A lot of people say "I don't want to squash my tone and remove all of my playing expression", which is a fair point if you have a lower quality compressor or it's not set up properly, but a quick look at professional guitar players rigs and most of them will have compression in it, so, that would lead us to believe that compression is actually imperative to a lot of players.
So, what does it do..? Fundamentally, it adds an element of control to your playing level – it will bring the quieter parts up and the louder parts down. A great tube amp when driven into its sweet spot will do this, a compressor can bring you that control but a great compressor will give you that feel as well. Many budget compressors give you the squash and squeeze of a driven amp, but you tend to lose all of your playing dynamics, all of your expression.
The Ego Compressor will take that element of squash and squeeze, but will allow you to be able to control the effect so that your playing can shine through. It has been said before that the mark of a great compressor is that you can forget you have it on.
When Brian designed this pedal, the word that kept coming back to him was "transparency". The way the Ego has been designed, there is no coloration of your sound. The tone and blend controls allow you to balance the effect in such a way your signal path sounds so pure when the reality is that the pedal is working extra hard to make your playing tick like clockwork.
Now, if you are not familiar witn the Ego Compressor, you will probably be thinking "What's a blend control?". The blend is a dry mix, that sweeps between a fully effected signal to zero effect across the sweep of the pot. There will be a point in that sweep that allows you all the compression you need to even out your playing, increase your sustain (if you want it) but without any detraction from you playing attack and feel. That, previously was just a dream, but now; that is a reality. When this amazingly simple yet devastatingly effective control is added with the tone control (that can add a little sparkle to the tone), when this pedal is used as "an effect" rather than as an "always on" (to control your solos or to fatten up your rhythms), a little extra bit of sparkle allows your guitar to sit in that place in the band mix that you have been trying to fit into but couldn't quite find. Just a littler higher, a little sweeter in the mix.
This is the effect that you probably didn't realize you needed, but once you have used once, cannot imagine living without.
The following features attribute to the classic and warm sound of this stunning pedal:
- Hand made in the U.S.A.
- High grade film capacitors and resistors picked for their superior sound and response
- Completely true bypass
- Battery connection and 9v power jack (barrel plug like Boss)
- Power draw: 33mA
- Five controls - volume, sustain, attack, tone and blend
- NOT a clone or copy of any other product on the market
- Blend control allows you to get sustain only - no noticeable effect on the attack of the note (great for playing with distortion)
- Tone control adds in high frequencies giving you plenty of clarity and 'jangle'
- 3.5" x 4.5" (63.5mm x 114.3mm)
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The ES339 arrived.
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The Spruce PRS and I have become very good friends. Thank you for the excellent service and communication. It was a seamless purchase and I could not be happier. The guitar arrived with exceptional packaging and in stunning condition. I cannot emphasize adequately how well the guitar and case were prepared and packed for shipment. THe guitar has a wonderful voice and a range of tone I have seldom seen in any guitar. The piezo by itself is remarkable and emulates an acoustic very well, especially when linked to an acoustic amp using the second output jack. The jazz tones are lush and round with an overtone of the woody sound. It's playability is superb and can scream if called for. The weight is a bit disorienting at first. Initially, it felt like a toy but time on the strings corrected that perception. I am still amazed at the sounds that come out of that 5.4 lb instrument. AS you can see in this photo, it has made friends with an old friend of mine, a 1965 Fender Princeton Reverb that has been with me for well over 20 years. I just re-tubed it and upgraded the speaker as the original Jensen P10Q id not come with it although it is otherwise mint, so warm meets warm. Thanks again, guys for the purchase and terrific support. Here are the newlyweds.-Jim
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This thing is the real sound-heaven on earth!
Greetings from Germany,
Buying online can be very risky and one has to trust the honesty and integrity of the retailer....
Hi, I've just received (as of yesterday) the white '79 Rickenbacker you sold me (April 25/26). I've left feedback on ebay and would have liked to have said more if there'd been the space to do so. The bass sounds amazing. I've got a 4003 model which is only a few years old, so it's interesting to compare the two. The sound of the older one is vastly superior. It's a truly beautiful instrument.
Buying online can be very risky and one has to trust the honesty and integrity of the retailer. Your description of the '79 4001 was accurate; it was well photographed so I had a good idea of what I was buying. My anxiety was further allayed by the prompt and friendly emails from your salesperson, Paul. The most worrying time was when it was in customs in the UK!
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|She arrived this morning! What a fantastic surprise. It is everything I imagined it to be..........incredible tone, easy to play and strikingly beautiful. Thank you guys for delivering the truth and superb service as well as fine guitar!
I just paused from 2 hours of continuous playing to write this note. I'll start playing again in a minute or so because I've waited a long time for a fine instrument like this and have a lot of catching up to do.
PS, the strings are perfect for me, what did you use?
Thanks a Million!
I just received the Axe From Hell.
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At MusicStoreLive.com we are proud to offer free return shipping and a 30-day return policy in the 48 contiguous states on all new* items over $30. It's all part of our mission to bring the guitar shop to your living room. This policy allows you to get your gear hassle-free and try it with your own rig to be sure that it truly fits with your playing style and sound. If it doesn't work the way you had hoped we'll send you a prepaid return label and work up an exchange or issue you a refund once we get the item back in the same condition it was purchased. It's that simple.
- Your order must ship to the billing address associated with your credit card, PayPal, or other method of payment (unless an alternate shipping address has been approved by an MSL Gear Specialist).
- If you want the shipment to be held at a shipping company hub it is your responsibility to make those arrangements directly with the shipping company.
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- We do not insure packages valued under $3,000. If you would like to add insurance for delivery or return please request it when requesting your order or initiating your return.
- All returns are subject to a Tech Check upon arrival. Any instrument that is returned with damage, wear and tear (including pick marks), missing or replaced parts, missing protective or packing materials are not eligible for a full refund.
- *Used / Vintage / Clearance items carry our same return policy, except with a 3 day return window.
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In most cases we ship same day if your order is placed by 12 p.m. EST Monday thru Friday! See the FedEx shipping map below for estimated delivery times.
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Is your instrument just not doing it for you? We understand and we absolutely want you to be thrilled with any gear that you buy from MusicStoreLive.com. If you're not happy with your order, you can return it to us at no charge within 30 days of delivery.
- Customers outside the continental USA must pay their own return shipping and are responsible for all applicable taxes and fees.
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- We'll provide you a return label via email.
- Ship the item back to us in its original packaging using the provided return label.
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