To some people, the history of Boss effects pedals is the history of guitar pedal effects. Beginning with the heralded CE-1 chorus in 1976 (Police guitarist Andy Summers was an early adopter). It wasn't long before Boss (a Roland subsidiary) released a whole slew of multi-colored pedal effects, including an Overdrive (the OD-1), a Distortion (the DS-1), and a Phaser (the PH-1). Compact Chorus (CE-2), Flanger (BF-2), and Digital Delay (DD-2) pedals were soon to follow.
Boss effects pedals appeal to users for a variety of reasons. For starters, they're just plain visually appealing, with their wide array of colors and styles. Also, the pedals are durable, rarely needing repair even after being "stomped" on countless times. And, of course, they just plain sound good, and are often the starting point for many guitar players' sounds, regardless of the popularity of so-called "boutique" effects. All Boss pedals use a quality buffered bypass that helps avoid signal loss with long cable runs, another aspect of their popularity.