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BOSS DS-1X Distortion Best Guitar Effects Pedal High-Clarity Distortion Sound Multi-Dimensional Processing


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The DS-1X launches the famous BOSS distortion into a modern era of expression, delivering an unmatched level of performance for guitarists with an ear for tone. This next-generation stomp combines over 35 years of innovation in pedal design with the most advanced technologies, bringing you a completely new tonal experience that's only possible with the legendary expertise of BOSS. Prepare to be amazed-the inspiring and ultra-responsive DS-1X will change your thinking about distortion pedals forever.

- Special edition BOSS distortion pedal with next-generation sound, feel, and tonal response
- All-new design provides a superior playing experience that's unattainable with analog distortion pedals
- Powerful real-time processing adapts to your playing to provide ideal distortion tones in every register
- Enjoy perfect sounds over the entire fretboard, from tight, crisp tones on the low strings to fat, singing tones on
  the highest notes
- High-clarity distortion sound that's never muddy or boomy, even when playing two or more notes at the same
- Ultra-responsive to volume changes and picking dynamics
- Very low noise, even with high-gain settings
- Drive, High, and Low knobs offer a wide range of sound shaping not found in typical stompbox pedals
- Striking appearance with exclusive chrome knobs and control plate, plus vintage silver knob for battery
  compartment access
- Features BOSS' innovative Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP), realized with proprietary technology and
  custom DSP

Plug Into the Future of Distortion
The DS-1X completely redefines the distortion stomp, kicking it into a new universe of dynamic response and clarity. Powered by BOSS' MDP technology, this amazing pedal delivers distortion that sounds perfect no matter where you play on the neck, even at the highest gain settings. You'll enjoy tight response on the low strings and fat, singing tones on the highest notes, plus exceptional definition when playing two or more notes at a time. At every setting, the sound is never muddy or boomy, while the smooth, natural presence ensures that you always cut through without harshness or nasal overtones. With the DS-1X, your distortion tone feels and sounds "dialed in" the instant you turn it on, providing a rich, satisfying playing experience that's both effortless and inspiring.




1. Is the build quality of the BOSS DS-1X pedal good?

  • Yes. The BOSS DS-1X is solid.

2. What cables do I need for the BOSS DS-1X?

  • You need ¼' input and output cables for the guitar to the pedal, and another one for the pedal to the amp.

3. Where is the BOSS DS-1X made from?

  • Taiwan

4. Does the BOSS DS-1X work with a bass?

  • Yes. The BOSS DS-1X can be a good bass distortion pedal.

5. Will the BOSS DS-1X work with a strat with “V mod pickup”?

  • Yes. You can use the BOSS DS-1X in whatever style you want to play. It gives you great control over the tone and distortion.

6. Will the BOSS DS-1X work with a Marshall mg30cfx amp?

  • Yes!

7. Will the BOSS DS-1X work with an Orange amp?

  • Yes! The BOSS DS-1X will work on any name-brand amp.

8. Can I use the BOSS DS-1X with my “Squier strat mini” with 20 frets?

  • Yes. It is compatible with any instrument with a ¼’ audio output.

9. Can I use the BOSS DS-1X pedal for heavy metal?

  • Yes. The BOSS DS-1X is a distortion pedal that is suitable for the heavy metal genre. It can give you some low-end crunch adding to your compression.

10. Does an angled patch cable affect the sound?

  • No.

11. Is the BOSS DS-1X digital?

  • Yes.

12. Is the BOSS DS-1X noisy?

  • Not really, but you can use a noise gate if you find the BOSS DS-1X too noisy.

13. Is the bottom of the BOSS DS-1X smooth?

  • No. The BOSS DS-1X has a rubber pad attached to provide traction.

14. Is the PCB component on a surface mount or through a hole?

  • Surface mount.

15. Does the BOSS DS-1X work as a “wah-wah” pedal?

  • No. The BOSS DS-1X is only a distortion pedal.

16. Is the BOSS DS-1X a true bypass pedal?

  • No. The BOSS DS-1X is a buffered pedal.

17. Does the BOSS DS-1X have a bright or dark tone?

  • It depends. The BOSS DS-1X has great control over the bass and treble sound.

18. Is there a significant difference between the BOSS DS-1X and the DS-1?

  • The BOSS DS-1 is analog while the BOSS DS-1X is digital. The sound is different in analog and digital processing.


  • 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
  • Bypass: Buffered bypass
  • Controls: Pedal switch, LEVEL knob, LOW knob, HIGH knob, DIST knob
  • Indicator: CHECK indicator (Serves also as battery check indicator)
  • Connectors: INPUT jack, OUTPUT jack, AC adaptor jack (DC 9 V)
  • Power Supply: Alkaline battery (9V, 6LR61), AC adaptor (sold separately)
  • Current Draw: 60 mA
  • Expected battery life under continuous use: Alkaline: Approx. 6 hours * These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
  • Accessories: Leaflet, Alkaline battery (9V, 6LR61)
  • Option (sold separately): AC adaptor (PSA series)

Size & Weight

  • Width: 73 mm, 2-7/8 inches
  • Depth: 129 mm, 5-1/8 inches
  • Height: 59 mm, 2-3/8 inches
  • Weight: 440 g, 1 lb

* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms


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