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Boss DS-1 Fromel mod kit
on August 31, 2011
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.