Pale Green Compressor
Voltage range 8V-18V.
“The compressor i use day in and day out…” ~ Neal Casal
“This is my favorite pedal, in the history of pedals. I really, honestly think I’d rather play through this, direct into the P.A. than play through my amp
without it…” ~ Brian Henneman (Bottle Rockets, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo)
The Pale Green Compressor captures the natural feel of your amp and speakers compressing as they are pushed. The PGC really shines in a liveGlow in the dark with our Limited Edition PGC!
situation with a band where the heavier-handed compressors (that sound good at home in a room) often sound thick and lifeless against other real
instruments. The PGC is already famous for its nearly transparent compression and dead quiet operation. You will also wonder if it’s on at all…until you turn it off to make sure, and then turn it back on as quickly as possible.
The middle knob fine tunes the EQ with a stacked pot that adjusts the EQ both pre- and post-compression. The zero point is at “noon.” To the left it adjusts the EQ to that of the classic Dyna/Ross comps (treble cut/bass boost), and to the right it allows an increase in treble and sparkle without adding noise or hiss, and it also adds bass. And with the comp knob off, it is a booster/enhancer/EQ. Especially tasty into the Honey Bee and other BearFoot drives.
Pete Thorn (Pale Green and Ever Green Compressors Vid)
Reviews from TGP BearFoot FX Tourbox Participants
1) GEAR: Carr Raleigh with a 12AY7 in V1 and a Vox Pathfinder (totally stock); guitar used was a Kauer Daylighter Jr with a Wolftone P-90
“Pale Green Comp: Everyone says subtle and I say it too. It does a bunch with its three knobs and has a great (and useful) tone control. The Raleigh has tons of bottom that sometimes needs taming and the Vox is just the opposite; this tone control handles both. Folks say the Diamond comp is quiet and this pedal is more quiet than that. An added bonus when you consider its subtleties is the lack of quirkiness – no strange artifacts or unplanned bloom just a light comp with tone and volume tweak-ability – for the folks who have kicked comps off their board, this might be the one to try?” (USA, April 2013)
2) GEAR: Mid-60s vintage Gibson Scout amp (clean), Blackheart 5-watt…’69 Gretsch Streamliner with Super Trons and a parts vintage-style Fender Jaguar
“The PALE GREEN COMPRESSOR was also a favorite of mine. A really wonderful and subtle compression sound. I was a bit put off that the middle knob was not labeled, I had to go onto the bearfoot website to find out what it did, but that tone control worked very well and was subtle and hit just the right frequencies. The gretsch had a bit of trouble getting a boost out of the pedal due to the higher output pickups but the jag just sang with the pale green. Overall a great pedal for folks who like a subtle compressor or a nice clean boost, both of which the pale green did very, very well.” (USA, May 2013)
3) GEAR: 2004 American Strat with Duncan Vintage Singlecoils and a JB Jr. in the bridge and an American Vintage ‘72 Tele Thinline with WRHBs…2000 Vox AC30 with Greenbacks, a Marshall Class 5 Combo, and a Taylor 410ce direct to the PA
“Pale Green Compressor: This is one subtle compressor; a prime example of the “You won’t notice it until you turn it off.” Which, incidentally, if I owned, I would not turn off. Ever.
I discovered this immediately: With the Comp knob all the way off the PGC becomes a “Sweetness” pedal. Both pre-drive and post-drive applications provide a… I’m not sure. Like I said, it’s just a “sweetness,” some sparkle. It’s a different feel than the SBEQ. As a compressor, it’s mellow. Ads just enough squish to fatten up your playing without getting obtrusive. The PGC doesn’t act as a huge volume boost, but you could use it as one. There’s some extra volume in there. My favorite compressor of the bunch.” (USA, May 2013)