The Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal was the first distortion pedal made by effects giants, Boss and it is still one of their most popular.
Launched in 1978, the iconic orange distortion pedal has found favour with many top guitarists over the years. Players as varied as Steve Vai, Billy Joe Armstrong and Kurt Cobain have all used the DS-1 at some point with many more still discovering it.
Tonally, the BOSS DS-1 is very diverse. At one end of its range, it delivers a warm bluesy crunch, whilst at the other, chunky, saturated metal tones are found. It will also work well as a booster, giving just enough extra gain to push a valve amp to break up.
Control-wise, itís quite simple, with just 3 controls- level, tone and distortion, you can dial in any of the DS-1ís huge number of different tones.
As with all Boss pedals, the DS-1 is built to last. Featuring a rugged metal casing, large footswitch and grippy rubber base, itís designed for years of being stomped on. The battery compartment is easily reached via a thumb screw on the front of the pedal whilst a socket on the rear allows for powering via Boss PSA 9v supply.
- Classic Boss Distortion tones
- Reproduces dynamics of playing, from soft to hard
- Distortion, Level and Tone control to tailor overall sound as desired
- Rugged build