Gear Reviews

Boss DS-1X and OD-1X reviewed in TopGuitar magazine

TopGuitar is proud to inform, that the August issue of the magazine features a review of the DS-1X and OD-1X guitar effects pedals from Boss. The product was delivered for review by Polish department of the manufacturing company, Roland Polska.

Below are some excerpts from a review by gear department editor Krzysztof Blas:

“When the company announced the re-introduction of its two legendary analog effects from the seventies, the first question that came in mind of every Boss fan was: why change something that is already perfect? Luckily, Boss declared that it is not about reissuing the modified versions of DS-1 and OD-1, but creating something entirely new.”

“Classic overdrive pedals distort the signal regardless of its dynamics, loudness or frequency. MDP analyzes all these parameters in real time, adjusting the level of distortion. This way you get different sound characteristics when you play light and different if you hit the strings really hard, and each frequency will be changed separately.”

“DS-1X sounds more aggressive and metallic, with lots of frizzling harmonics. OD-1X has a milder, more rounded and calmed down tone with warm midrange.”

The latest issue of TopGuitar magazine is available across Poland in Empik and Ruch press retail networks, in the online store (, and as mobile version for tablets and smartphones using iOS ( or Android ( operating systems.

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Published since 2005 as a printed magazine, TopGuitar is a magazine of opinion for professional and amateur musicians. Since 2020 on a digital platform. Contain reviews of various guitar-related musical gear, interviews and original articles on world’s most popular artists, music reviews, event reports, guitar workshops and tips, the latest products and artist news. The Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Dariusz Domanski, a guitarist and academic teacher, doctor of musical arts.