Strymon Compadre review

This boost and compressor might just be the missing link between your guitar and your amp

Strymon Compadre review
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

The Compadre shows real grown-up thinking with a practicality that could see it become the pedalboard essential in your rig.


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    Three boosts and two types of compression.

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    The dry blend control is typical of its practical design.

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    Small footprint for a twin-footswitch pedal.

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    Input for expression pedal volume control.

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    You can have presets.


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If you want a range of practical tonal options without getting too far removed from its core sound, there are two pedals that you can put before your amp – compression and boost that'll do the job.

Digitally controlled, with fully analogue audio signal processing, Strymon’s new Compadre offers this very combination, delivering separately footswitchable boost and compression sections that helpfully can be used independently or together.

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.