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Overview

  • Tone, level, and distortion knobs on face
  • Super-tough construction
Description & Specs
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    $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
 
4.5

(based on 725 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (508)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (123)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (24)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (17)
  • Responsive (17)
  • Excellent sound quality (14)
  • Versatile (12)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (17)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (5)

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

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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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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    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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      Verified Buyer

      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

        About Me Experienced

        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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        "Great Distortion Pedal"

        By David P. Makowski

        from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Blooming Tone
        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Practicing
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

        The Boss DS-1 is a great distortion pedal. I have been through all the so called "boutique" pedals and I am happily back using Boss. First of all there is a lot to be said for how long this pedal has been in production. The other thing is knowing how to properly EQ it with any given guitar/amplifier. Tone is subjective, so try one out to see if you like it. What I like about my DS-1 is the sound, tone, availability, and cost. If you travel to play gigs, Boss pedals are the best due to road worthiness and they are very easy to replace if lost or stolen. One last thing is if you play LOUD, then the nuances of more expensive pedals will get lost in the mix. By comparison, Dunlop makes many great wah wah pedals but the original sounds great and on stage no one will be able to tell which variation you are using. I have been playing guitar for 34 years so that's what I am basing my OPINION on.

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        5.0

        Great pedal for a Great Value!

        By The Jazz Master

        from NH

        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:

          An inexpensive pedal that packs a punch. If you're looking for that perfect distortion pedal to top off your sound, the Boss DS-1 is the way to go.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good pedal

          By Hunter

          from Levelland, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Tone Has To Be Low

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

          Really great distortion, the only problem I really have is that unless you turn the tone down a lot, it sounds more like a fuzz pedal, which could also be a plus if you use fuzz a lot, but other then that it's really awesome, I bought it used a few moths ago, and I replaced the battery when I got it, and so far its still good

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Ok but not as a stand-alone effect.

          By JAC

          from Durham, NC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

              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.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good raunchy sounding dirt box

              By Abaddon9112

              from Vineland, NJ

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

              • Could Have More Volume
              • Lacks Low End

              Best Uses

              • 90s Rock
              • Performances
              • Swedish Death Metal

              Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

              Recently picked up one of these. They're an all around good distortion with a unique tone (not necessarily a bad tone as many seem to think). They work much better through a tube amp than a solid state. You can achieve the Kurt Cobain tone, good classic rock tones, and fuzz tones with the right settings. But my favorite way to use it is with all the knobs cranked into a moderate crunch setting. This will give you instant Swedish death metal tone like Entombed, and you won't have to pay $100+ for an old Boss HM-2. My only complaints are that it is not very loud and lacks low end, but I use a tube boost and a BBE Sonic Maximizer to compensate. If you like raw, raunchy distortion, you should have this in your arsenal!

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