Best compressor for tapping (shred, high gain rock) AND bluesy stuff

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  1. ScrewYou

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    Looking for a good compressor that will even out the dynamics of tapping with a good amount of gain. Trying to play a lot of the Guthrie Govan style taps, but I'm finding the taps on bass strings are a bit too boomy and the taps on the higher strings don't have enough volume, no matter how hard I hit the string with my finger. I'm looking for something that is transparent and not a pain to dial in. Also, something that will accentuate the Brent Mason type riffs...Thanks
     
  2. Trego

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    I too would be interested...played some tapping stuff at practice, and want to play clean, but only my overdrive keeps me at an audible volume level.
     
  3. scroff

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    Try the atom smasher.(boss cs-3 modded by Humphrey audio) Killer. And you can have one for a reasonable price.
     
  4. B_of_H

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    sounds like you want a ross clone. An optical might not give you the sustain you want.

    I'd recommend the keeley or byoc.
     
  5. ScrewYou

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    Yeah I've heard the Keeley 4 knob is great, but I don't want to pay that much for compression...
     
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    i have a keeley 2 knob and it is PERFECT for tapping thats all use it for, its extremely transparent and fixes your volume problem and leaves your tone alone, im a huge fan
     
  7. ScrewYou

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    Awesome. Yeah, I'm not sure really what the diff is between the two...I'll have to try 'em out.
     
  8. Merelington

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    I'm using a Diamond Compressor for that very reason..except for a clean sound. It's transparent, silent, very well built & clean and does the job well. Also, if it helps at all, I find that my strat doesn't have as much "boom" on the lower strings but still retains the highs...my Les Paul on the other hand isn't as even sounding when tapping.
     
  9. LouRossi

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    Maxon CP-01. I use for tapping on a baritone gtr
     
  10. rawkguitarist

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    Yeah the Maxon CP101 is a great "Ross style" comp, pretty transparent and a lower compression ratio. And it's not real expensive. It's on my home pedal board and I still love it...

    But, my BYOC Ross is stellar. I actually like it better than the 4 knob Keeley I borrowed a few weeks ago. My BYOC is more "organic" sounding, little more lo fi. The cool thing about my BYOC is that it has two extremes. Can be extremely subtle and barely on and then it can be extremely squashed... IMO this is REALLY COOL!

    The simple 2 knob BYOC Ross doesn't seem to be available now... maybe he'll sell it if you email him. Have you ever modded or built pedals before?
     
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    I know a guy that sells 5 knob BYOC Ross circuit compressors that are apparently much better than the Keeley one's. Only half the price at that!
     
  12. Trego

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    I think I will check out a BYOC Ross Clone next...I just built a Fuzz Face and an got an 808 clone next.

    Thanks for the information!
     
  13. Flameout12

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    Can't recommend a Keely 3-knob...excellent compression but way too much noise going into a gain channel and the by-pass colors the tone.
    I'm sure it works very well in a clean channel.
    Fortunately, I bought it used and was able to re-sell for more.

    I've got a Retro-Sonic on order...hoping the results are much better.
     
  14. retrokid

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    I have used a Keeley 4-knob compressor. It works great.
    However, if you don't want to get the 4-knob version, you can either get the 2-knob one, or just get a Diamond compressor.

    Although the Diamond isn't cheap either...
     
  15. rawkguitarist

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    Just FYI, all compressors will be noisy going into a gain channel.
     

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