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BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal   (Open Box)
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Product# H94715
OVERVIEW

Classic OTA compression with added versatility and modern reliability

The BBE VariComp compressor is inspired by some of the coolest vintage compressor pedals around: the old Ross compressor and the early MXR Dynacomp. Think of that sweet, spongy compression in “Sultans of Swing” and “Sweet Home Alabama” and you'll get the idea. VariComp holds true to those iconic originals by using an authentic new old stock (NOS) CA3080 Operational Transconductance Amplifier (OTA) analog device. But as you’d expect from BBE, VariComp is not about just copying an old design – it’s about taking the best elements of old favorites and improving the breed.

VariComp goes the classics one better with an Attack control for greater flexibility. Dialing up the Attack makes the sound a little “tighter,” but it's cool dialing it back for an even “spongier” sound. In other words, if you want your Sultan to be more swingin’, VariComp will hook you up.

VariComp has a consistency and ruggedness that are the hallmark of BBE pedals, designed for guitarists whose gigs are as demanding as their ears. With a robust mil-spec circuit board with fat signal traces, 1% metal-film resistors for consistency and true hardwire bypass, VariComp moves you forward even as it’s taking you back.

FEATURES
  • Output, attack and threshold controls
  • NOS CA3080 OTA (Operational Transconductance Amplifier)
  • 470K input impedance for vintage correct pickup loading
  • 10kOhms output impedance when engaged
  • 1% metal-film resistors for consistency
  • High-voltage poly caps for better tone
  • Military-spec circuit board for reliability
  • Blue status LED for high visibility and low power consumption
  • Easy access battery compartment
  • True hardwire bypass
  • 5-year warranty

Make your sultan more swingin’. Order today!

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BBEVaricomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (9)
  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

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5.0

Great versatile compressor pedal

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from Charlotte, NC

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is a great unit with lots of versatility with not only an output control, but with attack and threshold controls.

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    5.0

    Very nice compressor

    By 

    from Idaho

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This seems to be a very smooth device. Works well and is quiet.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Varicomp is capable

      By 

      from New Iberia, LA

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

        BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal, turned out to be just what i was wanting. The ability to adjust to just the right amount without crushing the tone is the perfect blend for me. Controls are easy and responsive and to the point.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Transparent light compression

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        from NYC

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Just got the OptiComp, and it's a very natural sounding effect. Since I already have some compression effect from higain Marshall, I use the Opticomp to fatten up rhythms and for some add'l sustain and boost. It's a subtle difference on/off, but it definitely does sound better on. I have it set at: output @ 2 o'clock and threshold@ 10 o'clock , so a little compression, and substantial output boost into the input of the amp. I have it right after a Decimator Noise Gate, and then into my amp input.
          If you're looking for aggressive compression, the Opti ain't it, but I think it's perfect for what I use it for...subtle, natural compression, and some boost into the amp input. It's subtle, but definitely makes my overall tone sound better.

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          4.0

          Transparent Compression

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          from SF Bay Area

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Limited Selection Of Effects

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Transparent effect in that it is not too heavy-handed in how it affects your tone - A little noisy but every compression pedal I've used including Keely can be noisy. keep it on my pedalboard all the time, for what it does, thumbs up. I bought as stupid deal of the D.

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          5.0

          Nice pedal

          By 

          from Pontiac, MI

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal can be a subtle or aggressive compressor depending on what you want using the attack and threshold knobs which makes it very versatile. It also appears to be very solidly built, so should last a good while. Bought this as a stupid deal of the day and really feel like I got more than my money's worth.

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            5.0

            delivers as advertised

            By 

            from NJ USA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Pumps Up Output Of Amp
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I bought this pedal on the SDD. I needed to beef up the output of a lower wattage vintage amp. In my studio it does that and also gives my guitar a more present sound in the room. I have not yet gigged with it but expect it to perform well. I will use it when I double on Bass also.

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              5.0

              Good Compressor

              By 

              from Cooper City, FL

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              Pros

              • Compact Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Very good tone. Brightens the tone. The compression can be used subtly or a lot.

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                5.0

                Does what it's supposed to do

                By 

                from Omaha, NE

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                Pros

                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I have been using a multi-effects processor for many years but find that the quality of the effects is lacking, so I've been buying individual stomp boxes as I find bargains (I'm not a professional and have no need for expensive or rack-mounted gear). I got this on the Stupid Deal and it was a good bargain. Adjustable output, attack and threshold make it plenty versatile. I can't comment on whether this would be good for a professional musician, but it suits my needs just perfectly. I own other BBE pedals (Boosta Grande, and Freq Boost). They seem to be well built and sturdy. It has a true bypass switch so it doesn't color your sound when not in use. I power mine with a Boss AC Adapter.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great pedal.

                    By 

                    from SoCal

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                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Good Selection Of Effects
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Performances

                      Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Bought this on the dumbbass deal. It is a great pedal. Boosts tone, gives fullness and subtle sustain. Well worth the money. I like it better than my higher priced "name brand" compressors.

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