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Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal   

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With the Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer you get smooth sustain, a more balanced string response, and more clarity and punch at any volume. A must fo...Read More

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Keep control; make it last.

With the Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer you get smooth sustain, a more balanced string response, and more clarity and punch at any volume. A must for recording. Ideal alone for a clean sound or in front of a distortion or chorus.

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  • Smooth sustain with clarity and punch
  • Balanced string response
  • Level, Tone, Attack, and Sustain controls

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BossCS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 115 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (13)
  • Responsive (11)
  • Good selection of effects (10)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Compact (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (7), Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

CS-3 thumbs up

For the price I don't think you can beat this deal or even come close. You don't always get what you pay for, sweet deals do come along.
First off, I'd...Read complete review

For the price I don't think you can beat this deal or even come close. You don't always get what you pay for, sweet deals do come along.
First off, I'd like to say that before you rate a compressor/sustainer/limiter, learn what it does to your signal and how it operates. I hear too much about these devices creating noise etc.
Secondly, I am going to compare it to a Dyna Comp, which I've used for decades and is considered "a standard" by many.
The CS-3 I feel is an excellent device. It does what it was designed to do and has some nice added features. It DID NOT add noise to my signal. If you hear noise it is because you are compressing the signal output closer to the noise floor of your instrument or other devices set in the path before the CS-3. The CS-3 in a A/B comparison to the Dyna Comp comes out on top. This was done with several guitars (including a classical acoustic with a piezo sensor). Both the Dyna Comp and CS-3 are quiet and add minimal distortion. In a way I prefer the Dyna Comp because it's so easy to use with it's one knob adjustment, but, the added features of the CS-3 make it overall a better device in my opinion. I especially like the attack adjustment which lets me customize the amount of "pop" or "snap" I get. The tone is cool too, but not that big of a deal as we have tone controls on guitar, amp etc. Then with the level and sustain adjustment you can come up with a sweet spot for the particular sound you want. Another plus, is has an electronic on/off switch unlike the Dyna's mechanical switch, so it doesnt pop when you stomp it.
I think one major problem people have is that thier reverb unit built into thier amp (especially spring types) is noisy and is placed ahead of the compressor thus raising the noise floor. If possible go directly from your guitar into the compressor and make this the first in the signal path.
Now the negative side of the universe. This unit will suk your batteries dry fast, and if you leave the cord plugged into the input, poof, new batteries will be turned into dead ones faster than Chuck Norris can kick you upside your head. Easy solution, just get a 9 nine volt adapter, which you should have already if you have more than two stomp boxes (call me captain obvious).
I have used many compressors and limiters of the professional variety, Uries etc. in many recording studios. Not to say that this on the same level, but electronics have come a long way over the years, and this device is remarkable for the price. As far as it's ability to withstand the test of time and how rugged it is, I dont know. I havent owned it that long. But it seems practically bullet proof and well made.
To sum all this up, I'm happy with my CS-3, it does what it's supposed to and does it well, and I didn't pay a whole lot for it. Kudos to Boss on this one.
It seems to be well made. Has curb appeal. No problems yet. But I've owned it less than a year. So time will tell
Best compressor I could find for a small price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Some good, some not so

Remember, as with any compressor, put it first in your signal chain, as it will compress any noise as well as your guitar signal. With that done, the unit is reasonably clean....Read complete review

Remember, as with any compressor, put it first in your signal chain, as it will compress any noise as well as your guitar signal. With that done, the unit is reasonably clean. I play both single-coils and humbuckers, and it fattens up the driven/distorted tones nicely. I do not care for its performance with clean tones, however, as it seems unresponsive to control changes. No matter what I do, it seems to kill my attack and chop the highs and lows off the frequency response. Also, the output level seems inconsisten - it sometimes wanders around by itself. Perhaps I just got a faulty unit, but it's a real nuisance. I'll probably try to A/B compare one of these with the Dyna-Comp, which to my ear is a little warmer, though not as clean.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Clean boost

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from Akron, Ohio

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

      I set the sustain to zero and turn the attack and tone all the way up. Really helps bring out the natural growl of single coil pickups and also drives your amp when the level is turned up. Great as a clean boost for leads.

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      5.0

      You Don't Have One Yet?

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      from Au Sable Forks, NY

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

      I've owned mine for 20 years and it is still the back bone of my pedal board. Add a good overdrive and you are gig ready...If you do not own this order it now!!!

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Long Overdue

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      from Kansas

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Clarification Of Sound
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

      I do not know why I've never had one of these many years ago, maybe it's because that many years ago we just plugged in to the amp and, played. What a difference this pedal makes in my sound! I'll never go on stage without it. I guess I've never been much of a pedal musician but, this one made me a believer in how much better your sound can be.

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      5.0

      CS-3 excellent pedal!

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      from Toms river NJ

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

        Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

        love this product! Excellent addition to my pedal board!

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Boss compression pedal

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        from Medford Ma

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

            Works as advertised

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            5.0

            Works properly

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            from Silver City, NM

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

              Read the reviews and decided this is a standard piece of equipment in wide use. Operates as it should. Quiet, effective. I prefer using it with some distortion. I cut it out for a more natural sound.

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              (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent device

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              from ma. , usa

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

                  This compressor/sustainer is perfect.

                  To save your time, note that it was very thoroughly reviewd by Scott Grove ( a professional musician of many talents including great teaching ability) on
                  YouTube.. Search there for:
                  'Compressors for Guitars and Basses' by Scott Grove.
                  THe device comes with a low-quality 9v battery that is described as being chosen only for 'testing purposes' .. So, unscrww the front pedal 'nut' and put in a good quality battery.
                  The pedal clicks On/Off , and a red LED displays.
                  but BOSS says to remove Input plug to prevent drain during storage, so not sure if drainage occurs when LED is 'Off' yet plug remains in the jack ..
                  This is the best at what it does.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great for Bass

                  By 

                  from PA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

                    I have tried the Aphex punch factory(to transparent),Boss bass limiter(it doesn't have a flat eq setting no matter where you set the knobs),Ebs multi comp(it loses to much bottom end), Ebs Billy Sheehan comp&drive(it lacks controls).The CS=3 Boss compressor sounds the best of all them.It has a DBX type feel.I leave it on all the time.It is the sound I was looking for.It may not be the sound for everybody,but it is for me.Not to mention Boss pedals last forever.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Compression Sustainer

                    By 

                    from Houston, TX

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

                      Built like a tank and sounds great. It's my favorite pedal on by pedal board.

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                      5.0

                      Good simple pedal!

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                      from Christian County Illinois

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to use
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Good Selection Of Effects
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances

                        Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

                        I have this in line with my pedalboard at the front of signal.
                        This is a must for country music guitarists, but great for overall styles.

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