One of the most famous distortion pedals... coming with a limited edition paint job, through hole components and for dirt cheap!
It's a DS1, does it need a review? The pedal gets always downplayed for being fizzy and harsh. Although being harsh, keeping the tone at roughly not more than 1 really helps. You can go from a mild crunch to a full blown distortion if you crank the gain up (try it and don't be afraid). People claim it's not a distortion for metal, but although it's not the most modern distortion (it came out in 1978), it has been used by metal musicians as well such as Peter Steele from Carnivore and Type o negative or Chuck Schuldiner from death. Kurt Cobain is the guy who popolarised it. Another reason to get such a pedal is that you'll get a great distortion for cheap. It's seriously dirt cheap. This limited edition version in particularly was still made with through hole components. So if you don't like the original sound you can still mod it (such as with Keeley mod), but i like mine stock. It's my favourite distortion ever, i prefer it over the rat and i think it's way better than the DS2 under many aspects. Recommended
Solid distortion in a cheap and pretty package
Not exactly a new contender, but it's very solid. The tone knob takes it between bass-friendly and shrilling, knife-in-your-ears distortion. The distortion itself can of course go between pretty subtle and "is that even a guitar". I was surprised it was so cheap given that it's an anniversary edition, and the gold on black is gorgeous. That said, it doesn't fit my style of music a lot, but I like it nevertheless.