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Boss DS-1W Waza Craft Distortion Pedal

The classic Boss distortion, enhanced with Waza Craftsmanship!



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Product Description

The Boss DS-1 Distortion is a true icon of the stompbox world. Introduced in 1978, Boss' first distortion pedal defined a bold new sound, delivering hard-edged attack and smooth sustain that’s been a staple of players for generations. To this day, the DS-1 is Boss' best selling compact pedal ever, and is the latest in the range to get the legendary Waza Craft treatment! Introducing the DS-1W Waza Craft!

In true Waza Craft fashion, the DS-1W blends the look and character of the original with a newly revised discrete all-analogue circuit for expanded range and versatility. With two different modes on hand, you can seamlessly switch between the Standard DS-1 circuit and the new Custom mode, which boasts a fatter distortion with a more focussed mid-range.

True to the original, the DS-1W features controls for Tone, Level and Distortion, making it incredibly simple to dial in a great sounding mid to high-gain distortion. The Tone knob is powerful too! Turning the knob clockwise increases high frequencies whilst cutting lows, and turning it anti-clockwise has the opposite effect. Whether you're a fan of Hard Rock, Heavy Metal or Punk, the DS-1W is filled to the brim with genre-defining distortion sounds. All you need to do is strap in and enjoy the ride!

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Key Features

  • Special edition Waza Craft pedal for the ultimate Boss tone experience
  • Newly revised two-stage gain circuit with discrete analogue components
  • Standard mode delivers the legendary sound of the original DS-1
  • Custom mode provides fatter distortion tones with focused midrange and increased touch response
  • Versatile Tone knob provides wide-ranging frequency control fine-tuned for each mode
  • Two modes offer increased versatility when the pedal is used as a gain booster
  • Premium buffer for clean and clear tone when bypassed
  • Boss five-year warranty

Written by Chris Toft

Customer Reviews


9 reviews





Mr Gabriel Nacu5th Jul 2023

A fantastic job by Boss to re-issue the DS1 under their Waza range (a range I really like). The DS1 is a very love/hate pedal as it all depends on what kind of amplifier you use and how much drive you want to kick up with it. This isn't really a "amp in a box" style distortion, as there are plenty of other pedals that do that better. But used as a booster infront of a tube amp (already breaking up with plenty of mid-range), it really shines! Great response to picking dynamics with enough sustain for lead playing fluently ; I can see why the DS1 remains on so many pro player boards across the world (Satriani, Vai, etc.)! The custom mod is nice too as it adds more mid-range and headroom to produce a more ****** distortion. I find myself toggling between the two modes as they both sound goooood! Overall, a very good pedal if used correctly!

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Dave Angell20th Jan 2023

Awesome pedal and a massive improvement from the original in my opinion!

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer14th Jan 2023

Great pedal, very versatile now it's been WAZA'D

Value 3Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Leslie Goddard30th Dec 2022

Cannot answer the below.It was a gift,but I know my son is pleased with every thing about it

Mr. Paul McCaffrey24th Dec 2022

Gigged one late '70s/early '80s and wanted to see if it was as good as I'd remembered. It seems somewhat better.

Value 3Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

David Sweeney15th Nov 2022

Ds1 was already my favourite, this just takes it to another level

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer12th Nov 2022

Seriously, if you can’t get a decent sound out of one of these it says more about your playing than the pedal itself.

Value 3Looks 3Durability 5Sound 4

Mr Kevin Malton1st Nov 2022

It’s a beefed up DS-1 Distortion pedal.

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer29th Oct 2022

Love the Custom switch, it really boosts the mid-range to give a chunky distortion. Great pedal.

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

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