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Boss DS-1 Distortion 40th Anniversary Guitar Effects Pedal

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The DS-1 Distortion was introduced in 1978 as part of the second wave of compact pedal releases. Its hard-edged attack and smooth sustain was an inst...Click To Read More About This Product

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Limited-edition colors—same legendary tone.

The DS-1 Distortion was introduced in 1978 as part of the second wave of compact pedal releases. Its hard-edged attack and smooth sustain was an instant success among guitarists, going on to fuel the signature sounds of numerous rock legends. The DS-1 has enjoyed such enduring popularity that’s it’s remained in the lineup to this day, outselling every other BOSS pedal to date.

To commemorate 40 years of BOSS pedal innovation, they've released a special version of the DS-1 that features a black body with gold lettering, gold-capped knobs and a vintage silver thumbscrew for the battery compartment. The pedal comes in a special box with the BOSS 40th anniversary logo, and will be available in 2017 only.


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BossDS-1 Distortion 40th Anniversary Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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  • Responsive (3)

Cons

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5.0

IMO a better sounding ds-1

By Red

from Illinois

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  • Compact Design
  • Responsive

Cons

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    • Performances

    Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion 40th Anniversary Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I bought a slightly used late 80's ds-1 way back in 1993 and used it a bit in a full time working band. It worked great with single coils and was fairly smooth. It did not have much output at all, and would get too buzzy if not set in it's VERY NARROW sweet spot. I stored it away and sold it a few years ago for over a 100 clams. Go Figure. I saw this 40th Anv. at MF and had to have one on looks alone. I put it on my board expecting it to sound like that old orange jar of bees But behold... something changed. It's better. Not like night and day, but noticeable. It has more output, holds the bass a bit better, and the tone pot is usable and doesnt get stupid. Other than that it's the same feel, and distortion. It's usable as a lead boost now. The old ones are useless for boosts.
    Ive read that the op-amp is a newer type than the old ones, plus I noticed in the specs this unit draws 10 m.a. vs 4 m.a. of the old units. This explains the higher output. If you dont like the old ds-1 give these new ones a try. You may like it.. It's not a huge improvement but a Darned noticeable one. It looks sharp to boot. I may get a limited edition orange on black version that is only sold through Musicians friend. Comes in a black box marked 40th anv. Ive read boss are making slight improvements across the pedal line, and this ds-1 is one. Im back to boss.

     
    4.0

    Good Pedal!

    By Bflame

    from Worcester, Ma

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion 40th Anniversary Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Sounds good with most amps. Really highlights single coil pups.

       
      5.0

      40 Years of BOSS Goodness

      By DaveThePius

      from Waukesha WI

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      Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion 40th Anniversary Guitar Effects Pedal:

      So BOSS is 40 years old, and of course they'd release some special 40th Anniversary stuff. I just couldn't justify shelling out the money for the Traffic Light Series box set, so I got this instead.

      Basically, it's the same thing as the regular DS-1 except it's black with gold lettering and BD-2 (Blues Driver) knobs. Also, it has a metal screw cap for the battery door/footswitch, and the back label is slightly different. Oh yeah, the box is black and gold and says "40th Anniversary" on the top. If you're a collector, this is all very cool, especially with the price still being quite reasonable. BOSS claims these are only being produced for 2017, so I'm sure these are already out of production.

      The DS-1 sound is quite well known. Some talk about how these were used to boost overdriven amps, which they do work rather well for. Others talk about how these were a staple for the 90's grunge sound, which is true as well. The DS-1 on it's own isn't really an amp-in-a-box type of distortion, rather a gain-ier big brother of the SD-1. It doesn't do a clean boost like the SD-1, in fact theres still gain when the gain knob is all the way down. Having come of age in the 90's, this pedal is very nostalgic to me. This was the best built, reasonably priced distortion everyone bought because their solid-state amp's drive channel was less than stellar.

      Having tried this against another mide it Taiwan DS-1, they both sounded pretty much the same with Anniversary DS-1 having just a slight bit more clarity and less harshness, but that could just be a placebo affect.

      Definitely a cool pedal and it seems rather awesome to see it in black instead of orange. Definitely happy having this one in the collection. I can also rationalize the upcharge on this more than I can the upcharge on the Waza pedals.

       
      5.0

      By one, you'll regret it if you don't.

      By MadCow

      from Germantown, MD

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      Pros

      • Anniversary Ltd. Ed.
      • Black & Gold
      • Compact Design
      • Dope
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • It's a Boss
        • Performances
        • Pro
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion 40th Anniversary Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is just a follow up. Get yours before they may sell out. Maybe it's me, but I think I can actually hear a slight difference between this anniversary one and the original orange one. This seems to have a better distortion, and seems much cleaner & crisper. Plus, it looks awesome.

         
        5.0

        Great detail on a timeless classic!

        By rodz78

        from San Antonio, Texas

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        Pros

        • Looks Good
        • Overall Amazing
        • Sounds Great

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everything!
          • Live Gigs
          • On the Road
          • Practice

          Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion 40th Anniversary Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I am really impressed with this pedal. It looks great in the black and gold dress and sounds great for any application.

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          5.0

          Why not?!

          By MadCow

          from Germantown, MD

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          Pros

          • Anniversary ed.
          • IT'S BLACK
          • It's still a DS-1
          • Will look dope next to my black Waza tuner

          Cons

          • just more money spent on gear!

          Best Uses

          • playing

          Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion 40th Anniversary Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Just ordered mine. Why not? I had some points & a credit, I'm a pedal junkie, and I don't have one of these. (I'm a bass player that plays 90% MXR) Might not even open it, might wait to find out if they are gonna sell out, or be ltd ed. Selling like crazy on another site.

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          5.0

          Legendary Hall of Fame Immortalized on Vinyl

          By Marky Mark

          from Pittsburgh PA

          Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion 40th Anniversary Guitar Effects Pedal:

          The DS1 Boss pedal was the biggest selling pedal and was the go to pedal through the years of the arena rock Marshall Stack phenomenon. When these big amps needed a boost, which they all did, this pedal was designed to put the right harmonic fizz on the top amp models since its inception. Look up ACDC ,Guns and Roses, Joe Satriani, Gary Moore, Ted Nugent, Skynard, ZZ Top, ...the list is endless. And this pedal still tops the list and there is a reason for it. It delivers harmonic distortion that was designed to boost and push powerful drive and distortion thru so many amps. It is the most efficient balanced tone distortion pedal to date. If you've ever gotten the chance to hear how many amps this thing sounds good through. I have had the luck to have been involved in many studio sessions as an engineer and session player. I also worked in music stores while going thru college.and got to try it in everything. Amps like the 65 FD Twin and 65 DLX Reverb 57 DLX Reverb,...all Marshall Amps, tube and Solid State....All Crate amps...etc...etc. It always delivers and enhances overdrive to distortion along with the amps own tone. There is no other pedal that does this so efficiently that comes to mind. The new pedals out there do have great sonic differences that may or may not enhance any particular amp. If you have the opportunity to sit and try them one but one you could be at it for days. But my experience is that some amps do better with an overdrive and some do better with a distortion. I also like the Boss Metal Zone because it has great eq control, but some amps like the FD Twin just sound better with the Boss DS1. This pedal is killer for clean amps where overdrive simply will not do. We use to keep a list of amps that were good matches for the DS1 and the list was quite large. All you have to do us look at the many raving reviews. I have not seen anything on this site with over 700 reviews and the DS1 has exceptionally great reviews.

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