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 almost 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... -.-
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.
edited about 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!
Good to start with. In my opinion it isn't so good.
I got this pedal because it seems like everybody's first distortion pedal. Now, having experience with this pedal, I don't like it very much. It has something to do with the tone. The Boss DS-1 just isn't my kind of pedal.
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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