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    Compression pedal comparison

    So i am thinking of adding a compression pedal between my two noise gates, here is my current rig

    Guitar
    --->
    ISP Decimator pedal (noise gate)
    --->
    MXR GT - OD
    --->
    (want to add compression pedal here)
    --->
    NS2 (noise gate)
    --->
    FX Loop 1 + 2 / Amp Input

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    The pedals i have been looking at are:

    MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor (one im leaning too)

    Buy MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal | Compression & Sustain | Musician's Friend

    MXR M-102 Dyna Comp

    Buy MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal | Compression & Sustain | Musician's Friend

    MXR M-132 Super Comp Compressor Pedal

    Buy MXR M-132 Super Comp Compressor Pedal | Compression & Sustain | Musician's Friend

    Keeley Compressor Guitar Effect Pedal (highest price)

    Buy Keeley Compressor Guitar Effect Pedal | Compression & Sustain | Musician's Friend

    Boss CS-3

    Buy Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal | Compression & Sustain | Musician's Friend

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    What experience do you guys have with these pedals, and what would be the best one to get?

    Unfortunately i don't have a chance to try each of these pedals, thanks for the help guys!

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    what the fuck are you doing needing 2 noise gates would be my first question. if youre gating that much, i wouldnt bother with the csp202 or the keeley.

    I personally of the others would get the cs3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    what the fuck are you doing needing 2 noise gates would be my first question
    The amp has a built in noise gate too (engl invader), so three all together.

    When the amp is cranked one noise gate doesn't cut it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    what the fuck are you doing needing 2 noise gates would be my first question. if youre gating that much, i wouldnt bother with the csp202 or the keeley.

    I personally of the others would get the cs3
    What tonal differences are there between those 3 pedals?

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    Why do you think you need a compressor? What are you looking for?

    I have a Bodenhamer-modded CS-3 if you want it. PM me if you're interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Why do you think you need a compressor? What are you looking for?

    I have a Bodenhamer-modded CS-3 if you want it. PM me if you're interested.
    I want the notes to "sustain" when i hold them, and cut off when i kill them (palm them out)

    I think bulb uses this same set up.

    What does the MOD to the pedal do btw?
    Last edited by Samer; 04-05-2010 at 02:59 AM.

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    I'm surprised you're not getting enough sustain with a cranked Invader. I haven't had much luck with compressors, but I've mainly been dealing with them on bass.

    This modded CS-3 is one of the better ones I've tried, but I'm finding technique adjustments are doing what I wanted this pedal to do on bass and I don't really need it on guitar, so I'm not using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    I'm surprised you're not getting enough sustain with a cranked Invader. I haven't had much luck with compressors, but I've mainly been dealing with them on bass.

    This modded CS-3 is one of the better ones I've tried, but I'm finding technique adjustments are doing what I wanted this pedal to do on bass and I don't really need it on guitar, so I'm not using it.
    Josh,

    This video explains what i am trying to do (how bulb uses his compression pedal)

    [VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF8hBHok2xI]YouTube - Backstage with Periphery HQ (Guitar Edge Magazine)[/VIDEO]

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