DS-1 Distortion review by Boss

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (442 votes)
Boss: DS-1 Distortion
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Price paid: $ 64.05

Purchased from: merchant city music

Sound — 10
I play an Ibanez GR model and a Squier Tele into a Orange 30 wat amp. This pedal causes very little unwanted noise, it does creat a bit of buzz but thats to be expected from any pedal. I've nearly completely got kurt cobains sound from this pedal it also does a very nice John Fruciante for all you Red Hot Chili Peppers fans. The distortion gets weaker as the battery drains but it dosnt suk the batterys quickly wich is good.

Overall Impression — 10
I play rock and Grunge and it suits my style perfectly. I've been playing for a year and own a DigiTech RP80 witch a use for solos ect but the to pedals work together no probs. If it were stolen it probably try another pedal just out of interest I'd probably buy a DigiTech Bad Monkey or something similar.

Reliability & Durability — 10
It's a Boss so it's built like brick shit house it can take myt entire weight and withsstand me realy kicking at it in rehersals. I'd play a gig with this pedal without a backup tho I would replace the batery before a gig just incase.

Ease of Use — 9
the pedal isso easy to use it only has 3 controls tone, level and gain. I play a lot of Grunge so I turn the gain to about half and the tone to about 3/4 this gives me a sound very like Kurt Cobain's but when it comes to solo's id recomend having a second pedal to boost the distortion level. The manual isn't realy necessary because the pedal is so simple, it's basicly a plug in and play unit.

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