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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 controls give you complete command of the amount o... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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
  • Lets your true guitar tone shine through
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Boss pedals - 5 year parts warranty
90 day labor warranty.
1 year warranty - Multitracks, Jamstations, etc.
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BossDS-1 Distortion Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 255 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (183)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Compact (5)
  • Responsive (4)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Performances (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

vesitile for every guitarist

This pedal is awesome, I can play a bunch of different styles with one pedal. It has raw distortion and lighter side if needed. I would recomend buying a boss adapter because this...Read complete review

This pedal is awesome, I can play a bunch of different styles with one pedal. It has raw distortion and lighter side if needed. I would recomend buying a boss adapter because this pedal goes though batteries quite quickly. Awesome pedal I really recomend it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

doubt anyone will see this review

For what it is, the ds-1 is a decent distortion pedal. I just recently bought one and I'm running it through an Vox AC15 Custom. Because of the chimey tone of the...Read complete review

For what it is, the ds-1 is a decent distortion pedal. I just recently bought one and I'm running it through an Vox AC15 Custom. Because of the chimey tone of the amp, I keep the settings on the pedal to Tone at or below 12 o'clock; Distortion at 3 or 1 o'clock and level wherever it matches my volume. If you are an beginner-intermediate level guitar player, this is probably a good choice if all you want is something that will take you away from your clean channel and into distortion. But honestly if you own a solid state amp, don't buy this. Because chances are that you're buying it to get a better sounding distortion than what your amp already offers, and this won't give it to you. If you own a tube amp like me, it's decent to add some edge to the natural distortion you can get from overdriving your tubes, but not really all that noticeable (unless you want more distortion while playing at a quiet volume). All this said, I'm returning mine soon because it's really nothing special but for the price, it is a good deal.

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(220 of 256 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

vesitile for every guitarist

By warrior princess

from fallbrook, CA

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

This pedal is awesome, I can play a bunch of different styles with one pedal. It has raw distortion and lighter side if needed. I would recomend buying a boss adapter because this pedal goes though batteries quite quickly. Awesome pedal I really recomend it.

(55 of 70 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great distortion pedal for the price!

By MichaelB

from Pilot Point, TX

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

I have owned this pedal for about five months now, and I really like it. It's great for when I'm in my room, just messing around. But when turned up to full band practice volume, it gives some very bad feedback. But I've found turning the Tone knob to about 9 - 12 o'clock really helps. It's not the greatest distortion pedal in the world, but everyone has to start somewhere. Not everybody has the money to buy 90+ dollar pedals. So it's a great pedal for the price, but if you have a little more money, I'd invest in the DS2. The DS1 is a great pedal for low volume playing, but at high volume, it can get really annoying with the feedback. Even through all of this, you will get the bang for your buck!

(40 of 55 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent Pedal

By rock4jc

from Raleigh,NC

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

This pedal is pretty much the staple of every guitarist. Almost every guitarist owns one of these pedals sometime in their career. In my opinion, this pedal is not that great by itself. If you use it into a solid state amp it will usually sound very shrill and tinny. Use it in a tube amp however, and this thing will scream. I've found that I like this pedal a lot better if I use it for a lead boost rather than my main distortion/overdrive. This pedal has a ton of treble so it works great for a high end boost to cut thru the mix in a live situation. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, this is a Boss pedal, so it is pretty much indestructable.

(22 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First and best!

By Ryan

from Pickerington, Ohio

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

This was the first pedal I ever bought and I have used it every time I play. I haven't had any problems with it and I have had it roughly two years. Its very sturdy and has an amazing sound. I recommend this pedal for beginners and even top performers, this pedal can go all the way.

(22 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

doubt anyone will see this review

By Mike

from Grand Rapids, MI

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

For what it is, the ds-1 is a decent distortion pedal. I just recently bought one and I'm running it through an Vox AC15 Custom. Because of the chimey tone of the amp, I keep the settings on the pedal to Tone at or below 12 o'clock; Distortion at 3 or 1 o'clock and level wherever it matches my volume. If you are an beginner-intermediate level guitar player, this is probably a good choice if all you want is something that will take you away from your clean channel and into distortion. But honestly if you own a solid state amp, don't buy this. Because chances are that you're buying it to get a better sounding distortion than what your amp already offers, and this won't give it to you. If you own a tube amp like me, it's decent to add some edge to the natural distortion you can get from overdriving your tubes, but not really all that noticeable (unless you want more distortion while playing at a quiet volume). All this said, I'm returning mine soon because it's really nothing special but for the price, it is a good deal.

(18 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good and cheap

By Eric

from eugene, oregon

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

you can get this pedal 4 pretty cheap which is good, cause it sounds awesome and is very simple to use and wont break easily if you want a good distortion pedal for a reasonable price, get this one now!!!

(15 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can you argue with a classic?

By Klisk

from NJ

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

The DS-1 is often considered the swiss army knife of distortion. Well, you can't argue with that. It's been on more pro recordings than we could ever count, and it's simply one of Boss' masterpieces in that sense. It's a classic tone. Something all guitarists should at least try. This pedal, matched with a Fender Twin is THE 'In Utero' sound. The gain gets right up there. It's marshall tone. The level lets you mix and blend right into your amp, and while I personally recommend the tone at 11 o'clock, you have a whole realm of bass and tone frequencies to choose from. It's the best introduction to distortion. The price makes this something you can't help but invest in. Try it out, I promise you'll love it!

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Pedal!

By Trevor

from Lancaster

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

This is really a great pedal for hard rock, grunge, and punk. This pedal works 10 times better if you have a humbucker. If you don't, I probably would not recommend this pedal if you want to play heavier music. Otherwise, this is a great pedal and is definitely worth the money and you should get it.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

DS-1 Distortion

By J Simmons

from elkridge, MD

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

I use my DS-1 with both of my guitars, an Epiphone SG Special (ebony) and my Ibanez Joe Satriani Series w/floyd-rose liscensed trem. My settings (in order) are: TONE: just past the half point, LEVEL, before the half mark, and max DISTORTION. This runs into a Brand X 25 watt amp (at my house). It sounds great for both rhythm and lead parts cause I play both. The tone is good but not when it gets to high. Distortion is better in my opinion. A great buy for the price.

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BUY IT-ITS AMAZING!

By Bobby G.

from Moncure, NC

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

This was my first pedal and it is amazing! I went to a music store and compared a few, and this was the best. It sounded even better when I got home. The only bad thing is when you turn the dials all the way up, you get some fuzz. This is a great pedal for rock,metal,blues, and much more.

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

under estimated

By mojohand

from usa

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

The DS1 is a very under estimated effects pedal.Most people judge this pedal by it's price tag. I have owned this pedal for close to four years and it has not let me down yet.If you use this with the knowlege of setting your amp and tweaking this pedal it will produce some great tone.Be aware that it will not make a low end amp sound like a quality high end amp.I use this on two of my rigs. One is a Fender Deluxe and the other is a Marshall TSL 100.It sounds great now but in the begining it sounded mediocre until I found the recipe for tweaking this pedal for both rigs.This pedal is also reliable. I have been gigging with this for appx. four years and it has held up quite nicely.Do not be intimidated by the price snobs out there. If it sounds good use it.You would be surprised on what some of the musicians used if you could see their rigs.Find your tone and do not feel guilty on how you got there.

(9 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Give Me A Break

By David Hayes

from Austin, TX

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

I find it appalling the amount of people giving this product bogus 5 star reviews. These are the same people who have JUST bought this pedal, and only recently started playing guitar. Coincidentally, (not), these people have never owned or played or compared any other pedals available. This is in no way, shape, or form a decent effects pedal. Don't get me wrong, boss makes some good pedals, but after you pay for the pedal and AC/DC converter, this is about as big of a waste of money as you can get. I understand young, inexperienced musicians looking for a cheap distortion pedal, but you might as well cough up a few more bucks for a pedal 3x as nice and doesn't sound like your grandpa having a stroke. (Or Chewbacca for a slightly more accurate comparison). Now for tone analysis: Signals going into this pedal come out completely superficial. Saturation points sound terrible. This pedal just does not do the job that other pedals in the same price range do. (RD1, the Digitechs, etc.) I would never recommend this pedal for any reason whatsoever. Believe me. It was my first pedal as well, but after seeing many entry level distortion pedals in my studio, I've discovered through experience that you can indeed do better for the money than the DS-1.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Product

By Joe

from Illinois

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

I would like to say that this pedal is great if you like Rock.If you adjust the nobs right you can even play some Hard Rock. For the price its perfect.

(9 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not great

By Michael

from Madison

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

If you enjoy sounding good, and having a crisp distortion, this isnt the pedal for you. It has terrible tone and the distortion is much to foggy. If you care about your tone, get a different Pedal

(8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

I Guess It's Okay

By On_The_Edge1928

from Plainville, MA

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

I was so excited when I got home and took this thing out of the box. I hooked it up and started jammin. But then I realized, you can't really change the sound much at all. The distortion on my $40 amp is almost as good. But, if you are a beginner, this is perfect for you, becaue it's not that expensive, and it will last a long time.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE IT

By Ken

from Los Angeles, California

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

I just got this pedal today and i am stunned!!!!! I love how the distortion can get really really high, but you can tone it down into a softer distortion. I HIGHLY recommend it!!!!!!!1

(7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal

By Rontueleum

from Daytona Beach, FL

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

The Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal is the best distortion pedal I have owned. I have tryed my diffent one and different brands, but nothing so far has and i dont think will ever beat this pedal. Boss is one of the best for having really good quality products, I own many other boss pedals, but this is one I true could not live without.

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING PEDAL

By browniam23

from Chicago, Illinois

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

when i first bought this pedal, i only intended to use it for songs that have distortion and clean tones and use my amp distortion for main rockness, but this pedal sounds way better and is great for stuff like nirvana, foo fighters, weezer and even Randy Rhoads

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Distortion

By Daniel Dinamyta

from Metepec

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

WOW, this Pedal is simply awesome, I can play anything I want with this, it sounds perfect and it gives you a whole world of new sounds, I truly recommend this pedal, if you want to be a REAL guitarrist you gotta own it

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best in the business

By Michael

from Reno, Nevada

Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal:

This is the best distortion pedal of it's kind and great for all styles of playing. It can do anything for your sound and awesome replicating that ACDC sound if you love them like I do

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