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/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/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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-Livingroom-'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a classic."

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
analog distortion with two modes (rather voicings in fact), the second being more medium than the first. The orange distos boss and robust hull format pedal for guitar.


As with its sister the ds-1, we find the same tone settings and gain level, the higher the selector "mode." Nothing to lose, and refining the settings you do get a satisfying sound (but do not worry, if you want an unsatisfactory sound is also very doable!) Station not ouviri pedal too abruptly, the Circuit held in little things, and you quickly end up with a loose connection!


It can range from basic distortion, chemical or biting distortion, we reserve the pedal to the guitar, for the rest I think it will be too sharp and sour. Note that you can add a switch not supplied by bosses to switch from one mode to another (which can act as mediums to boost passages in single notes). For the price it works well we'll say.


I used a lot at the beginning of my discovery of the distortion (my first real pedal anyway! ^ ^) I have tried many others since, rotten, the better, but it is in the middle of ranking, and for the price, there is not much to complain about. 9 years later it still holds up already, for me it's a good extra distortion.

xavross's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A reference!"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
I have updated the data sheet. What else to say ...


Extremely simple, is pressed once and it is running, you press a second time and it stops, it's magic.


It goes with everything, and it's always nice to have on hand. The little retro is fun.


This pedal seems timeless, easy to use and enjoy. I use it in my little pedal board but I can not bring myself to remove it.

surfy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Does the job"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
Pdéale Distortion 2 modes, see previous opinions
I put 8 because they could always quibble over the fine adjustments


It could not be simpler ... No need for manual
The transition between the two modes is done by the button or pedal switch to connect an external (optional)


I use a Gretsch 5120
Finally I use a low mode, which looks roughly speaking, a DS1. But it is fairly "flat" as distortion.

The method adds two frequencies (and edit sound, which can make good solos very smooth (you can even add a little overdrive before I do it with a vox big ben), it does the job.


I use it for a few days, but she conquered. I love this dual mode that allows you to switch between saturation "flat" to blend into the mix to a saturation that stands out for solos.
I like the second mode does not sizzle too and let sounds smooth.

I do not know if I would do this choice, I paid € 42 for OCCAZ, it will again. I will still try distos latest PowerStack like Boss, probably more versatile (the crunch of metal) and I hope with a warm sound distortion (tube type)

Rillecy94's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
RAS except that no knob: bass, mid, TREB. A tone knob that makes the least ffective rglage stamp.


RAS, simpler you die!


So! The sound quality is boss. Looks like a DS-1 reworks. Two types of distortions: knowing that the second is more powerful than the medium acute Premire but are put forward which gives the impression of more agressivit distos but two are the same. THE FIRST bcp recalls that of the DS-1. It's good quality metal and shred, but may think it lacks even qd potato and that the couple will need a screamer or overdrive for distortion of Sufis!


This bcp like pedals for solo I couple my Artec Crazy Metal (drive noon) and j have good saturation. I recall that the crazy metal door misnomer and is more like an overdrive that a more wicked distortion! so the ds-2 coupled to an overdrive c trs well for solo guitar hero type.

Maiden25's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Impecca"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
What are the effects, types of effects available?



The general configuration is simple?

There's no easier

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...



The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?


Which instruments do you use?

Jackson Dinky with Floyd Rose JS32R


For how long have you been using it?

One week

Did you try many other models before getting this one?


What thing do you like most/least about it?

What I like most is it's strength and its

What I like least and the lack of acute middle knob

What is your opinion about the value for the price?

Still a bit expensive

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ...