Boss DS-1 Distortion PedalItem ID: DS1
Distortion Effects Pedal for Guitar, Bass, and Keyboard with Distortion, Level, and Tone Controls
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A First-call Distortion Pedal - Since 1978!Simply put, the BOSS DS-1 distortion pedal is a modern classic. For the better part of 30 years, you've heard this orange box put through its paces on countless top rock recordings - from Kurt Cobain's "Nevermind"-era grunge to the renowned distorted tones of Steve Vai. The DS-1 is affordable, it's incredible sounding, and it's a rock pedalboard staple - the perfect first distortion stompbox and one that may well be your last. Whether you pair it with your guitar's single-coil or humbucking pickups, expect rich, dynamic-laden tone with the BOSS DS-1.
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BOSS DS-1 Distortion Pedal at a Glance:
A proven pedalboard staple - for 30 years
Since the DS-1's introduction in 1978, guitarists everywhere have been snatching it up, putting it in their signal chain, and using it to achieve their signature distorted rock tones. It's great for all flavors of rock - everything from experimental to indie to modern to heavier grunge-infused genres. That versatility, combined with its great price, make the DS-1 the perfect pick for a first distortion pedal - it's a solid investment toward proven tone.
Three-control layout for a range of essential distortion tones
The BOSS DS-1 features three knobs that can take it in a number of different tonal directions. There's a tone knob, a level knob, and a distortion knob. By cranking each up or down, you can pull out a range of different tones - from subtle bite to rich crunch to all-out fuzz. The midrange on the DS-1 is scooped, which gives it a distinct tonal flavor, which many players prefer. Want sonic reference? Give Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" a listen - all that crunch came courtesy of the BOSS DS-1.
BOSS guitar pedals: rugged, reliable, more than 10,000,000 sold
More than 10,000,000 BOSS guitar and bass effects pedals have been sold to players worldwide, including such esteemed players as Yngie Malmsteen, Dave Navarro, John Petrucci, Marty Friedman, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani. You've also no doubt heard BOSS pedals recorded and onstage beneath the feet of bands of all genres, including Muse, The Killers, and Silversun Pickups. The reason for the success is clear: not only do BOSS effects pedals sound great - but they're also built like tanks and designed with serious use in mind. Each BOSS pedal is housed in a stomp-ready metal box and features a rubberized stomp area and base to help safeguard against slipping. So, whether you're a fresh-out-of-the-gate beginner, an axe-veteran designing your dream pedalboard, or anywhere in between, you can depend on BOSS's proven line of pedals to craft your tone.
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Trust the BOSS DS-1 for essential distortion tones - it's a modern pedalboard classic!
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Reviewsbased on 27 reviews
by Wayne Grynowicki from United StatesI have had this pedal in the 80's, it sounder great then and it sounds great today. I have distortion pedals in the price range of $50- $200. Take away the price tag this is my do too pedal. It has gr... read more [+]eat over tones. You will be able to get the sound you are looking for. You just can't beat A classic. close [-]
October 18, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician, ( Imperfect Journey).
by Robert from Waterloo OntarioMy favourite distortion pedal. I own quite a few, this and a tube amp is :-)
September 20, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist gigging musician
by Pedro Rivas from United StatesI'm happy with the product, the service has been excellent.
April 2, 2012
I liked the extra that they put on every order.
Estoy contento con el producto, el servicio ha sido excelente.
... read more [+] Me ha gustado el plus que le ponen a cada orden. close [-]
Happy with product
by Andrea fromThey called and varified my order mailed it immediately and it was exactly what I ordered, along with a few sweets. Totally happy and will do business again
March 26, 2012
Is this THE best distortion pedal out there..?
by Jezza from AustraliaI will start by saying that I've been playing guitar professionally for many years and guitar for 26 years.
December 4, 2011
Music Background: Musician
I've tried all sorts of boutique boxes and then some (I used to own a music store so th... read more [+]at helped) and having just bought me a DS-1 I am totally blown away by it. This, and the SD-1 are the two BEST pedals for drive I've ever played, period. I would never even think about modding them becasue I think it would ruin their beautiful tone. If you are a good guitar player, and your rig is good. You will sound brilliant using these two boxes. THANK YOU BOSS! I also found that it doubles as a suistainer, too, which is very cool. The knobs seem to work differently than in any other pedal I've used before. You will see what I mean if you turn the volume to 0 and check it against any other Boss pedal. close [-]