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Boss CS-3 Compressor/Sustainer Pedal

4.5 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
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  • The CS-3 Compression Sustainer pedal compresses louder signals while boosting lower signals.
  • Guitar Pedal
  • Boss
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Product Description

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. 

Product Information

Item Weight 14.9 ounces
Product Dimensions 4 x 3 x 6 inches
Shipping Weight 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
ASIN B0002CZV7I
Item model number CS3
Batteries 1 9V batteries required.
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4.5 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,825 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#451 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Guitar & Bass Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com February 17, 2007

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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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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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It really pains me to give anything but a 5-star review to a BOSS product, since I'm such a big fan of their product line and build quality overall. Those compliments apply equally to the CS-3 Compression Sustainer. And it does do the job reasonably well without me having to worry about putting a less-reliable brand in my signal chain.

However, there are some minor issues with this pedal that you need to know. The two most common complaints that I see are that it adds "noise" to your amp and that it changes the tone a bit. The former complaint is probably true, though if you're enough of a hobbyist to use a Compression Sustainer, you're probably already contemplated using a noise gate/suppressor, such as the BOSS NS-2. Problem solved.

As for the latter complaint (changes tone), that's also true, but it's not necessarily a bad thing if you LIKE the tone that results. The whole point of the CS-3 is that it's supposed to cut out the extremes of your tone and sustain it. This can result in a muddy, "neutered" tone, though you can play with the TONE and other settings to help it. I also find that with the settings all at 12 O'Clock, the output is too quiet compared to other pedals at default settings.

Really, while BOSS pedals are considered to be "expensive" compared to many of the other effects out there, the CS-3 should really be viewed as a "budget" or "entry level" compressor, when you consider that most of the quality compressors are either in rack units or something like a Keeley Compressor costing north of $200. The best thing you can say about the BOSS (even compared to the similarly-priced MXR options) is that the CS-3 gives you a great deal of control over your compression for a reasonable price.
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I usually love the Boss pedals,because I mostly run them,but this one missed the mark.I have another compressor sustain pedal that was cheaper,and does a much better job.I purchased the Boss,because my other pedal didn't fit in my pedal board,and this one does.It is noisy,and doesn't compress,or sustain all that well,when on the lower settings.Turn it up to get the right sustain,and it gets extremely noisy.Not for high level volume playing.
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Man this is perfect! Some people says that the cs3 is noisy but I thinks that depends on what type of electric conections you got at home or place you play, if you don't have a independent circuit for your pedalboard there's gonna be a lot of noise, most of all bcuz of the compression (obviously)... For me this is PERFECT, doesn't make any noise with my conections... Tottally recommend this!
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BOSS. If you're looking at BOSS, you already know what to expect. I'm just a novice player, but this effect works perfectly. Smooth controls, minimal noise. Will withstand heavy stomping. Many videos out there to help you learn how to use it. Great value on a classic device,
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Well after about 40yrs. of performing and, playing guitar I finally got one of these. I will never go on stage again without it! The only real excuse that I can offer for not having one of these sooner is that when I first started playing 40yrs. ago all we did was plug into the amp and play and, it was Great! As the years went on I kinda got into the pedal thing but, not to any great extent. I've owned several amps that had built in FX and, I still do but, not a compressor sustainer. This pedal really cleans up your sound and, gives definition to each string and, the sustain thickens up single string solo's and, makes chords more fuller with no muddiness or loss of fullness. Put one of these on your pedal board and, you'll be glad you did. If you want to do a real great country pickin' solo use one of these with some fast delay and, some reverb and, enjoy.
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