I've owned this pedal for about 3 years now, and I will definitely add my two cents to the acclaim this pedal has earned over the years. These days, you certainly have your choice of compressors, but for most players, I think it would be tough to find fault with this one. The Keeley does everything a compressor should do, with no excess frills or controls, and just does them extremely well. You get sustain and punch, as you will with just about any compressor, but with the Keeley you get an incredible level of refinement. It is, first of all, as transparent as compressors get. You will still hear the sound of your guitar, which is something not all compressors do very well and almost none do as well as this pedal. It's also as low-noise as compressors get. Added noise is simply a byproduct of compression, but even with single coils, you'll hear less of it with the Keeley. Overall, it's just incredibly musical and easy to use, and adds entirely new, inspiring characteristics to each guitar I plug into it. If you're a player looking for an incredibly specific or tweakable kind of compression, this might not be the pedal you're searching for. This is a straight-up, no-nonesense compressor that is extremely well built and does its job better than almost anything else out there.