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BOSS Audio DS1 Distortion Guitar Pedal

4.5 out of 5 stars 202 customer reviews
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  • Tone, leveland distortion knobs on face
  • Super-tough construction
  • Lets your true guitar tone shine
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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 Information

Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 4 x 6 x 3 inches
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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ASIN B0002KYY14
Item model number DS-1
Batteries 1 9V batteries required.
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4.5 out of 5 stars 202 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #688 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#3 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Signal Processors > Effects Processors
#156 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Guitar & Bass Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com July 19, 2004

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By Otto Correct VINE 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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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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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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Perfect. Just what my nephew needed! My brother is so going to hate me for this but it needed to be done. The boy has been playing "clean and quiet" in his bedroom for too long. He needs some grit under his fingers so he can get inspired. This is just the pedal to do it.
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Some of the reviews I read are negative, which is surprising but, at the same time, something I do respect. IMHO, when it comes to sound there is nothing set on stone; it all comes down to personal taste. My very fist guitar pedal was a BOSS (actually it was a distortion pedal, but not this one), and I still have it and use it. BOSS builds quality lasting products. This company is owned now by Roland, which is mainly known for their keyboard line. I don't see any compromise in quality, though, and the tone (which is the most important aspect of getting a guitar pedal), is top notch. Again, this is for my personal taste. If you like other pedals, it's great, but trashing this product just because you don't like it, it's kind of not fair.
I specifically wanted to add this particular DS-1 pedal to my pedal board because Joe Satriani and Tom Morello, two players I am into a lot lately, use them (or have used them in the past), and I am getting exactly what I was looking for.
If there is one downside to pedals is the price. Once you buy 5 or 6 different pedals, you are looking at hundreds of dollars, and that kind of sucks, but as far as my taste goes, I like stompboxes better than other systems.
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