Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer PedalItem ID: CS3
Compression/Sustainer Pedal for Guitar
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A Wealth of Great Compression From One Pedal!Enhanced sustain, tight control of dynamics, fatter sound. . . all from one pedal! It's right here at Sweetwater, the CS-3 Compression Sustainer effects pedal! The CS-3 gives you smooth sustain without degrading the quality of the original sound. A range of effects from gentle compression to squeezed sounds is at your command. Designed for outstanding low-noise performance, the CS-3 also provides EQ for precise sonic control.
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Patty, El Sobrante, CA
Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
CS-3 Compression Sustainer
by WTD from San AntonioGreat Pedal for Blues & R&B.I use mine with a American Standard Strat thru Fender Twin tube and Peavey Solidstate Trans Tube pratice amp.Good Tone. Great Sustain.
March 3, 2009
Music Background: Blues,Gospel R&B
comp with tone
by compLOVE from Dayton, OHI bought this pedal with my first ever guitar amp (a marshall MG series half stack), and several amps and 5 years later I have finally found the settings that do your guitar justice. The key is to wor... read more [+]k with the attack and sustain knobs to dial in the right kind of compression. When I first bought this pedal, I thought: "WOAH! attack! I want my attack to be all the way up!" of course what I thought attack meant back then does not agree with what I now know attack to be: how fast the harsh transients are hit with compression. So don't turn the attack to "max" because then there will never be time to compress unless it's the last drawn out note of a song. And of course don't turn the attack all the way to minimum because then you get way too much compression and it really cuts down on the output of your amp and palm mutes and quieter picks don't come out whatsoever. And the sustain knob is pretty straightforward. ANOTHER key part is the level knob. I speak from experience that the level knob should be set so that when you turn the pedal off, there is NO change in volume. I had the level on this thing all the way up and it was nothing but horrible noise and hiss coming out of my amp.
October 28, 2010
Music Background: Recording Engineer/Pro Musician
But this review is called "comp with tone" for a reason. I have A/B'ed my guitar tone bypassing and compressed a million times, and I always choose the compressed signal. Just some mid-range bite (my tone knob is in the low mid setting. go figure!) that beefed up my sound, and not to mention, this pedal really does add tremendous amount of sustain to chords. I would give it a 5star rating but the level pot fell off and its just a pain to have to readjust it without the indentation when some band mate has screwed around with my pedals.
For the price this cannot be beat. But don't take my settings and apply them to your guitar, because unless you have the same setup (koa tele through pedals through BBE 482i through Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with Groove Tubes), this pedal will not work the same for you. You need to set aside a good two hours with this pedal, understand the different settings, and dial in the right kind of compression. And the great thing about this pedal is that it is not a one trick pony: it will work great with all of your amp/guitar situations. I am done rambling. close [-]
boss cs-3 compressor
by john b. torchyn from bradenton fl. usarounds out the special leads where you lead a litlle more lenght to your notes, and adds that sweet spot that you need from time to time very effectively!
September 17, 2011
Music Background: on and off again pro musician
Theres Better out there
by J.C. AmericanDeluxeStrat from Tazewell,TNI purchased this CS-3 hoping to create better sustain in my crunch mix but was not impressed with this effect. The only noticeable effect this pedal created was a volume boost. The attack knob cranked... read more [+] over 50% created a nasty slapping sound when combined with my delay pedal. After having it for months in my pedalboard chain and not using it I decided to replace it. Spend the money get something a little more useful. close [-]
March 8, 2011
Music Background: 21 Year Musician
by Bryan caruso from SUWANEE, GAif you are very picky about your tone, do not get this pedal. the tone knob on this thing ruins the eq of your normal tone. its horrible. othe than that, it does its job, wish it was more versitile th... read more [+]ough. if they got rid of that tone knob and made it a ratio knob, this would be a good pedal.
February 25, 2013
Music Background: recording/live sound/producer engineer , musician
i love boss pedals. my pedal board is 95% boss pedals. this one is just a major bummer to me. I regret buying it. close [-]
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