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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.

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 112 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 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 (10)
  • Good selection of effects (9)
  • Responsive (9)
  • Compact (7)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    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

    CS-3 excellent pedal!

    By MrPaul

    from Toms river NJ

    About Me Experienced

    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!

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Boss compression pedal

      By Lou

      from Medford Ma

      About Me Novice

      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

          By Jan

          from Silver City, NM

          About Me Experienced

          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.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent device

            By tkjtkj

            from ma. , usa

            About Me Experienced

            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.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Compression Sustainer

                  By JT

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  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.

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    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.

                        Comment on this review

                        (0 of 3 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).

                          Comment on this review

                          (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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