Boss DS-1 Distortion
The classic DS-1 Distortion pedal provides a harder distortion effect for guitar and keyboard sounds. Instead of toneless, fuzzy distortion, the DS-1 faithfully reproduces all the subtle nuances of playing dynamics--at any volume. read more
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Many people will shit on the DS-1, given the chance to. The common knocks are "stale" "standard" and "cheap". But hey, there's a reason it's so standard. It does the job. It does it very well. You might think that it's vanilla, but as Josh Homme once said, "People use vanilla as a synonym for boring… When really, vanilla is the King Shit of Fuck Mountain of ice cream flavors in that, you know, it’s worked its way to the front."
Versatile Noise Pig...
Although owned and used this pedal for year I've only really just started to really get to grips with it. Forgot my amps switch pedal one practice so used this instead, found with a bit of patience I could get a reasonable OD tone along with the usual distortion....like all Boss pedals it's built like a brick hits house...
edited about 3 years ago
Love it and the best part is its £35 new
So I bought this when I was 13/14 basically trying to mimic the tone of Kurt Cobain. That aside I love this pedal and use it for my main distortion sound I have the tone around 1/3 the way up any higher than noon I find it starts to get quite brittle sounding and crappy really and I have the gain set to around 3/4 the way up if I'm doing recording I roll it back to about 1-2 oclock. Very good for the money I find and can get a nice overdrive tone from it withe the gain set quite low. My 5 year warranty is now expired but will you ever need it? probably not. Its a very in your face mid orientated distortion and I'd buy a new one in a heart beat if I was to some how kill it.
This is now my 3rd one. It always seems to find its way back to me, although this time it was my daughter who managed to put £100 on one on ebay... -.-
A legendary pedal used by countless artists
It would be quite unfair to attribute to one of the first mass-produced distortion pedals, used by countless artists such as David Gilmour, John Fusciante, Kurt Cobain and many others alike and, to this day, what is said to be the best-selling effects pedal of all time, anything other than a solid 5 stars.
While this pedal stood the test of time and its capabilities have been proven for over four decades, it still faces some criticism online and, regarding those, it's important to figure two aspects: first, its ideal uses and limitations - this pedal can pump so much distortion until it gets a bit out of hand, so you should think of it as a pedal best intended for Hard, Punk and Pop Rock, rather than Metal. Unlike other distortion pedals that can boost more distortion, this best works in complement to your amp's own tone, achieving the best results if its gain is in that point where it's beginning to clip, rather than having it achieving the dirty tone all by itself.
Secondly, all the artists who have used it over the years give you a great base ground to its capabilities, and so if you like the tone of a particular DS-1 user and want to enter into that territory, a DS-1 is an affordable and plentiful pedal you can get, and then make use of the widely available resources online regarding specific settings to achieve different tones out of it, given its sensible nature (one of the reason some players give it bad credit is exactly due to setting it up poorly, given the more sensible controls), and then experimenting from that point. In the same sense, that info also gives you an idea what sort of tones it's best suited for, and whether a different distortion pedal would be more appropriate for your intended use.
Finally, it's worth mentioning the DS-2, usually priced just a bit over the original DS-1, that can emulate it, as well as taking advantage of the "turbo" functionality. Before purchasing this one, I had tested its sucessor from a friend and while the DS-2 can definitely pump out more distortion, allowing you a whole new range of possibilities, if you desire to play among the tonal range of the many aforementioned players, the regular DS-1 would serve you just fine.
get one, mod it
the stock tone has a huge low-mid/mid cut. Change the resistors and caps for the LP and HP that affects the tone knob and u'll get a really good distortion, no need to change the clipping diodes or anything else (besides doing the synth drive mod if u want). That's my opinion, there's a lot more mods u can do. and the ds-1 is one of the best options if u wanna get into modding pedals
Dead On Arival. A while back I bought a DS-2 and it never worked right, they light would turn on and that's about all, I figured it was a one-off problem so I later bought a DS-1 and it didn't even light up whereas the last one at least lit up, I know Boss pedals do work with my setup as I also have a BF-3 Flanger that works fine, after those two perchases I've lost some faith in Boss but I still love the sound they make, however that's still gonna be $160 I'll never get back.
Over all I might suggest these to a friend.
Honestly one of the best pedals ever made.
This was the first pedal I ever bought, & it's still on my pedalboard despite having many more expensive distortions on there. I also bout a used DS-1 for my best friend who plays both guitar and bass. He adores it just as much as I do.
Boss DS-1: Never leave home without it!
Common theme is that it does what it was designed for, distortion. For the price and ease of operation, you can't beat it. I got mine for $25 used. There was a time and place a long long time ago in a land far away that I showed up somewhere to play and guess what, I did not have my pedal. We had to go straight to the board/PA and I was screwed. If only I had a DS-1 (or any other pedal for that matter). Bottom line, even if it's not permanently on or even on your board, throw one in as a back up/last resort, you won't be disappointed.
pretty good if u color it with other overdrives/amp pedals
It's commonly known for being playable only on a specific setting. Well if u put TS-9 after it, or other overdrive (I love to play it through sd-1, either to create fuzzy sound or to boost some heavier parts) u can experiment with the tone and distortion knob to create very specific and colourful sounds. I have't yet tried to mod it, but i propably will in the future.
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The classic DS-1 Distortion pedal provides a harder distortion effect for guitar and keyboard sounds. Instead of toneless, fuzzy distortion, the DS-1 faithfully reproduces all the subtle nuances of playing dynamics--at any volume.
- Tone, level, and distortion knobs on face
- Super-tough construction