Boss DS1 Distortion Guitar Pedal
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- Tone, leveland distortion knobs on face
- Super-tough construction
- Lets your true guitar tone shine
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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Skip this intro pedal and go to something a bit better for maybe a little more. An mxr overdrive/distortion, a used Ibanez overdrive, a pro co rat, even a digitech hot head or hot... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Casey L. Mellin
I have two of these (one for the studio and one for my live pedalboard). Awesome for cascading gain. Not to be used alone (bad bad bad solid state). Read morePublished 16 days ago by John P. Kline
Highly recommended for those who want to make their guitar sound a little heavier!Published 20 days ago by David McNair
I use this with a synthesizer keyboard. It does not work well in an effects loop, but should be placed between your instrument and your first amp/preamp. i.e. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Donald J. Murray
I had a very happy teenage boy Christmas morning when this package was opened. It is the only thing he specifically asked for, and he loves it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Elliott
Haven't even gotten to use it. Had replace the battery and one of the 9 volt connector pieces snapped off.Published 1 month ago by Jackson Kiewiet