Pre-Owned Boss DS-1


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Boss DS-1

Iconic Distortion with the BOSS DS-1: Unleash Your Signature Sound

Legendary Tone, Enduring Legacy

The BOSS DS-1 Distortion pedal stands as a timeless icon in the realm of guitar effects. Since its introduction in 1978, the DS-1 has been a driving force behind countless legendary guitar tones. This pedal's original and unaltered design has garnered it the title of the top-selling BOSS compact pedal. Whether you're into hard rock, metal, punk, or any genre that craves attitude-laden distortion, the DS-1's hard-edged attack and smooth sustain are ready to fuel your creativity and inspire your unique sound.

Crafting the DS-1 Signature Sound

Before the DS-1, distortion pedals often produced undesirable harsh or muddy tones at high gain settings. BOSS engineers revolutionized the scene by developing a distinctive distortion circuit for the DS-1 that delivers tight, well-defined gain with rich harmonics. This unique circuitry retains the individual nuances of different guitars and playing styles. Its influence on hard rock, metal, and punk genres of the '70s and '80s has left an indelible mark, and the DS-1's iconic tone continues to captivate guitarists of all generations.

Versatile Tone Sculpting at Your Fingertips

The DS-1's intuitive interface belies its versatility. The innovative two-stage circuitry, combining transistor and op-amp gain stages, lets you coax an array of sounds from this pedal. The distortion knob spans a vast tonal spectrum, from a subtle boost for driving amps and pedals to roaring gain for colossal riffs. What sets the DS-1 apart is its powerful tone control. Unlike conventional tone knobs, this design allows you to enhance highs and decrease lows as you rotate it clockwise, or vice versa. This nuanced control opens up a sonic palette that ranges from cutting rhythms to fat, smooth lead tones.


  • 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 and Weight (Including 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)

Serial Number: TX 28477

This pedal works nicely as intended and is in very good condition, exhibiting some light external wear as can be seen in photos. Original box is included. 


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

Type: Effects