CS-3 Compression Sustainer review by Boss

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (42 votes)
Boss: CS-3 Compression Sustainer

Price paid: $ 89.99

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 8
I run this through a NS-2 Noise Suppressor, and have no trouble with it emitting any noticeable humming. The effect is great, and won't upset any material that you have written, and it may enable you to write some different stuff, too. The only problem here is the lack of range -- the compression is downright unable to seriously alter your tone.

Overall Impression — 9
I play blues, jazz, funk, classic rock, and metal... this works great for everything. It's crystal clear and plays well with other Boss products -- like Metal Zone, Digital Delay, and Noise Suppressor. It also works great with my Dunlop Crybaby from Hell Wah. I'm playing on a Schecter C-1 Classic through a Crate solid state 120w 2x12" -- the result of this pedal has 'fixed' some of my pet peeve tone issues and I'm back to playing all the time just for fun. I highly suggest you get this pedal, you'll find it's a must-have for the board!

Reliability & Durability — 10
It's a Boss metal stompbox with rubber grip. Everything about this pedal is sturdy. It could go head to head with an aluminum baseball bat and survive perfectly intact. It also operates on a very simple replacement of a 9v battery (no screwdriver needed) or an AC adapter. You shouldn't ever have to worry about replacing it due to IT breaking.

Ease of Use — 9
Definitely one of, if not the easiest compressors you can find. The pedal doesn't make dramatic changes to your tone, all settings are remotely straightforward (and even more straightforward after experimenting with each knob with as few as two notes.) The manual tells you as much as it can, though it is rather small.

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    Get it "Modified" There is a guy on ebay that charges $50 to Modify if for you, or you can Modify it yourself with a Mod Kit for $20. "You will be glad you did!"