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Boss DS1 Distortion Guitar Pedal

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Product Description

Here it is. The #1 stompbox for legions of crunch-craving guitarists all over the planet. This DS-1 distortion pedal is a time-proven mainstay of rock and metal tone, no doubt about it. Three knobs make way for practically every rock sound you've ever heard. If you dig it loud and distorted, you've simply got to have a DS-1 in your rig. And that's that.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 6 x 3 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0002CZV82
  • Item model number: DS-1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 22, 2006

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197 of 213 people found the following review helpful By Otto Correct TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 30, 2011
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From Greg Abrams review, entitled "For all but the tone snobs," a review further down on this product's page:

"Alright, so you want to get a good (if somewhat "basic") distortion sound for less than $100? This is your deal."

I strongly disagree. You can find MUCH BETTER distortions for $100 or less, even a few near or under the $40 mark the DS-1 is currently priced at.

I've played guitar for over 10 years. Like many people one of my first pedal purchases was the DS-1. Afterall, everyone talks about them, they're available at any given music store in the nation, you hear about all these famous musicians using them, plus a DS-1 is actually pretty cheap! So I snapped one up just like everyone else. Come to find out that just because something is POPULAR, that doesn't always mean its GOOD (see: Nickelback, the Transformers movie franchise, the Kardashian family, etc...).

So I plugged it in and didn't really care for it. The distortion was harsh, thin, artificial sounding and always noisy. I tried it on both my amps (My practic amp: a solid state Fender Frontman 25R, and my big amp, the B-52 AT100, which is a 100w tube halfstack) It was was not very diverse, and the basic sound was not very likeable to me. I've read the Japanese made DS-1's are better in sound than the newer, made in Taiwan models but, either way, the DS-1 is just not a great pedal in my mind.

But, like many newer players, I didn't know any better at the time. Fast forward a few years and I've bought and sold literally dozens of pedals. There is a whole world of great tones to be found out there if you keep your eyes open.

So here are some pedals I currently own that I like much better than the DS-1.
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68 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Greg Abrams VINE VOICE on December 2, 2009
Alright, so you want to get a good (if somewhat "basic") distortion sound for less than $100? This is your deal. If, on the other hand, you're a tone snob who believes that anything other than overhyped and overpriced boutique pedals is garbage, you're probably not looking at this page to begin with. Don't get me wrong, I have some nice boutique pedals and mods (like the Cusack Screamer and the Keeley MT-2) that I would never part with. But here's the thing...the stock DS-1 stands proud even in such company. Why? A few simple observations:

1) Boss has been selling this pedal with great success since 1978, regardless of the fact that...

2) Due to the toughness, you'll likely never need to replace one of these tanks.
2a) There is a profusion of overdrive and distortion pedals on the market, both corporate and boutique varieties.

3) Many outstanding guitar players have used this pedal in the studio and on the road, including Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, etc... Sure, some are using "modified" versions now, like Vai's Keeley edition. But you don't tamper with what you don't like. If the foundation isn't solid, you replace it. I also own the Ibanez Vai Jemini pedal and what they basically did (in my opinion) was take his tube screamer and DS-1 pedals and put them into one box for convenience. Same thing with Satriani's Vox Satchurator pedal. You know someone really loves a pedal when they use it as a template in designing their own signature line. I don't have any proof that they did this, but it does sound like it in a side-by-side comparison.

4) Now consider that the Jemini and Satchurator are $199 and $129, respectively. Nice pedals? Yes. Worth up to four times the DS-1? After using both for a few months, I'm not entirely convinced of that.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Carnegie on July 4, 2009
Alright, allow me to forego any kind of thesis statement or introduction and simply get down to the point. What you get with this pedal is simple, classic, basic distortion. It's not exteme, and it's not too weak. It's probably what you would sort of call a baseline to compare other pedals to.

If you need just simply distortion; a little overdrive to your sound, then you found it. However, if you want something more indepth, look for something more specific to what you want (Metal Zone, Blues Drive, Tube Screamer, etc), because this pedal is very generic sounding due to it being a pedal that a large fraction of musicians own. It's like the McDonald's of pedals: cheap, easy, and well known.

Bottom Line: Good to use for simple distortion effects, otherwise look elsewhere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Banzai BigJ on November 2, 2008
I have researched Boss and all of the kind of pedals it has to offer. Even though this little inexpensive pedal (compared to other BOSS products) does not look like much, IT PACKS A PUNCH. I seriously was blown away by the quality sound that it drives out. I felt like my epiphone firebird transformed into a metal machine! If you are new to effects pedals, this product is definitely worth your time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sam on March 14, 2012
I've been using a DS-1 for many years now. I play blues and rock music.

I have owned numerous distortion pedals and amps. Lots of boss pedals, Pro Co Rats, handwired Boo-Teek pedals... you name it.

My DS-1 is always in my rig and is my go-to lead sound. I use it with all of my guitars...I have a Carvin Semi-Hollow, a Tele, and a bunch of Strats.

Most people who test out the Boss DS-1 rate it as "thin", or "buzzy".That's because they don't know how to set it properly.

The key with the DS-1 is that the tone control is treble heavy... anything over 7 or 8 o'clock will be too trebly. If you use this pedal with the tone control off or almost off, you will find an incredibly satisfying, warm distortion. Most people who test the DS-1 just plug it in, set all the controls at 12:00 and are disappointed... thats why.
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