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Old September 9th, 2013, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dyna Comp vs Super Comp

So I find myself in need of a decent compressor. I can't shell out the money for a Wampler or a Keeley so I'm looking at the Dyna Comp and the Super Comp. The only difference I see is an Attack knob. Does it really make that big of a difference between the two pedals?

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Old September 9th, 2013, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There are some players that live and die by the Attack Knob. There are others (like me) that set the original at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock. Depends on how you picky (pun intended) you are. I don't need it, but others do.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 07:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That answers some of my questions. I'm aiming for Vince Gill's tone on the Bakersfield album...that cool "plucky" tone...it was just a general question I had bc I was curious.
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Vince uses a Boss CS-3 - Stock. A lot of people talk crap about that pedal, but I think it sounds great. I used to have one before I got the Dyna Comp. I am lazy and the Boss takes more dialing. That said, the original Bakersfield guys didn't use any compression. The cats in the Seventies started using the MXR when they first became available. To me, that is the sound of country compression.

This link shows you his settings on the Comp back in 2011.
http://www.premierguitar.com/article...s_Touring_Gear

His tone and sustain is at 12 and his attack is at about 10/11 o'clock with volume to taste.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 08:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The Dyna is a classic for sure.....but, the Super Comp is a monster of a pedal. It has a a good range of uses.....including the ability to dial in that "plucky" sound.....I'd say the Super Comp would be your best bet here
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Old September 9th, 2013, 08:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sadly, I gave away my Boss compressor to a friend. It was a while ago and I never used it. Lesson learned I guess lol...I have a few amps that compress the sound decently enough...the Super Comp is only $10 more so I guess if I needed it, I'd have it right??
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Haven't tried the Dynacomp, but I have been using a Supercomp for 3 yrs. I A/B'd it with my Wampler Ego, on my acoustic board, & the only noticable difference was the lack of the blend & tone controls on the SC. It works great.
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There are some players that live and die by the Attack Knob. There are others (like me) that set the original at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock. Depends on how you picky (pun intended) you are. I don't need it, but others do.
3 o'clock and 9 o'clock is where I set my MXR Dyna Comp....
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I don't know the price difference, but if you can, get
the Custom Comp from MXR. It's the absolute best of
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I don't know the price difference, but if you can, get
the Custom Comp from MXR. It's the absolute best of
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If you or a buddy have got some soldering skills, I can recommend the BYOC 5 Knob compressor kit. I built one on Friday, took about 3 hours, (polishing the diecast enclosure took longer) and sounds just great.
It uses a blend pot so you get a wet/dry mix in parallel like the Wampler Ego.

You can run it from a 9v cell or 18v from your power supply for more headroom.
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Look for the MXR Custom Comp on used gear boards...far exceeds the other two MXR units (i've had all 3). The Super Comp was the worst of the 3. Still have the Custom Comp on my board after 5 years now.
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I actually ran across a used Custom Comp for $88. I feel like it's worth it if it's as good as you guys say.
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Haven't tried the Custom Comp. Not a Dyna Comp fan. I like the basic sound of it, but never could figure that little something it was lacking. Got a Super Comp last week. Picked one up mint and used for $40. I'm really happy with it. The attack control really puts back what the Dyna Comp takes out. I think it's a killer pedal.
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Haven't tried the Custom Comp. Not a Dyna Comp fan. I like the basic sound of it, but never could figure that little something it was lacking. Got a Super Comp last week. Picked one up mint and used for $40. I'm really happy with it. The attack control really puts back what the Dyna Comp takes out. I think it's a killer pedal.
I thought you swore off compressors awhile back. Change of heart?

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I thought you swore off compressors awhile back. Change of heart?

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I haven't had a comp in about ten years. I really feel that it screwed up my guitar playing a LOT. However, I find myself in a position where I really need that compressed country tone for some gigs I'm doing. For those gigs, I pull off my Boosta Grande and put the comp on the board. For all other gigs, the comp gets left at home, and the Boosta goes back on.

It's an immediate effect. One gig with the comp, and I'm lazy as hell. It takes me a whole set to get my "stuff" back in order the next night. They have a unique tone that is part of a lot of good music, but they sure make you play like crap. The bad part of that is, you won't even know it's happening until you get rid of them.
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They have a unique tone that is part of a lot of good music, but they sure make you play like crap.
Unfortunate, but true.
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They have a unique tone that is part of a lot of good music, but they sure make you play like crap. The bad part of that is, you won't even know it's happening until you get rid of them.
That's the truth! I used an onboard comp from a Vox Valvetronix for a long time. I got a new amp and I immediately noticed a huge difference. Good call!!
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