The Ego Compressor by Wampler

Another Great Wampler Pedal

I own two compression pedals. The Ego Compressor by Wampler and the Black Finger by Electro-Harmonix (check out JTPedals article about best tube compressors).

Both effects pedals earn their keep. I currently use the Wampler because the Black Finger started getting noisy. Why? Probably the tubes got bumped around over the years in transit. I liked the Black Finger and the tube sound, but it took up a lot of space, started buzzing a lot and needed repairs a couple of times. The custom power source kept on falling out.

Should you get a Compressor Pedal?

A compressor pedal isn’t necessary. But it adds sustain and can help the guitar maintain a steadier, clearer position in the mix.

After the standard pedal pack (overdrive, tuner, delay), compression may come in handy. Depending on your amp, you can get some compression from a tube amp. If you play a lot of rhythm guitar, a compressor will clean up your signal sound. If you like to add a bit more sustain on leads, compression can be a good option, too.

Lead Playing

During solos, the Wampler increases the sustain in loud settings. And I’ll occasionally use the box to boost the volume, which usually results in a nice, fat tone.

Rhythm Guitar

If I’m playing rhythm parts, the Wampler adds sparkle to the guitar part. Does a good compressor add sparkle and spank? Yes, in moderation, I can hear the difference. It seems to help clean up the signal, though I allow most of the dynamics to pass unencumbered.

I avoid using the compression all the time because sometimes I’ll find myself fighting the pedal when pushing the volume levels within a phrase.

Ego Compressor and Mini Ego Compressor

The Ego Compressor and Mini Ego Compressor both contribute to high-quality electric guitar tone and playing. Of course, like most gear, your skills and playing remain the key factor.

The blue case looks great. Wampler constructs sturdy pedals. The knobs feel solid and react well. Your options? Sustain, volume, blend, attack, and tone.

The Mini Ego Compressor employs Volume, Blend, and Sustain knobs. Instead of knobs, it uses switches for Tone and Attack. It sounds great, as well.

If you have the money to invest in your component pedal board, I believe the Wampler Ego Compressor will be money well spent.

Other Compression Pedals

Other options (in a similar price range) for compression: TC Electronic, Exotic FX Compressor, the MXR. Another possibility would be to utilize a multi-effects. Many have compressors.

My favorite multi-effects (that I don’t own): the Eventide H9 and the TC Electronic G-System. After individual reverb, delay, boost, tuner, and compression pedals, I probably would have saved money and time with the G9.

Check out our post on multi-effects.

The Eventide sounds great, too. Line 6 just came out with a multi-effects that cost $1500 – the Helix. It’s tempting, but I’ve never gotten Line 6 that much. I would definitely like to check it out at Guitar Center sometime. Guitar Center? Always a dangerous proposition haha.

Electric Guitar Tone Guide

Getting great tone will always be an important part of any musician’s musical experience.  If you’re an electric guitarist, you’re probably looking for ways to improve, create and maintain consistently great guitar tone. I know I am.

I have found through trial and error and/or by advice that these will help improve my guitar’s tone.

I hope it gives you some ideas.  I’ll hopefully be adding more when I get the chance. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to suggest.

Here’s my current list of ideas for solidbody electric guitar tone that I try to follow.


The fingers and the person are really the most important thing – check out 11 ideas for improving musicality

  • A great player will know how to make “cheap” gear sound great
  • If you don’t think you’re sounding good, don’t be mad at yourself, just try and take a step back and figure out why and what you can to produce “sweeter sound.” Also, consider practicing positive self-talk.

Take of yourself so you can play well for many years

Remember YOU create the good tone

  • Good gear (pedals, guitar, cables, picks) helps
  • Focus on playing well and sending out good vibes
  • Try to get the gear to be “transparent”, so you’re playing the music as opposed to doing workarounds to get gear to “play right”

I try to remember to send out good vibes and feel good vibes when I’m playing



  • Make sure they work
  • Bring backup cables
  • Better quality cables do make a difference, but usually not the biggest factor
  • Shorter cables usually are better because there’s less room for signal decay


  • Amp in good shape
  • I try to get my amps serviced once a year.

Power Strip


Make sure the amp is working well

  • No buzzing before anything plugged in
  • I usually get an amp check up once a year.  Unfortunately, I don’t know how to do this myself.


  • I recommend tube amps for most uses. I think they sound warmer and fuller.
  • Let the tubes warm up for 10+ minutes before playing


  • All knobs set to approximate locations
  • Amp EQ isn’t too exaggerated but set to improve tone.  I use pedals to hone in the EQ.
  • I usually keep everything around 12 o’clock, then boost the presence. It really depends on what you’re going for.



  • Using a tuner, in many cases, will help because it’s hard to tune quick enough by ear between songs.


  • In good shape for intonation and tone
    • Quick lock tuners definitely help me to change strings quicker, which means I’m more likely to change the strings
  • Preferably thicker gauge for thicker sound – I usually use 12s and try to use 13s for jazz or really anything if possible, but I haven’t found the right set of 13s for “rock” stuff.  I’m looking for a set with heavy E, B and G string but relatively light D, A, E strings.


  • I usually clean the neck with orange, cinnamon and clove essential oils.
  • I wipe down the guitar when I get the chance
  • It’s good to wipe the strings after playing, though I usually forget

Guitar Intonation

  • It would be advisable to do intonation before every gig, but I usually just check general intonation once in a while
  • Probably would help to have a good quality case to prevent the neck from getting warped
  • Make sure the neck is intonated correctly
  • I use a strobe tuner to get good accuracy when intonating

Electrical Stuff

  • Usually, I’ll resolder the connections to the 1/4″ cable jack once I start hearing crackling.
  • 1/4″ connector well fastened to its nut and bolt harness
  • Pots cleaned or rotated to remove crackle
  • I also used copper tape to cover the interior of pickup cavity of the guitar. It seems like it reduces the buzz/hum


  • Enough backup picks, so I’m never without a pick
  • Picks have a clean edge (sometimes my picks get scratchy from playing) – if they don’t then I’ll get another pick, or file down the edge with sandpaper


  • I think good quality pickups help
  • This is a personal preference, but I prefer humbucker or double coil
  • Make sure the pickups are shielded correctly (I need to do this) to minimize buzz. You can get copper tape to shield your pickups.
  • Make sure the pickup treble and bass sides of each pickup sit at the proper height. This will help balance between highs and lows.
  • Possibly adjust the individual magnets?


  • Make sure your guitar is well-protected when in transport. This will help produce a more consistent tone day-to-day


I’m not a pedal expert, but I generally go by ear and other’s reviews/opinions

  • Finding the best overdrive – I usually use some of the overdrive from the HotRod Deluxe and then use another overdrive pedal. I just ordered the Tube Works Blues Pedal!
  • I use the Xotic EP Boost pedal, which gives a warmer mid-range
  • Good reverb and delay will help the tone, as well as compression.
  • I am actually between compression pedals because my Electro-Harmonix Black Finger developed serious hum, and the cable keeps falling out when I play. I’m planning to fix it (it sounds great otherwise), but may get a Wampler compression pedal, the Xotic mini or a TC Electronics pedal.
  • Sometimes getting an EQ pedal will help. I’ve used the MXR 10-band (they have a new silver version that looks cool, too).  It sounds good, but you do need to dial in the right sound.  I’m going for the classic tube sound, so sometimes this pedal may be at odds with that. Once I get the Tube Works pedal, I may reintroduce.
  • A filter that cuts out the hum/buzz between songs and during quiet passages.  I use the TC Electronic Sentry Noise Gate.
  • A good tuner.  I use a strobe tuner .  A lot people like the TC Electronics tuners, too.

My Favorites

  • Very important pedals for me (assuming amp has no “effects”): overdrive, tuner, reverb
  • Important pedals for me: delay, wah, eq, tone boost pedals
  • Also important: boost, compression, chorus, phaser, fuzz, distortion, octave,

Pedal Order

  • Set up the pedals in a good order


  • Use good quality connector cables
  • Find and consider replacing pedals with buzz
  • I like to make sure the pedals have a very clean “clean” or “dry” signal – the whole true bypass thing
  • Consider getting a brick or something that “cleans” the power.

Pedal Buying Strategies

  • Depending on the budget, it’s probably more important to have a few good pedals than lots of sort of good pedals
    • Consider buying some pedals used
    • Also, consider DIY


  • Get or make a good quality pedalboard
  • Make sure pedals are well protected when transporting – I put bubble wrap around my pedals, though I should probably just get a better case
  • You can put the pedals back in their individual cases or have some good shock absorption material
Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preamp, front view

Fishman Platinum Pro EQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp Review

Looking for a heavy-hitting analog acoustic guitar preamp? The Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preampdelivers reliable, sparkling sonics for acoustic guitarists and bassists.  Any acoustic musician dreaming of serious quality sound will appreciate the Platinum Pro EQ.

Using the Platinum Pro EQ/DI

Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preamp, front view
I purchased the Platinum Pro from Amazon in early 2015. I use it in two setups.

One, to provide extra boost and EQ when playing on the street with a Roland Bass MicroCube.

Two, when playing indoors, I’ll run an XLR from the Platinum Pro EQ/DI to a self-powered speaker. I run the TC Electronic Hall of Fame reverb pedal through the effects loop.

You can also use the Platinum Pro as a DI to connect directly to the sound system.  Other musicians have been happy with the DI.  Though I don’t usually do this, I did run a musician friend’s upright bass through the Fishman. It sounded pretty good.

Features of the Fishman Platinum Pro

17-volt, high-headroom, discrete Class-A preamp
5-band tone control with brilliance, treble, mid-range sweep, bass and bass cut
EQ mode options EQ for bass, guitar or many other acoustic instruments
Phase control and notch filter for feedback control
One dial-knob adjustable compressor
Chromatic digital tuner
Volume boost foot switch with adjustable level control (up to+12 dB)
Balanced XLR D.I. with pre/post EQ setting and ground lift
1/4" input, output, effects loop input/output, XLR DI
6.2” L x 5.6” W x 2.2” H
(158 mm x 143 mm x 54 mm)
optional 9-volt battery powered
Fishman 910R power adapter - You need to buy this separately!

Pros and Cons of the Platinum Pro PreampThe Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preamp - left side


  1. The overall sound of the pedal.  It helps produce clean sound.
  2. The boost pedal helps when switching from ryhthm to lead.  You can also adjust the boost level.
  3. A little bit of compression will usually help tighten up an acoustic guitar’s boominess. (Of course, combined with EQ)
  4. The compression does sound pretty good, too.
  5. I appreciate the effects loop and the DI/XLR output. It provides good versatility
  6. I haven’t really used the feedback reduction, but it could come in handy.  It may have a steeper learning curve.
  7. Can use a 9v, so it’s portable.
  8. Works for bass and guitar.


  1. Sometimes it can sound a little tinny.  You can figure out how to reduce the tinny-ness, but it can sound a little weird if it’s not adjusted correctly.
  2. The power cable is a little cheap feeling.  And, you have to buy in addition to the pedal.

The Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preamp - right sideOverall

Overall, I think this is a very good pedal. Sure, there’s better preamps.  But they probably cost twice as much and may not be as versatile.




The Ambisonic Logo. Basically a 3D-level sound system

My Dream Pedal Board

The Unofficial February 2017 Dream Pedal Board!

The Ambisonic Logo. Basically a 3D-level sound systemAmbisonic Delay

  • Includes a 2D/3D expression pedal to create panning effects on the fly.
  • Multiple Echo patterns. Different filters for EQ, Reverb, etc.
  • Multiple input/output jacks. For example, front overhead, main overhead, left, right, back, left side, right side. Learn more about ambisonics at Wikipedia. Ambisonics is like Surround Sound.
  • A surround sound delay pedal (and reverb pedal) would be awesome.  Even just listening to delay and reverb in stereo with a couple good speakers really creates an amazing mood.

Old-school Tape Delay

  • I love the TC Electronics mini-delay and the Nova Delay pedals.
  • But, I always dreamed of an old-school, tape delay.

Ambisonic Reverb

  • Much like the ambisonic delay, perhaps they would be integrated.

Universal Pedal Control

  • A little “remote” control that you could put on your guitar so you could cue up lots of awesome effects on the fly
  • Similar to having the clutch and gas pedals to the steering wheel like in a Lamborghini

Rotating Pedal Decks

  • Many pedals would be a lot thinner and would be stacked on a rotating carousel.
  • For example, instead of having to replace pedals, you could have multiple overdrive pedals in one deck. Then, you’d just spin through the carousel to the box you wanted

Universal Power Adapter

  • The adapter would sense the voltage/amp requirements of the pedal and adjust on the fly.
  • The adapter would provide clean, high-quality, filtered current

Pure Gold Cables

  • Yup.

Optional Flying Carpet

  • The carpet would very safely fly you around, even while you played guitar.
  • The pedalboard could “link up” with the carpet
  • Very comfortable to sleep on.

Optional All-Wood Casings

  • Pedals and the pedalboard would be available in durable, non-flammable wood cases.
  • Wood looks beautiful.
  • Check out these beautiful wooden guitar pedals.

In Conclusion

Maybe the dreamboard will exist one day in the future.  The ambisonic style delay would be awesome.  Also, I’d love to see more wood-cased stompboxes.

Disclaimer: I love my current pedalboard. Of course, I’d like to add a couple more items and make some tweaks.

Check out some pedalboards available in the year 2017.






The famous TC Electronic Hall of Fame Effect Pedal.

TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal Review

The very wonderful and beautiful red and silver TC Electronic Hll of Fame Reverb Pedal

Want beautiful, lush reverb? Want to add an extra dimension to your playing and tone? Consider the TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal.

The Hall of Fame (HOF) reverb pedal will thicken your rhythm playing with extra ambient depth. Add extra decay and FX for extra sustain with solos and lead lines.

TC Electronics creates beautiful time-based effects (reverb and delay).  The Hall of Fame Verb, the Nova Delay and the Flashback Mini Delay deliver the goods.  I also tried out the T2 reverb pedal, which also sounded wonderful.  But the HOF reverb settings seemed to sound a little more natural when I tested it with an acoustic guitar.


Pros and Cons of TC's Hall of Fame Reverb

Beautiful toneSlightly pricey
Stereo and MonoIf you are considering getting a TC Electronics multi-effect unit, this pedal might be redundant.
10 different reverb profilesIf you want multiple, far-out reverb options (besides TonePrint) check out the T2 or maybe something by Electro-Harmonix. The HOF consists of more classic reverb styles.
Battery-powered optionIf you want a very classic spring-sounding reverb, you probably need real spring reverb. I just use the spring reverb on my amp.
The Tone know allows you to slightly EQ the reverb
True Bypass

Hall of Fame versus T2 versus HOF Mini

Basically, I recommend the HOF for most people.  If you want more experimental sounds, check out the T2. If you want a smaller, slightly more economical pedal, get the mini.

All three use the same AD/DA converters. Both the T2 (Trinity 2) and the Hall of Fame have the TonePrint option which allows you create your own reverb or use custom-made presets from TC.  The Mini doesn’t include space for a 9 Volt battery.


The presets on the Hall of Fame cover all the classic reverb sounds. TonePrint opens a whole world of ideas.  At some point I’d like to play around with an extra spacey, edgy Print. For people who want to push the tonal envelope, TonePrint holds promise.

The famous TC Electronic Hall of Fame Effect Pedal.

Johnny Hiland, HOF pedal,and the Neon Blues TonePrint

Tested Applications


I’ve been using the Hall of Fame on my board for about 3 years. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the TC Electronic sound.  Per the suggestion of a fellow musician, I keep the pedal on continuously for ambient warmth. (Room setting with 1/4 Decay, 2/5 FX, Tone set to warm). For solos and more dubbed-out sections of songs, I’ll either use Hall or Cathedral for a longer bigger delay.

Also, with certain live setups, I’ll try to get the reverb and delay on a second, stereo channel connected to a DI. It allows the sound person to mix both a mic’ed amp and a direct sound.

On occasion, I’ll set up two amps.  This sounds great! You can literally play anything with a stereo delay and reverb and just sit there and say wow.

Acoustic Guitar

A few years ago, I reworked my acoustic guitar setup for live shows.  Basically my old setup consisted of a Roland MicroCube Bass Amp.  The Roland works well and sports battery-power which allows you to play anywhere.

The new setup raised the ceiling on sonic possibilities.  I currently use a PA speaker connected to the Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preamp with the reverb in the FX loop. The Fishman feature optional battery-power, an effects loop and an XLR output. It was the cheapest, high-quality solution for me because I already had a PA with self-powered speakers.

Mobile Mixer

Last summer, when busking with a viola player friend, we use a battery-powered mixer (by Behringer) connected to 2 Bass MicroCubes.  The TC Electronic reverb added extra depth to the sound.  We stopped using this setup because the viola sounds better going directly to the amp, even though the guitar sounded better with the mixer.

YouTube Demo

TC Electronic Hall Of Fame VS Boss RV-6 Reverb

Another Reverb Comparison

This video compares the Strymon, Neunaber, MXR, Boss,  and TC Electronic reverbs. Thanks to Ryan Lutton.


Best Bass Compressor Pedal Recommendations

Looking For The Best Bass Compressor Pedal?

No effect pedals single-stompboxedly shows more love to bass players than a compressor.  Compression pedals can change dullness into warm, punchy, sparkling sound.

Turbo-charge your bass rig with compression. You can better drive the band. Everyone gets richer, groovier music.

Please read below for five excellent choices.

Why Use a Compressor Pedal For Bass?

With the bass, not all of your notes may be felt or heard in the mix, especially in the lower frequencies.

  1. A compressor helps by smoothing out the dynamic range.  In other words, compression can boost the quieter notes  and dial-back the louder tones, giving a more consistent and level sound.  With mixing and mastering (and some live effects pedals/racks), artists and engineers use multi-band compression for even greater sonic possibilities.  Multiband allows you to change the compression parameters for different ranges of EQ. (Just so you know, many compression pedals sound great without explicit multiband compression)
  2. Using compression alters the attack, or punch, of the individual notes. Bass lines can project more rhythm and groove, and lock in tighter with the drummer and/or percussionist.
  3. When you boost the decaying tail of note (by compressing or squashing the signal), you create greater sustain. Plucked string instruments like the bass, the guitar, mandolin and the upright doublebass all of have quick decay.  On the other hand, bowed instruments and horns can hang on notes for a long time. Boosting the sustain allows you to increase the vocal-quality of certain melodic lines.
  4. Many compressors, especially with tubes, act like preamps and can warm up the tone of the instrument.

In summary, more consistent dynamic levels and warmth usually help the ear to enjoy a particular melodic line.  Combine that with extra attack at the beginning of notes, and your bass lines will be more easily heard and felt by fellow musicians and listeners.

Best Bass Compressor Pedal Comparision Chart

Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher Bass Compressor/SustainerOur top choice!Read Review
MXR M87 Bass CompressorAnother excellent option.Read Review
TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass CompressorSuper simple and awesome choice.Read Review
Aguilar TLC Bass CompressionExcellent compression tone.Read Review
Markbass Compressore Tube Bass CompressorImpressive!Read Review

1. Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher Bass Compressor/Sustainer

I am always on the hunt for a great compressor pedal for my Fender Jazz. I love rounding out the bottom with great pedal tones. That’s why I was very excited when EH announced the Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher Bass Compressor/Sustainer Pedal last year. Rack mount compression units are now a thing of the past thanks to this pedal. EH packed this little piece of gear with some good-quality.

After playing with it for an hour or so, I realized that it’s the best compression pedal at its price on the market. Bass players that are new to using compression should invest in this effects unit. It is small, so it is not too cumbersome. It also is easy to manipulate. There are only two knobs on it, volume and sustain.

I like pedals designed this way. They do away with fancy bells and whistles and just give you great tone. Companies that focus on designing gear that just does one thing very well instead of a bevy of different things moderately are my preference. This pedal can squash the sound, unlike any other compressor pedal I’ve heard at this price. You can also give your bass tone just a light attack if that’s what you want.

Like all other EH pedals, the Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher Bass Compressor/Sustainer Pedal comes included with a 9V power adapter. The Bass Preacher packs a lot of power and tonal variance in a small and affordable package.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!

2. MXR M87 Bass Compressor

Dunlop creates some of the best guitar and bass products in the world. They make great strings, cases, and effects pedals. I recently had the opportunity to run my Music Man through their MXR M87 Bass Compressor. I like to test compressors using this bass because it can be quite noisy. The latest compressor from the Dunlop has a lot to offer. Here is what I found when I tested it.

CHT – CHT is a proprietary technology from the company. The acronym stands for Constant Headroom Technology. The feature ensures that your signal will always be clean by never letting it top out.

Five knobs – There are five different knobs on the pedal designed to help the player sculpt their tone. Having these many parameters available to adjust is something that you only see in rack units. You can achieve the exact tone that you want using the release, attack, output, input, and ratio knobs. This is one of the most powerful compressors ever to be put into a pedal. The MXR M87 is one of the first five-knob compressors to be put into a pedal.

Led screen – The LED screen at the top of the pedal tells the player when it is nearing the threshold. I found this to be a very useful visual tool to help me get the exact kind of compression I needed. It helps you get the attack you need without making it clip.

This is a forward-thinking bass compression pedal. Many people have been asking for something like this for years. You can unlock the full dynamic range of your bass with the MXR M87 Bass Compressor.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!

3. TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor

Compression is a great way to get your bass signal to be less noisy and help it sit in the mix. The problem is, not every bass player has the room in their rig to for a rack unit. That is why TC Electronic makes the TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor Bass Compression Effect Pedal. TC Electronic makes some of the best rack compression units. I wasn’t surprised when the pedal version was excellent as well.

For those that are a fan of the System 6000 Processor that TC Electronics makes, this is the compression pedal for you. It uses the same technology as that compressor. The response on this compressor has been painstakingly designed to be suited perfectly for the bass guitar.

Another favorite aspect of this pedal is how simple it is. There is only one knob on the pedal. This knob determines how much compression you want to use. Simplicity does limit how much you change it on the fly when playing live, but compression isn’t a pedal where that’s utilized much.

The company has included their TonePrint technology in the TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor Bass Compression Effect Pedal. TonePrint allows the owner to connect the pedal to their PC or Mac via USB. Once they have done that, they can edit different parameters of the compression until users get the exact attack and response that they desire. The coolest thing about this technology is that you can even download and save compression settings that were designed by some bass guitar masters.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!

4. Aguilar TLC Bass Compression

Compression can be a necessary evil when playing bass live. The dynamic range of the instrument sometimes make soft notes too quiet, and louder notes may have too much volume.

This problem is why compression exists.

Unfortunately, not every bass player can afford to take a studio compression rack on the road with them. Aguilar, one of the most famous bass cabinet companies in the world, recently introduced the Aguilar TLC Bass Compression Effect Pedal. I had a blast playing through it. Here are a few of things that I found.


I’m an effects enthusiasts. My pedal board is crowded. The diminutive size of the TLC Bass Compression Pedal was a welcome feature. I found a way to fit in snugly in my pedal board without having to disrupt the gain structure of my signal path. Despite its size, it is still very durable.


This pedal has almost the same ability to modulate tone as a rack unit. There are four separate knobs. One for level, threshold, attack, and slope. Each one of them has a distinct effect on the signal when used. You can crunch down highs and boost lows with the Aguilar TLC Bass Compression Effect Pedal.

The Instrument In – The instrument in makes it possible for you to run from your amp to the pedal without using adapters. Not many compression pedals have an XLR in.

The pedal has a 1/4″ out. It is powered via 9V battery or 9V adapter. I found that the tone was cleaner when I used the power adapter.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!

5. Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor

The Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal is an Italian made pedal that packs some useful and very thoughtful features. I recently used this compressor pedal and here are some of its features and benefits.

Impressive Sound

The first thing I noticed about this pedal is that it has almost no noise. I had to put it through its paces and see how it reacts, therefore, I set it to high compression setting and the noise coming from it was very low. This tube pedal adds a nice thickness to the mids and produces very smooth and clean sounds. I did not experience any loss of lows and my low-end tones sounded big and full. The upper-end tones sound kind of dark and the useful highs are not rolled off.

Under normal compression and use, the tone is clean and articulate, but it sounds muddy under heavy constant compression. I was able to also get a smooth and remarkable range in tone by trying out the different threshold and ratio settings that the Markbass Compressore has. This pedal features a full range of controls that are all very effective.

No Distortion

The Markbass Compressore handles instruments level signals thrown at it very well without distorting. Therefore, you can use it as a peak limiter. However, its signal dips and swells when you hit the pedal with a strong spike over the threshold. To avoid this, play with less extreme spikes or a higher threshold.

Tube Compression

Unlike in other tube compressors where the tube only serves as a gain stage, this pedal’s tube also performs compressions.

The Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal is thoughtfully designed and produces great sound. I would recommend it to all guitarists.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!

What Are The Best Bass Multi Effects Pedals?

I typically like to play bass as clean as possible – maybe adding a touch of compression and that’s about it. But, there are times when adding some effects is good too! A bass multi effects pedal is a great option for this because it gives a lot of options for experimentation. Take a look below at our picks!

1. Boss ME-50B Bass Multi Effects

After owning the Boss ME-50B Bass Multi Effects pedal for over a year, by far, my favorite thing about this pedal is that it can stand up to a lot of abuse. That’s rare for things that belong to me so I want to start out by saying that if you are a bassist who shares my problem with treating your things like the gas pedal on an Indie 500 car… you will love this model.

This feature is really cool. The Boss ME-50B Bass Multi Effect pedal lets me hold out a low note while I continue to play over it. This adds a whole new depth to your music and layering like this really sounds great live. It can be the difference in being “that band” and that band whose name they actually remember.

If this pedal is missing something… I couldn’t tell you what that is. With 23 knobs and 3 built-in foot switches, you can do a little bit of everything without the need for menu-surfing.

Whether you are a fellow stomper or just a fellow bassist looking for something to take your sound to the next level, the Boss ME-50B Bass Multi Effects pedal is a great choice that will stand up to your best critic… even if that critic is your own foot.


2. Boss GT-10B Bass Multi-Effects Pedal

There is no way to adequately describe the awesomeness of the Boss GT-10B Bass Multi-Effects Pedal, so I will just call it great. I thought it was great because it wasn’t difficult to learn how to use it. I was a first-timer, and I wanted to grab something that wasn’t going to drive me completely crazy. This rig has a cool design as well as a display that I could easily read and understand. The construction of it is solid and sturdy, not flimsy like some of the other products I’ve seen out there. I needed equipment that I could abuse just a little bit.

I watched some other people operate it before I tried to operate it myself. Once I started with it, I found it very difficult to stop. The unit seemed to have an endless amount of effects, and they were all high-quality enough for me. It’s great for someone who likes to experiment with different sounds. It was killer as a plaything for me. I spent over an hour messing with it when I first got it. I actually have to force myself to quit tinkering with it at times.

The product has many positive aspects to it. One of them is its user-friendliness. Another plus is its abundant number of effects. I didn’t particularly like the price, but I thought the quality fell in line with it. One has to sometimes pay a little bit extra to get the right quality for a specific project.


3. Zoom B3 Bass Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator

I am always a little hasty about trying new things. Being from the old school, this is especially true when it comes to my 8-string. However, I needed to fill in for a cover band’s bassist where a different tone would make or break the performance so I thought I would give the Zoom B3 Bass Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator a go. The first thing I noticed about the pedal was that it was really easy to navigate and that was important. This band was made up of friends of friends… and I am always a little anxious to get on stage with guys have been playing together for years – and I’m the new guy. So that easy navigating worked well with my nerves.

At home, I noticed that it was very responsive and versatile. Versatility was more important playing with a cover band than anything. I normally keep it simple when I play on stage – so the versatility of capturing the sound of an original band in a cover band is clearly something that must be considered when you are buying a pedal for that specific reason.

The tone held up great all through the show and I liked it so much that I have even began to work it into a few of my own shows. While I will always be the old school guy at the local bar, at this great price, sound and navigation… I just may be coming around to the 21st century.


4. DigiTech BP200 Bass Multi-Effects Processor with Expression Pedal

As with most multi-function pedals, the DigiTech BP200 Bass Multi-Effects Processor with Expression Pedal comes with pretty standard features: tuning, rhythms, an often bewildering array of effects, presets, and parameters…

The difference with this pedal is that it is actually easy to use, like all DigiTech products I’ve used.

Where it differs a bit from other pedals is the addition of the so called Expression Pedal, which can be assigned to control three parameters to vary the effect as you play.

Those effects come in two models, cabinet and amp, so you can go from the studio to gig (where a more punchy sound is useful) without the need for another bit of kit.

The pedal feels rugged and durable, as it’s mainly made from metal, and the bright LCD panel is both large and readable. At first sight, the lack of knobs and buttons is a bit off-putting, especially if you’re more used to equalizers and arrays of knobs to control effects, but it’s refreshing.

In fact, the simple user interface, very well explained in the manual, actually makes the pedal easier to use.

Thanks to the clever electronics, with the AudioDNA DSP processor at the core, there’s also almost no hum, and less lag than you sometimes get from low-priced effects processors.

All in all, the DigiTech BP200 Bass Multi-Effects Processor with Expression Pedal is a great addition to any musician’s home studio or gig bag. And for the price, it offers the most comprehensive array of effects and rugged durability in its class.


5. VOX STOMPLAB2B Multi-Effects Modeling Pedal

When it comes to signal chain effects, it can be all about the guitar players. Bass players also want cool sounds. The VOX STOMPLAB2B Multi-Effects Modeling Pedal for Bass Guitar provides just that to amateur and professional bassists. The Stomplab is the bass version of the popular guitar multi-effects unit.

I played with this floor unit for about 3 hours in my home studio. After that, I came to realize that the VOX STOMPLAB2B Multi-Effects Modeling Pedal for Bass Guitar is a great product for the beginning bass player that is new to effects. It gives a ton of options so that they can find something that they like and tailor it to their tastes.
The sounds on the 2B are categorized by musical genre. There are 11 different options including jazz, metal, and two different kinds of funk. Once you choose the category that you want, you can edit it from there using the digital interface. The sound can also be controlled via the expression pedal that is hardwired to the pedal. If you need a tuner, it has that too.

The digital interface makes it pretty easy to edit each sound and save it so it can be recalled live. There are 100 presets to get you started. Each preset has 61 different parameters that can be edited. It runs on an AC adapter or 4 AA batteries. I think it sounds a little better with the AC adapter. This is a lot of pedal for the low price this pedal comes at.


Great Best Cheap Reverb Pedal Options

If you are looking for a great reverb pedal but are a little concerned about spending too much money, these are some great options. It goes to show that you don’t need to break the bank in order to get great reverb tone!

1. Behringer DR600 DIGITAL REVERB Digital Stereo Reverb Effects Pedal

Behringer is a renowned manufacturer known to produce some of the most affordable yet high-quality guitar effects. For some time now, I have been contemplating on trying out their DR600 effects pedal and it is only a few weeks ago that I got the chance to do so. Here are the features and benefits of the Behringer DR600 Digital Reverb Digital Stereo Reverb Effects Pedal.

The DR600 is housed in a standard Behringer plastic casing and design. This type of casing is something you will notice in most pedals manufactured by Behringer and is also part of the reason why their products are affordable. This pedal has a classic large on/off stomp button, a status LED, and two In and Out jacks. The DR600 also features a top-level circuitry and an impressive array of surprisingly advanced components. The only drawback to this pedal as you might have guessed is the plastic casing, which obviously cannot bear with heavy stomping and use that other pedals with sturdy metal casings can.

When it comes to controls, the DR600 Digital Reverb pedal has four knobs. These control knobs are Mode, Time, Tone, and Level. The Mode knob selects a specific type of reverb (Modulate, Room, Gate, Hall, Plate, and Spring) that you will be using. Time controls the length of the reverb or echo. Tone adjusts the brightness of the reverb effect, and Level determines the volume of the reverb effect.

Performance wise, this pedal impressed me a lot as it is at par with pedals costing double its price. The quality of the audio is crystal clear, and the control knobs are self-explanatory and easy to use.

Overall, the DR600 Digital Reverb is a great pedal and you should consider buying it.


2. Caline USA CP-26 Snake Bite Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal

I love using guitar reverb pedals. The really good ones provide you with a wide range of special effects and the really great ones with varied fx as well as impressive sound. The Caline USA CP-26 Snake Bite Reverb Guitar Effects pedal belongs to the latter – a wide range of fx and control over the same as well as producing really impressive sound. I absolutely love this guitar pedal. This is one of the best guitar pedals available especially at this price point. The Caline USA CP-26 Snake Bite Reverb Guitar Effects pedal is definitely value for money.

In addition to the amazing price point and equally pleasant sound, some of my Caline USA CP-26 Snake Bite Reverb Guitar Effects pedal’s best features includes the durable, sturdy build. The Caline USA CP-26 Snake Bite Reverb Guitar Effects pedal is a metal box, complete with durable sturdy knobs. In terms of size, this guitar pedal is not too small and compact. Neither is it too large and bulky. Instead, the size is a happy medium – portable and light enough without feeling like I’m using a toy and not a really a professional guitar player.

Due in large part to the variety of fx offered and the near perfect sound it produces, the Caline USA CP-26 Snake Bite Reverb Guitar Effects pedal’s smooth sound is great for both recording and performance alike. It does have a bit of a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, this guitar pedal is awesome sauce.


3. Biyang RV-10 3-Mode Reverb Pedal

The Biyang RV-10 3-mode Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal Stereo-designed TRI Reverb is a powerful and easy to use reverb pedal. This pedal comes loaded with three reverb types. These reverbs are Room, Spring, and Hall. I recently got to try out this pedal and here is my review.

As I mentioned above, the Biyang RV-10 is a very easy to use pedal. All you need to do is plug it into your amp or guitar, switch it on, and voila, you are good to go. You can then select the reverb type you want to use in your performance, then select the blend of wet or dry you want your tone to have, and the depth or time of the reverb you want. This pedal has a pretty good dialed-in tone that you can use to balance and fine tune your sound instead of using an EQ. The pedal also has an A/B mode switch that you can use to work on your tone further.

When it comes to sound, each of the pedal’s reverb types delivers a nice usable reverb sound especially on the “B” setting. In a chain, the Biyang RV-10 plays nice and is quiet with no artefacts or unwanted noise. The Spring reverb offers a different flavor from the Hall or the Room reverbs and is also not overly springy, which makes it quite good. The Room reverb has much less depth than Hall reverb, but both of them sound nearly the same. Overall, all the reverbs are smooth and clean and blend well with your tone to give it more thickness and depth.

The Biyang RV-10 is a simple, straightforward, and nice sounding reverb and I would highly recommend it to you.


4. Donner Surge Rotater Reverb

If you are like me, your pedal board is probably already filled to the brim with pedals. That doesn’t mean that you aren’t always looking for a new reverb pedal, though. The Donner True Bypass Surge Rotater Reverb Effect Guitar Pedal is the perfect choice for guitarists that play in a live setting. It is small enough to be practical while still providing the player a lot of tonal options. You will love it even more when you see the low price.

There are three different types of reverb on this pedal; spring, room, and plate. Each of them is equally powerful. I found that the spring reverb did a great job of emulating the sound you get from a Fender tube amplifier.

There are three different parameters that you can use to edit each version of the reverb sound. The two most important are the reverb and decay. The reverb knob decides how much of the reverb signal will be mixed in with the dry signal. The decay knob indicates how long the reverb will last. It can almost serve as a delay effect if used that way. Finally, the tone knob adjusts the frequency range of the reverb effect.

Play a lot of dark rooms while you are on tour? Don’t worry. The pedal comes with LED lights that indicate which mode you are in. This makes it easy to toggle with your foot while you are playing on stage.


Some Cool Analog Multi Effects Pedal Reviews

I have never been a huge fan of the more modern multi-effects pedals. Sure, they are cool and have a lot of options for tone. I just find that some of them can fall a little flat (especially the cheaper ones). This is mainly because the tones are usually digitally created. However, there are some excellent analog multi effect options that we checked out. Take a look at these:

1. Electro-Harmonix Tone Tattoo

The experience I had with the Electro-Harmonix Tone Tattoo was amazing. I was looking for something with some cool effects, and this delivered perfectly. I can’t say anything bad about it. It was lots of fun,and its cool design made it even more enjoyable. What I liked most about it was that it was simplified and not too complex. A lot of FX stuff is crazy hard to use. This is something that both the beginner and the experienced person can enjoy. I’m going to have to go ahead and give it a thumbs up. It was one of the best purchases I have made in a very long time.

I mostly use it when I practice, but I intend to take it in when I finally do land a job. I’m an aspiring artist right now. I’m not there yet, but I would love to be. I had funny playing with all the effects and pushing each one to the limit. This product went far beyond any expectations that I had for it. It’s an awesome piece. I would recommend it for anyone who is looking for something that is not too costly and can put out some sounds. My favorite part was playing around with the metal muff sound. Amazing clarity and sharpness on every one of the sounds. Total awesomeness.

Again, I can’t say that this was negative in any way. Delivery is impeccable. It’s lightweight, easy to use and it rocks. I would advise all band members to grab one of these today because it will turn out to be a spectacular investment.


2. Keeley Super Mod Workstation

I am not generally a fan of all-in-one, multi-fx pedals jam-packed with a host of features. As such, when I learned of the Keeley Super Mod Workstation, I was beyond skeptical. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I finally did try it and found features that I not only liked, but loved. Here’s a breakdown of my experience with the Keeley Super Mod Workstation.

The Keeley Super Mod Workstation comes with two independent banks, each with a total of eight effects that can be simultaneously or independently run. The special effects featured on each bank are different. Both the first and the second bank have the same harmonic tremolo, classic phaser, rotary speaker, and digital delay. However, the first bank differs from the second, having a funky filter, and Keeley’s proprietary 30ms Double Tracker. The second bank add a chorus/vibrato, two spacious reverb modes, and a flanger to the bag of fx tricks.

With only a slight learning curve for using the Keeley Super Mod Workstation morph controls, the overall control setup is straightforward. The controls allow me to control the banks independently using the level knobs. I can change the speed (labelled as Rate) and depth (labelled intensity) options available for each effect. The morph control option allows me to modulate the tremolo, delays and reverb, and flanger, to get exactly the sound it is I am looking for.

Even with the most impressive effects in the world, if the sound produced is not great, then the pedal would have been a waste. As intimated earlier, this was what blew me away about this pedal. The sound was rich, and the added controls allowed me to get the sound I desired. At the end of the day, this is all that matters.


3. Tech 21 Richie Kotzen Signature RK5

The Tech 21 Richie Kotzen Signature RK5 is a sleek, compact, and powerful rig. This rig has an all-analog SansAmp circuitry that makes it possible for it to be directly plugged into a mixer or a PA. The Tech 21 RK5 is packed with awesome features that include powerful effects such as reverb, delay, and tempo, an OMG overdrive, and a powerful boost. I had the opportunity to try out this rig and here are some of its features and benefits.

The Tech 21 RK5 is well-built and very easy to use. In fact, its design is so thoughtful that you do not have to go through the hassle of setting up when you arrive at a gig. All you need to do with this rig is to plug and play.

Some of its other features include:
– Boost that kicks in up to 21dB of pre-amp gain.
– The reverb is based on the Boost RVB pedal. This reverb recreates the rich ambiance of a vintage spring reverb without canyons of doom, clattery pings, and other sounds that annoy.
– The rig has a SansAmp tube amplifier emulator that has been preset for tones that are clean with Level, Drive to adjust the overall amount of overdrive and gain, and a 3-band active EQ.
– The RK5 can be used on its own to boost the gain of an amp, or independently to boost DLA and/or SansAmp functions.
– It is very easy to tap in the delay tempo you desire courtesy of the dedicated Tap Tempo switch.

I enjoyed using this rig. Therefore, the Tech 21 Richie Kotzen Signature RK5 is a great rig for you too.


4. Electro-Harmonix Epitome Multi-Effects Pedal

The Electro-Harmonix Epitome Multi-Effects is a pedal that combines three popular effects by Electro-Harmonix into one unit. These effects are the Holy Grail Plus reverb, the Stereo Electric Mistress flanger chorus pedal, and the Micro POG octave generator. I recently put to test this pedal and here is my review.

The Epitome is packed with a ton of effects and tweakable elements that work to make some of the best sounds ever made by a guitar. This pedal has three effect sections. These sections include the Micro POG section, Stereo Electric Mistress section, and the Holy Grail Plus section. You can use any of these sections independently to produce great sounding tones or combine all of them together to achieve the pedal’s full potential. Among the combinations that I tried and that really impressed me is that of the spring reverb from the Holy Grail Plus and the octave from the Micro POG. The resulting tone had a nice 12 string guitar effect. Also, turning up the tone of Hall reverb and adding the Sub Octave achieves a sound similar to that produced by a giant pipe organ. Turn up the Rate knob and then throw in the Stereo Electric Mistress and the pipe organ-like tone sounds like it is running through a Leslie speaker.

I also liked the fact that the Epitome can do stereo. Connecting this pedal to two combo amps gives a very nice sounding sound that can even tempt you to add more amps.

After trying out this pedal, I can say that the fact that it has three fully-featured Electro-Harmonix effects packed into one unit is reason enough for anyone to buy and use it.


Build Your Own With These Cool Fuzz Pedal Kits

Are you a guitar player that also likes to dabble in electronics? Maybe you have always wanted to try building your own fuzz pedal. Luckily, there are actually kits out there that give you everything you need. All the parts are just ready to solder together and create your very own fuzz. Take a look at these kits to get you started:

1. Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit

I’ll admit it: I’m a bit of a geek, which is why the Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit caught my eye. For those who don’t know, Mammoth have made a bit of a name for themselves in the effects pedal kit industry over the years, and the Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit is a fine example of their range.

From the outset it feels like a solid piece of engineering. For a start, the pedal box is chunky brushed aluminium, which won’t appeal to everyone’s sense of aesthetics, but if you like your hardware solid, then it fits the bill.

The kit includes all the components that you need, and if you want to specify colors for the switches and knobs, then Mammoth can, within reason, accommodate your wishes via a simple email or order comment.

The instructions for building the Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit are clear, bearing in mind that (like all geeks) I know how to handle a soldering iron! It’s best to have one with a variable heat setting because there are big parts (that take a while to heat up) and delicate electronics to solder.

The effort, though, is worthwhile, as the resulting sound is a versatile fuzz distortion from murky to bright. Considering the price of most pedals, these kits give musicians a way to get decent effects at a reasonable price, and at a high level of build quality.

Plus, if you take the time to build effects units like the Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit, you will gain an understanding of how they work, as well as having the satisfaction of being able to stomp on the box thinking ‘I made this’.


2. Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit

Made by Mammoth Electronics, once assembled the Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit boasts a professional yet stylish die cast aluminum enclosure as well as quality plastic knobs. And speaking of assembly, reviews I read indicate theses kits are relatively easy to build and include everything you need to build the completed circuit.

The fuzz pedal apparently preceded the more commonly known booster pedal and serves the purpose of cranking up the tone of the guitar sound in order to mimic a slightly overdriven tube amp. Some say the Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit was designed to sound like the reedy, raspy sound of the saxophone.

Unique to the Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit is a feature on the pedal that allows you to toggle between blending the fuzz either one or two octaves down, potentially leading to a very intense gated fuzz affect, meaning the sound slowly tapers off or dies out which, basically, sounds cool. The Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit also has a right boost knob which allows a volume boost, which one user described as resulting in a brighter, gnarlier sound.

Current research prices the Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit at $66.00, a very reasonable price for such a reliable and easy-to-use enhancement for any guitar.


3. 3pdt Bender MK II Fuzz Guitar Pedal Kit

The 3pdt Bender MK II Fuzz guitar pedal DIY Kit offers huge, smooth, classic fuzz sounds. I had been contemplating on trying it out for a long time and it is only a few days ago that I got the chance to do so. Therefore, I saw it fit to do a review of this pedal kit. Here are some of its features and benefits.

As mentioned earlier, the Blender MK II produces an all-time classic fuzz. With its analog circuitry, this pedal is able to create smooth fuzz effects that do not compromise the quality of your dry tone. With the guitar’s volume knocked back, you are able to achieve great chord work and super-saturated lead tones.

This pedal comes with either AC176 (PNP) or AC128 (NPN) germanium transistors. You can mix the AC176 transistor with other negative ground circuits on your power daisy chain when setting up the kit without having to worry about the circuit being damaged. What makes this pedal really impressive is the fact that you can add other components to transform it into a more powerful fuzz pedal. For instance, by swapping a couple of components, you can build yourself a fuzz pedal with a much deeper and bassier tone.

The circuit board of this pedal has extra pots mounted on it that can be used for simple enclosure mounting and minimal wiring.

It is best when you get the Bender MK II Fuzz pedal that you use it in conjunction with a charge-pumped daughterboard or a Power Pump. Use the charge-pumped daughterboard if you are using PNP transistors.

The 3pdt Bender MK II Fuzz guitar pedal DIY kit offers great performance and can be customized to a fuzz pedal you desire. Therefore, I would highly recommend it.