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Compressor Pedals

Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by John Mayer, Dec 27, 2017.

Best Compressor Pedal?

  1. Keeley Comp Plus

  2. Barber Tone Press

  3. MXR Custom Comp

  4. Wampler Ego

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  1. Greg

    Greg Strat-Talker

    Apr 25, 2017
    Atlanta area
    Hard to beat BOSS pedals.....
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  2. ryebread70

    ryebread70 Strat-Talk Member

    Dec 21, 2017
    This one. Blend, sustain, treble boost, everything you need in a compressor and it does it all very well. I ruled out the Exotic when I was deciding between these 2 because you have to pull the back off to access adjustments. 1514575909697.jpg
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  3. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    If you’re handy with a soldering iron I highly recommend the BYOC 5-knob comp. Based around the Ross as most comps are, but more versatile.
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  4. amagras

    amagras Strat-O-Master

    Oct 26, 2016
    +1 for the blend knob, that's the only think I wish my MXR had (apart from the short release time mod which mine already has)

  5. Class A Knob

    Class A Knob Strat-Talker

    Nov 25, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2017

  6. Class A Knob

    Class A Knob Strat-Talker

    Nov 25, 2017
    My bad, didn't initially read you specifically said not this pedal

  7. ShaneRingo

    ShaneRingo Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 28, 2011
    I own and use a bunch of compressors, all of 'em very old: my first-ever pedal was an Ibanez CP-9 and I still have that. favorite/most used is a script logo MXR Dynacomp (LOVE it!!) also a really old Boss, maybe a CS-2? has two knobs and a bright/dark switch, I think. I've also used a Keeley and that was great for me.

  8. Xtyfighterx

    Xtyfighterx Strat-Talker

    Mar 21, 2017
    Kokko compressor $18 shipped I love it watch some videos it has great reviews for what it is.

  9. Duotone

    Duotone Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 12, 2016
    The Pigtronix seems like a good alternative. But my only experience with that one was that it came as a wrong delivery when I ordered my Effectrode PC2A compressor. Should have tried it before sending it back...
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  10. Dunzie

    Dunzie Strat-O-Master

    Aug 31, 2013
    SW Ontario, CAN
    They're a funny thing, and really down to the rest of your rig, how you play, and personal taste. From that group I'd likely pick the Barber for me, but the first compressor I've been able to live with for a really long time is the Cali76 Compact Deluxe from Origin. It has the right controls and the right character for how I use a compressor.

    One thing I'd highly recommend though at minimum is a blend knob to allow some of the uncompressed signal through.
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  11. suncrush

    suncrush Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 25, 2014
    The old DOD FX80B is still my favorite Comp.
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  12. mutato

    mutato Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 10, 2007
    I have a keeley gc-2 compressor limiter. Look for it used. Super high quality and less pumping type artifacts when used heavier.

  13. 1300Valencia

    1300Valencia Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 19, 2011
    Some find the regular Dyna Comp too squishy. I liked the Mini version better. It can still get that chicken pickin' squash when you turn the Sensitivity up to 9 o'clock and above. Before that there's lots of room for more subtle adjustments.

  14. Strats4me

    Strats4me Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 17, 2014
    Florida Panhandle
    I have this

  15. Jamie

    Jamie Strat-O-Master

    Jun 18, 2015
    I think this is the definitive video on compressor pedals, highly informative and worth watching


  16. gonzo

    gonzo Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 4, 2009
    i had a dynacomp for 10 years.

    then i tried a barber tone press, and was absolutely sold.

    i a/b'd it against a Keeley compressor.

    here's my review:

    got to a-b a Keeley compressor against a Barber tone press
    both of these, are guitar player magazine editor's choice award winners.
    my luthier, bought a keeley comp.
    i bought a Barber tone press.
    we got together last night and a/b'd the two-- same rig, same guitar, same settings, etc.
    gotta say, they're both amazingly good sounding compressers.
    both are pretty transparent.
    both are dirt simple to operate.
    both have true bypass. you don't hear them in line at all, when the effect is off.
    all other compressors, i've ever tried, sucked tone when off.
    both have led's to show when the effect is engaged.
    both are made very well.
    the barber is bigger, and a bit heftier, than the keeley. i like heavy, myself, but if it was an issue of fitting a smaller pedal on a pedalboard, the keeley has the upper hand.
    the keeley, is based somewhat on the mxr dynacomp.
    i had a dyncomp, til about a month ago, so i'm well versed in the feel of that classic comp.
    the keeley, is more transparent, and not quite as noisy, as the original mxr dynacomp.
    the keeley has more aggressive settings on the sensitivity, and gets pretty noisy when dimed (completely understandable with high settings of ANY compressor).
    -but the middle settings sounds really nice, and even at really low settings, you can get very transparent compressor settings. Still, you can hear a certain amount of 'pop' at the harder pick attacks, and this is very much in line with the classic dynacomp sound....and it still sounds 'squished' to my ears...... it's more obvious that this effect is on, even on mild settings, than what is achievable with the tone press.
    it has an 'attack' control, inside the box, that can be tweaked to a degree, but is somewhat a nuisance to get to and mess with...
    we left this set on the factory setting for this test.
    the barber Tone Press, can do this same sound, but has a completely other side as well....
    it can do "Parallel compression".
    and it works.
    website defines it best:
    Barber developed a one-of-a-kind and quite proprietary continuous “blend control” circuit and combined it with a discrete “Class A” FET mixer circuit to allow you to continuously blend the natural signal of your carefully selected guitar with a “phase-corrected” classic compression circuit.
    basically, i can dial in the amount of compression (sustain) i want, then take the blend knob and dial in the straight, dry unaffected guitar signal along with the compressed signal.
    this allows me to set the compressor so i get exactly the amount of 'attack' i want, and it comes through without being squished.
    when i first plugged it in, it almost seemed like the compressor was not doing anything...
    because you hear all of your original attack, and with typical compressors, you hear the compressor working on the signal right away. i had to leave that session, come back later with a different mindset, before i really became aware of how this thing really works.
    --with the tone press, it's very subtle how it's working, and doesn't mess with the basic tone and dynamics as much, based on how you set the blend control. but you still get all the compression you want, it's just way more dynamic.
    it seems to enhance the tone as well, meaning, it doesn't 'take away' any of the treble or bass response. you can turn the blend all the way to the right, and get the 'dynacomp' sound if you want it.
    but i'm finding, the unique sound of this compressor has allowed me to dial in a much more natural sounding effect.
    it sounds perfect for strats.
    i back it down a bit for humbuckers....... which is as easy as just dialing the 'blend' knob back a notch or two.....
    a side benefit of this pedal...
    you can use it as a class A 'clean boost'.......... with 8 db of boost, and the blend all the way to the left.
    there is a 'color' trim pot inside the box. you can tweak this to give a more round vintage sound. i like it in the factory 'full on' setting.
    for the price, i think it's a no brainer.
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  17. Twang Banger

    Twang Banger Blues and Country pick'n Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 15, 2011
    Jacksonville, FL
    Look at the Warden by EarthQuaker. It is an optical compressor, dead quiet, very functional and not too expensive. I have owned Janglebox and MXR DynaComp ... they’re both hissy noise boxes compared to the Warden.

  18. gonzo

    gonzo Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 4, 2009
    lots of good ones for sure.

  19. Mr C

    Mr C Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 17, 2016
    New Zealand
    MXR Super Comp here... does what it says on the tin... I think I paid about $80nzd for it used...