I'm seeing fewer compressors on pedal boards lately.

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  1. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    Seems like they used to be a staple and I would see them all the time. What's going on?

    Or, maybe I'm just imagining things based on my limited sample.

    Scott
     
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    Does it matter? I can't imagine removing mine.
     
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    That's up to you, not me.
     
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    Never used one before. They make my tone too compressed.
     
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    I'm a country guy and used a dynacomp for ages. At some point I realized that playing live, playing in your living room and recording are completely different activities. If you are playing live, subtleties can be undetectable. And compression is generally a subtle effect. I also find that I am simplifying my rig. I'm down to a guitar plugged straight into a '65 Ampeg Reverberocket. It's been a go to sound for a year and it's hard to improve it at least for me. If I'm noodling at home the board comes out, but live I keep it simple.
     
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    I like just enough to smooth out the very tips of the edges.
     
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    I find that my Wampler Ego comp just makes everything sound better.
     
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    I have one, a DOD Milkbox, but only use it when my electric 12 comes out.
     
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    I was messing around with them for a while and even bought a pricey Janglebox in order to get that jangle sound but I found the effect of even an abrupt compressor like the JB to not be my cup of tea. Maybe I'm doing it wrong
     
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    I use my Keeley 4 knob compressor to fill the sounds on my Tele, Strat, and Gretsch Anniversary. I play them mostly finger style as the single guitar to back my vocals. I use the compressor with my SG only when playing with the inherently brighter and thinner sounding 5 watt amp setting. I don’t use it when I play with a flat pick and I don’t use it when I play loud. I put it on top of the amp in easy reach when I’m on a bar stool. It’s use for me is to fill out the sound when playing at low volume in an intimate setting.
     
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    I have one, it is great and yet I could forget about it and remove it.

    It is freaking great for hybrid picking and some stuff like that... evens out the picked notes vs fingerpicked notes since I will not be growing my fingernails.

    Also sometimes on my amp it has the effect of letting you strum harder while staying clean.
     
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    I've recently added a Mooer to my board. It seems to help when I'm playing clean and want the palm muted licks to stand out more in the mix.

    I'm surprised you can't see it - it's bright Yellow!:)
     
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    They are being replaced by chorus pedals!:)
     
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    IMO, it can be over-used.

    If you can easily hear it, it's probably too much.

    Otherwise, it can subtly fatten your over-all sound and, if you're playing in an ensemble, keep you steady in the mix.

    It's not my fav pedal, but I keep it on most of the time.
     
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    I just bought another one myself.
     
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    I've heard people extoll the virtues of a compressor pedal for years, so I finally bought one....an inexpensive Donner.....and, while I haven't had much time to "mess" with it, for the life of me I don't see much advantage to it. Maybe some of you users can advise me how to set it, and what it will do for me? (preferably in plain English) I use very few pedals anyway....stereo chorus, tube screamer, tremolo, delay, Mosaic 12-String Emulator, and have the compressor onboard right now. The Mosaic is the only one I use at every gig.
     
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    I think you're just trying to talk yourself out of buying another compressor.
     
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    I have tried twice, with good compressors, but could not get the groove of them. Either the effect was undetectable, or it got in the way of intentional picking dynamics. They seem to be extremely common, so I suppose it’s my fault for not knowing how to use it right.
     
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    my mom told me that examining someone else's pedal board was like sneaking a loooong peek down the front of a young ladies blouse.
     
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    I have been using compressors heavily, always on, when I played through big 50-100 watt amps.
    When I switched to low power 12-18 watts I realized I don't need them anymore.
     
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