September 16, 2018 at 9:39 pm #2061
New to modding and pedal building. I have a kit to do the Keeley mod (ASE and ultra mod) on my stock DS1. I’ve found a couple of good walkthroughs at instructables.com and I think I have a pretty good idea where I’m going. Main snag at this point is my DS1 is an older, early to mid-90s model and the board is slightly different.
Newer style board
The only differences that I think impact this project are that C5 on my board is an electrolytic type capacitor rather than the polyester film type on the newer boards. I don’t think this matters because I’m replacing C5 anyway. The other difference is the area in the top, right side of my board, which has 1 electrolytic type capacitor surrounded by 3 ceramic type caps. It looks like the newer board has 1 electrolytic type and 1 ceramic (C7), which I need to replace. I don’t mind experimenting, but any recommendations on which of the 3 ceramic caps on my board I should replace? How big a difference might this make to the final product?
Here is a link to the instructables site I am using for reference: https://www.instructables.com/id/Modify-Your-Boss-DS-1/
Thanks for the feedbackSeptember 16, 2018 at 11:30 pm #2063
Oh man do I love modding DS1s. I have a pile of them in my collection that I’ve done all sorts of unholy experiments on in search of the perfect metal tone. Forgive me, however, as it was a while ago and I’m rusty. My suggestion is you head over to electrosmash and look up the analysis of the DS1 and see what those caps do. The different types (electro vs box) won’t have much effect, but swapping out the crappy ones it came with for better quality caps will show improvement. Or so I’ve heard. Let me know how you make out and if you want to dig any deeper than just the ASE and Ultra mods. I’ve found it needs some tweaks to the EQ section to really come alive. All super easy stuff to do!September 28, 2018 at 9:06 am #2239
Agree this is a fun mod
Another good idea is to swap out the clipping diodes (D6 & D7) with germaniums from Barry – it gives a very rich distortion. Also for an added touch, I like to change out the LED to make it clear that it is not a stock model.September 28, 2018 at 10:30 am #2241
Agreed! All of my modded DS1s have swapped status LEDs. I’ve also changed the knobs to match the LED so I kind of have a theme. Someday I’ll have to gather them up for a family photo. I haven’t cut one up in a loooong time- I just bought one of the new black ones NIB from a friend- come to think of it I didn’t think to open it up to make sure its not all SMD inside. Whoops. I’ll check that tonight. The plan was to make THIS one my ultimate DS1- the culmination of all my favorite mods and tweaks in one pedal.October 6, 2018 at 11:53 am #2361
Thanks for the tips. This is the basic keeley mod, sounds waaay better. I might have to try some of these other mods you recommend.October 11, 2018 at 10:30 pm #2420
I’ve not yet found a good way to use those guys. Please post some sound clips with a clean tone then on. I’ve modded a few also. I like using transistors for the diode clippingFebruary 11, 2019 at 9:07 pm #4194
Barry W DavisParticipant
I started out mostly modding pedals and studied quite a few mods especially for the DS-1, BD-2 and SD-1, charted them out and experimented and developed some of my own, I still do mods on request but I enjoy building mostly
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