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Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal 

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From screaming loud to whisper soft, the Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal can faithfully reproduce the dynamics of your playing style. Level and distortion...Click To Read More About This Product

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All the grind you'll ever want.

From screaming loud to whisper soft, the Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal can faithfully reproduce the dynamics of your playing style. Level and distortion controls give you complete command of the amount of signal processing. Tone knob lets you tailor EQ right on the unit. The Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal is a tough stompbox that can take whatever your boot can dish out. Includes 5-year warranty.

FEATURES
  • Tone, level, and distortion knobs on face
  • Super-tough construction

Sometimes you need a soft, clean, pure tone to express your musical vision. The REST of the time, you need the DS-1. Put it in the cart!

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BossDS-1 Distortion Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 747 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (520)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (128)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (27)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (30)
  • Responsive (29)
  • Excellent sound quality (24)
  • Versatile (21)
  • Good selection of effects (11)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (5)
  • Poor sound quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (27)
  • Home studio (24)
  • Amateur recording (22)
  • Outdoor events / games (20)
  • Professional recording (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (33), Professional musician (9), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Twinkie, Cockroach & The Boss DS-1

This pedal has been around for ever and there is a reason. It's not flashy or boutique, but it is a classic. If you are like me, you don't have just one distortion...Read complete review

This pedal has been around for ever and there is a reason. It's not flashy or boutique, but it is a classic. If you are like me, you don't have just one distortion pedal, but a few (in my case a box), but I always come back to this pedal. I have some great distortion and overdrive pedals including a few of the vintage tube and analog ones and several digital ones. The DS1 gives you a straight up utility distortion and what I love about it is that the output signal doesn't waver like some distortion pedals and there is really good tone transparency. What's also great about this pedal is the consistency of sound no matter what guitar or amp you are using. You have a really good range of tonal control and the casing can take a beating. It's not the kind of pedal that you just drool over, but it is a must have if you are looking for a solid, reliable distortion pedal for a really good price. I've been using this pedal for years and I find that I use it alot as a reference pedal against my other distortion pedals and if another pedal doesn't blow the DS1 away, I tend to not use it. The DS1 always seems to creep its way back into my pedal board, just like putting on an old pair of comfortable shoes. Oh and if you were wondering what the heck the title was about, I was referencing that the DS1 will survive the apocalypse as well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ok but not as a stand-alone effect.

Like many people, I got this as my very first distortion pedal when I started playing guitar many years ago. It was ok as a beginner pedal but I eventually moved on to hi-gain...Read complete review

Like many people, I got this as my very first distortion pedal when I started playing guitar many years ago. It was ok as a beginner pedal but I eventually moved on to hi-gain amps and pricier boxes. Looking back (I do still have the pedal), I realize now that this thing can be a good tool but it's very dependant on everything else you're using. By itself, through a clean amp like a Fender or an AC30 (and especially through solid state) the pedal can sound like garbage. I agree with the other reviewers here who say it sounds best with a pushed tube amp or when supplemented with other pedals. I'd always heard that Steve Vai uses this pedal a lot but it never made sense to me until I saw how many other pieces of gear he uses. So overall, depending on the other gear you use, this could be a good pedal for you. I personally prefer the Proco Rat pedal for classic distortion tones but that's just my taste...although the Rat definitely wins on build quality. At this price it's not like you're risking life and limb to try the DS-1.

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4.0

Lets make this simple

By Matt Wilkes

from St. George, Utah

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

      The legendary DS-1 Lets make it simple. Sounds great with Humbuckers. Is very responsive to picking dynamics when drive is around noon.
      Sounds pretty bad with single coils. Very fizzy and hollow. I switch this out with my EHX Pi when using single coils and back to DS-1 with my Humbuckers.

       
      5.0

      Best choice

      By Blackrune

      from Reno, NV

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

        This pedal is simple to use and it has a great tone, perfect amount of distortion and very well built. I purchased a Metal Zone a few months ago but grew unhappy with it. I bought the DS-1 and fell in love with it. I use it for both guitar and bass. The distortion is perfect because I like to hear notes and chords while blasting out metal and punk. It's good for a wide variety of styles and it's not so overdriven that it sounds muddy or fuzzy. I will definitely buy another one.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Boss Delivers Here Very Nicely

        By Chris

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

          A thirty five year player, I've been buying Boss pedals since the early '80's. Boss is, in my book, the best effect pedal maker around. Boss always delivers durability and versatility with innovation, and nail their sounds or intended effects (with the ability to personally modify that effect, often mightily) quite brilliantly. Since amps come with gain already a feature, it might seem unnecessary to add a distortion pedal to the mix, and yield to the temptation to go chase that delay or phaser instead. However, this little pedal provides a richer and sharper (or grittier) distortion than most amps feature, and it allows you to dial in a wide range of tones, weight, clarity, and bite to that distortion effect, and very simply done with three dials. More fun and a better sounding result than messing with gain, treble, and bass knobs of amp selection. A winner here, and a fantastic fundamental foundation pedal to build your other effect pedals upon. Not overly expensive, but all the Boss quality found in its product line-up. Pick one up. You will appreciate it and your sound stands to improve.

           
          5.0

          Great price/Great sound

          By Matt

          from Tx

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          Comments about DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

          This pedal add a good amount of gain for a very good price. Everyone should have this on their pedal board.

           
          5.0

          Legendary

          By Jeffrey

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

          Boss pedals are always top-notch.

           
          4.0

          Good pedal, not the sound i was looking for

          By Brenno

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

          Pedal worked great, just not the sound I am looking for. For classic/hard rock its great, good control, all except for the distortion level, even at its lowest setting it will not work as a clean boost.

          (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wow wow wow

          By bobo jones

          from USA

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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 Pedal:

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            I hate reviews that k=make you fill out every section Maybe i don't have nothin to say right here

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy and recomend this product, for sure.

            By David by lake huron

            from Port Huron

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

              It is simply a great distortion petal. There are many petals to choose from, but why pay more?
              This petal produces the rock sounds that is most recordings simulate. Simply put big value.

              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Good product

              By Wild Bill

              from USA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Good Selection Of Effects

              Cons

              • Buy AC adapter seperately

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

              This pedal was on sale and although it is a good product, apparently on sale meant buying the AC adapter separately. Either use a lot of 9V batteries or buy the adapter.

              (6 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Worst distortion pedal

              By Cameron

              from Akron, Ohio

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              Pros

              • Sturdy

              Cons

              • Cuts Volume
              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

              • As a paperweight

              Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

              This is the worst distortion pedal out there. Whenever you turn it on, the volume cuts down to about 30%. In a band setting, it's like unplugging the guitar, you just can't hear it anymore. Plus, it's pointless if you have an amp with a drive channel because it sounds the same. Actually, the drive on my Marshall 50W solid state sounds way better. I returned mine and found out that the volume problem was not just my pedal but is actually a frequent problem with these pedals. Don't waste your time or money.

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