BOSS Compact Pedal 40th Anniversary

Limited-Edition DS-1 Distortion Commemorates Four Decades of Stompbox Innovation

BOSS Compact Pedal 40th Anniversary

Way back in 1977, BOSS launched the compact pedal line with the OD-1 Overdrive, PH-1 Phaser, and SP-1 Spectrum. Over the last four decades, BOSS stompboxes have become an industry standard, recognized everywhere for their great sound, amazing durability, and unique practical design. We’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of compact pedals throughout 2017, and have many activities planned. To kick things off, we’re introducing a limited-edition version of the iconic DS-1 Distortion, the longest-running BOSS pedal ever.

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About the Limited-Edition DS-1 Distortion

BOSS introduced the DS-1 Distortion in 1978. This innovative pedal produced a more refined and versatile sound than other distortion stomps of the era. It soon became the benchmark in guitar distortion, and it’s remained so popular that it’s never left the compact pedal lineup. The DS-1’s aggressive-yet-smooth tone defined the core sound of many rock, punk, and heavy metal guitarists through the late ’70s, ‘80s, and beyond. To this day, this landmark pedal continues to influence all sorts of rock genres.

Limited-edition BOSS DS-1 Distortion pedal.

Limited-edition BOSS DS-1 Distortion pedal, available in 2017 only.

A limited-edition DS-1 will be available throughout 2017. In contrast to the familiar orange color of the stock model, this special version has a sleek black body with gold lettering, gold-capped knobs, and a vintage silver thumbscrew. It also comes in a commemorative black box with the 40th anniversary logo. The limited-edition DS-1 will only be available this year, so pick yours up before they’re gone!

Special box for the limited-edition BOSS DS-1 Distortion.

Special box for the limited-edition BOSS DS-1 Distortion.

Compact Pedal 40th Anniversary Page

Be sure to visit the special Compact Pedal 40th Anniversary page we’ve put together at Once there, you can check out the history of BOSS compact pedals, and also watch videos with many famous players who’ve used them over the last 40 years. You can find out more about the limited-edition DS-1 there as well.