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
No JavaScript? No Audio Samples! :-(

Audio Examples

 
0:00
  • Bluesrock Off-On
  • 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
  • Show more

Further Information

Overdrive No
Distortion Yes
Fuzz No
Metal No
Try out the effects live
Test the actual effects in real time with our exclusive technology.
Start Stompenberg

These are other customers' choices:

Customers who looked at this item have bought these:

Boss DS-2 Distortion
27% bought this exact product
Boss DS-2 Distortion
Available immediately
Available immediately

This item is in stock and can be dispatched immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
$69 Add to Basket
Boss DS-1 Distortion
12% bought Boss DS-1 Distortion $59
Proco Rat 2 Distortion
8% bought Proco Rat 2 Distortion $88
Boss SD-1 Overdrive
7% bought Boss SD-1 Overdrive $59
Behringer SF300 Super Fuzz
3% bought Behringer SF300 Super Fuzz $24.50
Our most popular Distortion Pedals
273 Customer Ratings
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
4.6 /5
  • handling
  • features
  • sound
  • quality
Total
features
sound
quality
handling
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.

Recommend!
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
features
sound
quality
handling
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.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
features
sound
quality
handling
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.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
features
sound
quality
handling
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 !
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
$69
The shipping costs are calculated on the checkout page.
Available immediately
Available immediately

This item is in stock and can be dispatched immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
Share This Product
Your Contacts
Phone: +49-9546-9223-20
FAX: +49-9546-9223-24
Online Guides
Distortion Effect Pedals
Distortion Effect Pedals
A classic Ibanez Tubescreamer or Colorsound Tonebender can fetch many times its original price from guitarists in search of the ultimate killer tone and sustain.
 
 
 
 
 
test results:
* The prices shown exclude VAT and are valid as long as stocks last. Please click here for international shipping rates. Goods subject to custom declaration; customer fees to be paid on delivery if applicable. We do not accept liability for typographical errors or inaccurate information of any kind. All invoices will be issued in USD.
Recently Viewed
iZotope Community Appreciation Bundle

iZotope Community Appreciation Bundle (ESD); plug-in bundle; contains 11 essential tools for audio editing and creative music production; consists of Nectar Elements, Neutron Elements, Ozone Elements, RX Elements, BreakTweaker, Stutter Edit 2, Iris 2, Trash 2 as well as Exponential…

3
(3)
Recently Viewed
DSM & Humboldt Simplifier DLX Amp/Cab Sim

DSM & Humboldt Simplifier Deluxe Amp/Cab Simulator; Effects Pedal for Electric Guitar; Pre-Amp, Power-Amp and Cab-Simulator; all Analog 0 Watt Dual Channel Amp, with Cab Simulator, multistage Reverb, and versatile connectivity options; All, in an extremely small format; 2 Studio…

2
(2)
Recently Viewed
Quilter Superblock US

Quilter Superblock US, Solid State Pedalboard Amplifier for Electric Guitar; Three Classic US Amplifier voicings: 60 Tweed, 62 Blonde & 65 Black; comparable power to a 25-Watt Tube Amp when powered by the supplied PS-24 Power Supply or 1 Watt…

Recently Viewed
Blackmagic Design Web Presenter HD

Blackmagic Design Web Presenter HD; All-in-one streaming solution; hardware streaming engine for direct streaming via Ethernet to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more; stream to the internet using Ethernet or connect a 5G or 4G phone to use mobile data; built…

Recently Viewed
Casio CT-S1BK

Casio CT-S1BK Keyboard with Piano-Look - 61 touch-responsive keys, 64-note polyphony, AiX Sound Source, 61 sounds, Reverb, Chorus, Delay, DSP, Master EQ, Volume Sync EQ, connection to free Chordana Play For Keyboard App, Midi, transpose, metronome, midi record, headphone/line stereo…

Recently Viewed
Polyend Tracker AE Legowelt

Polyend Tracker AE Legowelt; Limited Artist Edition; individual design; incl. orig. project files and sample packs;, Stand Alone Hardware Tracker; Step Sequencer & Song Arranger; Sampler (Forward, 1 Shot, Backward, Ping-Pong); Granular Synthesizer; Wavetable Synthesizer (compatible with Ableton Wave and…

Recently Viewed
RAV Vast D Major red

RAV Vast2 D Major red edition, D3/ G3, A3, B3, C#4, D4, E4, F#4, A4, Handpans-inspired steel tongue instrument, 2mm Steel, diameter 51cm, hight 17cm, weight 5,9kg, incl. bag

2
(2)
Recently Viewed
Austrian Audio Hi-X65

Austrian Audio Hi-X65; open studio headphones; circumaural; All metal hinges and bow for maximum durability; foldable construction for easy transport; frequency range: 5Hz to 28kHz; sensitivity: 110 dBspl/V; THD (@ 1kHz):

39
(39)
Recently Viewed
Blue Microphones Yeti Blackout

Blue Microphones Yeti Blackout; Multi-Pattern USB Kondensatormikrofon für Recording und Streaming; three 14 mm condenser capsules with four different polar patterns; polar pattern: cardioid, figure-eight, omnidirectional, stereo; frequency range: 20Hz - 20kHz; max. sound pressure: 120 dB (THD: 5% 1…

3
(3)
Recently Viewed
Universal Audio UAFX Golden Reverberator

Effects Pedal Stereo reverb, With spring-, plate- and vintage digital effects, True or buffered bypass, Presets can be stored, Additional effects available to download, Live/Preset mode, Dual processor UAFX engine, 2 Inputs: 6.3 mm jack (input 2 for stereo…

2
(2)
Recently Viewed
Thomann Cats Kalimba Brown

Kalimba Made of Mahogany, 17 Tines tuned in C major, Sound hole in the shape of two cats, Colour: Brown, Includes strong case, tuning hammer, and cleaning cloth

Recently Viewed
Polyend Tracker AE Pete Cannon

Polyend Tracker AE Pete Cannon; Limited Artist Edition; individual design; incl. orig. project files and sample packs;, Stand Alone Hardware Tracker; Step Sequencer & Song Arranger; Sampler (Forward, 1 Shot, Backward, Ping-Pong); Granular Synthesizer; Wavetable Synthesizer (compatible with Ableton Wave…

Give Feedback
Feedback Found an error or want to give us feedback about this page?

We're looking forward to hearing from you and aim to solve any problems as soon as we can.