Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal

Product ID: 36730
Available to Order. Estimated delivery is 03/02/2020.
Available to Order. Estimated delivery is 03/02/2020.
  • Classic Boss stompbox style distortion pedal in a striking orange
  • Suitable for use with guitar and keyboard for distorted tones
  • Simple control layout produces powerful results with ease
  • Capable of running for hours off a single 9 volt battery
  • Legendary Boss build quality guarantees years of durability
  • Tone, distortion and level controls to tweak your sound
  • Can be powered off any optional 9 volt AC adaptor
  • Free 5 year warranty when registered with BOSS


The Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal is a timeless little beauty that set the standard for others to follow, has stood up to the competition, and still finds its home on many player's pedal boards, including those belonging to: Mike Stern, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai – quite an illustrious list. The DS-1 provides a harder distortion effect than overdrive pedals and is perfect for guitar as well as other instruments. Instead of toneless, fuzzy distortion, the DS-1 faithfully reproduces all the subtle nuances of a dynamic performance - at any volume, and even when the distortion is up at full. Whether you’re playing lighting fast single notes or chords, articulation and harmonic complexity is upheld with the utmost clarity.

Intuitive layout

The simple design and control layout of the pedal belies the incredibly complex range of tones that can be pulled from the DS-1. The available distortion tones start from lighter crunchy sounds (think blues and rock), but go all the way to heavier sounds that are perfect for metal. Some people use this pedal as a booster/extra distortion pedal for the most extreme lead tones and powerful solos. The increased sustain and feedback you can get by cranking up the DS-1 into your drive channel works well on stage, making sure you are in control of those effects when you need them.

Tank-like construction

As you’d expect from Boss, the chassis is built to withstand heavy shelling, more than adequate for practising and performing with. To give you even further reassurance, the DS-1 comes with Boss’ 5-year warranty. So whether you simply wish to play solos at home, or take over the world one stage at a time, Boss has you covered.

If you are looking for a simple to use, workhorse distortion pedal, the Boss DS-1 is the perfect choice. There is simply no other distortion pedal that has been so widely used and remained popular for such a long time. The (not so) secret ingredients: great distortion sounds, rugged design and excellent value for money.

ModelDS-1 Distortion Pedal
Dimensions (H x W x D)59 x 73 x 129 mm
Weight 0.4 kg (including batteries)
Nominal Input Level-20 dBu
Input Impedance470 ohms
Nominal Output Level-20 dBu
Output Impedance1 k ohms
Equivalent Input Noise Level-122 dBu (IHF-A, Typ.)
ConnectorsINPUT Jack, OUTPUT Jack, AC Adaptor Jack (9 V DC)
Power Supply9 V DC: Dry Battery 9 V type, AC Adaptor
Current Draw4 mA (9 V DC)
Included AccessoriesDry Battery 9 V type (6F22/9 V)
Optional ExtrasAC Adaptor (PSA-Series)
Posted on 14/02/2016 by Used before upgrading to a Tube Screamer. This is a nice pedal with a good sound and I would recommend to anyone, great for crunchy blues
Posted on 04/12/2014 by You're not going to get the best sounds ever but it is cheap and fun and can be modified into an awesome sounding pedal with some knowhow.

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