Going through Ibanez DS-7 Distortion Pedal
Band: Ibanez DS-7 Distortion Pedal
Author: Thousand Sons - 2012-08-01
I'm just going to cut the fluff around the somewhat controversial Ibanez trademark and their overpriced guitars and I am just going to dig into this pedal.
I have owned a range of pedals throughout my life and to be honest this ,by far, is the worst distortion pedal that I have EVER owned. And just for this reason it merits a review.
I have bought this pedal for 20 euros (used) and I don't know what has gotten into me that day ,perhaps the sales skills of the guitar shop guy, but after trying on several distortion pedals I brought this bitch home. And to be honest, it is not THAT bad, I have seen much worse when it comes to distortion stomp boxes , like the Maxtone Distortion pedal. But when compared to my other distortion pedals this falls in the shit-eaten-then-vomited-then-eaten-again category. Even the DOD FX 33 is better, at least it was fun to use with all the farting and burping sounds its “chaotic” Octaver created (the DOD FX33 is actually a very prized, rare, particular and interesting pedal which I have later sold for a considerable profit).
And now we'll see why the Ibanez is a total drag.
Casing: A light weight, grey Aluminium box, which is sturdy enough and won't break easily. But happens to be too light weight making it easy to move and kick around (which is probably the best use you can make of this pedal). And this presents a problem during gigs and on stage, if your band has some choreography going or you get a bit too active with your performance, you risk kicking this pedal around and fly it straig replica handbags ht into the face of an innocent bystander (if you are using this pedal on stage nobody will be interested in your sound, hence bystander). So if you are misfortunate enough to own one and consider to use it on stage (DON'T! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!) consider taping it in position on t replica handbags he ground or get a pedal case for it. And aesthetically it looks like one of those 80's Soviet Union effect pedals only it's made out of Aluminium instead of a plastic casing... Yeah! They used to make pedals casings out of plastic in the USSR (Sorry Behringer). 2/5
Electronics: We have a red, flat top LED which is rather unconventional when it comes to stomp boxes since most of the b replica rolex ig names in the business use conventional round top LEDs in their stomp boxes. We have a one-to-one input/output female jacks. A standard power supply adapter input ( internal negative and external positive) and standard 9-volt battery housing spring locked battery housing.
The most awkward part in the electronics are the potentiometers; in this pedal they are push-ins which means you can push them in and out of the metal casing when you need to modify the pedal settings (which in itself is rather useless, since you won't get a decent sound out of it).
Why on earth would anybody even consider this using them? They are useless! Yes! I admit that it might look catchy at the first glance but their functionality is at a zero level. None of the other pedal producing companies use them. Was Ibanez so needy of attention towards its products that they needed to include such useless electronics? Although I think that they were designed this way to prevent the accidental changes in the pedal's settings, but I have never encountered any accidental pedal setting shifts in my entire life and never heard of anybody who had them. And this was the MAIN characteristic of the series of pedals to which the DS7 belongs, the “Tone Lock” series. Yes! Ibanez made a whole series of pedals based on this useless idea: that pedal settings might somehow change when you are playing them.
Ok, so you might accidentally change the other settings with your fingers when you are trying to modify one setting. But seriously! Look at how much space you have between one pot and the other, there is enough space for an entire finger! You'd have to be a retard in order to do that accidentally! In fact I think that Ibanez's initial name for this series was “Anti-Retard” but somebody up there in marketing thought that it would be counter productive.
The pots themselves are crap, but not because they are flimsy. Because they are of such low sensitivity that you'd have to move each one of them at least two tacks in order to hear any substantial difference in your sound. Not to mention that they give you no serious tone options (Low, Midrange, High) because you have only 3 of these fuckers, namely: Drive, Tone, Level which is completely retarded. The learning curve for this pedal is non-existent. 2/5
Durability: As strange as it might sound, this pedal is reliable and takes some serious punishment. You can use this pedal as a weapon in studio fights or throw it at walls (another good use of this shit box) and nothing will happen. I don't take good care of my pedals as they happen to lay around my apartment but regardless of which this pedal is still working fine. It is trustworthy and won't let you down. And this is the only positive quality that it might have. 5/5
Sound: And here comes the real shit pie that you'd have to eat if you's have bought this pedal. We are talking about a heavily saturated mid-range and high-range tone, no bass-end/low-end to it. If you dial the Drive option to a bit after the minimum your sound becomes incredibly squeezed chocking the shit out of your notes, if you put it on max your amp just gets over saturated and you won't hear the notes. It chokes your tone both way, the only solution is the 12 o'clockish option which gives you some hint of the low-end spectrum. The overall sound is too crispy and god knows that I have tried playing with the settings, limited as they are. Although to be completely honest, I have obtained some relatively cool vibes after some fidgeting. But that still doesn't give this pedal any extra points: IT'S A STOMP BOX AND NOT A NINTENDO PUZZLE GAME! I don't have to waste an hour just to find a setting that works! Although the feedback is extremely limited and the sound is rather crispy-clear ,and these are the only positive sides of this, the overall soundscape offered by this pedal is ear-raping and not in the good way and it's not versatile for shit. This is distilled crap! 2/5
Price/Quality Ratio: Here comes the BOMB! The retail price on this bag of shit is, prepare yourselves...
You can get a Digitech analog distortion for less than that! Fuck! Add 40 euros and you can bring home a new Boss distortion pedal. This is a complete rip-off. 1/5
This pedal might be good if you are into brainlessly riffing Black Metal tunes or into more mellow musical genres. But the distortion remains sterile offering some punch but without any serious muscle to back it up with. I use this pedal to experiment on new riffs, when I need more clarity to see if the riff combinations work, then I ditch it for my other distortion pedals.
Some might argue that Ibanez tried to provide the beginner guitar player with a multifunctional, easy to learn pedal and that is fine. The only thing is: IT COSTS 70 EUROS and IS AS VERSATILE AS KEVIN COSTNER (whatever that means). It does not work for the beginners, it costs too much and it's simply horrible.
If you like having shitty pedals in your armada and like fucking around with them to see what happens or if you like modding pedals you should get this. It's cheap, even though the retail value is 70 euros (God! What a scam) you would probably find it used for peanuts or find it for half the retail price on the internet.
Overall rating: 2.4/5 for the product as a whole. But when it comes to the sound it's a 2/5.