Pre-Owned Boss DS-1 Distortion


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Boss DS-1 Distortion 

When it comes to iconic guitar effects, the BOSS DS-1 Distortion is an undisputed legend. Since its introduction in 1978, this pedal has left an indelible mark on the world of music, delivering a bold new sound that's been embraced by countless guitarists. The DS-1's timeless design, with its unchanged original circuitry, continues to inspire musicians worldwide. From classic rock to contemporary genres, the DS-1 has been a sonic cornerstone for generations of players, and it's ready to infuse your music with its iconic tones.

Features That Define a Classic

The BOSS DS-1 Distortion is renowned for its legendary tones, embraced by guitarists spanning diverse musical genres. It offers a hard-edged attack that remains clear even at maximum distortion settings, making it ideal for blistering solos and powerful rhythms. Additionally, the DS-1 excels as a booster when dialed down to lower distortion settings. Its unique tone control provides a wide range of sound shaping possibilities, and perhaps most notably, it doesn't mask the unique characteristics of different guitars, pickups, and playing styles. Plus, simply turning down your guitar's volume cleans up the tone without sacrificing clarity.

Genre-Defining Distortion

Before the DS-1, distortion pedals often produced harsh, buzzy tones and muddied sound at high gain settings. BOSS engineers changed the game by developing a distinct distortion circuit for the DS-1, which delivers tight, hard-edged gain with rich harmonics while preserving the nuances of different guitars and playing techniques. This innovation had a profound impact on hard rock, metal, and punk styles that flourished in the '70s and '80s, and its influence continues through the generations. Whether you're chasing classic rock tones or forging your own path, the DS-1 Distortion stands ready to unleash its signature sound.


  • 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 (These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use)
  • Size and Weight (Incl. Battery): Width: 73 mm (2-7/8 inches), Depth: 129 mm (5-1/8 inches), Height: 59 mm (2-3/8 inches), Weight: 360 g (13 oz)

This pedal works nicely as intended and is in very good condition, exhibiting only very light external wear and has had velcro applied to the bottom as can be seen in photos. Box and manual are included.

Serial Number: L6K1883


*** This item is at Five Star Guitars on consignment. As a result, all sales are final***

Type: Effects