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MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal   

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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

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MXR Custom ShopCSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

noisy compressor

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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Great Compressor

By Creamer412

from VA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

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

    Got this pedal to use live with electric and acoustic guitar. It is my first compressor pedal and it does exactly what I need to. If you learn to use the internal controls as well, it's very responsive.

     
    5.0

    I love it!

    By Johnny Rock

    from Mn

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    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.

       
      5.0

      Very transparent, clean, and natural sounding

      By Larry L

      from Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        My whole tone seems to be cleaner and clearer with no noise to really tell. The compression has a warm natural sound. I like the attack turned up, 3 o'clock some and the low cut some, 10- o'clock. I had the deluxe but this one is quieter and has better components as far as the switch and perhaps the pots. You just cannot trim your attack and low, on the fly. I figured to just dial it in and forget it. It works for me.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        King Comp

        By Tubehed

        from Westminster, CA

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        Ask me a question

        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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Does the Job

          By Larry L

          from Cleveland OH

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          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          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.

            (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            poor sound quality

            By Doctor Dave

            from Missouri

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            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.

                (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                noisy compressor

                By Dr Bob

                from Alabama

                About Me Experienced

                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.

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                An awesome pedal

                By BCAFF

                from Atlanta

                About Me Experienced

                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.

                    (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 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Holy Comp

                    By firethecanon

                    from mn

                    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.

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