|The "Tangerine Squeeze" is no ordinary compressor pedal. It was modeled after a very cool vintage design and with
some minor modifications, it has been made more useable without compromising the original sound. So, how does it
sound? Well, it can be very subtle making it a comfortable pedal for acoustic guitar or bass guitar or it can be quite
aggressive, squashing your signal down until your chops nearly "spit" out -excellent for jazz and funk. It also has a
smooth release, no "stairstepping" or gain surges when you hold onto a note or chord. Check out the sound samples!
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|Last December I was asked to build a couple of
"Orange Squeezer" Compressor clones as
Christmas Gifts for two incredible
singer/songwriter and performing artists, Will
Owsley and Vince Gill. The finished pedal turned
out so well and received so much interest that I
decided to add it to the PedalDoctor FX lineup.
But not without a few modern alterations to the
device. First off, I built it into a pedal....
|The first and most obvious thing to do
was to build the effect in a small box
with a foot switchable "True-Bypass".
|Next I added a Volume control. Note that an
LED indicator was also added with the
bypass. You can't see it here but it's a
brilliant orange LED -easy to see in the dark!
|I recognized the need to alter the
amount of compression and
added a "Squeeze" control.*
|*This actually is a bias
control and was part of the
original circuit. It will only
operate properly in a set
range but allows the user to
taylor the amount of
compression quite a bit.
|The Legendary Dan Armstrong "Orange Squeezer" is one of those great little gadgets
that seems to pop up on many recordings back on the mid 70's and is pretty
recognizable once you've heard one close up. It's a little box that measures about 2
1/4" X 2 1/4" X 1 1/4" and has an input jack and a 1/4" male output jack. (these could
be modified so the effect could either be plugged into an amp or into the guitar) The
only control on the unit was the miniature bypass toggle switch on the front of the unit.
Although the Orange Squeezer sounded great, there was often quite a difference in
volume between the bypassed level and the effect level. In addition, if you have the
opportunity to compare two units side by side, you will notice that they will also have
differing amounts of compression. I know a session guitarist who has three vintage
Squeezers that all sound different. Prior to purchasing one of my "Tangerine Squeeze"
compressors, took all of them to sessions because he relied on the sound but there was
no controls on the unit. It is possible to remedy this by disassembling the effect and
twiddling with the trim pot inside but this can be a problem during a recording session.
The "Tangerine Squeeze" is a sound reproduction of the original circuit with some
|Tangerine Squeeze Compressor
Switching to Preserve
|Heavy Duty Die
|Completely Hand Built.
I Build All PedalDoctor FX
Pedals Myself. From
Machining and Finishing The
Enclosures To Wiring Them
Up And Testing Each One.
|DC Power Port.
Can Be Powered Up
With Nearly Any 9vdc
Supply (or battery)
|Hear the "Tangerine Squeeze"...
Tele Thinline -> T. Squeeze -> Clean Amp#1
Tele Thinline -> T. Squeeze -> Clean Amp #2
Strat -> T. Squeeze -> Clean Amp
Les Paul -> T. Squeeze -> Clean Amp
Tele-> T. Squeeze -> Overdriven Amp
Les Paul-> T. Squeeze -> Overdriven Amp
|Here's the very first Tangerine Squeeze that
I built in December as a test pedal for the
the two that were made for Will and Vince.