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Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal, New

Add some weight to your sound with this pedal, which delivers a smooth distortion. You can get everything from '60s fuzz to heavy metal distortion. (638) Read 55 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Perhaps the quintessential effects pedal for the guitar, or any other instrument that needs to be "heavied-up," the distortion pedal reigns supreme. Boss's version of this classic is one of the most popular and longest lived. This pedal was first released over 20 years ago, and as such, transcends the "retro" craze by remaining a vital instrument today.

Music trends may come and go, but it seems that no matter what fad may evolve, a guitar with a good, smooth distortion tone is going to figure into it sooner or later. You can crank the DS1 up to a brutal stonk, or dial it down for a more subtle effect. Spin the tone control to tailor your sound from the bottom-rich tones so cool for harder jams to the trebly, cutting edge, closer-to-a-60's-fuzz tone. Stop anywhere in between to suit your own taste.

A distortion pedal is not a substitute for a good amp, but, in the same breath, amp distortion is not a substitute for a good distortion pedal. If you play guitar, you're going to need a good distortion pedal sooner or later. The DS1 by Boss is a very, very good distortion pedal.

About Boss Pedals
The history of Boss reads like the history of guitar effects. From their legendary CE-1 chorus pedal (the big gray box that started it all) to the world's favorite line of compact pedals, they've been responsible for more guitar innovations than just about anyone else.

Boss's compact pedal line-up began in 1977 with the classic OD-1 Overdrive. Its warm, smooth overdrive sounds and breakthrough Boss pedal features (heavy-duty construction, rubber pads on top and bottom, recessed control knobs, silent switching, a built-in LED, and easy battery replacement) immediately set it apart from other stomp boxes on the market. It established the masterful design for all other Boss effects pedals since.

Throughout the years, Boss has continued to define the cutting edge of guitar effects. Double-layer circuit boards allowed pedals like the DD-5 Digital Delay to deliver studio-quality effects comparable to rackmount units. They recently brought bassists and guitarists the first bass synthesizer in a compact pedal, the SYB-3. On their 20th anniversary they proudly introduced the OD-3 Overdrive, a pedal that takes the smooth, dynamic overdriven tones of the legendary OD-1 to a different level. Like all Boss products, it is a level of sound quality and durability that is unrivaled.

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Uses 9-volt battery or PSA-120 adapter (not included).
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 3 in
with Boss BCB-30 Case
Shipping Weight: 4 lbs
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
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4.5 out of 5 (638 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "A Distortion Dream"
Sound: I use this with a zoom g2 and a bugera 1960 head. i can get plenty of distortion with this unit. I crank the distortion to near full back off the tone a little past half way and put level at half way. I gig a lot and every musician I've talked to has told me they love the sound I get from that set up. Sustain is unbelievable. Feature: basic pedal easy to operate solid metal chassis Ease of Use: set the three knobs where you want it and let it rip. This unit will make a bad amp sound great. Quality: I've be around the block with pedals. Multi-effects units leave the distortion empty and very digital sounding. If you are looking for a great distortion don't let this pass you by. Value: Here's the best part. I'm a part time musician. When I do play I don't make thousands more like hundreds. that being said 40 for a boss pedal that kick this much A$$ is outrageous. They should lock someone up for that. Manufacturer Support: I've never dealt with them before. The Wow Factor: most of the musicians can't believe the sound i'm getting from this thing. I have people asking me about the pedal and the amp. Overall: This is great, i'd buy another one without a thought. Looking at the overdrive pedal as the next pedal. well done.
Style of Music: rock, blues, etc
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"best distortion pedal for anyone"
Sound: This was the first pedal i ever got and i am not going to ever throw it out. you can get any sound you want from the beatles to metallica Feature: doesn't have any fancy knobs or anything, just distortion. its built like a tank too. Ease of Use: only 3 knobs. how hard is that? Quality: built like a tank. if you throw it out the window it won't break Value: for 30 bucks you cant get a better distortion bedal Manufacturer Support: never needed it The Wow Factor: i only got it because i had no idea about what amps and pedals were good (i just started playing). now that im good at guitar i realize how great it is Overall: this pedal, along with a good lead channel from an amp, can get any sound you want. this is the first pedal i ever got and its not going to leave my pedalboard. for 30 bucks you should get it anyway, whithout trying it out.
Style of Music: van halen
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