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... read more
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
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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...
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.
edited over 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... -.-
edited over 2 years ago
Hate it or love it
So, here we have the old Boss DS-1. It is hate or love pedal, nothing in between. I use completely stock DS-1 from 1995 with ROHM opamp and I find that version the best. Sounds almost clean at low distortion level and that makes it a perfect boost pedal. Yeah, a boost. It might sound like a crap if you use it as a standalone dirt unit and I do not recommend it. Put it in front of a already driven amp, spend some time to make a perfect conjunction of a amp - DS1 - guitar vol knob and your amp will sing. Trust me!
8/10 I honestly don't know how anyone can dislike it.
Maybe I bought some magical version (20$ used - stock - made in taiwan), but as far as I hear it, DS-1 is an absolute beast of a distortion. Some people say that you need to set it right to get good results, but I use it with a DIST all the way into Hot Rod Deluxe, and it rocks. The thing is Boss DS-1 was invented in the 1978, when "the brown sound" started (the same year "Eruption" was released). And if you ever heard that sound in real live, DS-1 sounds exactly like that. Thick bottom, really sharp and bright, compressed and a bit fuzzy. And I think that was the reason people started to hate it. "Brown sound" became synonymous with "basic", "unimaginative" and "boring" really quickly. BUT... DS-1 does have some problems, which can be traced to the 70's state of guitar technology. 1: It doesn't really take hot pickups well. One of the complains is that DS-1 is quiet. Too quiet. Suspiciously quiet. Kinda "broken design" quiet. I thought the same, back when my only axe was a double-Duncan-humbuckered 90's machine. But recently I discovered something. When plugged to the vintage telecaster, DS-1 with the volume at 12 is... just... perfect! Around 10db boost and fully marshalled. With a modern Les Paul though I have to put volume at max and the fizzy-fuzzyness happening really early on (I like that too - sounds kinda like a Proco Rat). I thing Roland made the pedal for people with weak guitars and weak amps to feel the brown sound, and it really wasn't meant for stage use. Which leads to the second problem. 2: It's way to bright. It is, but only when played through a modern equipment, or with any loundness. When played on a room level into any, but especially old, amp every pedal sounds too dark. And the real "brown sound" is known for being really bright.
I bought my current Boss DS-1 a month ago, after years of not hearing one. 10 years of buying and selling pedals, and Boss DS-1 still is the only one that makes me go "My amp is on fuckin' FIRE!".
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