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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 for recording. Ideal alone for a clean sound or in fr... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Boss pedals - 5 year parts warranty
90 day labor warranty.
1 year warranty - Multitracks, Jamstations, etc.
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BossCS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Effective

I've owned this pedal for 20+ years. The beauty of this pedal is that it's effect is very subtle but very important. Unless you're really listening for it's function you may miss it....Read complete review

I've owned this pedal for 20+ years. The beauty of this pedal is that it's effect is very subtle but very important. Unless you're really listening for it's function you may miss it. This pedal, in a very subtle way, evens out your sound. Your soft sounds become louder and your loud sounds become softer. It gives a "tubey" sound even from a cheap solid state amplifier. It's very difficult to describe to someone who hasn't used one before but it really is a must have, especially if you play live. It gives a very even and predictable distortion as well as sustain. If you don't own any pedals, this should be your first one. This is a "Must Have" pedal for any guitar player.

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Didn't work for me

Its probably a fine pedal but it didn't work for me. I am a low volume bedroom player. I got more sustain with a tube screamer. I took this pedal back.

Its probably a fine pedal but it didn't work for me. I am a low volume bedroom player. I got more sustain with a tube screamer. I took this pedal back.

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(30 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Effective

By Chris

from Boston, MA

Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

I've owned this pedal for 20+ years. The beauty of this pedal is that it's effect is very subtle but very important. Unless you're really listening for it's function you may miss it. This pedal, in a very subtle way, evens out your sound. Your soft sounds become louder and your loud sounds become softer. It gives a "tubey" sound even from a cheap solid state amplifier. It's very difficult to describe to someone who hasn't used one before but it really is a must have, especially if you play live. It gives a very even and predictable distortion as well as sustain. If you don't own any pedals, this should be your first one. This is a "Must Have" pedal for any guitar player.

(23 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

THE core source of tone!

By srvfan3

from Chico, CA

Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

I've had this pedal for about a month now, and it has expanded my capability 10 fold. I play through an all tube amp and it sounds amazing. From that perfect Stevie Ray Vaughan blues tone to a nasty overdrive/sustain, i get everything i want with the turn of a dial. I can hold bends forever, and from now on wouldn't be caught dead without it on my pedal board.

(14 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sustain with this!

By LesDudis

from New Jersey

Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

I own the CS-2 (two of them, actually), the predecessor of the CS-3, but have tried the CS-3 to compare. The CS-3 does a great job sustaining your chords and really brings out some color to your playing. I place it right after my phaser and right before my distortion pedals to get the job done right and once you try it out, you won't want to turn it off!

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pedal for the money

By Andr���s Galarza

from Quito Ecuador

Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

This pedal is an small tank, really strong and well constructed (this is an standar on boss pedals), i use it beetwen guitar and amp, and sent my effects procesor to the amp loop, it sounds great, giving your guitar precence and recovering the best frecuences of the distorted or clean sound, putting them in a block, its a little monster in that aspect. It also give you tons of sustain, is just great, you can explore so much armonics on feedback with this one, beautiful. The think i didnt liked, the noise, when you try out on top level ans sustain at the same time, it makes too much noise, thats why i woul like tu put 4.5 instead of 5. But finaly i think most of analog stomp boxes have this problem. If you like your guitar going into the songs like a muscle car into the road, buy this one.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Choice!

By Ramon

from San Diego California

Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

The 4 knobbed (level, attack, sustain, and tone) CS-3 is a nice all-around'meat and potatoes' type compressor. It doesn't have nearly as much character as the older Boss CS-1 and CS-2 but it does the job without adding it's own 2 cents of tone. At almost all settings, the CS-3 comes off as a transparent, almost sterile, compressor with very little coloring. Some extreme tweaking via the tone and attack knobs seems to bring out a bit more of it's repressed personality but don't expect the changes to jump out at you. This bland, almost clinical, compression works great for players who are really happy with their fundamental tone and are't looking for drastic shift in sound. If you're looking for a wild compressor to dramatically alter your tone, you may want to look elswhere.

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BOSS does it again.

By DaYooper

from Christmas, MI

Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

This is a great compression pedal. The CS-3 gives you that great fuzzy punch that appears in so many classic sounds. Very noisy as with all BOSS pedals. Don't forget your noise reduction pedal! The features are outstanding as is also the norm with BOSS products. You could probably drop one of these off a building and do no damage to it. BOSS pedals are an investment that will last you a lifetime.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's good for clean....nothing more.

By ChimairaROCKS

from T-Town, WA

Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

I guess I used it for the wrong type of music, but I couldn't get this thing to cooperate with me for anything! I found myself so frustrated after a few days that I just took it back. It's GREAT for clean...but it will suck your tone BAD when used with distortion. It just makes it sound flatter instead of fuller. And yes...it WAS placed correctly in my effects chain. I just honestly wasn't too impressed with it. I think the MXR is a better choice.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good compressor, but be patient

By RobDog

from Sacramento, CA

Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

This is a good compressor that can even out your tone and dynamics. It's great for getting a smooth sound on lead lines. It takes some time and experimentation to get the best sound out of this pedal; it's subtle, unlike a distortion or chorus where the effect is immediately obvious. A little bit of the sustainer goes a very long way. I never use that feature of the pedal.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Boss CS-3

By CDOG

from bolinas, CA

Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

I believe The Boss CS-3 is a key ingredient to every electric guitarists rig. What it does for clean is amazing and it goes that way for your overdrive,distortion channel.Funk,country,rock,jazz,reggae, theres nothing you cant use it for!!I use two CS-3's for my main clean tone and my crunch boost channel.I'm really happy with mine and I believe you will agree with me on this one!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A staple for the tone-seeker's diet!

By funkletyler

from Albany, OR

Comments about Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal:

Going back, I went to this guy's house with my dad about a year ago to watch them jam. The guy was about 60 years old, and a very talented jazz player. He was playing on a Guild Archtop, just like my dad's, and had the same Hughes and Kettner amp that I did, but his guitar sounded way better than I could have ever done with the same setup. Now i've been playing for about 7 years, and I know my way around an amp to get the tone I want, so I asked him what his secret was. Needless to say, it was this pedal. The next week I went out and bought one, and I will never play a live setup without it ever again. If you want maximum tone, sustain, and character, you HAVE to buy this pedal. It's great for everything, solos, rhythm, and you can even use it as a noise gate.

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