Boss DS-1W Waza Craft Distortion Guitar Effect Pedal

With the DS-1W, this legendary stomp joins other BOSS classics in the Waza Craft series, fusing the look and character of the original with a newly revised discrete all-analog circuit for expanded range and versatility.

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Boss DS-1W Waza Craft Distortion Guitar Effect Pedal

Introduced in 1978 among the earliest models in the BOSS compact series, the orange DS-1 redefined the sound of distortion and now so does the DS-1W. Its hard-edged attack and smooth sustain have made it the best-selling compact effect to date. Also, its distinctive tone is behind the signature sounds of a long list of rock and alternative icons.

Additionally, with the DS-1W, this legendary stomp joins other BOSS classics in the Waza Craft series. It fuses the look and character of the original with a newly revised discrete all-analog circuit for expanded range and versatility.

Timeless Distortion

The DS-1 instantly impacted the guitar world when launched. It introduced a fresh, new, high-gain sound with aggressive, well-defined distortion rich in harmonic overtones. Over four-plus decades, leading players in hard rock, metal, grunge, and fusion genres have adopted the pedal.

The classic edge of the DS-1 can be heard on countless famous tracks. Specifically as a prime distortion for clean amp platforms and a boost to drive gained-up tube amps into controlled mayhem.

Standard Mode: Classic DS-1 Sound

Standard mode on the DS-1W delivers the authentic sound of the original in every way. Its innovative two-stage gain circuit is a critical part of the fullness and definition that guitarists love. Also, the versatile tone control affects low and high frequencies. Simultaneously, turn the knob and boost and cut each end of the frequency spectrum.

This lets you precisely dial in the sound for any application. Dial from sharp rhythms and searing solos to maintaining low-end clarity when boosting amps and other drive pedals.

Custom Mode: Rich, Fat, and Dynamic

Custom mode presents a unique new distortion voice while retaining the singular DS-1 personality and edge. A thick, mid-focused character provides more fatness and cut to make your sound stand out in the mix. Also, maximize the mode’s richness and presence with the tuned tone control.

The available level has been increased by 6 dB, providing a wider range of gain boost. Furthermore, with more input sensitivity, you can conjure up all sorts of distortion colours by picking dynamics and volume control adjustments on the guitar.

Waza Craft: The Art of Superior Tone

Since the beginning, the engineers at BOSS have been committed to achieving the finest guitar tones using any technology necessary, from old-school analog circuits to high-tech DSP. This enthusiastic spirit continues with the Waza Craft series, bringing you exceptional tone and touch response through carefully selected analog components, refined circuitry, and meticulous attention to detail.

In Japan, “Waza” is the term for art and technique. These special edition pedals proudly carry the Waza symbol to represent the pinnacle of BOSS design and craftsmanship.

DS-1W Key Highlights:

  • Special edition Waza Craft pedal for the ultimate BOSS tone experience
  • Newly revised two-stage gain circuit with discrete analog components
  • Standard mode delivers the legendary sound of the original DS-1
  • Special edition Waza Craft pedal for the ultimate BOSS tone experience
  • Newly revised two-stage gain circuit with discrete analog components
  • Standard mode delivers the legendary sound of the original DS-1
  • Custom mode provides fatter distortion tones with a focused midrange and increased touch response
  • The 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

Nominal Input Level: -20 dBu
Input Impedance: 1 M ohms
Nominal Output Level: -20 dBu
Output Impedance: 1 k ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
Bypass: Buffered bypass
Controls: Pedal switch, Mode switch, DIST knob, LEVEL knob, TONE knob
Indicator: CHECK indicator (Serves also as battery check indicator)
Connectors:
INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
OUTPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
DC IN jack
Power Supply: Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61 or 6LF22) or Carbon-zinc battery (9 V, 6F22) AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)
Current Draw: 15 mA
Expected battery life under continuous use: Alkaline: Approx. 50 hours, Carbon: Approx. 25 hours *These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
Accessories: Leaflet (“USING THE UNIT SAFELY,” “IMPORTANT NOTES,” and “Information”), Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61 or 6LF22)
Options (sold separately): AC adaptor: PSA series
Width: 73 mm
Depth: 129 mm
Height: 59 mm
Weight (including battery): 430 g

For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.