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MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal  

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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 l... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (5)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Performances (3)
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    • Experienced (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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great tone - couldn't keep it though

First, because I tend to rely heavily on my fellow axe-slingers' opinions of products they own, I feel I need to write this review of the MXR CSP202 Custom Comp, a pedal that...Read complete review

First, because I tend to rely heavily on my fellow axe-slingers' opinions of products they own, I feel I need to write this review of the MXR CSP202 Custom Comp, a pedal that I did not keep. This pedal's compression sounds good and it does have the internal pots giving more range to your sound. The problem for me was that at the settings/tone I wanted (the main knobs: output 11 o'clock, sensitivity anywhere between 9 and 3 o'clock and the internals at noon) this pedal added hiss to my pedal chain (and I had gotten it hoping to replace a compressor I'm using in the middle of my chain and thereby clean up my pre-existing noise). I own other dunlop pedals and they are great, and I expected this one to be a great addition. I simply couldn't add a hiss-generator to my chain though, minor though it may have been, and had to return it. Out of fairness, I must say that other than my multi-effects processor (POD XTL) I have never owned a compressor pedal before this one, and I also intened to use it "always-on". When playing normally the hiss was unnoticeable, but using a clean sound and playing lightly, I could hear it mixed in with my signal, which I found unacceptible. Also it is important to note that I'm using 4 other pedals in addition to my XTL, and all have some level of noise, which were only exacerbated by this addition. I still give it 3 stars - I liked what I heard when I couldn't hear the hiss.

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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.

       
      4.0

      Nice Update

      By TODD

      from Kalamazoo, MI

      Site Member

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

      I am a fan of the Dyna-Comp. I bought this hoping it would give me a better S/N ratio and more gain control. If you are a user of the Dyna-comp you know that you have to crank the output to get unity gain even before adding anything more than minimal compression. This gives you the classic Dyna-Comp sound and beyond. The internal trim pots give you the ability to give it more beef or more spank depending on taste. It has a better S/N ratio and with the output around noon you have unity gain, so this is worth the price of upgrading. Great for country pickin'.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      King Comp

      By Tubehed

      from Westminster, CA

      About Me Experienced

      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

        About Me Experienced

        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.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Cool pedal

                  By Stuart Bullen

                  from PA

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

                  This is a cool pedal. Makes my SG standard sound a lot like a strat when all knobs on the pedal are at middle (including the two secret knobs). Worth it if you find your humbuckers are too bold, muddy, boomy etc. Cons: I don't like where the power output is placed, kinda gets in the way but not really. It has its own specific sound and either you like it or you don't, if you don't there's not too much you can do

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