NPD: Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor

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  1. BenjaminW

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    Got an NS-2 as a birthday present, and has been a much needed item on my board that I am glad to have received! Ever since I got my Marshall 2203, the noise has been extremely unbearable especially given that I am boosting the amp. I've also started to use my Strats in the last couple of months and those having standard single-coils is no help.

    Luckily, Boss makes an excellent noise gate! Obviously there is still some noise coming from the amp especially when I have the lights on in the room, but beyond that, that's my only complaint.

    Also want to give a shoutout to Rob L on YouTube for making a video on how to use this pedal more effectively in both the effects loop and in front of the amp, and I highly advise watching this video before you buy an NS-2 to further utilize it.

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    I know this isn't the most exciting NPD post, but I thought it would be something cool to share as this is both a life saver and a cure of some of my GAS.
     
  2. wheresthefbomb

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    Happy NPD!

    There's something satisfying about buying "utility" pedals/accessories that don't do "fun" stuff. Tuners, noise gates, isolated power supplies, ABYs, etc.

    I get the same kick I get from spending money on nice tools.
     
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    Shiny! I’m used to seeing those beat to hell, I’m sure you’ll get years of use from it. Enjoy!
     
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    Nothing at all wrong with the NS2. I ran my 5150 with it on all the time for about 10 years before making the digital jump. Running the loop/in/out is the way to go for sure. Not sure if your 2203 has a loop (I know the older ones didnt) but if it does that's the way to roll.
     
  5. BenjaminW

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    Mine is the reissue with the loop. Running it in the loop and in front of the amp works wonders.
     
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    I love my NS-2. Set and forget and they just keep working.

    - As far as your light problems I assume it's fluorescent lighting. Those are pesky. If part of your rig is plugged into a cheap power strip that could be a culprit for all kinds of noise. Plug into a good power stirp or straight to the wall. Also stand far away from the the lights if possible. Or stand in a dark corner when you jam and that might cure it. :lol:
     
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    +1. Also, unless you haven't tried it yet, slap a 9v battery in your pedal and see if that helps it. Those things are pretty picky about what type of power they get running through them.
     
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    Also about the power strip. It reminded me of a very funny story and it's a bit of a derail but may get a few laughs. I was probably about 18-19 and was getting ready to do my first legit show with original tunes. We were in my parents basment, running through the set and got to the last song. I was playing on a BC Rich NJ Beast, the first runs that came out (I...FUCKING....MISS...THOSE GUITARS!!) and i had a b or g string break. We just kept playing, i was reaching up higher on the fretboard to compensate on the leads. So we're jamming, killing it, and im headbanging hard enough to pop my head off and a feel a snag followed by a tug. Then sparks shooting every fucking where. My broken string had gotten into one of the outlets on a power strip haha. It's a wonder i didn't get my ass fried in a bad way. Needless to say i stopped playing when i realized what was going on lol. The string melted to the damn thing lol. Close call for sure.

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    Carry on..
     
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    Along the lines of utility purchases, I bought a Furman conditioned power supply and it was worth every single penny. Didn't make all the noise go away, but can be helpful with pesky building wiring issues.
     
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    I think the NS-2 is a great pedal. I use one 4CM with my 5150 III 50W and it works great. If anything, I think the sound is a little clearer with it in the chain. Not just less noisy, but a little clearer, like the buffers clear up the sound a bit.
     
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