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CS-3

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CS-3: Compression Sustainer

The CS-3 Compression Sustainer pedal compresses louder signals while boosting lower signals, providing smooth sustain without degrading the original sound quality. This is the perfect pedal for guitarists and bassists who want to sound their best.

- Compact compression/sustainer pedal with high-quality circuitry
- Compresses loud signals and boosts softer signals for a smooth overall sound
- Onboard Level, Tone, Attack and Sustain controls for precise tonal shaping
- Low-noise design for super-quiet operation

Nominal Input Level: -20 dBu
Input Impedance: 1 M ohms
Nominal Output Level: -20 dBu
Output Impedance: 1 k ohms
Equivalent Input Noise Level: -110 dBu (IHF-A Weighted, Typ.)
Connectors: INPUT Jack, OUTPUT Jack, AC Adaptor Jack (DC 9 V)

Power Supply: DC 9 V: Dry Battery 9 V type (6F22/9 V), AC Adaptor
Current Draw: 11 mA (DC 9 V)
Accessories: Dry Battery 9 V type (6F22/9 V)
Option: AC Adaptor (PSA-Series)

Size and Weight ( incl. battery )
Width: 73 mm / 2-7/8 inches
Depth: 129 mm / 5-1/8 inches
Height: 59 mm / 2-3/8 inches
Weight: 0.4 kg / 0 lbs. 15 oz.

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Closest StoreSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
This is a well built pedal, exactly how you would expect a Boss pedal to be built. I've owned it for a couple of weeks now and just got it dialled in the way I like it for my Strat to sound. Now to see how it works with my Les Paul. The biggest complaint I have is the sustain feature. If you turn it past 12 o'clock, you get a lot of hiss. That said, you don't usually need to crank it up that high.
Posted by pb66 on Mar 21, 2014
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Closest StoreOshawa, Ontario
I bought this used for $50, thinking I would use it for country/surf sounds. After awhile, I got the idea to try it in the effects loop like I used to do with an overdrive or equalizer. The result is literally the "your sound, only louder" buzz phrase companies throw around all the time. Here are the settings I use currently: Volume: 3/4-max Tone: 3/4 Attack: 1/4 Sustain: 1/4-half I've combined this in the loop with delay and chorus/flanger/phaser, and produced some mind-blasting lead tones. Try it out!
Posted by Jon on Mar 20, 2014
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Great Pedal0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMoncton, New Brunswick
This is a great pedal. It works very well. There are mods that can be made to make more bass come through, also to make it more transparent. If you are good with a soldering gun and don't mind putting in some time on google, you can find the popular mod. It also stays more true to the original tone. Which makes it great for bassist too.
Posted by fuzzyhead on Oct 16, 2012
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A decent compressor1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWindsor, Ontario
I have owned this pedal for a couple weeks and have manipulated it's features to test it's range and capability. First off, it does what it's suppose to do, which is isolate tone to a volume you want to hear and rid of sounds you wish not to detect. There may be a better explanation, but that's the easiest way to appreciate it. Once you pass halfway on the sustain knob it does start to hiss, but I've heard other high end compressors (expect racks) do the same to a small degree. You can't hear/appreciate this until you turn your amp up loud. The hiss is actually much less than the standard fender single coil hiss you get, so it's not bad at all. Overall, it's a great pedal and dramatically improves the tone and playability of the guitar. The playability increases because the pedal isolates the tone you want, thus holds notes for longer. Also, it's great for solos since all the notes have a dramatic boost, but with a much smoother tone. That means some dynamics are lost, but it is still obtainable with pick attack. It is a great pedal and I'm yet to find a pedal that is significantly better than this. The only downside is that it's not "true-bypass". However, I have a long train of pedal connections with DiMarzio connectors and I haven't noticed a significant loss in tone. The only lost tone is the isolated sounds I wish not to hear. I recommend to try this out with someone who knows how to use it and you'll see it's great functionality.
Posted by John on Oct 31, 2011
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Not bad, but could be better0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMoncton, New Brunswick
There are better and more transparent compressors out there.. but this one can be modified to be more transparent quite easily. If you are good with a soldering gun and don't mind putting in some time on google, you can find the popular mod. It lets more bass come through, making it work well for bass players too, and also stays more true to the original tone.. If I remember correctly, it's only a matter of soldering 9 parts. Easy.
Posted by Ghost on Aug 7, 2011
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