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MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Legendary MXR internal circuitry delivers increased dynamic range, amazing transparency, and an ultra-quiet operation.

The MXR Custom Comp effect pedal is built from the finest components available and designed with a blend of modern and classic compressor technology. At the heart of the compressor pedal resides the legendary and rare CA3080 "metal can" IC that delivers increased dynamic range, greater transparency, and quieter operation. In addition, the MXR Custom Shop design team included RF suppression components into the compressor pedal for interference-free operation, and an internal attack control that allows fine-tuning of the speed of the note's initial attack. Combined with a TPDT (Triple Pole Double Throw) switch for true bypass and heavy-duty pots, the MXR Custom Comp CSP202 compressor pedal will provide years of high performance live and in the studio.

The MXR compressor pedal can be powered by one 9V battery (sold separately).

FEATURES
  • Bypass footswitch with LED
  • Output knob
  • Sensitivity knob
  • CA3080 "metal can" IC
  • Internal attack control
  • RF suppression for interference-free operation

Order today and be compressed, not depressed.

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MXR Custom ShopCSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (19)
  • Responsive (16)
  • Compact (13)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

King Comp

The Custom Comp is clearly the best value MXR compressor you can buy. It costs significantly less than the Custom Shop Dynacomp Script RI, yet it uses the same CA3080 IC, has true...Read complete review

The Custom Comp is clearly the best value MXR compressor you can buy. It costs significantly less than the Custom Shop Dynacomp Script RI, yet it uses the same CA3080 IC, has true bypass switching, a battery eliminator jack and internal trim pots for additional tone shaping. It definitely costs more than a regular Dynacomp. But, at least in my experience, the Custom Comp is in an entirely different league than the block logo D.C. The difference in price is more than worth it when you consider that you are getting a much better product. The standard Dynacomp is good. The Custom Comp kills it.

"Poor sound quality" (?) "Weak in compressing the signal" (?) Really? If you actually take the time to read the manual and bother to adjust the attack and trim controls, you can achieve a wide range of excellent sounding tones, including that classic Dynacomp "squash". "Noisy" (?) I was really surprised to have read that in another review here, because this pedal is significantly quieter than my MXR Super Comp (which I like) or any other compressor I've owned.

This is the circuit that so many of the boutique compressors are based on or just blatantly rip off. People talk in hushed tones about the fabled Ross compressor. Yet, that pedal is just a refined D.C. that gets more hype than it actually deserves (IMO). I think Dunlop has put out a pedal that can easily compete with those units but, in most cases, costs a great deal less.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

My Experience with the CSP202

I have been playing professionally since 1973 (for eleven and a half years) I then went for an Aerospac Engineering degree, and then planned to go back to Live music, got a job...Read complete review

I have been playing professionally since 1973 (for eleven and a half years) I then went for an Aerospac Engineering degree, and then planned to go back to Live music, got a job offer that I could not refuse.

Anyhow, I bought this CSP202 to act as an impedance buffer before a KORG SDD-3000, DigiTech Whammy and DigiTech RP-1000, TC Electronic Dark Matter Overdrive, EH Mistress, and Deluxe Big Mu** Pi to the rack with Furman PL-Plus Power Conditioner, Behringer FBQEq, Compressor/Limiter, and a BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer to a 1963 Fender Twin Reverb, and a 1973 Marshall 200W Major (the Pig). Without the CSP202 the rig "Sings" WITH the CS202 the sound goes to "rough, noisy, scratchy, and full of hum". I have turned down the output on the other pedals/rack component to no avail. So what I thought would improve my one trashed it. I have tried it in all the different points in the events chain - same bad results.

The unit is back in the box for a refund from MF. A Custom Shop pedal can not work in everyone set-up, and I'm my case it did not help but hurt my search for better tone.

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Dynacomp like Compressor

By James Moulton

from Pa

Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

This is a compressor that is very versatile or you make it like a dynacomp.
I am a compressor nut, I have owned or tryed most compressors out there and this is right up with the best of them, in fact, I think it is better quality than the Custom Shop 76 reissue which I bought before getting this one, it was real noisey with my rig. Plus this has a LED light, power supply plug, same NOS CA3080 can OTA, plus raf radio interference shieding. If you would read the instructions you could get all of the squash you wanted from this compressor. All you have to do, is open up back turn both trim pots all of the way to the right,CLOCKWISE. They are attack and trim, like the Keeley 4 knob. Do that and you have a fine country dynacomp, that will squash your Chicken.
Excellent quality, 2 knob, white mxr box, red pcb with 2 trimpots that you can turn with your fingers, don't even need a screwdriver.
Not a Keeley or Wampler so I can't give it all tens.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

King Comp

By Tubehed

from Westminster, CA

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Pickin' The Chicken

    Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The Custom Comp is clearly the best value MXR compressor you can buy. It costs significantly less than the Custom Shop Dynacomp Script RI, yet it uses the same CA3080 IC, has true bypass switching, a battery eliminator jack and internal trim pots for additional tone shaping. It definitely costs more than a regular Dynacomp. But, at least in my experience, the Custom Comp is in an entirely different league than the block logo D.C. The difference in price is more than worth it when you consider that you are getting a much better product. The standard Dynacomp is good. The Custom Comp kills it.

    "Poor sound quality" (?) "Weak in compressing the signal" (?) Really? If you actually take the time to read the manual and bother to adjust the attack and trim controls, you can achieve a wide range of excellent sounding tones, including that classic Dynacomp "squash". "Noisy" (?) I was really surprised to have read that in another review here, because this pedal is significantly quieter than my MXR Super Comp (which I like) or any other compressor I've owned.

    This is the circuit that so many of the boutique compressors are based on or just blatantly rip off. People talk in hushed tones about the fabled Ross compressor. Yet, that pedal is just a refined D.C. that gets more hype than it actually deserves (IMO). I think Dunlop has put out a pedal that can easily compete with those units but, in most cases, costs a great deal less.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Holy Comp

    By firethecanon

    from mn

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    Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I cannot rave enough about this pedal. I've had/borrowed a few different expensive brand compressors over the years and this really makes all others (at least to me) look like a half step below par. It virtually noiseless, which has been a problem with other older cheaper compressors of mine in the past, and EXTREMELY transparent. I sometimes forget if I have it on or not! But believe me, even if you're happy with your tone after you turn this bad boy on and play a bit, turning it off makes even a good tube amp sound like that first crappy 8" SS amp you had when you first started. The internal trim pots are kind of a pain, but it all honesty after I set them right I never wanted to touch them anyway.

    Bottom line, this thing is built very well and a great buy. If you're looking for a ton of squish or the "Nashville sound" this probably isn't the pedal for you, but if you want to set it, turn it on, and forget it, you NEED this pedal.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Diamond in the rough

    By Windwalker9649

    from Boston MA

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    Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Firstly, the 3080 is a rare component, that's why they're $15. Ive gone through about a dozen >$300 compressors; Keeley, Dyna, P.Tone. CA, optical compressors. Features wise, i cant give it a 5 due to the internal trimpots; it really is a pain to have to keep 2 scews in the back for the first week or 2 dialing in, but when you do, it's a swiss army knife of a pedal. It gives your clean arpeggios a pop, clean cut for country picking/sliding, articulation to your OD, and real transparent sustain to distortion. 1 caveat; those who are expecting the Dyna Comp squish w/a lil more transparency, get the '76 RI. This will not give you the amount of limiting that the D.Comp does, but you're not going to get that much squish & still keep your top/bottom end, there's always a trade off. If you can pick up a used Keeley, I'd recomend that, but if you're going to spend more than $40 more, get this, you wont have buyers regret.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An awesome pedal

    By BCAFF

    from Atlanta

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I do a lot of tapping and picking and it would never come out loud enough live. I originally got a clean boost pedal to tackle this issue, but it ended up adding dirt to my tube amp. I ended up liking the tone that the boost pedal gave, but it wasn't what I was looking for. I went to [@] and tried out a few compressor pedals and this one was the most transparent by far. If you set up the output correctly, you can't even tell it's on when you're strumming. It really helps equalize the volume in parts where you need it. The first show I played live, I almost forgot that I got the pedal until I started tapping and it came out really clearly. Definitely worth the money.

        (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Thank you Thank you Thank you

        By VoodooChild-k7jdo

        from USA

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        Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I have been trying to find out what has been missing from my sound for at least 10 years now, and actually gave upp for a while. It was compression. Without this pedal, my three multi three thousand dollar rig/guitar sounds like two hundred bucks. If I had to keep only one thing out of my rig to play somewhere, including my guitar, it would have to be this pedal without a doubt. You will need to open up the pedal and turn the two dials up inside, but it is in the instruction booklet. This is the secret to great sound.
        Simple, but does the job.
        Sturdy, MXR quality.
        Worth every penny.

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Impressive Pedal but not for my purposes

        By flacmanst

        from CT

        Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I was attracted to the vintage chip and of course the true bypass, led, and 9v adapter features which are missing from the MXR reissue series like the 76 Vintage Dynacomp. However, when I use a compressor, it's for country. I look for what people refer to as a squished tone, sometimes blended with reverb and/or delay to get a pedal steel-sounding ring and whine. This pedal barely accomplishes that. To be specific, the pedal sounds too clean. Not only is there no noise, but there is also a lot of transparency. It works well to supplement overdrive but does not twang, despite playing around with all of the knob settings. After playing with this for a week or two, I went back to my Boss CS-3.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Happy!

        By LaZy Bones

        from Plant City ,FL

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Read all the 5 stars. They've said it all. This is an amazing pedal. Blows away most of the competition. One slight negative comment is the internal pots. If you're handy get a small piece of plexiglass and make new bottom and drill holes for mount screws and pot access. I chose plexiglass so I could see the settings. Or you can drill holes in the case. Unless you change playing styles a lot just dial it in and leave it. Must have pedal though and with SupiDeal of the day price!!! Absolute no brainer. Thanx Musicians Friend. HINT: MXR custom comp and OCD are natural pair.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Does the Job

          By Larry L

          from Cleveland OH

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Nice, translucent, but seems to be a little bit weak in compressing the signal, I have to turn it up a lot to notice much effect. Adds some clarity to my surprise. I have used others and it's still a keeper.

            (3 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            noisy compressor

            By Dr Bob

            from Alabama

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • It compresses
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • It's noisy as helll
            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Live loud rock

            Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This is my 1st compressor stompbox. It is noisy and muddy. I've been using an 8-yr-old Korg multi-effects pedal..with built-in compression. It's a little noisy, too, but not as much as this box. My bandmate has an old MXR Dyna Comp, quiet as a mouse. I've tried the box after guitar & before amp (VERY NOISY), and before my Korg in the amp effects loop (noisy). I suspect all compressors are noisy. Maybe this one is no worse than others. Way too noisy for the studio...maybe live.

            (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great build quality

            By Steve-gG42v

            from Washington, IA

            Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

            MXR stuff is always solid and very durable. My complaint is, the CA3080 chip is NOT RARE. It is a ten to fiften dollar chip you can get anywhere. Yes, different chips can make a difference but to say "rare" is crap. One could easily switch out the IC from the Dyna-Comp.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very Nice

            By Brian

            from Jacksonville, FL

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I have had a MXR Dyna Comp for about 10 years and decided to pick up the Custom Comp when it was on sale recently. Wow, I never realized how the Dyna Comp compresses but sort of takes the life out of tone. The Custom Comp is much more "crystalline" sounding to me - if that makes sense. In my opinion, it preserves musicality, clarity, etc., better. It's simply a more "transparent" sounding compression, as often, compressors in audio, broadcasting, etc., can make things sound squashed. I just don't notice that kind of artifact with this one. Very happy with it.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great tone & value for any price in pedal based compressors.

              By JB

              from Kentucky

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Of all the compressors I've owned for guitar and bass, the Custom Comp works better for guitar than anything I've tried. Likened to a Keeley two knob, that is a good comparison, the MXR Custom Comp functions perfectly for what I am looking for in a compressor. I want a good, even signal with quick response and the sustaining notes clear and full without a drop in the compression. This pedal delivers as good as or better than any pedal type comp on the market for my style of playing.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great comp pedal.

                By The Nerveracker

                from Oregon, USA

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    After reading a bunch of reviews on this comp, I saw MF had this on a Stupid Deal of the Day. After looking at the Dyna Script, the Keeley 4 Knob, I decided quickly to snap this guy up. Gotta say, you can go from squash to subtle and anything in between. No added noise in my on my board. I'm really digging this pedal. The only thing I could nitpick about would be, you have to take off the back to get to the attack and trim knobs. After that it was set and forget. This pedal stays on all the time.

                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    My Experience with the CSP202

                    By Jay

                    from Georgia

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design

                    Cons

                    • Not Responsive
                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I have been playing professionally since 1973 (for eleven and a half years) I then went for an Aerospac Engineering degree, and then planned to go back to Live music, got a job offer that I could not refuse.

                    Anyhow, I bought this CSP202 to act as an impedance buffer before a KORG SDD-3000, DigiTech Whammy and DigiTech RP-1000, TC Electronic Dark Matter Overdrive, EH Mistress, and Deluxe Big Mu** Pi to the rack with Furman PL-Plus Power Conditioner, Behringer FBQEq, Compressor/Limiter, and a BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer to a 1963 Fender Twin Reverb, and a 1973 Marshall 200W Major (the Pig). Without the CSP202 the rig "Sings" WITH the CS202 the sound goes to "rough, noisy, scratchy, and full of hum". I have turned down the output on the other pedals/rack component to no avail. So what I thought would improve my one trashed it. I have tried it in all the different points in the events chain - same bad results.

                    The unit is back in the box for a refund from MF. A Custom Shop pedal can not work in everyone set-up, and I'm my case it did not help but hurt my search for better tone.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I love it!

                    By Johnny Rock

                    from Mn

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I put it first in my chain..love it..adds punch, tone and country twang if I want.

                      (1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      poor sound quality

                      By Doctor Dave

                      from Missouri

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Poor Sound Quality

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          this product sounded no better than a cheaper, less fangled versions, in fact, when compared side to side, the sound quality was WORSE and muffled.

                           
                          5.0

                          effects pedal

                          By notoe

                          from nc

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Performances

                            Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            This product delivers exactly what need for my american deluxe strat my Gibson Les Paul custom I don't why anyone would need more out of a compressor.

                             
                            5.0

                            Stealthy Effect

                            By AARP Boy

                            from Detroit

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                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Excellent Sound Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Performances

                              Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              The other reviewers have it right--this is a subtle effect, at least with all four knobs around noon. You don't realize how effective it is until you turn it off. Clarity, sustain, harmonics--very nice, without greatly coloring the sound. At the SDOTD price, the easiest purchase ever. You read interviews with excellent players--Bonne Raitt, Lowell George, the guy from Orleans, etc.--it's their one go-to pedal. If you have a tube amp with reverb, this one all you need. Keep it simple. Running it through an AC10--sounds clean and punchy.

                               
                              5.0

                              Surprisingly Good

                              By Billy K.

                              from Seattle, WA

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                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Excellent Sound Quality
                              • Responsive
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                The original plan was to get a Keeley compressor, but saw this on the "Stupid Deal of the Day", and it was something I could not pass up on. No regrets here.....thing works fine, and does the trick. Really simple operation.......put it at the beginning of my effects chain, and adjusted the threshold, and that was it.

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