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Suhr Andy Wood Signature Woodshed Compressor

Suhr Andy Wood Signature Woodshed Compressor


 
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Presenting the all new Suhr Andy Wood Signature "Woodshed Comp" compact Compressor pedal.

Together, builder/designer Kevin Suhr and guitarist Andy Wood have built a compressor that is the foundation of some of Andy’s favorite tones. Andy plays in multiple musical environments and this small compressor echos his versatility.

The conception of the Suhr Woodshed Comp was to make something unique and with more character than the commonly used compressors on the market. Compressors are like overdrives; they all have different flavors and do different things. With the Woodshed Comp, the main goals were to provide compression while maintaining the tone and transients of the guitar, without being as temperamental as vintage pedals. Don’t let its size fool you. The tonal characteristics of this tiny pedal can only be eclipsed by its durability.

Sometimes, when you start squeezing and compressing, you start losing transients, but not with the Woodshed Comp. There are spikes and imperfections, however, these are what make a tone truly great and make guitars sound like guitars, not like a midi file. Suhr's goal was to retain these nuances while adding soaring sustain, without having to resort to too much drive and distortion. The Woodshed Comp is the best way to keep that fundamental tone, especially when you’re using different amps at different volumes in different venues.

The Suhr Andy Wood Woodshed Comp is set with a fast-attack speed and balanced compression that allows the guitar to sing, punch, and have that sustain. Andy wanted the control’s sweet spot to be in a specific place. In turn, you get a very sensitive range of the controls with a wide sweep, expanded ratio, threshold and gain range. This allows the threshold to work on lower signals, such as single coils. With the Woodshed Comp, a little goes a long way when dialing in your compression.

The Woodshed Comp is more natural, open, and present than anything else you’ve heard. Allowing you to get long, soaring sustain, without the need to push your gain too high on your amp. This gives you that singing sustain, without the fizz. One of the most exciting features of the Woodshed Comp is that it has a massive amount of headroom. In fact, the most headroom out of any of Suhr's pedals, going almost to the rails (24v) before clipping. In essence, you can use it as a clean boost, with minimal to no compression, and it would act as a high-gain boost. By boosting the beginning of your signal chain and clipping the front of a tube amp, you can get a nice saturation and palm-mutes sound just incredible. All of that in such a tiny and durable package.

There are all different types of compressors, VCA, FET, tube compressors, all with different characteristics. VCA compressors are known for being quick and having less distortion than FET or tube compressors. Suhr's Koji Comp is a VCA compressor that’s more similar to more popular compressor pedals on the market. The new Woodshed Comp is completely different. Though it’s also a VCA compressor, it uses a completely different process for gain-reduction. The biggest difference between the Koji Comp and the Woodshed Comp is how the gain-reduction is controlled. Where the Koji is a ‘feed-back’ design, the Woodshed is a ‘feed-forward’ design. ‘Feed-forward’ works by the signal going into the side-chain, which controls the gain-reduction of the whole thing. In essence, in a ‘feed-back’ design, the output controls the gain-reduction, and in ‘feed-forward’, the input controls the gain- reduction. The Woodshed Comp is a very simple, feed-forward, VCA compressor, tailored towards a studio-type schematic but it works incredibly with a guitar. The ‘feed-forward’ aspect ultimately makes the Woodshed Comp more transparent and open than anything else you’ve heard. In the end, after all of the testing against Andy’s favorite vintage pedal and rack compressors, the Woodshed Comp ended up being the best sounding.

“When I use compression, I’m using it to really boost the signal. This is kinda a trick that some of my heroes have used over the years, where you’re adding plenty of signal to your clean tone just to bring it up…I mean as much as 3, 4, or 5 decibels….which doesn’t sound like a lot but musically that’s a big bump in front of a clean channel......Speed is a thing in compressors, typically in pedals and even some rack gear and studio gear, speed is a variable. A lot of times speed ends up on a knob and its a sweeping type of thing, but to me, if you’re at 8 o clock, the speed compared to at 9 o clock isn’t that drastically different. So with the Woodshed Compressor, we chose my favorite versions of what my optimum fast, medium, and slow attack settings are and put them on a 3-way toggle, right where I like it. To me, the most important knob on a compressor is the ratio, that’s why we made it the biggest......Most of my favorite compressors over the years had huge power supplies and were permanently built-in, you know, like big, bulky wall-wart style things, taking up tons of room on a pedalboard. A lot of times, you would need back-ups of these pedals, because of them being so paramount to your sound, when one would inevitably break, you can’t wait to find and buy another. On top of all of this, the Woodshed Comp is amazingly tough and tiny, something that was incredibly important to me.” -Andy Wood
Suhr WOODSHED COMP – Andy Wood Signature
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5 of 5 Great service, great pedal August 6, 2022
Reviewer: Nathan from Rockwall, TX United States  
TGS is one of the few places that gets this pedal. They were able to let me know when a shipment was incoming, and sent it out quickly once ordered.

Love the pedal. An elevated comp that can be strong or subtle. Perfect input/output impedance- until I have room on my power supply for a good buffer I’ll be using it as an always on, first pedal on my board.

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5 of 5 Suhr compressor February 20, 2022
Reviewer: Kevin from Anaheim, CA United States  
Coming from an old dyna comp, I basically wrote off compressors and decided they weren't for me, at least Ross style ones. I decided to go with the suhr due to word of mouth, and size, and I am glad that I did. This compressor is pretty transparent as much as compressors can be. It's a different than your typical Ross  compressor and it has an attack switch, threshold, gain, and radio rotary controls. Basically it's a more studio style compressor. It's very intuitive and very easy to get a good sound out of. It's does a fantastic job in taming a lot of peaks in your dynamics and evens out your playing. With the controls, you can get some great sustain as well. For the price and size, this pedal is a great value.

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5 of 5 Andy Wood Signature Woodshed Compressor February 12, 2022
Reviewer: Jim McKiel from Bartlesville, OK United States  
I absolutely love the compressor. I've had a number of very good compressors over the years (the kind that you can set to NOT squish) and Woodshed Compressor fulfills all my needs and is also small enough I can save some pedalboard space.

What I like more than the compressor is the outstanding service I get from The Guitar Sanctuary. I've bought guitars and other musical gear from other online dealers who are also very good but The Guitar Sanctuary sets the standards.

They are my new favorite online musical dealer! I can recommend them without hesitation or reservation.

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5 of 5 January 11, 2022
Reviewer: scott murphy from Lincoln , NE United States  
Great packaging, and super fast shipping.

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5 of 5 Easy May 5, 2021
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
Easy to order via website, and super fast shipping!

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