Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

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The DS-1 Disortion Pedal provides you with a classic distortion without the loss of your playing dynamics and tone.

The DS-1, Boss' very first distortion unit, will provide you with a hard-edged distortion effect for guitar and keyboard sounds. Unlike other distortion pedals, the DS-1 maintains its tone while still providing you with a deep and crispy distortion. The DS-1 accurately responds to all the subtle nuances of your picking and playing dynamics, from a quiet whisper to ear-spitting loud. The onboard TONE control allows you to tailor the overall sound to your liking.

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  • Effect Pedal
  • Dry Battery 9 V
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Model DS1 Distortion Pedal

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BossDS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 28 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Good quality (10)
  • Functional (8)
  • Improves sound (7)
  • Excellent sound quality (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (9)
    • Concerts (6)
    • Jamming (5)
    • Back-up (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
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    5.0

    Classic distortion

    By 

    from Sam Ash Music Ontario, CA.

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          Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Probably the most popular distortion pedal in the world. Classic distortion, classic tone. You can tailor your tone to anything from classic rock to more modern rock. A must have for any guitarist. This is a real hands on product review by Sean@ Sam Ash Music Ontario.

           
          5.0

          CLASSIC DISTORTION PEDAL

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          from LAS VEGAS, NV

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            if YOU WANT GOOD CLASSIC DISTORTION AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE, YOU WANT THIS PEDAL.

             
            5.0

            Great

            By 

            from Rio de Janeiro, RJ

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I use it mostly at home and in studios. Great quality and great sound. One of the best distortion pedals I've ever used. Don't be afraid to buy one. Low price for a great distortion.

               
              4.0

              Distortion!

              By 

              from Hialeah, FL

              About Me Novice

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

              • Only With Tube Amps

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This product is very good if you want to do 90's metal and grunge like Nirvana, Metallica, etc. Only con is the distortion doesn't sound to good on solid state/hybrid or modeling amps. It also helps if you have a guitar with humbucking pickups, as distortion doesn't sound too great with single-coil pickups in general. So if you want a great distortion pedal, this is it. (Just make sure you have a tube amp to get the most out of it).

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Back to basics

              By 

              from Oregon

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Practicing

                Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This was my first of many boss pedals, and I would recommend it to anyone needing a solid stomp box. The pedal itself is very VERY basic with just Tone Volume and Distortion. But thats all you need if you have a solid amp. This is great for early hard rock all the way to punk and even early metal/thrash metal. And can even be used as a O.D. pedal when you cut the distortion way back. For [$] it wont hurt you to at least try it out. Boss is the Boss!

                 
                5.0

                Great!

                By 

                from Kennesaw, GA

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Get many different tones
                • Good Price
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Overall, this is a great pedal for the price and it can get some real good sounding distrtion out of it.

                 
                5.0

                Great sound

                By 

                from pennsylvania

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Good with band
                • Loud

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Basement band
                • Practicing

                Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                It works great and is easy to use. I always use this when i play with my band. We all think it sounds great and it can go from a soft to a really loud distortion.Overall its a great distortion pedal.

                 
                4.0

                Good Pedal

                By 

                from New York, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  This pedal is easy to use. Good Quality, good for rock not for metal and hard rock.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Its a great pedal!

                  By 

                  from Cinci

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                  • Decent Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Its a great pedal and it has a decent sound. Now its a good pedal and doesnt use up a lot of battery unless you leave the cords plugged into the side. This is a very effective pedal. I love to play Metallica because I am a giant Metallica freak. It sounds great for playing the Black Album songs as in Enter Sandman.

                  (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  There Are Problems

                  By 

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                  • Not Functional

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    OK, so everyone here is pretty much writing solid reviews. But I am going to tell you the honest truth about this pedal. If you are just practicing, I guess it's alright. It's actually a pretty solidly built pedal, and it will last. The bad thing about this pedal is the functioning if your playing a show. First, the reason you are buying this pedal is so that you can go from clean to distortion, or vise-versa, with ease while the distortion still sounds good. Well, here is the problem. The pedal does NOT have a good distortion tone unless you turn the volume knob up on your guitar, which i virtually impossible when playing a show. Second, cranked at it's highest level of distortion, the pedal does not provide enough dirty tone. Third, if you are going from clean to distortion, the sound usually messes up. Usually the distortion sound will be a lot louder (or sometimes softer) than the clean tone, and then your playing sounds bad. So, overall, I would rate this pedal a 2.5. If you want a legit pedal, get the Boss Metalcore MR-2. I think that is it?[$] The sound is great on that and its easy and great to use. I would defiantly buy that one over this. So if you have the money, but the other pedal.

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