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Electro-Harmonix Black Finger Tube Compressor Pedal Reviews

5.0 stars based on 3 customer reviews
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  • from NJ March 27, 2016Music Background:
    45 years

    Best Yet

    First let me say this is a total keeper for me. Second, let me say it didn't start off that way. When I first got the pedal, the only amp I had available was a small guitar amp. I knew I wouldn't get great results but what concerned me the most was how noisy it was and a slight buzz/distortion without even pushing the gain much. I told myself to keep the box since it was likely going back. On the other hand I could tell that it fattened up the sound a good amount so I figured I would sleep on it and decide after using it in a real sound system. Fast forward to Friday night church practice with a real sound system. Whole different story! First of all the pedal is absolutely quiet and let me tell you - we have a lot of buzzing/white noise problems with that system. Single coil pickups, vintage amps and the like wreak havoc. Not this pedal -totally quiet. NEXT: The added beef this thing adds to the signal is just right. Not over the top but it's there and it's real good. Best of all is the gain control and the compression. The gain can easily give you a full, saturated sound (that I like) and a WIDE range of compression. Personally I like the "squish" setting with the gain at 3:00 and the compression at 3:00. This gives a full, fat tone with lots of sustain - AWESOME! We have some amazing musicians on our praise team and they agreed that this thing is righteous. The one praise band leader literally said "that thing solves all your problems" - the problems being some notes weak, some boomy and not enough sustain. All notes are full and fat and keep ringing out. Tone is better than ever. On top of all that, even though this is a big pedal it still fits in my bass case so I just need to lug one thing to practice and to church! I highly recommend it.

  • from Baltimore Md. September 19, 2012Music Background:
    Working musician

    A Great Value

    " 5 Wow blown away" expresses my experience with this pedal. I agree with the previous reviewer its a very "natural' sounding compression. Sounds much like an old "classic", vintage, optical, tube compressor. The only complaint anyone could (honestly) make of it is that it can be noisy. But so can all compressors, its thier nature.Its a genuine, fully operational tube compressor,operating at 300 vDC, as a stompbox -use your head man!! It needs to be sheilded from noise sources and your cable runs needf to be high quality and kept short. Also, switching to NOS 5751 or 12AT7 tubes would help with noise (at the expense of some gain). This EHX line of tube pedals are incredibly well made, especially considering the price. Does Sweetwater have the option of uploading pics of customers gear? Because I would be happy to upload pics of the internal construction of my Blackfinger Compressor - its the real deal.

  • from il February 3, 2012Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    Black Finger

    Great pedal...natural sounding compression, warm and exciting. I've tried others and this blows them away. Also great on keys, bass and vocals.

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