What compressor do you use?

Discussion in 'Pedal Pushers Forum' started by dlew919, Jun 5, 2021.

  1. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    I think narrower dynamic range is a byproduct of compression at times, but can happen without compression.
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  2. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Firenze, Italy
    Btw, my Janglebox loves my Hi-Lo Trons waaaay more than my Filtertrons (or my Psyclones).
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  3. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Best compressor for Filtertrons is an "Electrotone" body.

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  4. El Marin

    El Marin Gretschie

    Best compresor for ANY pickup or guitar is none.

    Compressor Kills dynamics. Period.
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  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Is that because of the low output or because of the single coils?
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  6. senojnad

    senojnad Synchromatic

    Jul 13, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Origin Effects Cali 76 (older, non-compact version). Expensive and a real estate hog, But I really like it. Had it for 10+ (??) years, it is on all the time.
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  7. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Firenze, Italy
    I think it’s because of the single coils. It seems to work better with Dynas and P90s, even though I wouldn’t advice to use the Janglebox, which is a noisy compressor (especially on Treble mode, that’s the more jangly sounding), with noisy pickups like Dyna or P90. I believe that it has something to do with the fact that Janglebox has been created for McGuinn’s Toasters (which are single coils).
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  8. Shadowy_Man

    Shadowy_Man Gretschie

    May 18, 2020
    Overdrive also kills dynamics, but it's fun to play. I think of compressor pedals as "clean overdrive." All the fun of playing with dirt, but clean!
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  9. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    Or create them. A lot of people use the attack setting to create a funky picking sound that works well in chicken picking. And if sustain is part of dynamics, it helps with that too.
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  10. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    And, as I noted earlier, so do bridge pickups, double coils, using more than one pickup . . .
  11. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    I've got an Origin Cali 76 Compact Deluxe and love it.
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  12. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Synchromatic

    May 1, 2018
    I have a Way Huge Saffron Squeeze, only one I’ve ever used, but I’m contemplating selling it because I just don’t think compression is for me. I’ve tried it with fenders, Gibson’s and gretschs and I always end up preferring the sound of the guitar without it. The only thing slowing me down from selling it is that it’s out of production and mine is mint condition, so maybe it will gain some value?
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  13. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Firenze, Italy
    If used as a boosting effect (like a treble booster, to name one), compressor is really fun to play, especially if you're into jangly sound.
    If used as always on/tone enhancer, it's not for me as well.
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  14. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    The only time I use one is when I want jangle, then, I use a Byrds Jangle Box.
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  15. Londoner

    Londoner Gretschie

    Dec 18, 2020
    I've heard they're good, but out of my price range.
  16. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    That makes sense.
  17. Jezzatron

    Jezzatron Electromatic

    Walrus Audio Deep Six v3 - the critical thing for me being the blend knob
  18. coolrene

    coolrene Electromatic

    Apr 17, 2021
    Boss CS-2 ever since the '80s :) Does the job right !
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  19. Dave Murray

    Dave Murray Gretschie

    Feb 27, 2016
    Indio, CA
    The Pimento is alive and well: http://pimentocelmo.com/en/

    A heads up for anyone with a question about ANYTHING, from recipies, to geography, to how to fix a shoe, to guitar pedals . . . Just Google it.
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  20. Gold Penguin

    Gold Penguin Gretschie

    Dec 18, 2020
    Long Island, New York
    Over the last 40 years I've come to find that The Cali76 is the finest compressor made. It's based on the legendary Universal Audio 1176 that is still one of the compressors usepmd in almost every major recording studio
    and is considered to be the gold standard.

    Now Origin Effects makes a 1176
    in a pedal form and no other compressor pedal comes close to the Origin Effects Cali76. It just sounds amazing. My buddy had a Ego boost compressor, then he heard the Cali 76
    and he bought a Cali 76 the next day
    Also Johnny Hiland uses a Cali76.
    Good enough for Johnny then it's good enough for me.

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