The DS-1 distortion pedal has been around since 1978. That's a damn long time. But of course there are reasons for that. For one thing, Boss is a brand that grants many models a long life. What has stood the test of time is worth preserving, a virtue in this day and age. On the other hand, many of the coloured stompboxes enjoy unbridled popularity among musicians. The DS-1 is an example of this: the distortion moves between aggressive fuzz and creamy overdrive and closed the gap between the Rat *) and the OD-1 (1977). The DS-1 has a lot to offer in the overtone range, which is particularly suitable for overdriving tubes that are slightly saturated. The tone control plays an essential role here, as it works almost like an interactive tone control, not just as a filter. When turned to the right, the treble is boosted while the low-mids are lowered slightly. If you are looking for an official rock sound, the DS-1 is still a recommendation. Some ambitious, incomparably more expensive boutique manufacturers have yet to reach where Boss was 50 years ago, that's for sure.
- Controls: TONE, LEVEL, DIST
- Solid metal housing
- Power supply: 9V block, mains adapter (not included)
- Current consumption: 10mA
- Operating time with alkaline battery: approx. 80h
- Dimensions: 70 (W) x 125 (D) x 55 (H) mm
- Weight: 440 g (incl. battery)