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DS1

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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.

Classic BOSS Distortion tones for guitar and keyboard
Reproduces dynamics of playing, from soft to hard
Distortion, Level and Tone control to tailor overall sound as desired

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Closest StoreOshawa, Ontario
I thought it had a smoother gain sound and it sounded more like a fuzz Pretty good sound but not what I expected but still sounds objectively good
Posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2018
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PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS, FUN FOR VETERANS!4 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto - Bloor Street, Ontario
I've owned this pedal for over a decade now. It's been through a lot and all I've ever had to do is change the battery - it's so solid! No, it's not the most versatile but for a fun, dirty distortion it can't be beaten for the price. If it's good enough for Kurt Cobain, it's good enough for you.
Posted by Robbie on Oct 1, 2017
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Perfect beginer pedal0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSudbury, Ontario
If you're just starting to get into using pedals and are looking for a good distortion pedal to start getting used to using, look no further. For the price, you can't go wrong. Do it.
Posted by Jaws on Sep 11, 2016
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WHAT A GREAT FIND!!!!1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreNorth York, Ontario
For a long time, I've been looking for a good distortion sound. Tried many pedals, but still had no luck. I picked up the Jemini distortion/overdrive pedal from Ibanez on E-BAY, because I loved Steve Vai's sound. But still, there was something missing when I tried it on it's own. So then I picked up a used BOSS DS-1 for $40 to see how it would sound. Then by hitting both pedals at the same time by mistake, had this great sound. I tweaked both distortion knobs to half and BINGO!!!!!!!!. There was my sound I was looking for, added a little chorus and delay and now have a nice warm distortion tone. The DS-1 on it's own is also great, a good sounding distortion. The only draw back on the DS-1 is, I wish it had a MID control knob to tweak the sound. I was playing through a Fender Ultra Chorus, solid state. ROCK ON!!! So by adding this pedal, it gives you more color to your sound.
Posted by Clemens on Sep 4, 2016
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Basic boost pedal for clean tube amps, etc...2 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreAbbotsford, British Columbia
Although this pedal has almost doubled in price in the last 2 years, it its almost a requirement if you want basic overdrive on a clean tube amp. Should not be used with solid state or distorted channels as it will likely reduce tone quality.
Posted by Guitar Envy on Jun 15, 2016
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Good for the price1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSt. Catharines, Ontario
The pedal is great for the price and would highly recommend everyone buying one of these, BUT you have to keep in mind that it can get fizzy and sound over pushed if you crank the distortion. If you want something to push distortion I would say get an Ibanez Tube screamer... my preference is the Tube Screamer Mini... However this is great for a beginner to start with, or a seasoned pro who wants to just push the rig a little farther to get it to start to break up.
Posted by Anon on May 29, 2016
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Great pedal1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton North, Alberta
This pedal really adds that extra power to my guitar. Amazing pedal.
Posted by Keenan on Sep 23, 2015
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Great sound for the money1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMoncton, New Brunswick
This pedal is a work horse. I use it to boost the distortion on my Marshall TSL-100 Crunch channel and smooths it out nicely. Great pedal, great value and a mainstay in any pedal board.
Posted by M. LeBlanc on Jan 31, 2015
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Sound2 of 6 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreNorth York, Ontario
This was my first pedal and when I got it a while when I first started playing. It was good at the time but now I just really don't like it. You're very limited with this pedal and the sound is not very pleasant. The distortion built into most amps is much better, even low end amps. Would not recommend unless you're a beginner and your amp doesn't have a distortion channel.
Posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2014
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Closest StoreCalgary, Alberta
you don't need an expensive Dunlop or Line 6. although built in distortion on the amps is usually a better bet, this little stomp kicks ass! there is lots of customization to the sound, especially if you throw an overdrive in with your rig. It's built pretty tough and never fails!
Posted by Kalen on Mar 29, 2014
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For gigging only2 of 6 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreNanaimo, British Columbia
I've heard this piece of equipment at small live gigs at high volume and it works well to make the guitar cut through the mix over drums and bass, but if you only use this at home hoping to complement the quality sound of a good tube amp it's a poor choice. Fizzy, cold distortion.
Posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2013
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Ewww... Ughh... Urghhhh...1 of 8 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMarkham, Ontario
This was just... As the title implies, terrible. Fantastically horrid, if you ask me. Really, it sounds just BARELY decent on a tube amp, and sounds like a rabid dog attacking a garbage can on a solid state. If you ask me, just get some more money for a dunlop fuzz face or something decent.
Posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2013
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Amazing Pedal3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCalgary North, Alberta
I actually have one that I got way back around 1984 or 85 and it still is a hugely important part of my pedal board. Such a solid piece of hardware, even all these years later!
Posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2013
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Closest StoreToronto - Bloor Street, Ontario
Been playing with it a lot and I love it.
Posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2013
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Great Pedal for an amazing price1 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBrampton, Ontario
Posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2013
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perfect distortion for any guitar or rig4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWindsor, Ontario
I've had this pedal for almost 2 years now, and its still just as awesome as the first day I got it! it can be used for so many genres like punk, rock, alt, even can do some great metal. I find it a perfect fit for and rig, especially for grunge. perfect for any nirvana songs. it is very durable and perfect to take on the road for gigs (used for a few small gigs myself). great pedal and amazing price
Posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2013
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The first I got, and the only one I need2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto - Bloor Street, Ontario
This is the first pedal I ever got, and it's the main sound of my rig into a clean fender mustang. I play mostly punk rock so it's a great fit. It's also a tank, it was accidentally thrown across a stage by the stage crew, and the only mark was a small chip of paint in the corner. It's amazing. However, if you want a clean boost/just a touch of gain, this isn't for you. (But then again, you're probably looking for overdrive, not distortion)
Posted by JKG on Jun 18, 2013
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Where is TONE in the Ratings?1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWinnipeg North, Manitoba
This is a Boss pedal, so the quality is the best but the tone is not something I particularly like about this pedal. It has enhanced highs and lows, which really scoop the mids (which is the heart of the guitar). Some like that sound - I don't. BUT - this pedal is a modders dream. Sure - it voids your warranty, but that is not the point. Boss still uses traditional parts in this pedal (not surface mount) so it's an easy job. I settled on the IndyGuitarist (Wampler) vintage mod, but there are dozens of others that work as well.
Posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2013
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Closest StoreDartmouth, Nova Scotia
This pedal is REALLY good. With the right settings, it can make any guitar sound great. You can get vintage or modern tones, a sharp punch or warm sustain, anything really.
Posted by Mark on Feb 12, 2013
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Closest StoreEdmonton South, Alberta
I hear people basing this pedal but i really cannot see why... There's tonnes of pedals out there, but seriously this is all you need unless you really want something very specific. It gives you a good distortion, or if you turn the gain lower it gives you a nice boost/crunch. Everything else is in your fingers!
Posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2012
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Closest StoreSaint John, New Brunswick
i own a lot of pedals and for 60 bucks you'll never find one better
Posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2012
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Closest StoreGrande Prairie, Alberta
For a basic pedal, or any pedal really, this thing produces solid, throaty punch. Offers both 9v and 110v options (wall plug sold seperate), like usual. Doesn't distort when it's not supposed to - when the pedal is off, there's no buzz or any audible indication that it is plugged in. Just a solid, affordable piece of tech.
Posted by kb on May 30, 2012
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Closest StoreMoncton, New Brunswick
I've had this thing for about two years, used the hell out of it. Couldn't ask anything more of it.
Posted by Brandon on May 2, 2012
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Closest StoreAbbotsford, British Columbia
The best one out there, trust me, try it out!
Posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2012
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