Dating boss pedals

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They demanded an all-in-one box that would grant them the godlike abilities of the guitar virtuosos—sizzling pinch harmonics, light speed heavy metal pick sweeping, and laser beam tapping solos. Boss was netting record profits and the corporate decision was of course to ramp up production while cutting costs. In Taiwan they began to use cheaper components, not to mention the designs began to favor the falling prices of digital technology to more costly and outdated analog design.

As things got even more complex we got the wonderful yet somewhat sterile-sounding COSM technology, which opened up the Boss world to digital modeling, with the disadvantage of using surface-mounted devices SMD , which are so small and complex that they exclude any possibility of modding, tweaking or bending these newer pedals. You might think the newer Boss pedals sound great.

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It is something that can only be described as a fuller, richer, and more organic sound. There are a number of ways to date your Boss pedal.


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You can find the serial number in the battery compartment inside the pedal. Lastly, the original Boss compact pedals produced from have silver thumb screws holding the battery cover.

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Anything after has a black screw. Silver screw pedals are highly sought after. Check out some of the MIJ vs MIT shootouts below and check out BossArea for the most comprehensive reference on every single Boss pedal as well as amazingly informational and active forum.


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I love Boss pedals. Despite their conformity and common size each pedal has its own personality and unique function. I have this theory that everyone is a collector of something, and for me it must be these pedals. They really nailed many legendary sounds on the first try, I can only think of a few effects that they never successfully made their own—those being wah, whammy, fuzz, and vibe effects. Kurt Cobain used one until he broke it and graduated to a DS Boss pedals are like memory boxes that capture a particular feeling—a moment in time.

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They demanded an all-in-one box that would grant them the godlike abilities of the guitar virtuosos—sizzling pinch harmonics, light speed heavy metal pick sweeping, and laser beam tapping solos. Boss was netting record profits and the corporate decision was of course to ramp up production while cutting costs.

In Taiwan they began to use cheaper components, not to mention the designs began to favor the falling prices of digital technology to more costly and outdated analog design.