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Old 07-02-2004, 10:26 PM   #1
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Overdrive Pedals

Ok Guys I really need some help in deciding which overdrive pedal to get; the Ibanez TS9 or the Boss SD-1/Blues Driver BD-1?

The Ibanez is legendary for its tone and I believe Edge has one in his effects box/chain. He also has the SD-1 in his effect chain. The TS9 goes for $175 Canadian and the SD-1 is $120. However, the guitar store clerk recommended the Blues driver which is only $100.

Have any of you guys out there had much experience with any of these pedals? If so I would love your imput before I dish out my hard earned cash.

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Old 07-03-2004, 11:13 AM   #2
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i would recommend the Boss pedal top notch quality
but i don't know how gud is the Boss at overdrive...but overall i think boss has a good standard
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Old 07-03-2004, 03:07 PM   #3
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according to u2sound.com, Edge used the Boss SD-1 for the distortion on the earlier albums, and the Ibanez TS9 on the Elevation tour




you should check out the archived effects listing at:

http://www.u2sound.de/instruments_4.html
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Thanks for all your help guys; very very much appreciated. Well I got the Ibanez TS9 today and am in the process of fooling around with it and learning as much as I can about this pedal.

I'm not using it with my delay, chorus and wah pedals until I work out exactly what this lil green baby can do and then I'll use the other pedals to enhance the overdrive.
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Thanks for all your help guys; very very much appreciated. Well I got the Ibanez TS9 today and am in the process of fooling around with it and learning as much as I can about this pedal.

I'm not using it with my delay, chorus and wah pedals until I work out exactly what this lil green baby can do and then I'll use the other pedals to enhance the overdrive.
If you have some soldering skills, you might consider modifying the pedal to the original TS-808 specs. It requires replacing one chip and one resistor. I did it and I'm quite happy with the result. (Vintage TS-808s are selling for ridiculous prices on eBay). I don't know if the Edge did this to his pedal though.
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Old 08-03-2004, 10:54 PM   #6
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Speedracer, its interesting that you mentioned if I thought of modifying my TS9 to get the much coveted original TS-808 sound. Well the answer is yes, and I am thinking of sending the pedal to the Analog Man in the states as he is a specialist in this area. I do know how to solder but I am not prepared to take a change with my TS9.

BTW, I have no regrets about buying this pedal over the Boss SD-1. It is a wonderful overdrive pedal and it works extremely well with my delay unit and amp.
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