1. Keeley Compressor Plus

The Compressor Plus is without a doubt one of the most popular compressor guitar pedals in the world. This pedal will fine tune your guitar sound to either fit right in the mix or stand out as needed. You’ll have powerful control over peak notes while adding round sustain to fading notes. It is designed to pair well with both single coil and humbucker guitar pickups. If you’re looking for an all around great compressor pedal built by trusted expertise, this is the pedal of choice.

  1. Walrus Audio Deep Six Compressor V3

The 3rd version of the Deep Six Compressor continues to build on characteristics of the version 2, which was a very underrated compressor pedal. This Deep Six Compressor is all about providing versatility with controls of level, attack, blend, and sustain. While this pedal takes inspiration from the Universal Audio 1176 compressor, it delivers that type of performance with the simple functionality of the Ross and Dynacomp that guitarists love. This is definitely a pedal that belongs on your pedalboard.

  1. Wampler Ego Compressor

The Ego Compressor has become a standard for what guitarists require in a compressor pedal. It has all the versatility and control necessary for guitar compression. The Ego Compressor focuses on not coloring the sound of the audio during compression, thus maintaining the integrity of the sound throughout. These attributes and others are what make the Ego an affordable “always on” compressor you simply want to have in your rig. 

  1. Boss CP-1X Compressor

The CP-1X is powered by Boss’ Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) technology. MDP analyzes your playing in multiple dimensions and provides advanced dynamics processing that doesn’t color or add mud to your tone. The great thing is that even with all of this advanced processing, the interface is still very simply operated by 4 knobs to dial in and control your tone. This compressor is definitely bringing a new dimension to dynamics control for the most expressive guitar players out there.

  1. Pulp ‘N’ Peel V4

The Pulp ‘N’ Peel is a unique compression pedal as it takes on the characteristics of a compressor, preamp, and DI box all in one. This pedal has a balanced XLR output making it an ideal option to have as a go-to pedal when using an acoustic guitar or bass connected to other gear. With its “Dirt” toggle stick, this pedal will even allow you to add a little grit to your sound like an overdrive effect. Most of all, the low noise compression and natural attack makes this pedal a great choice to have on your pedalboard, or even as a complimentary pedal for specific situations. 

  1. Origin Effects Cali76

The Cali76 Compressor pedal is also inspired by Universal Audio’s famous 1176 Compressor. The Cali76 works with FET style compressors, which emulate a tube sound. Though it does slightly color the sound, the fast action of the FET compressor allows you to have instant compression control of your dynamic notes. This one is definitely a studio-grade compressor pedal that allows you to recreate that iconic high current, yet controlled guitar sound heard on so many legendary records. 

  1. Fender The Bends

Fender is more widely known for their world class guitars, but they also have a great compressor pedal in The Bends pedal. Dialing your tone into this pedal is simple with the Drive and Recovery controls, allowing for the perfect ratio of compression. You can tame volume spikes all while maintaining a natural pick attack. If you are looking for a reliable compressor that can fit any style of play, The Bends compressor is for you.

  1. MXR M228 Dyna Comp Deluxe Compressor

If you’re looking for a compressor that can give you the option between classic 70’s compression and the light compression of modern day playing, the Dyna Comp Deluxe is a great fit. This pedal is made to deliver that iconic sound from the original Dyna Compressor. Use the Clean control to shape your sound by mixing your original signal while using the tone control to shape your compressed signal. This pedal is special all around because you can never go wrong with that classic Dyna compression sound.

  1. Strymon Compadre

The Compadre is a powerful pedal to start your signal chain with. In addition to being able to apply compression to your signal, Compadre can also apply a little boost to specific EQ ranges of your signal with its dedicated boost toggle switch and control knob. Choose between either clean boost or dirty boost for a little edge. While adding boost and/or compression on the fly, the Dry control lets you fine tune the amount of compression to your taste. On top of that, the Compadre gives even more versatile control for enthusiasts using midi controllers. This pedal fits into even the most complex of signal chains, but yet can operate as a standalone compressor pedal with exceptional sound control.

  1. Jackson Audio Bloom

The Bloom by Jackson Audio is all about giving control to the player. It has volume, blend, and compression controls to fine tune that perfect balance of dry and compressed signal. In addition, there is also EQ for controlling Bass, mid, and high frequency levels. To cap it off, all these controls can be controlled via midi in tandem or separately. This makes the Bloom a great option for pedalboards that require both great flexibility and versatility.

Jackson Audio Bloom V2

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Compressor Plus

The Keeley Compressor is the most popular boutique compressor in the world. With well over 52,000 compressors built in our shop we have an expert understanding of compression, limiting, and sustain. We know what it takes to make an instrument sound like it’s been professionally recorded. We know how to make your guitar jump from the mix. We know how to make it fun and easy to play. Keeley Compression is how. The Keeley Compressor Plus is the first true advancement in our 2 and 4 knob compressor line. The new features are simple and straight forward. Now there is a simple Release Switch that is tuned for single coils or humbuckers. No more wondering if you have the attack or release set right. Your humbuckers will have all the attack and punch that they should. Our team designed a gorgeous sounding Tone Control which emphasizes the most sensitive harmonics that can be lost in compression. The Compressor Plus now sports a Blend Control that retains the peaks in your playing and, more importantly, the proper phasing of your guitar signal. The Keeley Compressor Plus offers the same gorgeous push of frequencies and sweetening of tone that the old comps gave you, now with the flexibility to easily handle any instrument. The Keeley Compressor Plus is a compressor with an expander/sustainer. Not only does it act as a regular compressor, limiting the peaks in your playing, it adds more and more gain as notes fade out. Now you have sustain. Nothing worse than a note or a bend that has died before its time. The Keeley Compressor Plus adds just the right amount of sustain and expressive bloom to your notes. The new Release Switch on the Keeley Compressor Plus is designed to make it very easy to transition between single coil and humbucker guitars. Humbuckers have more average energy than single coils which can cause compressors to stay in “compression mode” for a lot longer. When this happens, any series of notes you play will sound dull. With the quick release of the new Compressor Plus, your humbuckers remain true sounding, and each note retains dynamic attack and definition. The Tone Control is our own design taken from analog delays and other vintage effects. Those effects used an emphasis circuit to recover treble and highs after they went through the BBD or other analog delay lines. We took that circuit and made it into a full fledged tone control! We have found that it is the perfect way to gently add back in those highs lost in the compression process. The Blend Control is a way of getting the peaks to come through while having sustain at the same time. So if you want sustain more than peak-limiting, this style of Manhattan Compression is for you! Keep all the peaks and transients with the Blend and Tone Controls while adding sustain on the back end. Heaven! This compressor isn’t just for heavy funk or chicken pickin’ anymore. The new Compressor Plus is for players wanting a smooth, subtle wash from their guitar. Remove just the right amount of peaks for an ambient layer and then blend in the right amount of treble for a nice shimmer to your guitar. Use with your favorite fuzz to create a wall of tone like you’ve only heard on records. Looping has never been easier than with this compressor. Consider it an essential tool when creating loops that sound well-balanced. Forget it all and use the Compressor Plus for the best amp boost you’ve heard. Nothing pushes an amp better than the Keeley Compressor Plus. The new Keeley Compressor Plus is the result of us specializing in compressors for over 15 years. Chief Engineer and founder Robert Keeley said, “Compression was the first effect I found that was hard to make sound good off the shelf, so I set out to create the best sounding compression effect possible.” We have it down to a science but still treat it like art. Since it is at the core of what we do, we can offer it for an incredible price now. The Keeley Compressor Plus is completely made in the United States. Come by our shop and watch the magic happen. We didn’t just start making compressors to look good alongside co-branded coffee mugs and shirts and hats. We’ve worked with and listened to the pros who have had the the original compressor on their boards for 10 to 15 years and found out what it would take to keep it on their boards for another 10, 20, or 30 years…. Add the Compressor Plus to your rig, you and your guitar will be singing for days.