The SD2 is my favorite yellow BOSS pedal.

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Re: The SD2 is my favorite yellow BOSS pedal.

Post by Ptak » Tue Nov 28, 2023 3:54 am

I am 50/50 if this writing is my own. It may be slightly better so I guess I didn't mod that pedal :lol: I don't think I ran that resistor/cap in parallel but everything else are the same stuff I had on hand while I was modding those. I've done a lot of mods on this pedal, mostly tinkering for myself on my last amp around 6 years ago. The mod I had on hand was done by Keeley and was basically cap upgrades and a diode swap then notes from Wampler.

Biggest thing everyone needs to know is the older/newer versions sound drastically different. From my memory the older is darker/less clarity while newer has more clarity and I believe is much brighter.

Laurie, you should def pick one up and fix the green channel. Most everyone seem to dislike it. I never could tailor it to my liking personally and got a new amp. Still like the red channel though.

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Re: The SD2 is my favorite yellow BOSS pedal.

Post by zentropa » Thu Mar 14, 2024 9:55 pm

You can see that a lot of the electrolytic caps were changed out, a resistor or cap value change here and there and some diodes replaced some LEDs. There is also a cap/resistor parallel piggyback happening right where the two chips meet at the bottom of the board.
If you look closely, the older/modded one is a different circuit from the stock one. The first thing I noticed on the modded one was R100 (located at the left of that chip pair on the bottom of the board. This component location is not present on the newer, stock board. When I looked at the traces on the back, there were a couple small variances, too. From what I have gathered, the SD2 hit the market around 04/1993, so the modded one is the original design, and the stock one is a revision of some sort.
Out of curiosity I opened up my SD-2. It does not have a spot for R100 on the board and is from January 1994. Trying to narrow it down to find out when exactly the change happened, but seems will have to dig into 1993 only to find out.

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Re: The SD2 is my favorite yellow BOSS pedal.

Post by zentropa » Sat Mar 30, 2024 3:13 pm

Just got one from August 1993 and it also does not have R100.

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Re: The SD2 is my favorite yellow BOSS pedal.

Post by zentropa » Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:43 am

Pulled the service notes for the SD-2 with a date of May 1993 and those do not have the R100 either. I think I'm going to abandon this one from the variant hunt. Ended up overpaying (IMO) for a super clean August 1993 w/ box/manual, only to have it not be the variation and also lost the tone shootout to my beat up January 1994. Oh well.

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Re: The SD2 is my favorite yellow BOSS pedal.

Post by zentropa » Sun Apr 07, 2024 10:25 pm

Ongoing saga... it is the later year SD-2s that have R100, C100, etc. I managed to get a 1998 in a trade.

I also seem to remember having one a long time ago that had a component soldered to the traces side of the board that appeared to be factory done.

I was able to find some old threads on various forums talking about this as well, but unfortunately all of the image links were no longer working.

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Re: The SD2 is my favorite yellow BOSS pedal.

Post by bigtone23 » Wed Jun 19, 2024 7:52 am

I came back and reread this thread and something occurred to me...

Since my clean-looking and stock 11/94 SD2 doesn't have R100 and all painted parts match, I will say it's a legit example of that version of the pedal for that time frame.

My hypothesis, dare I say theory, is that the 6/93 (modded) SD2 is a Frankenstein, presumably from two pedals.
--The bottom plate/serial number references 6/93, which is within the SD2 production era.
--Our observations show R100 appearing in later versions.
--6/93 does have R100.
--6/93 has mismatched paint colors for the body and footpad. The footpad being a noticeably darker shade of yellow.
--The 6/93 body paint is a very similar shade to the body of the 11/94. Just different enough to be an acceptable production run variance.
Perhaps 6/93 is the body and bottom plate from one SD2, and the circuit board and foot plate from another later version?

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Re: The SD2 is my favorite yellow BOSS pedal.

Post by zentropa » Wed Jun 19, 2024 5:12 pm

That does sound possible.

I know the 1993 I had was a different shade of yellow than my January 1994 and my 1998. If memory serves, the 1993 was darker.

My guess is that it is the body/board from a later version, bottom plate and foot plate from an earlier one.

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Re: The SD2 is my favorite yellow BOSS pedal.

Post by bigtone23 » Thu Jun 20, 2024 5:13 am

zentropa wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2024 5:12 pm
That does sound possible.

I know the 1993 I had was a different shade of yellow than my January 1994 and my 1998. If memory serves, the 1993 was darker.

My guess is that it is the body/board from a later version, bottom plate and foot plate from an earlier one.
That makes perfect sense. The darker footplate does seem older.

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