Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal


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Redefine your guitar’s sound with the iconic Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal. Since its debut in 1978, this legendary pedal has revolutionized guitar distortion, setting the benchmark for raw power, clarity, and tonal versatility.

Stepping into the world of distortion before the Boss DS-1 meant settling for muddy, unclear tones. Not anymore. The DS-1 is famed for delivering a tight, hard-edged distortion that beautifully preserves the nuances of your playing dynamics. Whether you’re laying down chunky rhythms or belting out soaring solos, this pedal ensures your attack remains crystal-clear, even at high distortion levels.

Discover a vast tonal spectrum with the Boss DS-1. Its innovative two-stage circuit combines transistor and op-amp gain stages, a design choice responsible for the pedal’s cherished low-frequency richness, especially revered by heavy genre enthusiasts. From subtle boosts that push your amp to roaring, riff-ready distortion, this pedal has all the gain range you’ll ever need.

But that’s not all. The DS-1’s unique tone circuit goes beyond conventional tone adjustments. Dialing it one way boosts your highs and reduces lows, while the opposite introduces a warmer, fuller sound. It’s like having an EQ right on your pedalboard.

No matter your guitar or playing style, the DS-1 complements it. It doesn’t overshadow the inherent tonal qualities of different guitars or pickups. And if you need a cleaner tone? Just turn down your guitar’s volume. The DS-1 responds without muddying your sound.

Encased in its iconic orange chassis, the DS-1 isn’t just about looks. Boss is synonymous with robust build quality, and this pedal stands as a testament to that reputation. Ready for rigorous touring schedules and studio sessions, its metal housing ensures it’ll endure foot stomps for years to come. And with a BOSS five-year warranty, your investment is secure.

Join the ranks of legendary guitarists who’ve sculpted their signature sounds with the Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal. For over four decades, it has remained an unmatched force in the world of guitar effects. Get ready to unlock a world of tonal possibilities and take your sound to unparalleled heights. The original, the unmatched, the Boss DS-1 awaits.

Additional information

Weight 0.36 kg
Dimensions 129 × 73 × 59 mm


Iconic Distortion Legacy

Crafted in 1978, the Boss DS-1 has transformed the soundscapes of guitarists for decades, bringing forth a new era of clear, powerful, and dynamic distortion tones.

Unparalleled Tonal Versatility

Thanks to its innovative two-stage circuitry, the DS-1 offers a vast range of sounds. From a mild amp push to roaring, rock-ready distortion, achieve any tone your heart desires.

Innovative Tone Control

Unlike traditional pedals, the DS-1’s tone circuit provides a broader tonal spectrum. Boost highs, warm up the sound, or discover something in-between. The choice is all yours.

Respects Your Guitar’s Character

Every guitar is unique, and the DS-1 ensures your instrument’s voice shines. Whether you’re playing rhythm or lead, this pedal complements, never overshadows.

Durable & Timeless Design

Encased in a distinctive orange chassis, the DS-1 is built for the road and the studio. Trust in Boss’s legendary build quality, ensuring this pedal is a mainstay on your board for years.

Backed by Boss Warranty

Invest with confidence. Every Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal comes with a five-year warranty, cementing its place as a reliable and trusted choice for guitarists worldwide.


Nominal Input Level -20 dBu
Input Impedance 1 M ohm
Nominal Output Level -20 dBu
Output Impedance 1 k ohm
Recommended Load Impedance 10 k ohms or greater
Controls Pedal switch, TONE knob, LEVEL knob, DIST knob
Indicator CHECK indicator (Used for indication of check battery)
Connectors INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type, OUTPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type, DC IN jack
Power Supply Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61) or Carbon-zinc battery (9 V, 6F22), AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)
Current Draw 10 mA
Expected battery life under continuous use Carbon: Approx. 50 hours, Alkaline: Approx. 80 hours
Size (W x D x H) 73 mm x 129 mm x 59 mm
Weight (including battery) 360 g