Price paid: £ 45
Purchased from: Guitar, Amp and Keyboard
Sound — 9
I'm using this as my main distortion along with a Big Muff and a Small Clone Chorus pedal, through a Marshall solid state MG15DFX.It can be noisy this pedal but only if you over do the tone control. It is a powerful distortion, that's great for anything really. I'm a big Nirvana fan, which is why I've got it really, because he used them as well but I use this for a bit of Led Zeppelin, Guns n Roses and also a bit of Hendrix. As I say, this is my main distortion pedal as it gives a good tone for Nirvana but also for many other styles. I use it with a Squier Strat, with a Duncan JB in the bridge and an Epiphone G310 SG. Really, really versatile.
Overall Impression — 10
It just suits my styles really well. It is more versatile than I thought it would be but I was obviously wrong. If it was stolen, I'd have to get another one, couldn't play without it-I rely on it so much. I did think about getting the DS-2 distortion but didn't think there was a huge difference in sound, even when the DS-2 was on the turbo setting. Overall, easy to use, reliable, versatile and great sounding.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Boss pedals are built like tanks-the whole things pretty much made out of solid metal. I haven't dropped at all but I know that if I did it would not break in the slightest. I would definitely not take a backup if I played live, though you could count my big muff as a back up but the big muff can't do half the stuff that the DS-1 can. Really reliable pedal.
Ease of Use — 10
The DS-1 is really easy to use. Using the Tone, Volume/level and Distortion controls you can get lots of different sounds ranging from just warm Overdrive to some impressive high gain stuff. The manual you get tells you everything, including some sound samples to get you started, which I found useful. The DS-1 is a great pedal for people who are maybe new to pedals and have maybe no knowledge on how to set them up, use the controls etc. Boss have clearly thought about this in the design and also the manual.