Legendary distortion used by guitarists everywhere since 1978
Classic tones for all types of music
Hard-edged attack remains clear even at maximum distortion settings, ideal for heavy rhythms and cutting solos
Works great as a booster at low distortion settings
Unique tone control offers a wide range of sound shaping
Doesn’t mask the unique sound characteristics of different guitars, pickups, and styles
Turning down the guitar’s volume cleans up the tone without introducing muddiness
BOSS five-year warranty
Recommended power supply - BOSS PSA240
What Reidys say...
"The BOSS DS-1 distortion pedal is possibly the most widely recognised of its kind. It was first introduced to the world in the late 1970s and since then, a whole host of players have used it - in bedrooms and stadiums alike. The pedal allows you to control how much distortion you add to your sound, the volume (so you can use it to boost your volume on a clean channel), and has a knob to adjust the tone. You can use the BOSS DS-1 to add a little grit to your sound for a bluesy vibe, or, crank the distortion for a more heavy-hitting rock sound.
The BOSS DS-1 is a legend in the world of guitar pedals and has featured on plenty of players' boards including Steve Vai, John Frusciante, Kurt Cobain, Glenn Frey, Josh Klinghoffer and any more."
Richard Blenkinsop, Guitar Expert
The Benchmark in Guitar Distortion
The DS-1 Distortion is a true icon in the world of guitar effects. Introduced in 1978, BOSS’s first distortion pedal defined a bold new sound, delivering hard-edged attack and smooth sustain that’s been a staple of players for generations. The DS-1 is the top-selling BOSS compact pedal ever, and its original, unchanged design continues to inspire the creation of great music everywhere. The classic DS-1 tone is behind the signature sounds of numerous rock legends, and is ready to fuel your own signature sound today.
Before the DS-1, most distortion pedals produced harsh, buzzy tones and muddy sound at high gain settings. In 1978, BOSS engineers changed all that by developing a unique distortion circuit for the DS-1 that produces tight, hard-edged gain with rich harmonics while retaining the unique characteristics of different guitars and playing techniques. Hard rock, metal, and punk styles began to flourish in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and the DS-1’s tone had a defining influence on these genres. That trend has endured through multiple generations, and players around the world continue to seek out the classic DS-1 sound.
Gain from Mild to Heavy
From its modest three-knob interface, many different sound colors can be coaxed from the DS-1. Its pioneering two-stage circuit incorporates both transistor and op-amp gain stages. This approach is critical to the DS-1’s characteristic low-frequency fullness, which is loved by guitarists that play heavy music genres. The distortion knob offers an extremely wide range, from a mild boost for driving amps and pedals to full-throttle gain for monster rock riffs.
Powerful Tone Shaping
Unlike typical tone controls that only cut highs, the DS-1’s tone circuit features an innovative design that offers far more range. Turning the knob clockwise increases highs and decreases lows, while going counter-clockwise has the opposite effect. This lets you dial in everything from tight, cutting rhythm sounds to smooth, fat lead voices. The tone control is particularly effective for maintaining low-end definition when using the DS-1 as a booster with vintage-style amps, which often sound muddy when driven with other distortion pedals.
Nominal Input Level
1 M ohm
Nominal Output Level
1 k ohm
Recommended Load Impedance
10 k ohms or greater
CHECK indicator (Used for indication of check battery)
INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
OUTPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
DC IN jack
Carbon-zinc battery (9 V, 6F22) or Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61)
AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)
Expected battery life under continuous use
Carbon: Approx. 24.5 hours
Alkaline: Approx. 44 hours
*These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
Leaflet ("USING THE UNIT SAFELY," "IMPORTANT NOTES," and "Information")
Carbon-zinc battery (9 V, 6F22)
Option (sold separately)
AC adaptor (PSA series)
Size and Weight ( incl. battery )
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There are currently delays for all returns processing due to extra safety procedures. Thanks for your patience during this difficult time.
It doesn't happen often, but occasionally an item can get damaged on the way to you. Don't worry! If your order is received either damaged or faulty, just let us know, preferably using the returns request form within 30 days of receiving the item, and we'll arrange for it its return and for a replacement or refund.
You can return most items bought online or by phone within 14 days for a refund (provided that it is unused and returned to us in New Condition – including packaging). You will need to return the item at your own expense. When we receive the goods back undamaged and with the correct packaging we will refund the cost of the goods.
Software or products that include software that needs to be registered are not eligible for this 14 day return period if opened and installed, and due to hygiene reasons we can't accept certain used in-ear headphones, microphones or harmonicas.
The repair procedure for items which are under guarantee varies from manufacturer to manufacturer - please refer to the documentation which accompanied your purchase or complete the returns request form and we will advise you of the appropriate process.