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Choosing the right compressor can make a big difference in your tone.

With proper placement on your pedal board, and the right choice of compressor, you can squash your signal, increase sustain, or fatten your sound.

When shopping for one of these pedals, it's good to talk to people who have experience using them - we did this for you.

For this post, we asked 6 different guitarists the following:

  • What's the best compressor pedal?
  • What makes it awesome?

Below are their responses, along with embedded video demos for each recommended pedal.

Hopefully their feedback will help you find the best compressor pedal for you.

Enjoy!


Jacob Hoffman from Drop the Act

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What's the best compressor pedal?

Boss CS-3 Compressor/Sustainer Pedal

Get this pedal on Amazon.

What makes it awesome?

This pedal hits the sweet spot when it comes to price and functionality. The sustain feature definitely is a bonus as well. I heavily suggest playing around with it so you can establish your sound. It also can smooth out your solos. Durability wise, it can handle a thrashing.


Patrick Wilkins

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What's the best compressor pedal?

MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compresor Pedal

Get this pedal on Amazon.

What makes it awesome?

I feel like I’m able to dial in the perfect amount of compression needed to put me where I need to be, I like the way it feels when I’m playing on it (that’s huge for me). There’s probably tons of better compression pedals out there, but for the price and feel I dig it. Not to mention you can get JHS to mod it for you.


Stephen Perry from City Sounds Rhythm

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What's the best compressor pedal?

TC Electronic HyperGravity Compressor

Get this pedal on Amazon.

What makes it awesome?

Im not a big Compressor user, being that my tube amps naturally compress themselves, and clean channels dont really need them. But, I love simple pedals, and this one has a very easy set up. small pedal as to not take up too much room on your board. Great brand, great price.


John Hancock from Bone Rooster

Facebook


What's the best compressor pedal?

Keeley Compressor Plus

Get this pedal on Amazon.

What makes it awesome?

I used to use a boss and this is a real upgrade. The blend option really produces some great effects. It's so much more than just a compressor. There's a lot of flexibility here.


Jeremy Aitken

Bandcamp


What's the best compressor pedal?

Xotic Effects SP Compressor

Get this pedal on Amazon.

What makes it awesome?

Honestly, I don't use compression at all. This pedal however is built like a tank and takes up no space on your board. The factory setting was too dark for my liking, but once you crack it open there are some internal controls that really open up the sound.


Ryan Baustert from Throw the Fight

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What's the best compressor pedal?

Rocktron HUSH Super C

What makes it awesome?

I like to keep things simple and this piece of gear does the trick for me with minimal effort. All you need to do is adjust the hush and gate thresholds to your liking and you're good to go! It has minimal controls so you can just set it and forget it.



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