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Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal  

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Overview

  • Smooth sustain with clarity and punch
  • Balanced string response
  • Level, Tone, Attack, and Sustain controls
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $154.50
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    - $55.50
  • Your Price:
    $9900

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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 for recording. Ideal alone for a clean sound or in front of a distortion or chorus.

Features

  • 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 108 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Good selection of effects (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Compact (5)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (5)
    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Home studio (4)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

    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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    5.0

    Great for Bass

    By Luke

    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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      5.0

      Great Compression Sustainer

      By JT

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Experienced

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      Verified Buyer

      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!

        By Mike

        from Christian County Illinois,

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        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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          4.0

          Nice pedal for the price

          By darius

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Sustainer
          • Tone Adjustment

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Chicken-pickin
            • Clean Sound
            • Fingerpicking

            Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

            Nice nifty pedal for the price..get it on sale and its a better price.

            I especially like the tone adjustment and sustainer.

            The sustainer can give you a slight amount of noise, but I've been told it's due to the fact
            that as the sound decays, the pedal adjusts to make the sound louder. It still sounds great imo.

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            He loves it.

            By prettyold

            from Whitewater, Wi

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

              This was a gift for my Son ,and he loved it.He plays guitar and sings in Supper Clubs . This will give him more flexibility (and a new toy to play with).

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great for clean tone

              By Rick

              from Washington DC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

                  I use the CS-3 (first in chain of effects) to provide me with a clean tone for a JCM 800. I learned about this pedal from a Paul Gilbert Gear Review. The pedal is absolutely amazing and exteremely versatile. A great kept secret for those playing hard rock with a one channel amp.

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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Sustain in the brain

                  By Uncleknubs

                  from Pacific NorthWest

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

                    Very nice device, many players I've meant want to get that large type sound, one where you can get every note to sing through and carry over, you know a good full-bodied sound and they use many different type pedals to acchieve this. But a compression sustainer is the best way to accomplish this imo, especially a good one and Boss makes very good quality pedals. I've never went wrong buying a Boss pedal.

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                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    why do people complain? i love this thing!

                    Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

                    kinda sucks when you crank the sustain and it starts hissing, but i really dont mind cause i dont have it up that much anyway. one oclock is plenty haha. but overall, ill have this thing till the day im too old to pick the thing up. and one more thing people... clean your jacks at least once every one or two weeks so youll get a stronger signal and the pedal will last you longer.
                    first of all SEXY, just kidding. no really.
                    this was my first boss pedal and i was thinking the worst, but i was totally wrong. when i first plugged it in and dialed it in just right, couldnt be more happy. i grew up with like no money ever, my first effect was a fender starcaster flanger when i was 14, im 21 now and its still in my rig and still going strong. im thinking this compressor will last the rest of my life if i take care of it. (matter of fact its my favorite pedal on my board)
                    depends on what your looking for really. i use it for just about everything cause its got a great sonic feel and tone to it that you cant beat. i havent tried keeley, wampler, dyna comp or whatever but im in love with the CS3.

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                    (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    boss comp so-so

                    By Joseph Devlin

                    from Massachusetts

                    Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

                    This pedal is o.k. for the money. It will fill out single note lines with a clean sound.Usefull for country or whatever.the tone knob I think is of no paticular use.The attack knob I also don't like it is artificial sounding.The sustain knob gets very noisy and adds more hiss than sustain.My main use has been placing it before a distortion pedal.
                    four knobs level tone attack and sustain

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                    (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Good, except feedback

                    By Matthew Dyck

                    from Terrace, B.C.

                    Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

                    It could possibly be decent with modding or with another setup, but for me it wasn't what I was looking for.
                    I bought this pedal (not modded) from my local music store. The control options seem decent, but unfortunately, whenever I adjusted it just enough to get a nice sound, I would get crazy feedback any time I stopped playing even for a fraction of a second.
                    Boss pedals are obviously all very durable, but the electronics definitely could be better.
                    For such a little difference, it's not quite worth it. Next time, I'll probably get an MXR or something. I of course brought it back and traded for another pedal in the store.

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