DS-1 Distortion review by Boss

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (442 votes)
Boss: DS-1 Distortion
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Price paid: $ 40

Purchased from: Amazon

Sound — 9
The setup that I use this effects pedal with would be a Roland Cube 15X amplifier, along with an Ibanez RG350 guitar. It is great for giving a great gain boost to clean sounds, distorting it quite a lot for more sustain to play heavier types of music. It isn't noisy at all, and the pedal has 3 knobs, which are Tone, Level, and Distortion. There can be a little noise at higher tone and distortion settings, but it that take away from the actual sound it produces. For me, the best settings would be Max Distortion and Medium Tone, just for a good round distorted sound. I can get many different sounds with this versatile pedal. Usually I use it for playing along with artists such as Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes, Nirvana, Weezer, and Guns N' Roses. The distortion is very crisp and clear, which is very good feature, but there can be some feedback from higher settings.

Overall Impression — 10
The music I play with this pedal would be along the lines of Rock to even Heavy Metal. The pedal gave me a good impression for it was known as a classic distortion pedal, suitable for many different types of music, which is great. I play with this pedal along with other pedals such as a Boss PW-10 Wah, and a DigiTech Grunge. I could definitely buy it again should i misplace it, and I just love the sound and the amount of distortion it can produce just by itself. The best feature is just convenience, and basically simplicity.

Reliability & Durability — 9
For this pedal, I definitely depend on it. It doesn't really break easily, because it is built in a tough metal casing. It doesn't die out either with a power adapter, and even with a battery, it can last quite a while. It is simple to use, convenient, and produces great sound, this is definitely a pedal to use on a gig. A backup isn't necessary, it seems to be able to handle itself quite well.

Ease of Use — 10
The easiest distortion pedal to use! The sound is great, and all it takes is just adjusting the knobs according to what you want to play. It does come with a manual, just for directions and other features. It is definitely a great pedal to own, easy to use, very simple even for beginners, and can push your sound much further in terms of sustain and heaviness.

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    NosralTserrof wrote: TOO MANY FUCKING REVIEWS
    Aint because this pedal is very FUCKING GOOD?