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Boss DS1

Raved to be the greatest pedal ever, the Boss DS1 is a proven pedalboard staple.  If you’re looking for simple, set and forget kind of pedal, the Boss DS1 has what you need.

Since the late 70’s this pedal has been in production for almost 35 years!  It obviously has some serious staying power.

Simply, the Boss DS1 is a great starter pedal.  3 knob simple.  From screaming distortion to subtle croaks of overdrive, this is the pedal a complete beginner can use and sound like a pro.  You can spend your precious time playing your guitar, instead of fiddling for the perfect sound.

The Controls

Make it easy for the user’s and they will keep coming back.  The Boss DS1 has the most basic controls:

  1. Tone (Low / High-pass filter)
  2. Level (Volume)
  3. Distortion (self Explanatory)

The stompbox on/off clicks is very solid, very well made and durable.

The Sound

The versatility of this pedal is very broad.  A lot of alternative rock bands guitar sounds can be recreated with this pedal.  Even an average player with below par amplifier and guitar can recreate some of their favorite alternative rock guitar tones.  This pedal has adjustable thickness and is able to cover a broad range of melodies to get your favorite alternative rock sound.

Sounds including;

  1. Chevelle
  2. Metallica
  3. Cradle of Flith
  4. Nirvana
  5. Bush

Famous Alternative Rock Stars Who Use Boss DS1

  1. Dave Grohl (Nirvana / Foo Fighters)
  2. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
  3. Joe Satriani (Chickenfoot)
  4. Steve Vai (Frank Zappa)

Other notable users who use a tweaked version of the Boss DS1 are:

  1. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Pepper)
  2. Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)
  3. Rivers Cuomo (Weezer)

Last Words

This pedal goes from buzz to growl in a flick of a knob.  It’s simple and easy to use.  Compared to others the Boss DS1 can be described as the Mcdonald’s of Pedals; it’s inexpensive, easy and very well known.


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