Wampler Ego Compressor

Dyna Comp copy finding its own way

A lot of guitar compressors are based on variations of the classic Ross Compressor/MXR Dyna Comp circuitry, and the Ego is no exception - but it adds some extra features that greatly increase its versatility, most notably blend and tone knobs.

"It's great for adding a more 'singing' quality to clean (or dirty) leads"

You get a sustain control to effectively increase the amount of compression, and an attack knob, which tweaks the start of your note envelope to give it the sort of 'snap' that works so well for country picking.

But it's actually the blend knob that gives you loads more options for a natural but compressed sound, allowing some of your unprocessed tone through in parallel with the compressed. The tone knob can counteract any dulling and will add some sparkle if needed.

Adding a more 'singing' quality to clean (or dirty) leads, emphasising picking or smoothing levels for consistency - whatever you need a compressor for, this should deliver it for you.

MusicRadar Rating

4.5 / 5 stars
Pros

Versatile tones via blend knob. Solid build.

Cons

Not much at all.

Verdict

Possibly the best-sounding compact compressor around.

Dimensions

63 x 55 x 114

Country of Origin

USA

Features

True bypass

Battery/Adaptor Type

9V Battery Nine-volt mains adaptor

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