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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
 
5.0

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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 rubenr78

    from San Antonio, TX

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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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