DS-2 Turbo Distortion review by Boss

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (170 votes)
Boss: DS-2 Turbo Distortion
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Price paid: $ 78.9921

Purchased from: Musicstop

Sound — 9
I use a Peavey 15 watt with a Hamer guitar, and the distortion always sounds great. Although, if you don't use the turbo, sometimes (especially if the tone is set low) the sound will be kind of muffled. But maybe thats because of my amp. I can easily get the sounds of my favorite artists, Nirvana, System Of A Down, Alexisonfire, Rise Against, usually just by ajusting the distortion and turbo knobs.

Overall Impression — 9
I play Grunge, punk, hardcore punk etc. and this pedal fits all those styles, as well as others. Had the pedal since christmas, and In love with it already. It it was stolen, id buy that thing again in a heartbeat. It's best feature by far, is its turbo knob. It gives the distortion clarity, and more punch than regular distortion. The only thing is, you have to keep level at about 1 o'clock if you want to switch between clean, and distortion, otherwise the distortion is so much louder than clean. Overall, this pedal is a very good pedal, and I recommend it over any other "turbo" pedal out there.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This is honestly the toughest pedal I have ever used. Boss builds their pedals like miniature tanks anyway. I would be very comfortable using this in a gig with out a backup. Maybe an extra battery though. I haven't had it long enough tho tell how long the battery life is.. but its long enough (there is a "check" light, that tells you when the effect is on, and also serves as a battery check). Judge accordingly.

Ease of Use — 9
This pedal is very easy to use, and to get a good sound. Basically there are three knobs (tone, level, distortion) and a turbo switch. There are many different sounds to get from this pedal, ranging from Nirvana, (turbo off) to System Of A Down (turbo on). Actually, it was the pedal that Kurt Cobain used on the "In Utero" tour. The manual is fairly stright forward, it gives you tips, and inclused some demo settings which can come in handy. Also, the manual has a "setting memo" where you can put down the settings for a certain sound you like.

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