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

Sound — 10
Low distortion has nearly no noise or feedback, high distortion has some noise.Vary cool bluesy tone with the tone a little before 1/2 way and the distortion all the way up. Cool rock tone too that way also. Not to good for metal or palm-muting. Still try it before buying it.

Overall Impression — 10
This is a great pedal for blues and some classic rock for under $50 bucks. Good idea you check it out online or try it in a music store before you buy it. BEWARE: the output jack is wareing out on mine but is a easy fix for me. If someone stole it I would replace it.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Rigged construction. It's made thick out of aluminum every ware except the bottom. I don't think you should be kicking it or jumping on it like your putting out a fire ether. You probably can throw it down a flight of stares and I will be in one-piece. I am not recommending you do so at all.

Ease of Use — 9
Pretty easy to get good sound out of it. If you detune your guitar it sounds very funky. It sounds great with a bass or 6-string. If you can't figure out to use the knobs tone & dis. The manual describes how to use the knobs and has diagrams on different settings for that sort of thing. Has long battery life too.

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    Never been able to get a good sound out of this pedal and beleive me ive tweaked with this pedal for years. Im tempted to say this is a peice of junk but the ability to mod this is equally as tempting.
    Literally just did a demo of this 2 days ago. If you tinker a bit you can get tons of different tones from it(rock, punk, black metal, etc.)
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