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BOSS DS-1 Distortion Guitar Effect Pedal

Brand: BOSS

Original price was: $99.00.Current price is: $85.00.

The DS-1 Distortion is genuinely a legend in the world of guitar effects. Unveiled in 1978, BOSS’s first venture into distortion circuits defined a bold new sound, delivering hard-edged attack and smooth sustain that’s been the staple of guitarists for decades.

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The DS-1 is BOSS's best-selling compact pedal of all time, and it's original, unaltered design continues to inspire players to create great music all across the globe. The classic DS-1 tone is the distinct sound behind many of rock's biggest icons, and is ready to fuel your own signature tone today.


  • Legendary distortion used by guitarists everywhere since 1978
  • Classic tones for all types of music
  • Hard-edged attack remains clear even at maximum distortion settings, ideal for heavy rhythms and cutting solos
  • Works great as a booster at low distortion settings
  • Unique tone control offers a wide range of sound shaping
  • Doesn’t mask the unique sound characteristics of different guitars, pickups, and styles
  • Turning down the guitar’s volume cleans up the tone without introducing muddiness

Genre-Defining Distortion

Before the DS-1, many distortion pedals resulted in a harsh buzz and muddy lows at higher gain settings. In 1978, BOSS engineers developed a new, unique distortion circuit that produced tight, sharp-edged gain with rich overtones while retaining the fundamental character of different guitars and playing styles, and that became the beloved DS-1. During the '70s and 80's, hard rock, metal and punk flourished, and the DS-1's sound was a critical influence on those genres. A trend which has stood the test of time for generations, as players all over the globe continue to chase the iconic DS-1 sound.

Gain from Mild to Heavy

An impressive range of sounds can be pulled from the DS-1's humble three-knob control interface. It's groundbreaking two-stage circuit utilizes both transistor and op-amp gain stages. This approach is key to the DS-1's signature low end richness, beloved by guitarists in the heavy music world. The distortion control offers a incredibly wide range, from a slight boost for pushing amps and pedals to all-out distortion for monstrous rock riffs.

Powerful Tone Shaping

Unlike conventional tone controls that only cut treble, the DS-1's tone circuitry features an innovative design that provides a far wider range. Turning the knob clockwise boosts treble and cuts bass. Turning it counter-clockwise does the opposite. Go from tight, piercing rhythm tones to smooth, thick lead voicings. The tone control is especially effective at maintaining low-end articulation while using the DS-1 as a boost before vintage-style amps, which often sound muddy when pushed by other distortion stompboxes.


  • Controls
    • Pedal switch
    • TONE knob
    • LEVEL knob
    • DIST knob
  • Connectors
    • INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
    • OUTPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
    • DC IN jack
  • Power Supply
    • 9V DC battery
    • AC adaptor (9V DC, center negative)
  • Current Draw: 10mA
  • Dimensions
    • 129mm (D) x 73mm (W) x 59mm (H)
    • 360g

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 7 × 6 × 13 cm

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