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Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The Philosopher's Tone Compressor/Sustainer is an ideal front end to any guitar player's pedalboard. It can also serve as the perfect companion to the Pigtronix Mothership Guitar Synthesizer or any ot... Read More

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The Philosopher's Tone Compressor/Sustainer is an ideal front end to any guitar player's pedalboard. It can also serve as the perfect companion to the Pigtronix Mothership Guitar Synthesizer or any other pitch-tracking musical equipment, delivering more accurate tracking and increased note duration. As a bonus, the Grit control mixes a layer of smooth, diode-clipping distortion into the effect.

Unlike the many compressor clones and their variations that have become so popular in the past 10 years, the Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone is not based on a CA3080 chip. The result is more sustain and less noise. The dynamic range, touch sensitivity, overall transparency, and outright sustain of the Philosopher's Tone is unparalleled in the crowded world of compressor pedals.

Features
  • Adjustable threshold and ratio controls
  • Blend control for parallel compression
  • Smooth, diode-clipping distortion
  • Treble boost/cut
  • Ultracompact design
  • Circuit design by Howard Davis
  • Pigtronix 18VDC adapter included
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PigtronixPhilosopher's Tone Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal
 
5.0

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5.0

A really perfect pedal compressor

By patrick coleman

from luverne MN

Comments about Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

I didn't read all the reviews here... because the first few pretty much said it all, and all those I read were positive, even glowing. So is this review. I have owned several compressors, and this is hands down the ideal unit for me. I wanted a pedal not a rack, I wanted it transparent, and I wanted it to give me sustain, but not just the over the top sort of squish typical in most pedal compressors. I got all that an more. I plug my strat into a Tweed Deluxe I built myself, with just the Pig and a delay pedal. And that's how I've tested it for a couple of weeks. It's fantastic. I keep all of my tube tone, all the pickups tone and response...in fact this does a better job of allowing for picking dynamics while still adding sustain than anything I've used. I can set my amp hot and go from country clean to classic rock overdrive with just my guitar controls. It gets along perfectly with other pedals. I have a normal board with 8, plus the pig plus a vol. pedal. It's good with my acoustic and nice with my basses, too! On top of all that it's got a grit control.. handy to have... the blend allows compressed and uncompressed signals to be mixed to taste.. the compression is much more studio in quality but they seem to have really tweaked it's range on the money for guitar. If it weren't so spendy, I'd have two, and leave one on all the time.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Squashed pig: better than salame!

By Nick Perry-Guetti

from West Linn, OR

Comments about Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

I wanted a compressor for a few reasons: sustain without TOO much compression, clear tone to keep my guitar's character audible, and to enhance other pedals like my octave divider and tube screamer. The P-Tone met my expectations and surpassed them a little. I don't agree with other reviewers' disparagement of the grit control: I find it to be my favorite distortion effect, much warmer and fuzzier than anything else I've heard on the market and very smooth, and it seems to enhance the sustain, so that's a plus. On the other hand, don't believe the hype that says this pedal is super-quiet, particularly if you are playing a guitar with single-coil pickups; still, the noise is quite manageable, as the subtlety of this pedal's main effect probably has something to do with that. The P-Tone is my MAIN pedal, from which all others follow, and I have it on all the time at various settings.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Compressor Arround!

By Greg

from Saint Augustine, FL

Comments about Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

I bought this compressor and was hoping that all the reviews were true, and let me say, the community is right! Super quiet, doesn't color tone, provides enough "squish" to get a bluesy lead or sustain to make the guitar never stop playing! It doesn't exactly get to chicken pickin leves of compression, but i love it :) the grit is absolutely useless, sounds very unnatural. Overall, if your looking for a compressor to enhance your sound and not define it, this is it!!!

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST COMPRESSOR. PERIOD!!

By S.

from PA

Comments about Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

This is absolutely the QUIETEST, Best Sounding Compressor on the market. Match it up with a good overdrive and you have a killer lead tone. The "Grit" knob is a joke, so don't expect much there. This is not an overdrive pedal.. Grit at half way, with the ARIA at a medium gain and you'll get smooth crystal clear almost Dumble'ish tones. A lot of compressors sound great on a clean amp, this one does that and sounds excellent on a dirty amp as well. All the others can't do that without hissing and carrying on. This baby is dead silent. Buy it, love it.

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(30 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Transparent Sweetness

By Dan Kaiser

from Bernardsville, NJ

Comments about Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

After much deliberation and research to find the perfect compressor/sustainer that didn't color my tone or hiss uncontrollably (like the Boss version), I got my hands on this P-Tone. And I'm definitely glad I did! It took a bit to get the hang of how each knob tweaked the sound, but the final result is an amazingly transparent compressor that lets your beautiful tone ring out for ages. It's not as squishy as a Dyna Comp so if chicken pickin is your style, this may not be the one for you. However, if you want something to give your tone that extra sustain and body without compressing it to unrecognizable squash, you won't regret this pedal. Also, I found it works best immediately after your wah pedal in your pedal chain. Honestly, I never play without it. Great pedal all around!

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