Boss Pedals Review

Boss has sold more pedals than any other brand!

Boss is a division of Roland (huge Japanese musical equipment manufacturer) who mainly focus on making guitar pedals.

They’ve sold millions of pedals since their first launch in 1977 with the CE-1, a chorus pedal that Andy Summers of The Police made famous.

After a Phaser, an overdrive and an EQ pedal, Boss hit the jackpot with their first distortion pedal, the DS-1!

boss ds-1Boss DS-1

The classic rock pedal, The DS-1 was launched in 1978.

Steve Vai, Satriani and most other rock players have used this little orange box.

If you want a proper original DS-1 get one made before 1994, Boss started changing the chip after that year. Uber purists wouldn’t buy a DS-1 after 1988 when production left Japan for Taiwan.

hm-2 heavy metalBoss HM-2

In 1983 Boss released the HM-2 and changed the sound of the Metal scene.

Lots of overdrive here. well yeah, the strange thing about these pedals is that no distortion is actually added between 3 and 8 (0-10 scale).

When you reach 8 it starts increasing again… weird, but very popular this pedal will give you that 80s Marshall metal sound, even if you aren’t running a Marshall.

Boss TU-2Boss TU-2

We all need a tuner, especially on stage. So what are we looking for in a tuner?

We want it to be clear so there is no doubt of seeing the little dots that light up to indicate if we’re sharp or flat.

We don’t want it to be complicated, too many buttons are not good when there’s a panic tune up situation.

And we want it to be accurate, not too flimsy, to put it simple; tuning should be easy.

The TU-2 offer settings for chromatic, guitar, bass and options for tuning flat (semitone down) or double flat (tone down).

There is also the option of using cents (standard needle type indication) or stream (a flow of lights).

This is all well and good, but at your first gig those little buttons might be pushed by accident and you enter the stream mode, or even worse, you start tuning up in flat mode, panic attack might set in!

The TU-2 sits nicely on your board and should serve you well, Boss are known for being pretty fail safe. Just make sure you know what setting its on.

Boss DD-2 to DD-7

DD-7 boss delay pedalThe DD-2 delay pedal from Boss was the first digital delay pedal ever made.

Back in 1983 Boss had managed to cram a rack units delay chip into a pedal and guitar players all over the world went to the shop.
Five generations later and the DD-7 has more than a few tricks up its sleeve.

Apart from the standard E. Level (how much effect), F. Back (how long delay), and D. Time (tempo) the mode knob have had several functions added.

The hold function allows you to record up to 40 sec as a loop and you can overdub!

The reverse function reverses the signal (strange experience).

Modulate (adds chorus to the delay)

Analog (modeled on an analog tape delay)

You can also attach a tap tempo pedal, or an expression pedal to this unit. Not bad for a standard sized Boss box!

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