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Hofner Guitars Vintage compressorPublished on 11/16/18 at 07:37
I currently own at least 20 compressors of all types and qualities, from rack units down to several I've built myself.

First I'll say, this is NOT another MXR clone. MXR compressors have high gain and extremely bright sounding. The Hofner has a vintage tone which is warm and balanced. It can be cranked up to crush a clean guitar signal very effectively, but that's not necessarily where this pedal shines.

This compressor is great when placed in front of a drive pedal. If the drive is set for medium the compressor boosts it to sing with violin like sustain. I'd say its nearly as good as my 70's Rolland optical Compressor/Sustainer for this but at an excellent cost.

Clean chords...…
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I currently own at least 20 compressors of all types and qualities, from rack units down to several I've built myself.

First I'll say, this is NOT another MXR clone. MXR compressors have high gain and extremely bright sounding. The Hofner has a vintage tone which is warm and balanced. It can be cranked up to crush a clean guitar signal very effectively, but that's not necessarily where this pedal shines.

This compressor is great when placed in front of a drive pedal. If the drive is set for medium the compressor boosts it to sing with violin like sustain. I'd say its nearly as good as my 70's Rolland optical Compressor/Sustainer for this but at an excellent cost.

Clean chords will jangle without excessive coloration. The highs and lows tend to be 1:1. With Attack and sustain dialed back you can get a very neutral sound. What I like is you can have a drive pedal set for an ideal chord tone then turn the comp on for lead parts and the drive tone is still great. Same when you turn the drive off, the clean chords sound balanced without tweaking.

The Marshall Edwards Compressor I typically use is going to face some competition possibly being replaced. I Like the Marshall because its got a tone control but this Hofner isn't bad at all, at least on a short chain 5 pedal board. I haven't confirmed how much tone loss it might have on my long chain studio pedal board that has over 2 dozen pedals.

It may wind up producing a better sound when placed in front of brighter drive pedals like an OCD. I found it a perfect match for the Mad Professor Sweet Honey, Tube screamer and Marshall Blues Breaker and Governor pedals. Sounds good places in front of a Marshall's drive channel too.

I will say, you can get some AC hum is your guitar or cable aren't well shielded. Its not nearly as bad as an MXR pedal. Its not a flaw either. The compression is fairly full frequency. It doesn't roll the highs off like other comps so any hum in the high bands will come through when the sustain and gain are cranked.
This probably wont be noticeable on a guitar with Humbuckers or when a noise gate is used. I used mostly guitars using Mini Humbuckers and this compressor gets an excellent Allman Brothers tone.
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Compressor quality

Hofner Guitars Vintage compressorPublished on 11/02/10 at 12:35
(This content has been automatically translated from French)
This is a very classic pedal compression, with 3 potentiometers: attack, sustain and level.
No mysteries in the way it connects: input jack, output jack and 9V battery power or via an adapter (not supplied).
The metal case seems solid, we'll see.
fundamental elements (at least for me): it is a true bypass, ie the sound of your system is not modified when the pedal is not used This is far from being the case all the time for the effects of this price range ...

UTILIZATION

3 controll knobs, in other words we quickly made the turn, which has its charm. Not need a PhD to use such a device.
Then the

SOUND QUALITY

adpend what is expected of this kind of effect:
For my part, I find...…
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This is a very classic pedal compression, with 3 potentiometers: attack, sustain and level.
No mysteries in the way it connects: input jack, output jack and 9V battery power or via an adapter (not supplied).
The metal case seems solid, we'll see.
fundamental elements (at least for me): it is a true bypass, ie the sound of your system is not modified when the pedal is not used This is far from being the case all the time for the effects of this price range ...

UTILIZATION

3 controll knobs, in other words we quickly made the turn, which has its charm. Not need a PhD to use such a device.
Then the

SOUND QUALITY

adpend what is expected of this kind of effect:
For my part, I find that a compression ds shines when it does not change too much the original signal. So I tend to show me very parsimonious about rglages.
In this case, it is pure happiness. I played on a Mesa Boogie Rectoverb (a killing), and I use this pedal only sounds clear, either to compress my rhythm or to bring out the chorus of my arpges.
If this is your goal, it's nice! Each knob rgl third, and the peaks of the spectrum that surpasses by whirling eardrums fit nicely into the frame, cool!
But ... if your goal is to use compression as a sustainer to make your guitar scream as Gary Moore's "Parisian walkaway" better to invest in an optical compressor upscale gnrera less ... of breath.
And yes, if you go up or sustain a reasonable level by Del, was not bad breath in your sails ...



OVERALL OPINION

Ultimately, this is a nice price quality ratio that will delight lovers of good clear rhythmic frameworks, as well as people who want to sublimate their chorus.
A nice compressor, if that is not seeking one million rglages.

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  • Manufacturer: Hofner Guitars
  • Model: Vintage compressor
  • Category: Compressors/Sustainers for Guitar
  • Added in our database on: 11/02/2010

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