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Boss CS-3 Compressor/Sustainer Pedal


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  • The CS-3 Compression Sustainer pedal compresses louder signals while boosting lower signals.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 6 x 3 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0002CZV7I
  • Item model number: CS-3(T)
  • Batteries 1 9V batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,430 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 17, 2007

Product Description

Compression is great in the studio as a way to control or modify the dynamics of a signal. Guitarists have found compression to be a perfect addition to their pedalboards, giving them big sustain for solos, as well just simply controlling playing dynamics - not to mention being essential equipment for chicken-pickin'! BOSS's CS-3 compression/sustain pedal does all of this and more while keeping your signal integrity intact. The CS-3 is a great tool for bassists, too, making sure the low E sounds as loud and clear as the high G. You get onboard control over Level, Tone (EQ), Attack, and Sustain for precise sound shaping. The CS-3 is a top-notch compressor at the perfect price.

Customer Reviews

No surprises just does exactly what you'd expect.
Steven
I love many Boss pedals, but this pedal lacks subtlety (transparency) and bass response.
S Bates
If you play the guitar, you really should have this pedal.
Steve

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Voris on November 5, 2010
This is a decent pedal, I wouldn't say one of the best that Boss has made but is pretty decent on sustain/compression. Great for thin leads and improving sustain. My recommendation is to read up on this pedal before you buy, its not for everyone. It does have a hiss to it that will drive you nuts and most people recommend getting an NS-2 (noise gate) if you use this pedal. Recommendations for this pedal is to have this as the first in line (I have my at the end of the line sometimes and its still a little noisy), I try to find a good middle ground on my gear to eliminate the majority of the hiss then play the rest by ear. This will take a little time to find out what works for you because everyone's gear is different and everyone wants to achieve a different sound ;o)

Good: Great sustain, can add a few more seconds on with the right equipment and setup

Bad: Hiss is terrible but manageable

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
If you want to have better sustain and decent compression its not a bad pedal to pickup used, if Boss redesigns the pedal then they should find a way to eliminate the hiss and slightly improve the compression.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William J. Stasse on September 12, 2011
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As a pro musician, I am always on a quest for better tone to expand and comply with different gig situations. I had a bad experience with a few Compression Pedals through my years only to toss them in the closet & give up on the thought.
When I upgraded my pedal board, I decided to give the idea of adding a Compression unit to give my G&L American Legacy (Stratocaster style guitar) more sustain at lower volumes. Boss is the company that dominates my effects board... I rely on their Chormatic Tuner, Digital Delay (2 of them), Line Switch & Direct Box almost every night (for gig & Practice).
With a somewhat negative attitude going into this I had a great surprise to find that I really, really like this unit. It did what I wanted & then some! Great tone & sustain oozes from this little box & stays in the "On" position for most of the time I am playing my electric guitars, especially any Stratocaster styled guitar I own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Barry on May 12, 2012
As several of the previous posters astutely mentioned, 'you will need a noise gate to use this pedal'. I completely agree with that. And it will sustain your notes. It will actually raise the volume to make them sustain. But you will have extraneous hiss when the guitar is not playing to cover it up. The only way to get rid of this hiss is to use a noise gate. I use the NS-2 when I use my chain of pedals. That said, this pedals has some wonderful uses. Every note will have the same volume. You can hit the chord as hard as you like or as softly and it will play at the same volume. You can set it to sustain for days. Again, you will need a noise gate. There is nothing transparent about THIS compressor as there is almost all of my other compressors, but none of them are as "ACTIVE" as this one. Perhaps that's the price you pay for what this pedal can do. I recommend messing with it quite a while. You can do some incredible funk, jazz, metal vibes out of it.
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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Steve on December 1, 2005
If you play the guitar, you really should have this pedal.

First, adjust the Volume (Level), Tone, Attack and Sustain.

For a best result, turn your Volume and Sustain all the way up and Tone and Attack to preference.

When you turn it on, you will tell. It makes your guitar very sensitive. It acts like you have the best pick ups on Earth. If you breath on your cords, you can hear it.

You can pull off mind melting pull offs.

You can use it as a tone adjuster.

You can use it for a slight Volume pedal.

If you use it when you have your clean sound on, it will produce and plucky sound.

If you use it with other distortion pedals, it will produce a clearer sound.

If you use it with any pedal, it will produce a different sound, so it will be like you have an infinite number of pedals.

For the bad part, it is VERY noisy. It will make a very loud hiss. While you play with it on, it won't make any hiss at all. So, just turn it off when it's not in use. Here's a hint, when you're playing, you can keep it on all the time but take another of one your pedals and turn that on but turn the Volume all the way down and it won't make any noise at all.

If you've never used a pedal before, you need 2 cords. You have to plug your amp into the input and your guitar into the output.

And of course, for all pedals, you should unplug your input for a much longer battery life (9 Volt) when not in use. If you leave it plugged in, your battery will last 2 days; unplugged, about 6-12 months, depending how long you play.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S Bates on November 27, 2011
I love many Boss pedals, but this pedal lacks subtlety (transparency) and bass response. It was very difficult to find settings in which the signal did not sound like it was being over-compressed. And the bass was very lacking. The only Tone setting in which the bass was present sounds muddy.

Also, I have tried a few different Boss CS-3 pedals (from different production years -- a couple from the 90s and one from the 2000s), and they all sounded noticeably different. Different people like different kinds of compression, so at the very least, I do not recommend buying a CS-3 without trying it first.
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