In this video we’ll examine the classic Boss DS-1. Is it capable of replicating classic David Gilmour fuzz and overdrive tones?
The DS-1 came out in 1978 and since then, it’s been featured on more recordings than probably any other pedal. It gets a lot of hate but used with the right amp and with the right settings it’s certainly capable of producing some great tones.
The DS-1 is designed to be used with loud tube amps with a bit of break up. It’s low output mids scooped character thrives on Marshalls and other compressed midrangy amps. On cleaner mids scooped amps, like Fender and Vox, it can sound pretty horrible which is probably why a lot of guitarists dismiss it.
I’ve set up two tones – David Gilmour’s mid 70s fuzz tones and the more recent overdrive tones. I’ve added a bit of delay with a TC Electronic Flashback set up with 310ms and 7 repeats for the fuzz tones and 800ms and 7 repeats for the overdrive tones.
As always, let me know what you think in the comment field below!