I know this sounds weird but after trying a bunch of distortion, fuzz and OD pedals (OCD, TS-9, Direct Drive, Sunface, MJM London II) I still prefer my MIJ DS-1. Here is what I use it with - 57' Fender Strat reissue with '54 Suhr pickups from Acme. I tried active pickups and Kinmans but I didn't like them. They had higher out-put but sounded like poo with pedals (especially the DS-1). Plus yucky tone. The Suhr '54's have great tone and work well with pedals. My amp is a Victoria Victoriette with 6L6's. It's kind of a cross between a Victorilux and a Victoriette. It's a single channel and very clean. I use the DS-1 just to get a bit of grind. If I crank the distortion knob it gets nasty yucky fizzy bright static but down low it's great. Cleans up nicely with the volume knob - in a very tappered way - not too fast like some pedals. I find the DS-1 very transparent - I can roll down the guitar volume and the eq remains the same when it's off or on. I'm not sure if I can do better with a different pedal. Anyone else like their Boss DS-1?