with a little help from Fromel Electronics, weve transformed this wimpy runt into a snarling beast.
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8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Boss DS-1 Fromel mod kit Aug 31, 2011
By Mike Stearman
The idea of modifying a Boss effect came from the realization that these pedals are made in mass quantities with the cheapest components that "work". That said, installing the Fromel kit takes a little time and patience pulling the parts you want to change from the board and installing the replacements. The instructions are clear, and I believe the result is worth it. Just reducing the "hiss" level is worth it. I believe the pedal produces a smoother effect, and the volume control has more range.
Distortion pedals, by their very nature, are "noisy". Run the gain somewhere under the 2 o'clock mark at most. Remember, this pedal isn't going to make you play any better! It may, in fact, make it more clear that you need to practice those riffs! Also, when you use this pedal along with others, use a noise gate (Boss makes the NS-1?). You will hear cutoff in the noise after you quit playing, and you won't hear it when you play. of course.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Very nice mod for a good price. Apr 21, 2013
By J. Siers
I ordered this kit last week and got it in the mail today. Went to the studio and got my DS-1 and decided that I was going to take the plunge. Before the mod my trusty pedal left a lot to be desired. I don't play a style of music that demands high gain or gee-whiz distortion, but when i need to burn it up I need that capability. I have had my old model DS-1 for quite some time and had grown out of the sound. The sound in question was thin, tinny, and gutless and I had considered dropping my old faithful friend in favor of something else. An hour or so later it has a lot more headroom, loads more gain, and more volume. It just sounds better.
It comes with enough parts to do a number of mods to the pedal, and with instructions for each. If you're good with a soldering iron and know the basics of electronics this is a pretty straightforward project. If you have never picked up an iron I wouldn't recommend starting with this. As I have seen in a couple of reviews, this is not a complete pedal (hence the word KIT...duh). It will not turn you from a bedroom jammer to a guitar god, only long hours of practice will do that. What it will do it change the sound of the DS-1 from the sonic equivalent of nails on a blackboard to a very adjustable tone machine.
Overall, I'm glad I did this mod. It's cheap, easy, and makes me proud to own a DS-1 again.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Mod Kit for DS-1 Mar 03, 2013
By Kevin Anderson
Great! Excellent sounds!!! Like a Keely modified pedal, and much, much, more... This kit Rocks! A standard DS-1 is not much in its original form, this changes the game. Must be good with a soldering iron.
Turned My Pedal Into A Beast Sep 16, 2014
By B. Smothers
This mod kit turned my DS-1 into a roaring beast. I bought a used pedal a couple of weeks ago and really didn't care for it at all. Kept getting volume drops during playing and would have to turn it off and back on to keep it from dropping during solos. Saw this kit and decided to give it a try. The description says 5 different mods you can do with the kit but the instruction sheet has 9. From simple to supreme. I did the supreme mod. I am not the greatest solderer so it took me about 2 hours to do it all. I started by checking every piece I replaced, plugged it into guitar/amp, to make sure it worked before moving ahead. Then it went to 2 pieces, then 3 and then 4. Really is time consuming when you try each replacement. Anyway I am not an electronics genius nor a professional soldering guru and I made it through the mod and surprisingly it works. The pedal is almost like another overdrive now with the distortion turned off. That is how much more volume this gave mine. Worthwhile project and if you have basic soldering skills and the equipment give it a shot. Your modded DS-1 will surprise you.
This is a great product if you have the tools and skills Oct 19, 2014
If you have a temperature controlled soldering iron and a solder sucker or otherwise know how to replace components on a circuit board, this mod is for you. It will take a few hours of careful work but will be well worth it. This mod will take your $50 pedal and turn it into a rival to the big boys costing more than $150. I can now make my DS-1 sound "similar" to my Keeley Fuzz Head and my Fulltone Full-Drive2 and still get dirty Distortion. I say similar because there is a slight purity advantage to the high dollar pedals at low volume, but at band volume one would never know. If you want to keep your pedal count low this is the way to go for very smooth and controllable Fuzz, Overdrive, and Distortion all in one.
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