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Wampler Ego Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal  

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A lot of people say "I don't want to squash my tone and remove all of my playing expression", which is a fair point if you have a lower quality compressor or it's not set up properly, but a quick look... Read More

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A lot of people say "I don't want to squash my tone and remove all of my playing expression", which is a fair point if you have a lower quality compressor or it's not set up properly, but a quick look at professional guitar players rigs and most of them will have compression in it, so, that would lead you to believe that compression is actually imperative to a lot of players.

So, what does it do..? Fundamentally, it adds an element of control to your playing level - it will bring the quieter parts up and the louder parts down. A great tube amp when driven into its sweet spot will do this, a compressor can bring you that control but a great compressor will give you that feel as well. Many budget compressors give you the squash and squeeze of a driven amp, but you tend to lose all of your playing dynamics, all of your expression.

The Ego Compressor will take that element of squash and squeeze, but will allow you to be able to control the effect so that your playing can shine through. It has been said before that the mark of a great compressor is that you can forget you have it on.

When Brian at Wampler designed this pedal, the word that kept coming back to him was "transparency". The way the Ego has been designed, there is no coloration of your sound. The tone and blend controls allow you to balance the effect in such a way your signal path sounds so pure when the reality is that the pedal is working extra hard to make your playing tick like clockwork.

Now, if you are not familiar with the Ego Compressor, you will probably be thinking "What's a blend control?". The blend is a dry mix, that sweeps between a fully effected signal to zero effect across the sweep of the pot. There will be a point in that sweep that allows you all the compression you need to even out your playing, increase your sustain (if you want it) but without any detraction from you playing attack and feel. That, previously was just a dream, but now; that is a reality. When this amazingly simple yet devastatingly effective control is added with the tone control (that can add a little sparkle to the tone), when this pedal is used as "an effect" rather than as an "always on" (to control your solos or to fatten up your rhythms), a little extra bit of sparkle allows your guitar to sit in that place in the band mix that you have been trying to fit into but couldn't quite find. Just a littler higher, a little sweeter in the mix.

This is the effect that you probably didn't realize you needed, but once you have used once, cannot imagine living without.

Features
  • Hand made in the U.S.A.
  • High grade film capacitors and resistors picked for their superior sound and response
  • Completely true bypass
  • Battery connection and 9v power jack (barrel plug like Boss)
  • Five controls - volume, sustain, attack, tone and blend
  • Blend control allows you to get sustain only - no noticeable effect on the attack of the note (great for playing with distortion)
  • Tone control adds in high frequencies giving you plenty of clarity and 'jangle'
Specifications
  • Power draw: 14mA
    3.5" x 4.5" (63.5mm x 114.3mm)
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WamplerEgo Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
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4.0

pretty transparent

By Bryan

from Tampa, FL

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Wampler Ego Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I was looking for as transparent a compressor as possible. Listening to youtube videos, this seemed to be about the best--though I may have missed some that are out there. I got the chance to A-B it vs. the Xotic, which is also very nice, but this edged it in terms of transparency and versatility. It's not perfect, but you can tweak it to find a pretty good balance between preserving the signal and smoothing/adding sustain. I'm glad that a pedal of this quality is available at such a good price! I gave it 4 stars because I'm picky, but it's the best I've been able to play with.

       
      5.0

      Best Compressor Ever!!

      By Cashmaccoll

      from South Carolina

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Wampler Ego Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Just the right amount of features. This is a quality compressor. I owned the Keeley Compressor before but this is much better and now sets the standard for expectations in a Compressor. Perfect sound and great features. Plug and play my friends!!

         
        5.0

        Wampler Ego Compressor

        By Eric S.

        from Hightstown NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Wampler Ego Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This is a tight compressor pedal. Built very well and looks great too. Extremely versatile and easy to use. I love the foot switch because of the nice light touch. Very impressed. Would put it up against a Keeley any day.

           
          5.0

          l love this pedal !!

          By Petrocker

          from WI

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Quiet
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances

            Comments about Wampler Ego Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Love this pedal. Easy to use and gets along great with my Vibroverb amp.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best compressor ever!

            By 96tele

            from Central, VA

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Wampler Ego Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I put this at the beginning of my effects chain. Like all wampler FX it is built like a tank and won't change your tone.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              best non-rack unit compressor

              By amir

              from maryland

              Comments about Wampler Ego Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This is a studio quality compressor in a portable, lightweight box. I've tried other compressors, they all either run to high of a gain boost(for me of course), color the tone too much, and overall don't make a compressor worth getting. THIS COMPRESSOR however, does everything it should and well. There is no color, it is transparent, honestly don't notice it's on. Which is good thing for me. I wanted a compressor that brought out my harmonics, beefed up my clean tone, and get some more overall definition. This pedal is the winner. The sustain doesn't bloat my low end, the attack isn't brittle however when cranked too high it can give that poppy, gainy compressed sound that everyone loves, THE TONE KNOB ISN'T A MUD KNOB SO ENDLESS PRAISE ON THAT, aaand the blend knob makes it so you can go from traditional aggressive compy sound to subtle compy sound and any where in between. I play high gain, low tuned, aggressive, and syncopated music and other comp got in the way of that. Either too much high end boost, or it'd make the low end boomy and bloated. This pedal compliments every sound I make, it plays well with my other pedals and my amp, AND it has taken from "ew compressors" to "yes I need this in my signal chain forever". Buy now.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              First and Last

              By Bruce McDonald

              from Ravenna, Ohio

              Comments about Wampler Ego Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I've never owned a compressor so i did lots of homework before i purchased the ego. I am very persuaded by reviews but i never write them so i figured this pedal deserves one. This pedal makes me want to pick up my Telecaster over my Les Paul everytime. It's everything my Telecaster was missing. Now i can use the bridge pickup like it was intended. The blend knob is what sold me and that's why this is the first and probably last compressor i'll ever buy. Can't find any flaws, built like a tank and makes any guitar sound better. Hope this helps anyone on the fence.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              the best compressor I have used

              By RUBY COLEMAN

              from Tampa Florida

              Comments about Wampler Ego Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I love compressors. I have used many different units. Right out of the box this is the ( hands down ) best unit I have ever gotten my hands on. There are very few effects units that can take your playing to the next level just by plugging them in but this is one of those units. If you are a chicken picker it is a must have. You can spend years trying different units and sometime when the moon is right you might luck up and get just the right pop and sustain to inspire you or you can get this compressor and have it first time every time. It has make me hungry to try all the other Wampler units. They also sell a unit called Extra Talent. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if it doesn't do just that.

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