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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...Read More

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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 733 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (511)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (126)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (25)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (23)
  • Responsive (22)
  • Excellent sound quality (18)
  • Versatile (16)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (21)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Home studio (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
  • Professional recording (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (7)

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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5.0

I love this pedal

By Dingo

from Salt Lake City, Utah

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

      I love this pedal to death. Great variety of tones and sounds, all at amazing quality. (Also love the fact that the in-box-booklet has a section where you can jot down your favorite settings in case it's been a while.)

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Decent, not awesome...

      By saustindavis

      from Spokane, WA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Durable
      • Upgradable Via Mods

      Cons

      • Limited Selection Of Effects
      • One Trick Pony
      • Too Bright

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

      I bought this pedal used with the intention of performing some mods to it. The distortion tones out of it are OK stock, but I'm looking for something a little more beefy and Marshall-like. I'm about 90% of the way there with it as-is by rolling the tone back, distortion about half, and the level just about my clean tone. It's definitely solid, no worries about it fritzing out. It might have been worth it to just buy one that is already modded, but hindsight is 20/20... Certainly a decent pedal for the money, but with so many boutique builders out there, and at moderate prices, it might be worth saving a little money and getting something that doesn't require modding.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A key pedal in my setup

      By MR_MOJOMAN

      from SUFU SD

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

        Of all the overdrive/distortion pedals by Boss, this one is the most versatile. If you're not sure if you want an Overdrive, a Distortion, or a Boost, just get this. To some degree, all three can be achieved here. Best feature is that it is still analog!

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Pedal Only when Modified

        By nsen74

        from USA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy to use

        Cons

        • Thin Sounding

        Best Uses

        • Best Used When Modified

        Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

        I bought the regular DS-1 and used it through my Fender Twin and it was adequate. It has a reasonable sound kind of like an early Van Halen sound. It is versatile since it can be used in all types of music.

        Honestly, this pedal is best when modified. I had it modified and brought so much more out of it. The tone improved, there was more clarity, more bottom end, more sustain, and sparkle/harmonics. It opened the pedals sound and widened it and actually made it less distorted. It has more of a real classic tone like the big amp companies now. Now I would say this can compete with some of the best pedals out there when modified. Pick one of these up used for cheap and pay a little extra to get it modified. It's well worth it.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nothing like a little fuzz

        By OhioTechyDude

        from Medina, Ohio

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        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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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Twinkie, Cockroach & The Boss DS-1

          By Gear Junkie

          from Central NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          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

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Verified Reviewer

          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 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Almost the worst distortion pedal ever

            By Montana Ax-Man

            from Missoula, MT

            About Me Experienced

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              Cons

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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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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect birthday gift!

                  By GuitarWife

                  from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  the bread & butter of guitar distortion

                  By thunderbird guy

                  from Plymouth, 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:

                    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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