Best compressor pedals 2024: tame your tone's dynamics with compression

Often overlooked by beginner players, the best compressor pedals are fantastic utility pedals that should be on every player’s pedalboard. Granted there are always more exciting sounds and textures to get into like reverbs and delays, but if you’re looking to vastly improve your tone, then a compressor pedal can be a serious game changer.

Jonathan Horsley
Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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