The Vise Grip is a compressor with a twist: its Mid/Full/High Switch works together with the Blend control to let through the complete dry tone, or just the highs or mids along with your compressed signal. Use it to express more of your playing dynamics even when the compression is at its squishiest. Use it to boost the mids for soloing. Use it to retain crystal-clear high-end on jangly chords. Or use it to play above the compression threshold to bring the natural snap back to individual notes or a riff when you really dig in. In other words, it’s a compressor that doesn’t tie you to the rules of compression.
It can also do everything other compressors can: it has Attack, Volume and Sustain controls to tame loud volume peaks, boost low-level signals, add a smooth Motown feel to clean rhythms, put more confidence in your legato licks, more crunch in your metal tones and more twang in your country pickin’. And it’s studio-quality, so you can can use it as an insert effect when you’re recording other instruments like acoustic guitar, drums, keys or vocals.
Neither too much nor too little, this will allow your chords to ring and sustain naturally, just as Seymour intended. Adjust the Blend to taste to further increase transients and keep it going without ever sounding forced or artificial.
Sustain For Days
This will give you more than enough time to go away and have a bite: you’ll certainly still be hearing this one. Great for chords and better for single notes, this flub-free, musical and silent sustain can seemingly go on forever…
Rev up your bridge single coil and get that picking hand working. Give your rhythmic chops and single-note melody lines a rounded edge that sounds great on the three treble strings and adds muscle to those disco flavored stops.
Especially effective when using humbuckers, try this to wildly change your tone from warm and full to scratchy and toppy at the press of a footswitch. Want to recreate that garage band feel? If you have a use for a skinny humbucker tone, try this little trick for starters.
Clean Solo Emphasis
You don’t want any additional drive with a clean boost, and this setting gives you just that. Adjust the Volume knob to the output of your amp and balance the Blend to the tone of your guitar: your clean solos need never be buried again.