The Best Substitutes for the Boss CS-2

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The Best Substitutes for the Boss CS-2
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Many guitarists use compressor pedals in their effects pedal line-up. Compressor pedals smooth out the dynamics of a guitar's sound as well as thickening up the tone and adding sustain. The Boss CS-2 Compressor pedal is one of the most popular compressor pedals. Sam Broussard, the number one Cajun guitarist and former Nashville session player, uses two Boss CS-2 pedals in his onstage line-up. The Boss CS-2's retail price is £90 and the street price is £58.

V2-Route 66 Overdrive And Compressor

The Route 66 pedal is part of Johhny Highland's onstage and studio arsenal. Highland is a current Nashville studio ace. The V2 is two pedals in one, a compressor and overdrive. Highland leaves the compressor switch on all the time. The V2 also has a bass-boost function that provides a third alternative sound.

MXR Dynacorp Compressor

MXR compressor pedals are relatively inexpensive. They go for £45 retail and £42 for the street price. MXR has two versions of the pedal, the Dyna Comp and the Super Comp. The MXR pedal is small and sturdy and very popular. It fattens up the tone and dramatically increases sustain. The Super Comp adds a Sensitivity control to add different layers of compression and an Attack knob to control the parameters of the sound. The Super Comp also includes an LED light, which the Dyna Comp lacks.


The Demeter Teletronx compressor pedal was designed to emulate the Los Angeles studio sound as well as classic rock studio tones found on such albums as Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland" and the Beatles's Abbey Road. The retail price is £161 and the street price is £129, which makes it one of the more expensive compressor pedals. The three simple controls include volume, compression and gain. The levels of compression of the Demeter pedal range from very subtle to extremely aggressive.

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