Boss DS-1 Distortion

Distortion Pedal

The BOSS DS 1 is already a classic among distortion pedals. Compared to the legendary overdrive pedals from BOSS, it provides considerably rougher and more aggressive distortion, which is clearly oriented towards the stack sound of British amps and further away from the rather toneless fuzz sound of older distortions. DS1 is certainly good tip for fans of a harder pace. With level, distortion and tone controls one can naturally create tamer sounds. And the stability and reliability of DSP effects - there's no need to mention it.

  • Hard distortion effect for guitar and keyboard
  • Reproduces faithfully all the subtle nuances of the dynamics at any volume
  • Controls: Level, Distortion & Tone
  • Connections: Input and output
  • Current consumption: 4 mA
  • Power supply with a 9 V battery or a 9 V DC power supply (coaxial connection - negative inside - not included, article nr 409939)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 73 x 129 x 59 mm
  • Weight: 400 g
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Overdrive No
Distortion Yes
Fuzz No
Metal No
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worthy of its reputation
anonymous-player, 11.01.2020
I'll start by saying i'm an intermediate player and I have experience with Boss MT-2 as well, but now i'm working more on getting the exact tone and effect that I desire. This is where DS-1 comes into play.
PROs:
I wanted something simple and versatile, to be able to play blues and classic rock and some occasional heavy metal (maybe even thrash metal).
The pedal does the job for me and I highly recommend it for this purpose.
It has passed the test of time and is backed by many famous players: Steve Vai, Kurt Cobain, Gary Moore.
You can also find a lot of settings and mods available.

CONs:
Not sure if my high-output humbuckers are to blame (and also a lot of other reviews mention it), but at high tone, there is a lot of buzz - than can be used in some genres, but not useful when you want a mild distortion or a slight overdrive. But there are better pedals for that.

Conclusion?
Buy it, try it, learn to use it. It's a good basis to start for every player.
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Does the job very good. It can make very awesome sounds
Ferre11, 03.03.2020
i have been using the boss ds-1 pedal for a while now. First of I used it like a real heavy distortion pedal and now i use it just to kinda boost my amp with a bit of distortion. It just works great for the low price of the pedal.
if you are looking for a good 90's distortion pedal this is defenitely it. if you are looking for a soft distortion/boost it does the job but it isnt perfect.
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Brilliant for 90s grunge
26.04.2016
Use:
I use this pedal going straight into my Marshall dsl40c tube amp.

Pros:
-solid build quality
-creates a distortion sound which cannot be achieved with your amps dirty channel
-acts like a gritty overdrive when placed in front of an amp which is just on the edge of break-up
-placed in front of a very clean amp this pedal really shines, scoop the mids and add some bottom end to bring out the best in this pedal

Cons:
-the tone control has a limited range of usefulness and should only be used to compensate for your amps natural character (my amp is quite bright so I keep the tone control on the ds1 at 10 o' clock permanently, all tone shaping should be adjusted at the amp)

Overall:
This pedal is perfect for a dirty, grungy, hard-rock sound
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Edgy Distortion
Nowayout, 17.05.2020
it has the rock/grunge sound. Not quite sure if it works well for middle and lower frequency ranges for genres such as thrash or death metal. It looks, good, but it doesn't feel like the one I had 25 years ago the classic piece from that era, probably because the manufacturer maybe has been changed to Taiwan. Also, I changed three new batteries to see the "light" flashing and still is not turning on. When I plug it in 9V adapter then Yes! But I still remember my old distortion which was exactly the same , the light was always on. Well it worths the try though and i am still trying to figure out if the light is this way or the batteries go weak very soon, I don't know. The sound depends on what you wanna play is ok,not bad,not perfect .
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