Today I wanted to talk about the MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Comp Compressor. Here we have a great sounding compressor and it includes the super rare CA3080 ‘can’ integrated circuit (IC). I was talking to a online friend the other day, and he was asking why pedals go away or get discontinued, etc. And it often comes down the availability of electronic components. Some of those great sounding pedals in the past used transistors or ICs that have been out of production for years and years. Sometimes stock piles are discovered and the market is re-introduced to these components. So it looks like a few CA3080 came out of hiding and MXR slapped them into a box. I would imaging after a while, this compressor will be no more, and is the reason why it’s ‘Custom Shop’.
Here is the official description:
The MXR Custom Comp effect pedal is built from the finest components available and designed with a blend of modern and classic compressor technology. At the heart of the compressor pedal resides the legendary and rare CA3080 “metal can” IC that delivers increased dynamic range, greater transparency, and quieter operation. In addition, the MXR Custom Shop design team included RF suppression components into the compressor pedal for interference-free operation, and an internal attack control that allows fine-tuning of the speed of the note’s initial attack. Combined with a TPDT (Triple Pole Double Throw) switch for true bypass and heavy-duty pots, the MXR Custom Comp CSP202 compressor pedal will provide years of high performance live and in the studio.
Dunlop has a great video with some chicken pickin’ in there to show how this guy sounds:
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