Trusted musician and artist reviews for Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer
Based on 45 Reviews
Not the best.
I had one of the older, Japanese models (it needed an ACA as opposed to a PSA adapter). Every now and then, I got a good sound out of it. It sounded fine when it was pushing some light overdrive, but on a clean sound, I found the sterile edge it gave to my sound that was too overwhelming to be enjoyable. It somehow sounded too bright without having any high end; something about it was super piercing, and I didn't find it enjoyable. Maybe newer models sound a little different, but I was expecting something close to the transparent brilliance of the CS-2, and I was quite disappointed. For their low-ish price point, you'd be better off with a CP-1X, and you can even find some great deals on the old CS-2s.
When a pedal needs a mod right out of the factory then you might want to think twice before buying it. I bought it and it was noisy, it altered the tone, the compression went beyond the squishy sound and the sustain option did nothing but add more noise to an already noisy pedal. I got rid of it like a month after having bought it.
A Classic! Country music in a pedal. Plus all those great 80s sounds.
This is primarily a pedal to give you the classic compressed guitar sound. It's easy to dial in and sounds great. If you're a country picker then this does the perfect picking sound. If you want that 80s rock sound, then add some chorus and delay and there it is! Like any pedal, you need to have some knowledge of what you are looking for soundwise, but you won't go wrong with this one, or if you do, it's not the pedal!
Boosts high signals, reduces low signals, great even tone
I use this with my bass guitars. It does what I want it to. It boosts the high signals and slightly reduces the low signals so that all are even. This pedal is almost always on when I play. I am sure there are other compression pedals out there (bass specific too); however, this one will certainly do the trick.
Does the job nicely in my Cliff Burton bass rig.
I normally don't use this for anything else besides my Cliff Burton bass rig I am putting together, but it works great with it. It's my first Boss pedal and it's a very nice pedal, just don't find much other use for it yet sadly.
Get the japanese version
I have the Taiwanese version and it does it's job. It seems to cause alot more noise on the signal though than the Japanese counterpart I tried at a friends house. I'd rate the japanese one a solid four and the Taiwan one a meager three. It's just very noisy