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
  • Manual
Model DS1 Distortion Pedal

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BossDS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 29 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Good quality (11)
  • Functional (9)
  • Improves sound (8)
  • Excellent sound quality (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (10)
    • Concerts (7)
    • Back-up (5)
    • Jamming (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Novice (5), Professional musician (3)

    Reviewed by 29 customers

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    5.0

    DS-1 review

    By 

    from Indianapolis IN

    About Me Professional Musician

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      When I play guitar live, I like a simple classic rock distortion. This was the first and only distortion pedal I've ever bought, and fell zero need whatsoever to buy or use another one. The tone is perfect for what I want out of a distorted guitar...not overly processed sounding like many digital effect pedals. Just a pure crunchy powerful distortion.

       
      5.0

      Classic distortion

      By 

      from Sam Ash Music Ontario, CA.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            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

            By 

            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

              About Me Experienced

              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.

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