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Boss RV-500 Reverb

Boss RV-500 Reverb


Posted By on Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Boss, Delay / Reverb | 0 comments

After the success of the DD-500 Delay pedal they put out late in 2015, Boss decided to ride the wave and issue two more similarily-shaped but vastly different effects machines, one of which we’ll take a look at today. The MD-500 focuses on modulation effects, and we have a review coming up for that one, but let’s check out the RV-500 right now, a mega-powerful reverb with more ambient options than you can shake a Fender...

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Although we have already once reviewed this pedal in its ORIGINAL form, the RV-3 Digital Reverb/Delay we’re looking at today has had a key modification added to it, making it even more impressive and useful than before. Josh and the kids at JHS Pedals came up with the Dual Mode Mod for the RV-3, RV-5 or RV-6 pedals, essentially turning it into a 2-in-1 pedal, allowing you to switch between two chosen modes on-the-fly....

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Today’s guest review comes to us from Max F. – find him on SoundCloud (@MaxFaith)! The Boss DS-1 is a classic circuit that most of us are familiar with. Players have been modifying the little orange boxes for years and the amount of modifications and spinoffs are too numerous to mention. Despite the variety of DS-1 circuit configurations, most specimens seem to impart the same familiar gain-structure that originally made the pedal a...

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Today’s guest review comes to us from Scott W. – find him on Instagram (@honey.power) and Facebook (Scott Willems) and say Hi! The CE-5 Chorus Ensemble is another solid modulation pedal from Boss, packed in the typical Boss housing painted a very satisfying baby blue. It features four knobs: level, rate, depth, and filter – the filter being a dual concentric pot for separate filtering of your bass and treble. A problem I have...

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Boss DS-1 Distortion

Boss DS-1 Distortion


Posted By on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in Boss, Overdrive / Distortion | 0 comments

If you’ve been to a concert, read a guitar magazine or had a jam session with anyone, there’s a good chance you’ve seen today’s featured pedal in one form or another. The DS-1 Distortion from Boss is one of the pedals that really made Boss famous, and has been used on more records and tours than any of us could ever count. Today’s model is a “vintage” one from the 80’s or 90’s,...

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Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb

Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb


Posted By on Monday, April 4, 2016 in Boss, Delay / Reverb | 0 comments

The RV-3 Reverb/Delay from Boss is one of my all-time favorite effects pedals, combining two wonderful effects together with a bunch of combination options and pretty rad-sounding tones. I’d always been a little skeptical of the RV-5 Digital Reverb, as it slimed down to being just a reverb, and as much as I dig delay, I thought it was a choice I was not going to like. Turns out, the RV-5 is a fine piece of gear, and apparently...

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Boss DM-2 Analog Delay

Boss DM-2 Analog Delay


Posted By on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Boss, Delay / Reverb | 0 comments

When you picture a list of classic analog delay effects in your mind, today’s featured pedal is almost always going to pop up on that list. The DM-2 Analog Delay from Boss has a simple layout, but there is a massive analog beast of a delay hiding behind that off-pink exterior. Starting things off, Repeat Rate controls the repetition rate of the delayed effect. Echo adjusts the output level of the echo, which you can get to...

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Boss CE-3 Chorus

Boss CE-3 Chorus


Posted By on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Boss, Chorus | 0 comments

When talking about the greatest chorus effects pedals to ever grace the planet, you always hear about the CE-2 from Boss, arguably the best one ever made. I own one and it is fantastic, no bones about it, but it’s little brother sometimes gets overlooked in the mix. The CE-3 might not carry all the prestige of the CE-2, but it has some great tones, as well as a couple tricks up it’s sleeve that you can’t get with...

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Boss DD-5 Digital Delay

Boss DD-5 Digital Delay


Posted By on Monday, March 14, 2016 in Boss, Delay / Reverb | 0 comments

After recently reviewing the new and awesome DD-500, we figured it was time to round out the digital delay pedals offered up by Boss, and the only one we had left was today’s featured pedal, the DD-5 Digital Delay. Although we did review a version of this pedal before, it had been modded by JHS, so we’re gonna take a look at the stock pedal and see what it has to offer as it comes stock. The DD-5 is jam-packed with delay...

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Boss DD-500 Digital Delay

Boss DD-500 Digital Delay


Posted By on Monday, March 7, 2016 in Boss, Delay / Reverb | 0 comments

The Boss family of stompbox delays have been a staple on many, many pedalboards since the inception of the DM-1 Delay Machine way back in 1978, especially the DD series, which features the DD-3, DD-5, DD-6, DD-7 and the DD-20 (click each one for our reviews). In keeping with the tradition, but stepping up the game immensely, Boss has created a delay that will rival anything out on the pedal market today: the DD-500 Digital Delay....

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Boss pedals have long been staples on many a pedalboard, and one that I always found to be a real stand-out is the BD-2 Blues Driver. A great stock pedal, the BD-2 gives of great drive tones, perfect for rock and roll, blues or pop, and can get your tube amp to that special distorted spot that every player digs. Today’s version features a special Phat Mod done by our friends over at Keeley Electronics, which will turn your...

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Boss OC-2 Octave

Boss OC-2 Octave


Posted By on Sunday, August 30, 2015 in Boss, Octave | 0 comments

Old Boss pedals have a reputation for having certain special elements to them that can’t be replaced by anything modern, which is why some of them fetch huge prices throughout the gear collector world. While a small number of them warrant more prestige and worth than others, many of these pedals that were manufactured before 1994 or so feature unique components and characteristics, which make them hard to recreate, and thus make...

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Sometimes, it can be hard to find great gear to go along with your acoustic setup, as so much gear is geared (hehe) towards electric playing. Granted, you can use electric pedals in your acoustic rig, but that seems a little lazy to me. I’d rather spend the money on something that had thought put into it, had great sounds specified for a mellower sound and had options that wouldn’t throw my wooden friend into a feedback...

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Boss DD-7 Digital Delay

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay


Posted By on Sunday, February 15, 2015 in Boss, Delay / Reverb | 0 comments

I think the Digital Delay line of stompboxes from Boss are all great in their own right, and the DD-7 just might be may favorite. Loads of options, tons of control and all the delay time you’ll ever need, this thing gets it done with a small footprint and loads of fun. The DD-7 features many functions that are present in all of today’s “sought-after” expensive delay pedals, but at a fraction of the cost. Effect...

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Here’s another installment of the Digital Delay stompbox series from Boss: the DD-5. This is a great delay in it’s stock version, but I got my hands on one that has been modded by our friends over at JHS Pedals to add in a bit of analog flavoring. Let’s check it out! Let’s go through the basic functions of the DD-5, then we’ll get to the mod. Lots of modes here, starting with 4 delay modes. These range in...

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Boss DD-3 Digital Delay

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay


Posted By on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in Boss, Delay / Reverb | 0 comments

Here we go again! This time, our Boss Delay-of-the-day is the DD-3, probably the simplest of the lineup, and one of the easiest to control. This pedal does not take a degree in physics or electrical engineering to figure out (though, it would be cool to have those) – the DD-3 is extremely user-friendly, with a couple of basic knobs that tell you exactly what they do, all you have to do is turn them until you hear something you...

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It seems that certain low-priced pedals from Boss have a reputation as being terrible and unplayable by an overwhelming number of folks in the guitar community. For how long this has been going on is unknown, but these pedals are an excellent introduction to beginning players who are still searching for their sound, and the tools with which to do so. Plus, if you can pony up a few extra bucks and get them modded by companies like JHS...

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Vintage pedals always seem to have an indescribable “Cool” factor going for them. Maybe it’s the chipped paint, missing knobs or ripped-off back label, but you can instantly see they’ve been through the ringer, and have still survived. This shows you that they are A: Built to last, and B: Good enough for folks to have used them over and over again throughout the years. Today’s vintage find is an odd...

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Boss OC-2 Octave

Boss OC-2 Octave


Posted By on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 in Boss, Octave | 1 comment

The King of All Octavers! The Boss OC-2 is one of the most sought after octavers. The original, the Octaver, was produced back in 1982. The name changed to Octave in 1984 and production moved from Japan to Taiwan. There is actually a difference in quality between the Made In Japan and the Made In Taiwan versions. The Made In Japan is a lighter shade of brown and the quality of the build seems to be better. The OC-2 doesn’t just...

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Boss TE-2 Tera Echo

Boss TE-2 Tera Echo


Posted By on Sunday, September 28, 2014 in Boss, Delay / Reverb, Echo | 0 comments

The TE-2 Tera Echo from Boss is a fun pedal! Very different than any other pedal you’ll ever see. Hard to explain as well. Starts of with a great echo/ reverb effect that has a massive decay time. 4 knobs: Effect Level, Tone, Feedback (decay) and S-Time (spread time). The spread time knob spreads out the effect sound: Shorter S-Time sounds like a mix between a shooting laser and some sci-fi movie stuff, while the Longer S-Time...

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With all of the awesome Boss delay pedals out there, finding the right one can be a bit tricky…but what if it was a delay PLUS something else? That’s where the PS-2 Digital Pitch Shifter / Delay pedal comes in. Made between October 1987 and March 1994, this little blue beast has stood the test of time, and remains a popular pick of old school digital delays. Mine is nice and beat up, the 9V power section doesn’t work...

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Boss DD-6 Digital Delay

Boss DD-6 Digital Delay


Posted By on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in Boss, Delay / Reverb | 0 comments

Another Boss Delay? Well, if they would make a bad one, then we wouldn’t have to keep reviewing the good ones, would we? And, at least we’re not reviewing another overdrive pedal… All kidding aside, the DD-6 Digital Delay is a stripped-down version of their DD-5 model, which had a TON of options, too many for some folks. Going from 11 Mode choices to 6 simplifies everything, but still leaves all the options...

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Boss RE-20 Space Echo

Boss RE-20 Space Echo


Posted By on Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Boss, Delay / Reverb, Echo, Roland | 0 comments

Anyone who knows about the original Roland RE-201 Space Echo knows how sought-after and incredible they sound, but one of the main drawbacks for today’s musicians is the fact that they are really expensive and pretty rare. Well, look on eBay no more: the folks at Roland & Boss have an answer for you in the form of the RE-20 Twin Pedal Space Echo. We know, RE-201 purists, it’s not the same thing…but it is REALLY...

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On its own, the CE-2 from Boss has a smooth, natural-sounding chorus effect, which is what has made it one of the most beloved chorus pedals since it’s introduction in 1979. Not trying to be fancy, not trying to do too much, just doing its job (and doing it well). You can set the Rate and Depth knobs fairly deep to get more of a tremolo-y effect, but where it really shines is backing off the dials until you get just the right...

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Boss DD-20 Giga Delay

Boss DD-20 Giga Delay


Posted By on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 in Boss, Delay / Reverb | 0 comments

The Twin Pedal Collection from Boss has produced some interesting and quite useful pedals – one of my favorites (and, a bunch of other guitarists, apparently) is the DD-20 Giga Delay. Flush with options, tones, sounds and surprises, the DD-20 takes some getting used to, like any pedal of this magnitude, but once you get it down, it’s a ton of fun to play with, and can really be utilized on stage and in the studio to meet a...

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There are a lot of tremolo pedals floating around these days, and honestly, each of the ones I’ve played have sounded great, in one way or another. So, I suppose (like most pedals) it comes down to personal preference, and what fits with your other gear, as well as your style of playing. I gotta admit, I’m a bit of a sucker for pedal mods – I think they’re fun and exciting ways to make a so-so pedal into...

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Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor

Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor


Posted By on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Boss, Noise Suppressor | 0 comments

The Boss NS-2 is your basic noise reduction system, it does exactly what it says and takes the unwanted noise and feedback you get from playing at high volumes or with a lot of gain. Specially when your not playing and just standing by your amp. This pedal comes with 3 different knobs on the top THRESHOLD, DECAY, REDUCTION/MUTE MODE the Threshold knob adjust how much or how little feedback you would like to reach your amp, The Decay...

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BOSS PS-3 Pitch Shifter / Delay Made from 1994-1999 Three Delay modes Seven Pitch modes One Expression mode There’s A LOT in this lil one-stomp pedal. Various options for pitch shifting – from slight chorus-y shifts to drastic intervals! And classic spot-on BOSS digital delay settings. My personal favorite is ‘Mode 7’, which is a pitch-shifting reversing delay. Depending on where you place the settings it will...

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Boss SYB-3 Bass Synthesizer

Boss SYB-3 Bass Synthesizer


Posted By on Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Boss, Synthesizer | 0 comments

Playing synthesizer sounds through your guitar is always a blast, and the (now discontinued) Boss SYB-3 Bass Synthesizer makes it even more so. 11 different modes allow for literally ENDLESS possibilities; you could play this this every day for a year straight and probably never hear the exact sound twice, it’s that versatile. And if you mix and match it with other fun pedals in your arsenal (delays, reverb, ring mods, etc.),...

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The Boss RV-3 is a really fun pedal, and the combinations and settings of reverb and delay are pretty much endless. There are 3 Delay modes offering times up to 2,000ms, plus 4 Reverb modes with simultaneous delay, ranging from 32 to 1,000ms and using Room, Hall and Plate reverb types. Time and Mode knobs let you select how much of each effect you want in the mix, while the Balance and Tone knobs let you customize the sound coming...

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The Boss DS-1 has been a staple pedal on many boards since its release in 1978. Now, the stock pedal sounds good, and will give you some nice distortion tones, but the Ultra Mod from Robert Keeley Electronics makes it sound like an absolute dream. Described as “Marshall-Amp Tone-In-A-Box”, this mod includes the special “Seeing Eye LED” and switch, to go from Ultra to Seeing Eye mode with just a flick. Lower...

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The BD-2 Blues Driver delivers the creamy, yet crunchy sound associated with great blues guitar. This popular pedal provides instant access to the kind of warm overdrive and emotive distortion usually reserved for 30-year-old tube amps. With the JHS Blu-Drive mod, however, the BD-2 becomes very transparent and extremely amp-like in its response and character. You will notice a huge range of gain that reaches from clean boost to all...

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Boss DM-3 Analog Delay

Boss DM-3 Analog Delay


Posted By on Monday, February 24, 2014 in Boss, Delay / Reverb | 0 comments

The DM-3 was the last analog delay pedal produced by Boss, and it is one of my favorite delays EVER. The circuitry is similar to the DM-2’s but it isn’t identical. The DM-3 has a built-in high speed noise reduction circuit and an additional filter, which make the delayed tones sound smooth and oh-so-analog-warm. You can mix-and-match settings between the Repeats and the Echoes, which can do a killer slap back (what this...

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