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

DS-2 TURBO Distortion, Distortion from Boss.

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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/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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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.
Johnny R10/29/2013

Johnny R's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Just great!"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
What are the effects or types of effects available:
Famous distortion pedal, 2 modes (normal and turbo), analog I think, 6.35 + supply connections. sector.


The general configuration is it simple? yes, 3 knobs and one button settings for nomal mode or turbo.
The manual is clear and sufficient? yes, knowing that there is nothing rocket science ...... little more interesting, there has several schemes which have the pedal can "mark" its settings, it serves as a memory aid sum. Handy.

Editing sounds and effects is it easy? yes, namely between modes I and II are very different sounds, allowing a wide range.


The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough? I find the sound just great! I bought this pedal primarily for the sound of Nirvana (I'm a fan). I do not like the sound of the DS-1 against. I was a little afraid that this pedal I can use THAT to play Nirvana, or sounds quite aggressive, but in fact it is very versatile. With humbuckers, it's aggressive, perfect for Grunge, Metal ..... with P90, it can sound very big rock "fat", the sound is "humming" if you see it 'that I' want say ..... not bad lowering the volume of the guitar, have passed on something much softer, like "rock ballad" .... ultimately we get to make it sound as much like a big Disto aggressive than an Overdrive not too far.
Ah yes, I forgot, I use this Disto with Epiphone Les Paul Standard and Les Paul Junior (only P90).


How long have you use it? 3 months

Have you tried many other models before buying it? Not bad, but many were more complicated, especially for midrange control, without being as effective .... I wanted to try the FAMOUS brand Boss, and I must say I am not disappointed!

What is the particular feature you like best and least? The pros: the simplicity of the settings, the build quality (it's Boss), the sonic versatility.
The - I do not like the normal mode, which is similar to the DS-1 .... the sound is too "muffled" and deaf to my taste ..... I almost never use this position.

How would you rate the quality / price? Very good, especially as a lot of other Boss pedals cost more in general.

With experience, you do again this choice? ... Without any hesitation! if only for THE sound of Kurt Cobain! it was my first goal, and mission accomplished!

jachjonson's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The good old days"

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
Two modes ranging from blues-rock solos lightning.
Versatile distortion pedal through two distinct modes, offering a wide range of sounds. Ability to manage the two modes from an external footswitch (FS-5L) that connects to the DS-2.
Intelligent product.
3 modes (I / II / remote)
Consumption 12 mA
Powered via 9V battery (included) or optional AC power not supplied (BOSS PSA-230 or PSB-230)

Dimensions WxHxD: 7.3 x 5.9 x 12.9 cm
Weight: 390 gr


We can not be simpler. The case is very durable.
Think about the environment. Avoid batteries and focus on the sector.


You think it sounds "cool" but not at all. Connected with my Telecaster and my Hot Rod Deluxe it sounds nickel. Ideal for blues and rock and even grunge.
After I do not know any brands but this one is very good. Of course you can always do better but for the price it is nickel.

Artists, groups using this effects pedal: Nirvana, RHCP ...

The +: The ability to connect a switch, external footswitch, the FS-5L. History can diversify a sound. To go from blues to rock. Or if you prefer to spend a good solo arpeggio much tinsel.

The -: I admit that I use a little less since I have my Big Muff. But if anything to say on the pedal itself. Except maybe the color a bit bland, but it's detail.


This is the first pedal I bought. Already 10 years ago and I do not think I ever sell. It's like a Swiss army knife for me. Even on the amps archi naz on which one plays when you start it sounded more rock already. Store and carry it with you when you do not help the distortion of the amplifier or other. In addition to the Cygnus can find cheap. Ideal for beginners.

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

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
<em>What are the effects, types of effects available?
</em> It is a distortion.

<em>What technology is used? (Analog, digital, tube ...)</em>
Is similar.

<em>Are they edited? Via a publisher Mac / PC?</em>

<em>What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)
</em> Sheet 1 / 4 input, plug 1 / 4 sheet output and 1 / 4 for a remote (sold separately)

<em>Is this a rack or rack-mount model?
</em> No. Classic Boss.

There are 4 pots: Level, Tone, then a Disto to switch I-II (normal turbo) manually.


<em>The general configuration is simple?
</em> Very simple. Even better with a remote to switch from I to II (normal turbo) without having to bend.

<em>Editing sounds and effects is easy?
</em> Difficult to get easier!

<em>The manual is clear and sufficient? ...</em>


<em>The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?
</em> This is good for distortion, Rock, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Grunge, Metal.

<em>Which instruments do you use?
</em> Jackson Dinky with Floyd Rose, ESP-LTD M-50, Fender Telecaster Thinline 72 original.

<em>Which ones do you prefer, you hate?
</em> I love this distortion. I play mostly progressive metal and this class!


<em>For how long have you been using it?
</em> 6 months.

<em>What thing do you like most/least about it?
</em> The possibility of having two modes is great!

<em>Did you try many other models before getting this one?</em>
I have the DS-1 that it may resemble in some respects, but the DS-2 distortion is sharper than the DS-1 is thicker.

<em>What is your opinion about the value for the price?
</em> Exellent, I got in rebates!

<em>Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ...
</em> Yes!

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

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
Well it's a Boss pedals, this is simple ... distortion with boost switch in ... clear sound.
Note that it is indestructible, has to do well 15 years I use it, and I had purchase dj!


For use, ditto, it's easy ... I would say even that it is even easier to use than other distortion pedals as it is shuffled well with other effects depending on its position on them.
A lil footswitch lets you use the boost.
It's easy to find the sound we are looking for volume, tone and distortion ragissent really well without being brand. The tone knob is a simple (not double as some of Boss).


The effect is excellent and Adpater is my game .. ing a friend's love it in normal use (that is, a clear sound) but I never use it as a. .. I always shuffled the average distortion pedals with this amp and it is all the original sound!
When I buy, I test all distos the store and I flash it because it fully supports the distortion of the amp, no sound pter is to say without making the sound state of the crachouillis unusable (something that most are in the distos shuffled).
Then it sounds like a espce Boost standard, all knobs bottom, a little lamp Manir an amp hot ... on the other hand, you need to know to get away with it ... then its people trying get scared because his fate alone to scratch and if you loose the ropes for a moment, a runaway, a screaming, saturation, feedback and company ... that's exactly what I wanted. You can put that sound in the live sounds CATEGORY boosts most of Hendrix (gain huge, you play a hand in everything from testicle kind of Wild Thing at the Monterey Pop Festival) and also in those actually Nirvana, Sonic Youth especially ... I say as a Sonic Youth is one of my REFERENCE Contents in its ... pedals and this offers the particularity of a perfectly matrisable feedback (with Entran) is to say that a nickel rpond Floyd ... What great feedback! Finally, the trainer can scratch the floor, step on it and have sounds crazy to come out (not just two three CRRR CRRR CRRR) ... ten years ago, I ripped off my strings fun (crazy youth ...).

So I use it with an old house not scratch REFERENCE (my Premire, the best always!), Plugs into a Morley Wha, a Hyper Fuzz (used in the position gain boost, not only fuzz) on the bottom while DS2, a flanger and a stereo amp with distortion medium / low (a work with most amps, but sounds better than on the Peavey Marshall) ... it works even on a POD amp according MODEL chosen, without saturating the input of the POD (unlike the gain of the Hyper Fuzz, for example).

Finally, I would say just that on a clear sound, it sounds too clean, a little trashy, but all in all plutt acute trash like old 80's' ... also there is a way to have the grunge sound, in fact, is the link to the good stuff. In any case, it sounds good on the clean or clear on other instruments, as something for my friend who is ing its electro ...


I use it for almost 15 years I would say ... Premire is my pedals (400 FF secondhand achetedj the era!) so I use every day ... as you say I worships ... it is clear that one should not dclencher all the time in my configuration, but most of my components using it.
Its particularity is that I love what I have extensively dcrire above ...
I have chosen all the distos Submitted era in the store.
The report price is great quality, cheap (even less used), at its perfectly stable and strong (she arsist all), it has since that time and fills me!

If she failed, I would buy it back within a minute, without her I am nothing, it makes all of my original sound.

That's why I put the maximum, because it fits me perfectly and I did not get any better after all this time (pretty amazing).

davegrohl125's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
As said below .....


It's nothing complicated boss


The effest are q'efficaces for more! qualiter gniale


I use it for a little less than a month

I love everything about the pedals, playing grunge ssentiellemen of it suits me perfectly. before acqurir I already play several without being convinced MODEL

gniale value for money, 68 euro nine Thomann I buy 39 euro Ocassion
Kurt Young03/26/2007

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

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
Distortion pedal two modes: Mode I style overdrive for AC / DC and mode II, its close to the Big Muff enough trash, good for music as Nirvana, Sonic Youth ... what the pure finesse ^ ^.


It's a boss so it's mega simple. There are a few tips manouel explains in English but there is not really necessary. For cons, I have a front porch to find a match for me, but hey, that's a matter of taste, even if we must look a little, everyone will find happiness in this pedal! If you want some ideas for settings, I invite you to click on this link where you can listen to sound clips.

Here is the site boss with extracts similar to each pedal boss ("interactive" and "virtual distortion grid")


I know it's the part that interests you there! So I use it with a transistor amp marshall 15 dfx Squier Fat Start and a standard. A transistor amp that sounds good, but it takes a little push to make it sound spit (besides, I played with the headphone, that way we may well push for the ringing). On a tube amp with snaps it against the well! The sound is really excellent. It's about stuff, it's got to be good for the pedal sounds thoroughly.

I like the way I, as the overdrive crunch and are very friendly. And mode II fuzz is really limited, it's one mega dirty and it's you must love the distortion (like me ^ ^). If you want to have several different sound is really good!

But if you do not need the turbo mode II I think the DS1 should go!


I have for almost a year and very, very solid, not a pet, anything! In addition I bought it used from € 50 so it's even more amazing it is in great condition! I like the different sounds that can be with. I tried a few models, I knew very few brands so for me the reference was boss. I have long hesitated between DS1 and DS2, but in hindsight I would have taken a Big Muff, unfortunately I did not know electro harmonix. The price / quality ratio is excellent but if you think you will not use the turbo mode, better get a DS-1.

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

Boss DS-2 TURBO Distortion
Disto in a compact and visually appealing
2 modes
purposes of rglages
but a very effective and pleasant distortion
c mtalleux and not for the better
I find it a very good mouth this PDAL


This does not prevent the pedal from etrre prcise and do what is asked


Very good sound quality
Of course I saw the most beautiful distos a concert but
for the home she's really top
and the quality is perfectly sufficient


I can buy 10 just because there are plenty of positions that I like the pedals on and I found annoying was down to my change rglages
With my telecaster I do well the little spit pedals which in addition to be very aesthetic is very effective

Listening to him I want to hang people who say that digital is rotten and that nothing beats a good old analog pedals
I have a big muff and I abandoned in favor of my little DS 2 much less cumbersome and more efficient

To buy a gem without hesitation