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Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal  

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Overview
  • Tone, level, and distortion knobs on face
  • Super-tough construction
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $78.50
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    - $29.50
  • Your Price:
    $4900

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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 730 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (509)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (125)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (25)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (20)
  • Responsive (20)
  • Excellent sound quality (16)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (19)
  • Home studio (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Professional recording (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The standard for distortion pedals

Distortion goes from mild break up to ALMOST metal territory. Great for electric blues all the way to modern rock.
Three knobs, the way distortion pedals were intended. Tone and Dist. are...Read complete review

Distortion goes from mild break up to ALMOST metal territory. Great for electric blues all the way to modern rock.
Three knobs, the way distortion pedals were intended. Tone and Dist. are easily adjusted. Level is a little harder to access, but that's fine. It makes it harder to mess up that setting.
It's a Boss.
Yes, it doesn't have a true by-pass, but it also doesn't pop when you hit the pedal.
Good value for an indestructible pedal that's been around forever. A very useable pedal for real life, not just the bedroom.

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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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5.0

Nothing like a little fuzz

By OhioTechyDude

from Medina, Ohio

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

    When my big-board pedal set went out this guy was the first to join my existing individuals. Nice, grungy but powerful sounds are a welcome part of 'the team'. I love it

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    4.0

    Twinkie, Cockroach & The Boss DS-1

    By Gear Junkie

    from Central NJ

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Even Signal Output
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Tough Casing
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Not Tube Based

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

    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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    4.0

    Crunch and thump

    By East Coast Rob

    from Manchester, NH

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

      I've had this pedal for a little over a week and I like the tones I'm getting from it so far. When you use the tone knob it can fatten up your sound or over drive your guitar with a little bit of a squeal. The distortion is pretty much what I expected, a nice low and mid range with some crunch. I've played some classic rock songs all the way to modern rock with this pedal and it covers their different tones well.

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      3.0

      Used pedal equals no light

      By Casey

      from Cleveland Ohio

      Pros

      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

          described as like new, but obviously never tested when it came back, the on light doesn't work, so you cant tell if the pedal is on or not.

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          (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Almost the worst distortion pedal ever

          By Montana Ax-Man

          from Missoula, MT

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                Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

                These DS-1 pedals sounded lousy way back in 1982, when I took mine back to the store after 3 days and traded it for a Boss HM-2, which was way, WAY better. Nowadays, with 100 times more choices out there, I just don't understand the continuing popularity of the DS-1. It's not the worst distortion pedal ever, but it's close. I hate the buzzy, thin, one-dimensional sound of these pedals. Goodbye bottom end. Goodbye harmonic overtones. Goodbye natural tube amp tone. The other guitarist in my band still uses one. One day I will simply snap and hurl his DS-1 into the river. Guess then I will have to buy him a new pedal, but believe me it won't be a DS-1.

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                5.0

                Perfect birthday gift!

                By GuitarWife

                from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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                Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

                It was my husband's birthday and he loves music gadgets and guitar related products. He absolutely loves this item! Another high five for the wife/ole lady!

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                5.0

                the bread & butter of guitar distortion

                By thunderbird guy

                from Plymouth, MA

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                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:

                  Well what can I say. If you're looking for a really good quality distortion sound, on a budget and can only buy one pedal, this is your best bet. The variety of distorted tones that you can get out of this box is insane, everything from bluesy tones, to old-school aerosmith distortion, to kurt cobain's signature sound, even as far as a heavy yet crunchy lamb of god type distortion. even if you have an amp with a built in distortion on it, chances are this thing will still blow it out of the water. and for the price, you really can't go wrong. and with all BOSS pedals, it is completely metal, takes a standard wall adapter and would probably survive a nuclear apocalypse. I've been using one for 4 years and it has yet to show any signs of wear. if you have a very specific tone in mind, maybe there is something that would suit you better but if you want a jack-of-all-trades distortion pedal, look no further than this thing.

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                  5.0

                  Classic distortion.

                  By JBat77

                  from New Zealand

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

                    With the distortion knob turned to zero I get a nice dirty crunch through my Vox Ac4tv and a great rock/lead tone when it's turned up to the max. Regardless of where I set it the tone is always usable and quite a lot of fun for such an affordable pedal.

                    Be nice it if could do metal which it can almost do but not quite. Couldn't do much better for the money though, great stomp box!

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                    5.0

                    Nice smooth distortion, solid pedal

                    By johnk1492

                    from Clovis, New Mexico

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

                      Good quality pedal. Smooth, adjustable distortion sound.

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                      5.0

                      Great pedal

                      By Jammer123

                      from St. Louis

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                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Good For Beginners
                      • Not Expensive
                      • Responsive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Limited Selection Of Effects
                      • Not A Stand-alone Pedal

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

                      Great pedal, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If looking for a good first pedal, or just a touch of dirt to full on metal, this is perfect.

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