BOSS Pedals

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About BOSS Pedals

Boss compact pedals have defined the world of guitar effects since the 70s. Almost every person who plays an electric guitar or bass will recognise (and will have almost definitely used) one of Boss' bright coloured boxes.

Boss compact effects pedals are extremely tough, made out of metal with recessed control knobs for stage-friendly use. Each pedal is colour coded for easy identification, and the orange DS-1 distortion pedal is one of the most familiar sights to guitarists across the entire world. The tones, of course, are the real reason people keep coming back to Boss: their pedals have been used so often that many of the sounds are now iconic in themselves.

Several of these pedals are rightly heralded as classics, particularly certain drive pedals. Plenty of pro players swear by Boss compact pedals and Boss' own innovations in sound have paved the way for many smaller companies to follow. Certain Boss pedals are simple, such as the SD-1 Super Overdrive, while others are extremely complex and full of features, for example the PS-6 Harmonist. Innovation and ease of use are the keywords with Boss pedals.

At guitarguitar, we are crazy about Boss pedals: we have all grown up with them and love the sound, look, build and feel of them. We know them inside out and are happy to share the knowledge.

Frequently Asked Questions about BOSS Pedals

It does, yes: the order will dictate how each subsequent pedal behaves based on what it is fed by the previous pedal. The easy cheat sheet goes: TUNER/WAH/COMP/DRIVE/MODULATION/DELAY/REVERB.
Yes, absolutely! Multiple pedals of any description are completely fine. Lots of great sounds are created in this way actually. The worst that will happen is that things won't sound so good but nothing technically bad will happen.
A good rule of thumb when starting out with a new Boss pedal is to turn all the dials to 12 o'clock and then adjust from there. The pedal's designers often make the 'default' sound at this point so it's normally safe to go from there.
We recommend taking the battery out. Batteries have a finite life and can leak battery acid all over your pedal if you leave it in there and forget about it for years! If you don't use a battery to power your pedal, remove it altogether. It's just good practice.
The reigning champion in terms of Boss pedal popularity is, and almost always has been, the DS-1 distortion. Its aggressive sound and low price tag has made it a pedal that literally millions of guitarists have owned over the years.