Normally, I don't write many of these blogs, normally because i'm too busy doing the youtube's and the breadboarding (aka circuit design).
Spanning the last four decades, BOSS has created well over 100 different types of effects pedals, and each one delivers both colorful sounds and colorful looks.
First off, I owe you, the reader, customer, former customers, and potential customers, a gigantic apology.
I’ve been a good boy in recent times with almost no ranting, with little or no intention of deliberately highlighting things that will upset people…
The CH-1 chorus was in manufacture in 1989, so sometime in the future, it might be possible to find a pair of a very old and very new CH-1 with the exact same serial number.
I was recently given this vintage Boss OD-1 pedal by a friend who no longer plays.
However, looking at the JD-800 model number above, you can see that it begins with Z. Looking at the rest of my Roland gear, none of them have a serial number beginning with any letter other than Z.
To date, 20 different models have provided delay and echo effects in one form or another.The page I linked to says that Roland has sold more Boss CH-1 chorus pedals than that, and that when it overflowed, they simply started over again with Z__0000.An interesting thing to note is that the date codes will overflow in November 2010, and judging from the above example, they will probably just start over again with that month becoming A0.According to e Bay, the 1978-1979 version of the OD-1 sells for around 0 for a used one, which is about the same price as buying a new boutique distortion pedal.Not a bad price in my opinion if you’re looking for a truly vintage sounding overdrive.The Ibanez Tube Screamer was released shortly afterwards, although apparently the early Ibanez pedals sounded quite fuzzy and distorted.Today, the Boss OD-1 sets the standard for tube driven guitar tones, along with the Ibanez Tube Screamer. The pedal was eventually replaced by the SD-1, which featured slightly different circuitry.Among them are everyday guitar staples like overdrive, distortion, and reverb, as well as unique effects like Slow Gear and Slicer, just to name a few.And, of course, BOSS pioneered the famous chorus pedal in 1976, a now-standard effect that’s regularly used by players in every style of music.J = 10, K = 11, and so forth, and you append the four digits to that number. A thought about this: The JD-800 did not sell that well when it was first introduced, which explains why the store had it in stock for so long, judging from the manufacture date indicated in the serial number.So, a theoretical serial number of BD75191 would indicate the 25,191st unit of whatever model it was. And, mine must have been built near the end of the production run (actually, I wasn't aware that they had made as many as 9000 of them).