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How disappointing

By -KNF-, 25/11/2014
This is a distortion pedal.
Supplied without power.


Setup is simple, we can find different sounds easily. It's pretty simple, a few knobs turn and basta. Easily found the maximum potential of this effect.


The effect is not at all effective in my case. The sound is really very very very "digital" ca rens really artificial to perfection and it is clear that we have a Distortion pedal 50 € the colors of the DDE.
Joe Satriani has one it seems ... But it also seems she is moddée. This may be the value of this pedal. It is not too expensive, is it can be made to be moddée.
But new, vulgar distortion simulation discount is obtained. This is really bad.

I used this pedal on a Gibson Les Paul 70's Tribute, and an Ibanez RG on Marshall amps Valvestate VS265R Marshall DSL40C, Orange Micro Crush CR-3. Nothing ay do is bad!


I used it a few days, not more. I had not used real effects worthy of the name before that this is a Peavey VYPYR with effects in models of same value or Multi zoom effects that gave the same effect made made in Lidl

With the experience I do not redeem this pedal. First I try to test the DS-1 modées before I started!

Simple effective

By serophta, 13/05/2014
analog distortion


adjusting the distortion is simply a tone and gain good level ben! What a pedal :)


I used to grade a good distortion garage with us strat and a tube amp musicman.
I had the opportunity of using a transistor amp and c is not dinguo but it sounds anyway.


c is a very good pedal provided that the rest of the gear'm correct (guitar and amp) i got a ds made taiwan and frankly there is no picture and shades are really best in japan ds.

Very good pedal

By fatfinger, 10/05/2014
Distortion pedal called "classic". Given the number of models that run we can talk about "standard" or "stallion". Some personality.


Easy to use, as written elsewhere, 3 knobs, switch.


My opinion is purely subjective, but for me, this pedal is very efficient. I played with for 20 years and I always come back. It is in position 3 in my chain of OD after a Boss Blues Driver and Ibanez TS9. She crunch perfectly, whatever the guitar and amp and more, it combines perfectly with the previous two pedals. If we take a few knobs, it saturates quickly. Perfect for rock.
Not a monstrous gain, but enough to send the sauce without worries.
Well it is true that we should not have a heavy hand on the distortion and tone knobs for the past three quarters of the race of these it becomes very loud. At this point we get a sound that goes beyond the usual, but difficult to use for my part paths.


I do not understand the negative reviews, because this pedal has become a "standard" experienced since its sortie.Ce is not a pedal "plug and play", that is certain. You have to fight the grind, tame ... But once one understands the intricacies of gadget we take a real pleasure to snap ....
Conclusion: Some very good stuff, but probably less popular today because of its strong personality typed "vintage".

A classic, yet does not break 3 legged duck

By Sangolapinoz, 01/02/2014
A basic distortion pedal, everything has already been said.


Very easy to use, you plug it plays.


Therein lies the problem ...
The distortion is cold and screaming, I can play with no more than ten hours in total before returning to the basic distortion of my amp (Marshall MG50FX)
The sound is great and perfect for saying rock is finally disgusting, whether on my VGS equipped with EMG or my Kramer equipped with Seymour Duncan, I am rarely disappointed with a purchase, but now I regret ...

In addition, when the pedal is on (plugged in) there is a horrible hissing simply unbearable.


I've had almost a year, but I've only used it a few hours in total, because the sound does not suit me (but please can could be more) and especially the continuous whistle unbearable when the pedal is activated.
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Boss DS-1 Distortion tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Boss
  • Model:DS-1 Distortion
  • Category:Distortions
  • Added in our database on: 04/18/2004

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