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Dyna Comp vs Super Comp

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by adamrunion, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. adamrunion

    adamrunion TDPRI Member

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    Sep 23, 2012
    Barboursville, WV
    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?
     
  2. artdecade

    artdecade Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 6, 2010
    Twangsylvania
    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. adamrunion

    adamrunion TDPRI Member

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    Sep 23, 2012
    Barboursville, WV
    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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  5. artdecade

    artdecade Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 6, 2010
    Twangsylvania
    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/articles/GALLERY_Vince_Gills_Touring_Gear

    His tone and sustain is at 12 and his attack is at about 10/11 o'clock with volume to taste.
     
  6. Herod

    Herod Tele-Meister

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    Mar 14, 2013
    Central Florida
    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
     
  7. adamrunion

    adamrunion TDPRI Member

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    Sep 23, 2012
    Barboursville, WV
    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??
     
  8. Jimmy Dean

    Jimmy Dean Tele-Afflicted

    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.
     
  9. '64 Tele

    '64 Tele Tele-Meister

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    Mar 8, 2013
    NW Arkansas
    3 o'clock and 9 o'clock is where I set my MXR Dyna Comp....;)
     
  10. JHVH!

    JHVH! Banned

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    Apr 30, 2013
    east
    I don't know the price difference, but if you can, get
    the Custom Comp from MXR. It's the absolute best of
    the three.
     
  11. gitold

    gitold Friend of Leo's

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    Mar 25, 2009
    Denver Co.
    +1
     
  12. rogb

    rogb Tele-Meister

    444
    Jan 3, 2012
    London, England
    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:p) 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.
     
  13. JohnK24

    JohnK24 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Western PA
    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.
     
  14. adamrunion

    adamrunion TDPRI Member

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    Sep 23, 2012
    Barboursville, WV
    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.
     
  15. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    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.
     
  16. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

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    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    I thought you swore off compressors awhile back. :confused: Change of heart?

    Scott
     
  17. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    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.
     
  18. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

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    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    Unfortunate, but true.
     
  19. adamrunion

    adamrunion TDPRI Member

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    Sep 23, 2012
    Barboursville, WV
    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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