Boss DS-2 Distortion

Guitar Effects Pedal

The BOSS DS 2 is an enhanced version of the already classic of the genre, the DS 1. It delivers this time - in comparison to the legendary overdrive pedals from BOSS - a considerably rougher and more aggressive distortion, which is clearly oriented towards the British amp stack sound, yet still far away from the earlier rather toneless fuzz distortion of the past. In addition, the DS-2 has a second mode that enables yet more aggressive sounds. You can use both options live, as there is an extra jack for a foot switch with which to switch between modes. Extremely flexible!

  • Distortion
  • 2 Sound modes for a wide spectrum for distortion
  • From distorted riff-rock via earthy rock sounds, up to to singing lead sounds
  • Turbo mode can also be activated via an additional footswitch on the remote jack (Foot switch not included)
  • Power consumption: 12 mA
  • Powered with a 9V battery or a 9V DC power supply (coaxial connector - negative terminal inside - not included in delivery, e.g. Article Nr 409939)
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 73 x 129 x 59 mm
  • Weight: 400 g
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  • Blues Off-On
  • Country Off-On
  • Fuzzline 1 Off-On
  • Fuzzline 2 Off-On
  • Fuzzline 3 Off-On
  • Metal Off-On
  • Rock Off-On
  • Stoner Off-On
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Overdrive No
Distortion Yes
Fuzz No
Metal No
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My favorite distortion pedal
Hoodoo, 11.07.2017
Of course, I cannot argue about personal preferences, but I just can't imagine why someone wouldn't give this pedal 5 stars.

It has just the right amount of features: two modes - regular and super distortion which in essence is just a switch between two types of tones. The volume and the tone knobs really help a lot with balancing its sound with the final tone of your complete setup.

This pedal is in fact so versatile, that I use it as distortion, overdrive, and fuzz. Super distortion mode, max distortion, and 3 o'clock tone makes it a perfect John Frusciante distortion for me, lowering the tone knob and adding a little bit extra gain in your pedal chain makes it sound like a fuzz. Regular distortion mode and distortion knob all the way down sounds like blues overdrive.

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A classic
OOJP, 16.08.2019
I’ve used this pedal for well over a year and I can’t really see it ever leaving my board. I’ve never really used the first mode as I just prefer the tone of the second. This is subjective and it never hurts to have the option though. The pedal definitely has a bit fuzzy sound to it – which is a good thing. Like other Boss pedals, it has a durable chassis with pedal-wide switch. Compared to a button style this is much easier to toggle. I’ve used it with humbuckers, single coils and filtertrons and it pairs great with all.
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Definetly worth a try.
Johan1418, 23.12.2013
I have to say that I first dindn't fully know what to expect from this pedal. I was familiar with the Boss brand before, of course, having had a Boss ME-70 Multi-effect board, but i hadn't tried out a single distortion stompbox before this one. However, I am happy to say that it lived up to my expectations.

It is easy to handle and the middle boost gives you enough options to play everything from Bluesrock to the shredding guitar solos of both Heavy- and Thrash-metal. If it's combined with a sustain pedal the distortion value also goes to another level.
The only not so positive thing worth mentioning is the sound quality, which sounds a bit digital at low volume level, but when turning it up a bit it creates a powerful distortion, worth playing with at your band practice, live and in the studio (Yes, I have made some home recordings using the Boss DS-2 pedal).

So, the conclusion is that; if you want a distortion pedal that is easy to handle, has a good tone for live playing and practicing etc. and still affordable, then the Boss DS-2 is one for you.
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Good quality but a bit disapointed by the sound
wavve, 11.12.2019
The pedal looks solid, usual good built quality from Boss.
It's easy to use but the sound is a little too aggressive and messy for me. I've read a lot of reviews from people who love it and I know a lot of famous artists are using it (I'm a Frusciante fan), but I'm having a hard time find a setting I really like, it always sounds to "artificial", almost "robotic" or "digital", not warm enough to my taste.
Yet I'm not giving up on this pedal, I feel there's potential so I'll try a little longer to tame it !
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