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moosers's review - Boss CS-1 Compression Sustainer

The Boss CS-1 is the original compression pedal designed by Boss and is no longer being made. It has a 1/4 inch input and output and is powered by either a 9 volt power supply or battery. This isn't a rack mountable piece of gear as it is a foot pedal.


The configuration of the Boss CS-1 is just about as simple as it can get as it only has two knobs and a single switch. The knobs are for level and sustain and the switch is to choose between either treble or normal mode. Even though this may seem like a small amount of parameters that wouldn't be enough to get your desired tone, this isn't the case and it turns out that this pedal is more versatile than the amount of parameters would lead on. Since this is an older Boss pedal, I don't have the manual and I can't speak to how well put together it is.


The sound quality from the Boss CS-1 is pretty awesome and it is probably one of the best compression pedals that I've used and even is one of the best that has ever been made. The sustain you can get on this pedal is absolutely outstanding and it will really last for a long time. It is also nice to have the two different modes which only add to the good amount of possible tones.


I first used the Boss CS-1 about six months ago and I now know what I was missing out on before I got the chance to use it. While I usually use the Boss CS-3 as I own it and the CS-1 is harder to find, the CS-1 has a superior sound even though it doesn't have as many parameters. If you can find a CS-1 at a decent price and are in the market for a compression pedal, I would highly recommend picking one up as they have an incredible tone and has become a classic compression pedal.