Try JamPlay completely free for 7 days.

Over 5000 HD guitar lessons from 80 pro teachers and daily, live guitar courses.
New Course - Comping with Triads -

Learn 6 common chord progressions.
"You are simply the best teacher on the internet. Always cool, explain things well, and relevant stuff for beginners to advanced players. Even my kids are into your lessons now!"

I was chosen as the 2013 Next Top Guitar Instructor at Truefire!

DOD FX80B Compressor/Sustainer Review

The DOD FX80B is an old orange little gem that you can find for next to nothing on eBay.

This is an old Compressor/Sustainer, which I really like. I bought it used dirt cheap on eBay, but it works really well for what I want. I use it mostly for clean sounds, when I need more output and attack in my tone. This is usually either when playing jazz or country or blues. A compressor can be very handy at times, and this one you can pickup for peanut prices at eBay.

The compression on this pedal is of a softer type, similar to a Maxon; transparent tonal enhancement and not very much noise. It's not dead silent, but it's a compressor - they all create a bit noise so you'll have to expect that.

Sound

For clean sounds, it creates an evenness to the sound with a nice initial attack that is great to play with. It is wonderful for chord playing - it will sound more balanced and flawless.

There is also the sustainer, a very effective tool in itself, especially while playing at lower volumes. The notes ring for a very long time, very cool. If you like playing with distortion, you'll have the option of pretty much infinite sustain. You can create searing lead sounds, a la Carlos Santana, if you use this pedal with a good overdriven tube amp.

It is not true bypass, so you can expect a little bit of tone sucking, but it does not bother me very much. I love it for country playing, works great for those snappy cascades. I don't like it with any kind of distortion though - but then again I don't ever like compression on a distorted guitar tone.

Comment on this?





 

All contents Copyright Robert Renman.
Free Guitar Lessons
New Course - Comping with Triads -

Learn 6 common chord progressions.
"You are simply the best teacher on the internet. Always cool, explain things well, and relevant stuff for beginners to advanced players. Even my kids are into your lessons now!"

I was chosen as the 2013 Next Top Guitar Instructor at Truefire!