Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal Review
- Amazon: Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal
- Pros: The DS-1 has high quality construction at a great price.
- Cons: The range of tones leave something to be desired.
- Overall: A great pedal to start building a pedalboard. If you get tired of the tone, there are great modifications available.
The Boss DS-1 is a very common distortion pedal. It is housed in a standard Boss compact chassis and features basic controls. For some reason Boss does not stick to a standard layout for controls across models, but the DS-1 is easy to use once you know what all the knobs do. This pedal produces a range of tones from moderate to heavy distortion, depending on the position of the distortion knob.
Do not expect the DS-1 to provide subtle overdrive. In my experience, this pedal is something of a one-trick pony. No matter where the distortion knob was set, the DS-1 took over my tone. It never got as extreme as a dedicated fuzz pedal, but I certainly never forgot that it was on. The quality of the distortion could be described diplomatically as bold or assertive. To my ear the DS-1 sounds tinny and grating. It is a sound that fatigues the ear easily, and no other tones are available.
That being said, The DS-1 is certainly worth a try. Its price to build quality ratio is perhaps the best of any pedal on the market, so it is a very solid choice if the tone appeals to you. Buying a new DS-1 is often cheaper than buying its component parts separately. Because of its price and high quality construction, there are many services available to modify the circuit. These modifications generally make the DS-1 into a much more useful and versatile pedal.
Boss DS-1 Demo