Compressor or line booster?

September 15th, 2007, 05:03 PM
Should a serious pedal board have both, or one or the other? If only choosing one, which would you choose?

September 15th, 2007, 05:15 PM
I play rock and blues, 50s to today. For the past two years, two boosters (Bad Bobs) have occupied space on my board and the compressor (Barber Tone Press...a great pedal) has been in a drawer.

The Tone Press just came back on for a new project. Both Bad Bobs remain...and will for the foreseeable future. The booster is more essential for the sound I am aiming for.

September 15th, 2007, 05:35 PM
My compressor is in my spares bag, too. I use an Electro-Harmonix LPB for my boost. They are only like 39 bucks at MF.

I found the compressor took too much away, and the boost just fattens things up, and emphasizes the natural tone of the pickups.