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The favorite compressor for electric guitar - distressor, LA-2A, LA-3A, 1176
View Poll Results: The favorite compressor for electric guitar sound
distressor
29 Votes - 13.81%
LA-2A
26 Votes - 12.38%
LA-3A
77 Votes - 36.67%
1176
78 Votes - 37.14%
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Old 20th May 2012
  #61
For a long time I never compressed electric guitars...until I had a few very good session players ask me for compression in specific situations. Now I've got another trick in my bag. Side note: I've learned a lot of cool recording tips from players.

1176 can be great in a lot of different situations but it's especially great for that British semi-clean obviously compressed sound.

API 225 (haven't tried the 525) for an all around great electric guitar compressor. I have one player who swears he's going to get someone to build him that circuit in a pedal he likes it so much.
Old 20th May 2012
  #62
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Guitar compress with MC77

I like Purple MC77 and use it extensively. It is much more...
Old 20th May 2012
  #63
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API 225 (haven't tried the 525) for an all around great electric guitar compressor. I have one player who swears he's going to get someone to build him that circuit in a pedal he likes it so much.
The 225L is one of my fav's, too. Have 4 of 'em in a 200H rack. Very versatile in that configuration.
Old 21st May 2012
  #64
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kush fatso or 163x
Old 8th January 2014
  #65
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Electric guitars need compressions a lot of times. Because not is all time playing at the maximum level.
There are ways to play a very dinamic electric guitar.
Then I love 1176 style compressors.

Here there is a pair of dinamic electric guitars in a rock song. I put the compressors that I used in that mix.

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Old 29th May 2015
  #66
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I think the distressor or API 2500 would be great to compress guitars.
Old 29th May 2015
  #67
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I send my electrics to an original metal knob Neve 33609 and also to another buss with Urei LA-3A's. That combo kills.
Old 29th May 2015
  #68
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Silver 1176
Old 29th May 2015
  #69
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I think what i want from a compressor for electric guitars is the harmonic
distortion, what is missing from guitar recordings today is the sound we got from tape. That is what a disressor can do
and the germanium compressor for guitars,
Old 29th May 2015
  #70
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I think the distressor or API 2500 would be great to compress guitars.
I like what the medium thrust on the 2500 does to walls of guitar.
Old 29th May 2015
  #71
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original 176

second choice: La2a
Old 29th May 2015
  #72
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original 176
Have you tried 175's on guitar buss?
Old 29th May 2015
  #73
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Compressors do more than control dynamic range. They also change the tone and transient envelope.

For thick, ropey leads I like LA-3A. For in-your-face bright tones with harmonic distortion I like Blue Stripe. Especially the tone of the originals and the UA 175 which has a similar sound.

For busses I like the SSL sound, but I bet API 2500 kicks ass too.

I'd like to try an Elysia Nvelope as well...
Old 30th May 2015
  #74
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For heavy gtrs just to add color I've used the la 2a ,hammer by a designs, ashly sc-50 and 1176 love them all the a designs gives me a lot more diversity and control then the other units though .
Old 30th May 2015
  #75
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Have you tried 175's on guitar buss?
sure.
I don't like them nearly as much as the 176

which, by the way, sounds NOTHING like an 1176 (which I don't like at all)
Old 31st May 2015
  #76
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+1 for the 525 on guitars. Also, PBC6A's are great.
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