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Boss DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal


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$49.99 MSRP: $68.14 Save : $18.15 (27%)
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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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Things You Will Get:

  • Effect Pedal
  • Dry Battery 9 V
  • Manual

DS-1 review


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.

Preston Nash LC Indy

Indianapolis IN



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).


Hialeah, FL

Back to basics


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!



Its a great 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.



There Are Problems


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.


Atlanta, GA

DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

4.5 28


Model DS1 Distortion Pedal
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Boss DS-1 Distortion

Warranty Info:

DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

Effects pedals: 5 years parts, 3 years labor All other products: 1 year parts, 90 days labor

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