The name says it all! Discuss Steve's studios, your studios and gear set-ups, amps and effects here. This is not for discussing guitars (Steve's or otherwise).
No offence but how can you base an opinion of an effects pedal when you have a 15 watt amp ? I agree it sounds like a dying giraffe by itself but with the right combination of EQ it can sound good. I played one my 1st time on a Peavy Rage 158 and I was like Hmm... (*cough*) GARBAGE (*cough*). But I then tried it through one of them Roland processor amps through a 4x12 JC Clean, and I couldn't believe it was the same pedal. Not saying the DS-1 is the key to his tone and not preaching the use of the DS-1 cuz I rarely if never use it on my GT-8. Maybe what you need a new amp?