1980 Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal - Long Dash, Silver Screw, MIJ Black Label, Very Rare

Very Good
Watch this listing to get price drop alerts
Shipped From
Blackie's Gear
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Joined Reverb
Quick Responder

Find More on Reverb

Sell Yours NowWhat is this?Anyone can sell on Reverb. List your item today to get it in front of thousands of eyes, quickly and easily.
Reverb Protection

Buy with Confidence – Reverb Protection has you covered

  • Live support from an expert team of musicians
  • Simple and straightforward returns
  • A safe community for finding the gear you want

About This Listing

1980 Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal - Long Dash, Silver Screw, MIJ Black Label - Vintage Effects Pedal

Up for sale is the holy grail of distortion pedals. These don’t come up for sale very often at this price and when they do they tend to be snapped up by collectors.  Have a look at my other auction for more Boss DS-1 pedals.

This pedal has everything that any collector would want, the silver screw, D under the t, long dash, Made in Japan black label, and its serial number 9400 dates it to May 1980, so it's a very very early example.

The Boss DS-1 needs no introduction. It's the most iconic Boss pedal and one of the most recognisable pedals in existence. For guitarists, it's a right of passage to own a DS-1, and nearly every guitarist has a story about theirs.

This pedal is very clean for its age, and has never been mounted on a pedal board. Yes there are scrapes and chips along its edges, but that’s quite normal for most pedals that are used.

These early pedals produce a distortion sound that is to die for and many guitarists swear that the older Japan made pedals sound better than the newer ones made in Taiwan. Many great players have used and voiced their praise of this pedal.

These early Boss DS-1 pedals are an all-time favorite among guitarists and is an effect every guitar player should have on their pedalboard. They are built like a tank and have a very low noise level compared to other distortion pedals.

So it’s a rare and great classic and would grace anyone’s pedal board. Don’t miss out on this gem as they don’t come up for sale often.

I have only ever used it with a 9v battery, but early Boss pedals use a Boss ACA power supply, which is not the same as the newer PSA supply. .

Please have a really good look at the photos as they form part of the description and show you the general condition of the pedal and give you a good visual indication of what you are buying.

Also please remember to ask all questions before bidding.

This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Product Specs

Listeda month ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
Made In
  • Japan
Pedal Format

Reviews of this Shop


Reverb Gives

Your purchases help youth music programs get the gear they need to make music.

Carbon-Offset Shipping

Your purchases also help protect forests, including trees traditionally used to make instruments.

iOS app store button
Android play store button
Oops, looks like you forgot something. Please check the fields highlighted in red.