do blues players use compressors?

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  1. auffredou

    auffredou Member

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    lately i always have a compressor on. i typically play jam type stuff, which it is perfect for, but when messing around on blues licks based on john mayer's "slow dancing in a burning room" today, i realized i liked the compressor on as well. do blues players often use compressors?
     
  2. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Not the ones who plug into tube amps on 8 because they get their compression from the amps. Others do.
     
  3. auffredou

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    oh thats right, i didnt really consider the fact that amps compress the higher they are driven. i typically play an amp at pretty low volumes, whether im practicing or mic it for a gig.
     
  4. mfgobbi

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    Most good players don't, and if they do, it's subtle.
     
  5. auffredou

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    good players? good blues players? or what? because i know plenty of "good players" who use compressors...
     
  6. Andre357

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    ???? huh ? Good players don't ? Are you anti-compressetic ? :D
     
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    Yeah, when I have a flat tire :)
     
  8. Franklin

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    Slide players tend to need them more, IMO
     
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    pacomc79 Member

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    depends on the application. All of the things we use are tools used in necessary situations to achieve the desired tone.

    You may need them in some rigs and then they may be completely wrong in others.
     
  10. SunnyRollins

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    with light strings (.09) you may need it cause they don't have sustain unless you use a really high action.
    all the great blues players use around .011 gauge (or more). That with a decent action and a cool amp (even at low volumes) may give you all the sustain you need without loosing dynamics.
    BUT if you want to play long legato runs (bluesmen don't do that anyway)in between bluesy improvs, you may need a compressor.
     
  11. Lucidology

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    This statement is not necessarily true ....

    However do you mean good players in general, or just blues players ...?
     
  12. GuitarsFromMars

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    I'm a blues player and I use a compressor.
     
  13. monstermike

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    .009s sustain just fine. And as far as great blues players using .011 or higher, Albert King used .009s. So did B.B. in the Seventies (he's back up to a .010 set now). Albert Collins used .010 - .038. Freddie King's custom set had a .010 E string, a .011 B string, and a .012 G string. I'm sure there are more - that's just what I remember from old Guitar Player interviews!

    Lighter strings do reward a different attack and finesse than heavy strings.
     
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    Also, Luther Allison used a Boss compressor in the Eighties and afterwards.
     
  15. bluesmain

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    It is nice to turn a tube amp up but, most venues here are in the can you please turn mode, so use of a stomp box helps for lower volume stuff sustain.
     
  16. SunnyRollins

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    ok, i won't argue citing other players.
    In my experience, there's nothing like playing straight with heavy strings. I once was a fan of Holdsworth and used light strings and compression but over the years i've take account in the benefits of huge strings going without a compression device.
    Anyway, don't be ashamed of using the device and enjoy the ride!
    Just my 2 cents :cool:
     
  17. OOG

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    fwiw
    Allen disdans compressors
    always has
    he doesn't understand why anyone would want to give up the dynamics in their playing
    me neither

    many will argue this
    it's an old song

    what ever works for
    works for you

    but for me
    over use of compressors/limiters
    have really laid waste to much music of late
     
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    Having played some of Alan's guitars & through different
    parts of his rig (Bill is a friend of mine..)
    One realizes that everything combined, when it comes to his overall setup, (including pickups)
    is extremely compressed in nature ...

    Would even go as far to say..
    that a compressor with a lot of squish on tap will take one close to a poorman's A.H. setup ...:)
     
  19. OOG

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    kinda' like a chorus sounds like Metheny?;)
     
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    i don't know much about his rig, but robert cray sure has compressed SOUNDING cleans. . .
     

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