For years, I was a hater of the DS-1, but it SO much just depends on what your setup is and what you plan on doing with it. When I started, I was playing cheap single coil pickups through small 15W amps by Crate or Marshall. It sounded thin and annoying as hell, so I think I sold it. But then I repurchased it because they're $40 or less and so many people swear by them. Now that I finally a nicer tube amp and a Les Paul, it actually sounds "good" again, except I'm not really sure what to do with it. For a pedal that "everybody owns", I think it's a surprisingly weird distortion. There's a bit of nastiness to it, but it can still be shrill and harsh, and it doesn't "sing" for soloing like many others do. But I'm keeping it this time!