Pigtronix Philosopher Bass Compressor Pedal


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Pigtronix Philosopher Bass Compressor brings the heralded Philosopher's Tone compressor circuit to bassists in a small size stompbox format. The sustain control on this pedal varies the compression threshold to provide everything from subtle peak limiting to infinite clean sustain, all with incredible low end response. The Philosopher Bass Compressor also sports a compression blend knob, mixing clean tone in parallel with the optical compression. This approach is far more effective than a typical compressor's "attack" control for preserving your natural string envelope to achieve transparent and musical results.

In addition to the wide range analog compression circuit with unrivaled sustain and parallel blend, the Philosopher Bass Compressor's GRIT switch brings in a harmonic distortion tuned especially for low frequency domination. Used with a tube or solid state amp or even straight into a mixing board, DI or DAW, the Philosopher Bass Compressor delivers a new level of control and power to bass players at an affordable price.

The Philosopher Bass Compressor features true bypass switching and runs fine on standard 9-volt power but ships with an 18-volt adapter for superior headroom, clarity, overall output and use with active basses. Never before has so much bass friendly compression been squeezed into such a small package.


  • Analog Optical Compressor
  • BLEND knob for Parallel Compression
  • GRIT switch for harmonic grind
  • Tuned for Bass Guitar
  • Noiseless clean sustain
  • 18VDC 300mA supply included
  • Chassis Size - 2.4" x 4.4" x 1"
  • Circuit Design by Howard Davis
  • Sound Design by David Koltai
  • True Bypass

Get your Pigtronix Philosopher Bass Compressor Pedal from Sam Ash Direct today with the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy, and be sure to take advantage of our fast, free shipping.


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Best Bass Compressor Pedal...period.


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    Comments about Pigtronix Philosopher Bass Compressor Pedal:

    This is the one of the only pedals I have bought where the hype was all true. I have been playing for 30 years, and this is, without a doubt the best compressor pedal on the market for bass...period. You can control your level of squash, go from subtle note ringing to infinite sustain, mix your direct signal with the level of effected signal. The results are incredible. I did a lot of experimenting with where to put this one in my chain, turns out I like it best as my first pedal in the chain... I go....bass-wireless-tuner-compressor-preamp-chorus-amp...I find that running the squashed signal into my effects gives me the tone I was looking for. After 30 years, Pigtronix helped me find "my tone". 6 stars on this one if I could.

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    Warranty Info:

    Your Pigtronix effect pedal comes with a 1 year limited warranty on parts and workmanship. During the warranty period we will repair or replace, at our option, defective parts or pedals free of charge, and return them to the owner. Warranty service does not include damaged, modified, or misused pedals, and such will be subject to a standard repair charge.