The twin modes on the BOSS DS-2 Turbo Distortion make this pedal a versatile and interesting one. From blues to 80's distortions and shredding leads, it's all there. The DS-2 is priced lower than 100$ and we found it to be a great option for newbies. Finding as versatile alternative as the DS-2 in this price range is hard. The straight forward layout makes it easy to explore the different tonal options you can get from the pedal. If you end up buying the BOSS DS-2 and tend to use it as a main distortion on your rig, consider purchasing an external foot-switch so you could switch between the two modes while playing.