Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion

DS-2 TURBO Distortion, Distortion from Boss.

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iamqman's review"Versatile"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
This is the second installment of the Boss distortion pedals. This compounds on the popularity of the Boss DS-1. This pedal takes the platform of the Boss Ds-1 and adds some needed features.


Level Control adjusts the amount of signal going out to your amp.
Tone Control adjusts the tone of the signal.
Distortion Control adjusts the amount of distortion added to the signal.
Mode I: produces a powerful distortion sound with flat characteristics, without being muffled even with volume turned down. The special Turbo Circuit serve to remove unpleasant shrill caused by distorted frequencies.
Mode II: produces a sticky distortion with very unique characteristics in the middle range frequencies. The Turbo Circuit again create a powerful grunge distorted overload.
Remote: You can plug in a Boss FS-5U footswitch to toggle between Modes I and II.



Controls: Level, Tone, Dist, 2-way Turbo switch
Connectors: Input, Output, Remote, AC Adaptor
Current Draw: 12 mA (DC 9V)
Weight: 400 g (15 oz.)
Input Impedance: 1MOhm
Recommended Load Impedance: More than 10kohm
Recommended AC Adaptor: PSA Series


This pedal has the tone of the Boss DS-1 in side but also has some more metal style voicing as well. I never like the Boss DS-1 and so this pedal to me is better but still a bit of a let down. The Boss Ds-1 is a cheap distortion pedal and it simply says "distortion" on it so every beginner guitar player in the world has either seen this pedal or uses this pedal if they have a clean amp. When you set the turbo over in the second position or mode two it gets a more nasally sound similar to a metal zone Boss pedal or just a more tinty distortion tone. It isn't very appealing to the ear and actually sound just as terrible as the Boss DS-1 or the Metal Zone Boss pedal.


At new these pedals come in right at around $79. Not that bad of a price but not nearly as good as a Boss SD-1 or an Ibanez tubescreamer TS9. Those pedal are about the same price and much more usable as far as tone. I would recommend those pedals over this unit every day.

mooseherman's review"Versatile little Boss Pedal"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
This is a Boss Distortion pedal. While on the surface it appears similar to the DS-1, which was one of my first distortion pedals, it has a little bit of different features to it. There is a 1/4" input, an output of a similar size, and a 1/4" remote input (which is for a footswitch). The footswitch switches between the two modes that the pedal has, which is the primary difference between this pedal and the DS-1. This is an analog pedal through and through. There are no MIDI or USB connections, which means no updates. This pedal is not rackable either.


This pedal is generally pretty easy to use. There are three knobs (Level, Tone and Distortion), as well as the fourth knob which is a switch between the two different distortion modes (more on that later). There isn't a whole lot out of the ordinary here, anybody should be able to figure it out without a manual. The only tricky thing comes when using the footswitch, and the only tricky thing about that is knowing which one to buy! The FS-5L is the one that is recommended, but I used a Crate generic one at my house and it worked fine. I'm not sure what the model on that crate one is, but I'd say if you're going to have to buy one just for this you might as well go with the recommended FS-5L.


This is a pretty great sounding pedal. It has a little bit of subtle differences from the DS-1. The two different tones give it much more versatility. The 1st one is definitely a lighter, more rhythm oriented tone, while the other one is better for leads. Of course, that's just compared to each other. If you are using it in combination with a tube screamer, you could probably use either channel as a lead. If you're using it with a Big Muff, you could probably use either channel as a rhythm. That's the best part about this pedal, that even if you don't use both channels on it, it still has a lot of versatility. It can go from a heavy overdrive to a decently heavy distortion. It gets pretty fuzzy and isn't that noisy, really. Therefore it's got a lot going for it. I don't think it's the clearest distortion pedal I've used but that's not really what it's about.


I like the variety of tones, as well as the solid build of this pedal. It's nice and cheap too. I think that if you need a replacement for something and are short on cash this is a great choice. I don't think it'll ever be my go-to distortion, but I think that's because I have quite a bit of things going already. If you only need one distortion pedal, this is a solid one to have as it's capable of a diverse array of tones.

moosers's review

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
The Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion is a distortion pedal that is designed for electric guitar. Like any pedal, you can certainly use this with other electronic instruments, but since I’ve only used it with guitar, this review will be focused on using it for guitar only. The pedal is generally a simple one, consisting of the standard make up of Boss pedals. It’s got ¼” jacks for input, output, and for a remote (foot switch), which allows you to control which of the two different modes you’d like to be using. It is powered up by either a nine volt battery or power supply, and isn’t rack mountable as it’s a stomp box.


You don’t need to know much or have much experience using pedals to figure out how to use the Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion. It’s got the same make up that you’ll find on most overdrive and distortion pedals, so it will definitely be familiar to many users. These setting controls include those for level, tone, and distortion amount. It also has two different distortion modes to choose from.


While maybe not my number one choice for a distortion pedal, the Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion is still a very solid pedal. It’s something like a bit more versatile Boss DS-1, as the two channels here give it more versatility. In general I’d say that it’s got a creamy and thick sort of distortion sound that I’ve found to be best for getting nice and fat rhythm guitar distortion parts. The two different modes are pretty different however, the first of which I find to be best for rhythm and the second best for leads. The second is a little bit heavier with some more kick to it while the first mode is more subtle. Both are definitely good sounding when used in the right situation.


If you’re looking for a pretty standard distortion pedal that won’t cost you too much money, the Boss DS-2 is a great option worth checking out. It’s definitely got a professional sound that I wouldn’t hesitate to record with if I thought it would work in the situation. The price is great (as always with Boss pedals), as is the build. The Boss DS-2 is a nice little distortion pedal that should last you a long time…
MGR/Name you would like in the author line:11/21/2004

MGR/Name you would like in the author line:'s review"Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
I bought this pedal like 5 or 6 years ago for a rip-off price of alittle over $90. It is still around the same price, but is a piece of crap! Total waste of money! It's perfect for all you "cool" kids in "punk" or grunge bands, cause you all suck and have no clue what tone is! So a perfect match for you if you fit under that description. If you are reading this, looking to buy the DS-2, that description is probably accurate for you. Or if you are a serious guitarist looking to see if this pedal truly is worth buying, DO NOT BUY IT!

Nothing at all...

First off, this pedal is nowhere near as good as the DS-1, it can't even come close to how good the DS-1 is! The DS-1 is the best Boss distortion pedal ever made, you just need a quality guitar and amp to have it go to use to its full potential. Most reviewers say it is bad because the reviewers usually are the idiot musicians of today, I don't even want to call them musicians. They buy a cheap little Ibanez, BC Rich, or ESP guitar, play it through a little crappy 10 watt Crate amp, and expect to get a good sound. The DS-2 sounds terrible with a crap guitar and amp, even when using a quality guitar and amp this pedal still sounds like garbage. The distortion is really bad, Mode I is just a muddy, low tones distortion, not good for anything, and Mode II is a trebly, buzzing distortion. It literally sounds like Zzzzzz when trying to use it with the distortion anywhere after 12 o'clock. It's kind of like a very crappy fuzz pedal when the dist. is past 12 o'clock. Don't believe me, waste your time trying one out. This pedal is no good for soloing at all, it only works for baby power chords. Try to play a solo when using this pedal, it just doesn't work at all, sounds terrible when playing single notes, arpegios, solos, etc...

It is a Boss pedal, they are one of the best made pedals around. Last for years.

Everyone thinks since Kurt Cobain used this pedal, I will get his sound. I say, yes you can. He sucked on guitar, and his tone sucked. Luckily he had decent lyrics to back him up, but he was a pathetic guitar player. If you are looking to be in a punk band or grunge band, I do think this pedal will work out fine for you. But, if you are a serious musician who cares about your tone, go with something else. The DS-1 is a better choice than this pedal, no lie, get a DS-1 and get it modified by Keeley, you will have one of the best distortion pedals around.

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MGR/Anonymous's review"Boss Turbo Distortion DS 2"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
I bought this pedal from my best friend for a very good cheap price. I paid 30 bucks for the pedal. The reason I bought it is because I needed a better sounding distortion than the one on my amp.

I like the pedal, very good pedal for those Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, and Jason Becker tunes and its pretty good sounding when you have a loud amp like mine (Peavey Bandit 75)
the equalization is great on the pedal and its pretty good.

I got tired of it because lately ive been playing heavier tunes from Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, and Pantera. Thats all I can say....nothing else

Great quality,the colour of the pedal matches the distortion from my oppinion. Overall great quality.

Buy the pedal if youll get a good deal on it like I did. If you like Satriani and Becker stuff this pedal is right for you. Also is great with other effects. I tried it with flanger and it gave me a Dimebag sounding distortion.

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MGR/Eddy's review"Boss DS-2"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
I bought this in my local music store. I paid about $80.

This stuff is great!! I haven't tried many distortion pedals but i like this one. It has 2 distortion modes: mode1 is good for heavy stuff with lots of lows. The mode 2 i like most: yeah.. it's true in other reviews, it's a bit trebly but you can adjust it with the tone knob.
I use this pedal playing old Metallica stuff (requires a bit more lows on the amp) and even playing AC/DC stuff too. I think this pedal is cool for plaing in many styles. It also makes good solos with a reverber.

Nothing, i like it.

Yeah it's a Boss quality. This thing is tough and hard to brake :) It's metal, with rubber bottom.

I think this pedal is one of the best. Good for light distortion to Heavy or speed metal. It's worth to buy.

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MGR/Anonymous's review"Boss Turbo Distortion Pedal DS-2"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
Local music store, $90. I wanted a distortion pedal that I was lookin for.

It is a good pedal, I don't use it anymore, but it is ok. Definitly buy DS-1 instead of DS-2, trust me on that one. It has a turbo I and turbo II knob, I is for a low end distorion, and II is for a high end distortion. It sounds ok on either.

When usin it in Turbo II, it has a trebly dist. that is ok, but sounds kinda strange. The dist. in turbo II sort of sounds like the dist. comes in a little late, I can't describe it too good, but it is a good pedal i guess.

Built great, it is a Boss pedal.

Definitly, buy DS-1 instead of DS-2, you won't be missin out on anything good if you buy DS-1 instead. DS-2 is a good distortion pedal, but just buy the DS-1, it is a lot better than the DS-2.

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MGR/Andrew Eaton06/06/2003

MGR/Andrew Eaton's review"Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
I bought this pedal new at Murch Music in Cambridge, Ontario for $120 Canadian (I could have gotten it for less if I had shopped around, but I was trading in a Dano pedal anyways).

Let's get one thing straight: this pedal is the best distortion pedal out there. There are so many settings (2 different distortion modes, yay!) that you can get anything from a slight overdrive to very heavy distortion. The DS-2 is best for punk, however. Another plus: you can also use it as a volume pedal for switching between rythym and lead volumes.


Like all Boss pedals, it's made like a rock, with steel protecting the electronics, and rubber on the bottom and on the switch. Even with all the metal protecting it, the pedal is less then a pound!

If you're looking for a top-end distortion pedal, this is it. With so many settings you'll get any sound you want.

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MGR/RFLX's review"Boss Turbo Distortion DS-2"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
I bought this used because I wanted a footswitch. It looks like a new and I got it for 50$ canadian.

It give a quite good distortion for music like Nirvana or punk music, since the pedal have two distortion modes which are very different. The change the distortion very much too.

One thing buy a power supply, thats the only thing which bugged me with the unit. Maybe the orange colour is too flashy but that is very important

The quality of the pedal is very good since boss pedals are build like a rock. I have no bad feeling about the construction of the unit.

I think I was a good deal.If you need a good pedal with 2 types of distortion, you've found it becuase it got many setting. Try it at least!

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Before_'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Unloved yet"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
Distortion with a "turbo" mode, input output jack, everything has been said.


It will be simpler, one seeks the sound we love and Simone car. (Simon or if you are a girl, or whatever)


This is the first effect I bought myself !!!
Yes it can be unloved, I personally have emerged to play on my Engl Screamer. It sends wood! We can if we want to append a SD1 and there was a vicious duel.
Of course it was popularized by Kurt Cobain (and I admit this has influenced my purchase at the time) as his sister DS1 (I hesitate to have to test).
I do not think it sounds synthetic, I've never cheated on her with another pedal (haha it was easy) distortion except family boss, because others do not like them.
Here it is rough around the edges.
Measure out for distortion sounds yucky not overdrive typed by the user against turbo I not use it. I prefer the "lead" as "solo".
Finally, as all effects, do so before test (scratching your amp or even the same).


First effect bought almost 20 years ago!
I wanted to sound like Nirvana (I thought as much, that the effect was enough alone; before discovering the world of music and its intricacies).
In short, I have never sold, it always makes me service and is IN DE STRU CTIBLE.
She took wrinkles (some shots deci beyond) but still holds up.
I always play with, and all the amps I've tried to, I have never been disappointed.
Yes I would do this choice, I would try the DS 1 well too.