DS-1 Distortion review by Boss

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (442 votes)
Boss: DS-1 Distortion

Price paid: $ 60

Purchased from: local music store

Sound — 10
I use my Epiphone Les Paul Special 2 and a Vox DA15 with this pedal, and as long as the amp is on clean settings, the sound is exactly that what I was hoping for. If the volume gets too high on the amp however, it can start to sound a little over-distorted. It has an AC/DC crunch to it, with the gain around the middle, and a Disturbed sound to it, with the gain on high.

Overall Impression — 9
I play classic and modern rock, and occasionally metal, if I like the song, and all of these are prefectly suited for DS-1. I love this effect, so if it was lost or stolen, I would surely go out and buy a new one to replace it. One thing that I do wish it had come with, was an AC adaptor, but you can buy those seperately.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I have never used this pedal in a gig before, because I bought it pretty recently, but I have No Doubt that if I were to bring it to a gig, or a band battle, that it would be extemely dependable. I have used other effects from the Boss family in Live preformances, and they have all worked wonders.

Ease of Use — 10
This is one awesome distortion pedal. The manual to this is wicked informative, and it even gives you a listing of what styles of music the different settings will give you, like classic rock, british, metal etc. Even without reading it though, it is almost impossible not to get a great distortion sound out of it.

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