Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

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4.4

(26 reviews)

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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
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BossDS1 Distortion Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 26 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good quality (9)
  • Functional (7)
  • Improves sound (6)
  • Excellent sound quality (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (8)
    • Concerts (5)
    • Jamming (5)
    • Back-up (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Novice (5)

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    5.0

    Great

    By 

    from Rio de Janeiro, RJ

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Boss DS1 Distortion 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 DS1 Distortion 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 DS1 Distortion 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 DS1 Distortion 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 DS1 Distortion 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 DS1 Distortion 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 DS1 Distortion 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 DS1 Distortion 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.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A Solid good contemporary sound

            By 

            from Philadelphia

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Outstanding Value

            Cons

            • Lacking Versatility
            • Limited Range

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts

            Comments about Boss DS1 Distortion Pedal:

            If you're new to pedals, this is a no-brainer. It's a solid, good quality distortion pedal at a bargain price. It provides good quality modern distortion sounds for rock, punk, alternative and progressive genres. It is NOT a good choice if you're looking for a vintage sound or if you're a jazz or lounge musician looking for a light distortion. It's still pretty present with the drive all the way down, but doesn't get to the metal/hardcore zone with the drive all the way up. In that sense, it's a bit generic. But if you play rock often, this is a solid choice.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            works great

            By 

            from home

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Boss DS1 Distortion Pedal:

              it is great

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