I am looking at compressors for the first time after playing for over 20 years... I think I have been put off by my ignorance about what they actually are and what they do. My thoughts and my ignorance: I have always questioned why you would want all your notes to be of similar volume. We control dynamics through our picking strength. If I hit a note hard, I want it to be loud and if I then finger pick a section softly, I want it to be quiet. This is what gives our solos dynamics and feel. So why would I want to compress that and remove a key aspect of making the guitar such an expressive instrument. Clearly, I am missing the point of a compressor as so many fantastic guitarists use them from David Gilmour to Slash. (I appreciate overdrive/distortion and tube amps all have a degree of compression in themselves. I also appreciate that a compressor can add sustain to single coils.) Question: Can you still play with a degree of dynamics with a compressor on, so that pick strength still shines through?