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BOSS Audio DS1 Distortion Guitar Pedal

4.5 out of 5 stars 201 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 201 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #514 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#2 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Signal Processors > Effects Processors
#123 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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Ok so I did not buy this on amazon. I went to guitar center and picked it out. At first I didn't think it was really gonna be worth the money that I spent on it. But it defiantly was, and is. This isn't some super high quality pedal, and it doesn't give you a wide verity of sounds. Its got one sound to it, but it does it darn well. Most guys now a days want pedals that will do it all, and make their crappy playing sound better than what it is. This pedal is a beginner pedal, but obviously can go much further than just starting out. I play bass and guitar, and this works great one both of them. It gives you that simple gritty sound. That so many musicians use, and it is so simple to use. I used a pedal that had 200 different preset sounds on it, and while the sounds were pretty cool and all. I really just spent a few hours messing around on the weird effects, and looking for one that was just straight distortion. This pedal does the job. And its durable. So don't be afraid to abuse it a little bit, because this baby isn't plastic. All those guys who are complaining, and cutting this pedal down obviously have enough money to throw away that they are using the much better pedals out there. But this is a good pedal, and a great weapon for you rock arsenal. I love it!
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