Marshall ED-1 The Compressor

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor

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ED-1 The Compressor, Compressor/Sustainer for Guitar from Marshall in the Effects series.

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Marshall ED-1 The Compressor tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Marshall
  • Model: ED-1 The Compressor
  • Series: Effects
  • Category: Compressors/Sustainers for Guitar
  • Added in our database on: 04/18/2004

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Marshall ED-1 The Compressor user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 22 reviews )
 12 reviews55 %
 6 reviews27 %
 2 reviews9 %
 1 user review5 %
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MGR/Andrew Rabloczky12/25/2002

MGR/Andrew Rabloczky's review"Marshall ED-1 Compressor"

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
Buoght in Budapest, Hungary, in a famous guitar store. It was 21000FT (90$)
I use mostly the new Marshall stompboxes. I wanted to enhance and improve my solos and the whole sounding.

First, a compressor pedal is the one, that a guitarist adds last to his equipment. Once a beginner said: "this sux, it does nothing!". This pedal is very versatile. Helps to even the volume, adds sustain or cuts the lenght. Must have for funky riffs, ideal for jazz, blues. Virtually I'm influenced by Kirk Hammett, so it helps a lot, and gives a boost for those rapid ass kickin' solos.

Marshall pedals only problem: black marks on chrome knobs. On stage I cant see the settings. It's hard to set each effects to avoid being noisy. But it's a natural thing at using a compressor. By the way Boss's compressor is much more noisy.

Metal. Bypass swithch. Awesome.

I like this product. I'm playing for many years, but it improves my solos, evens voulume, adds something that brings out everything from my gear. This is the best compressor pedal you can get this time, and its price is o.k. as well.

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yoTrakkz's review"compression only"

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
This is a Compression pedal only. They say compression/sustainer, but sustain is a standard option on a compression pedal. I believe this is all analog. There are no visible digital parts at least. This is not editable through a computer. Its is 1/4" audio only, and no it is not rackable in the traditional sense (as in you would have to mount on a drawer, then rack that).


The general setup on most stomp boxes is pretty simple, and this one is no different. The idea is finding a balance between the sustain and the attack. I would start my setting the attack first, and then playing with the sustain until it sounds just right. My only problem was I never found that tone I was looking for.
Its very easy to edit the boss pedals because all of the options are labeled and adjustable by a dial. That is the beauty of these pedals, they are exceptionally easy to use and therefore great for beginners.


Pair this one up with just about any other compressor out there and you will hear what I am talking about. Its not very transparent. Every time I clicked it on I noticed a reduction in the good tone coming out of my Parker Nitefly.


I used this pedal for about 4 months. I promptly sold it and purchased one of the finest compression pedals on the market. The Analogman Bi-compressor (check out my review on that). There really isn't anything good about this pedal. The worst thing about this pedal, besides the tone reduction, is when using it live, I would click it on and loose about 25% of my volume. I would crank that level parameter up and still nothing. I couldn't figure it out. Sometimes it wouldn't drain as much volume, but overall it was never consistent. Sometimes transparent (in regards to volume) and sometimes if was like someone turned down my amp. This was my first compression pedal and I bought it on a whim off of ebay. After doing lots of research I found the Analogman Bi comp and was very happy when I got it.

moosers's review

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
The Marshall ED-1 Compressor is an analog compressor designed for use with the electric guitar, but is suitable for any electronic instrument. It has both a 1/4 inch input and output and has a specific power supply that will power it in addition to the battery compartment. It is a pretty sturdy pedal and is overall made pretty well. This is not a rackable piece of gear - it is a stomp box.


The make up of the Marshall ED-1 Compressor is really simple and easy to follow as it has a series of four knobs that each will control a different aspect of your sound. From right to left it has knobs for compression, attack, volume, and emphasis, the latter of which is kind of like a tone knob. This is pretty much all there is to it and anyone with any sort of experience with guitar pedals or compressors won't have too much trouble with it. I don't have the manual for this pedal but it is easy enough to use that you don't really need it.


The sound of the Marshall ED-1 Compressor is a bit above average and will definitely do what it advertises to do, which is compress your guitar signal in any way you see fit. I usually use this pedal with a Fender Strat and a 1976 Fender Twin Reverb and I'm always pretty happy with the results I am able to get. There is a good amount of control over your tone available, which adds to the overall number of sounds that are possible with this pedal. While I've used some better compression pedals before, the Marshall ED-1 Compressor is a nice pedal in its own right.


I first used Marshall ED-1 Compressor guitar pedal about two or three years ago and since then it has always done well for me. I like the overall tone it has and the ease of use makes it a good option for players on all experience levels. The price is very reasonable if not downright cheap and certainly gives you some bang for your buck. While I prefer the Boss CS-3 compression pedal to this one, the ED-1 is a good pedal and will last a while if you treat it properly. If you are in the market for a compression guitar pedal I would encourage you to check out this pedal as well a few other pedals out there like the CS-3 or the MXR Dynacomp to see what will work best for you and your situation.

Xavy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" What has used ??"

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
priori, it is a compressor sustainer.

I think it is analog but vrifier. Knobs for rgler DIFFERENT parameters.

Level connections, a two jacks between an output and that's it.


aa priori looks simple, an effects pedal with 3 knobs ...

The manual is clearly insufficient, it does not quite Business detail the utility of the thing.

At the edition of sounds, taking rglages manual, there is nothing, impossible to have something musical, and even in rglant in ttonnant, in fact I think it's completely inadapt my conception of music.


So, if I remember correctly, compression, has used have a homognis output level to the level of the source (we play strong or weak it always comes out medium). In fact has had no interest because a prevents any nuance in the game.

Basically when I used it, or has did nothing, too c'tait and got along, attacks sounding not at all natural, and "reinflate" after just too weird for me .dropoff window

I have used with electrical and electro-acoustic guitars, on the advice of a friend bluesman but c'tait a stupidity, silver jet through the window.


I used three months to try to do something vaguely a distortion when pushed background, but not at all musical. I managed to sell a grandpa on a flea market, phew, I could rcuprer something ...

I will never compressor tries, we must learn grate his right hand it's really effective !!

I'll never have to buy a.

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