The Seymour Duncan Vise Grip is one of the coolest pedals to come out of Seymour Duncan yet. With the goal of creating a studio grade parallel compressor circuit perfectly tuned for electric guitar. This pedal is a must have for any guitarist who wants to take control of their dynamics. By creating a compressor with both a volume and blend control you really can get any sound you would ever need.
A lot of compressor pedals you will find from day to day are set up for a certain style. While some will suit tappers that need very little dynamics and just want every note to ring clear others will be made to increase sustain letting your solos soar. One thing that the Vise Grip does incredibly well is it lets you get any compressor sound you would ever need.
The Blend Control
The main control that really separates this compressor from others on the market is its parallel Blend control. This one control lets you dial in as much or as little dry signal as you want at any time. So if you want a subtle squashed undertone to your playing but still want a good amount of dynamic range you can dial back the blend to get your sound no matter the style.
The One Button Dynamics Machine
At the end of the day compressors are meant to do one thing. Give you more control over the dynamics of your guitar. That is where the Vise Grip really shines as no matter where you want to take your dynamic the Vise Grip can handle it. From subtle volume boosts with a smooth compressed sound for your next solo to a stunning squashed tone that would really suit funk, soul and more.
Here's what Seymour Duncan say about the Vise Grip
The Seymour Duncan Vise Grip is a studio-grade compressor designed for guitarists who want to take control of the dynamics of their sound, from a subtle smoothing-out of peaks and valleys to the most squished and pinched extremes and everywhere in between. The Blend knob lets you add as much or as little of the original signal as you like to the compressed sound, while the Mid/Full/High lets you choose the character of the blended signal. The Sustain knob determines how long your notes will ring out and the Attack control regulates how quickly the compressor reacts to your initial pick attack. Higher settings give you a late attack that lets your picking dynamics come through before the compression kicks in. And the Volume control does more than just let you match the output with your bypassed sound: you can also use it as a boost while taking advantage of the Blend and Mid/Full/High controls.
You can use the Vise Grip for everything from a simple dynamics adjustment - like a subtle or extreme increase in sustain, or a little extra clarity, body and volume for a clean solo - to more intense effects like a classic 'squished funk' rhythm scratch or a lo-fi, treble-heavy edge which is perfect for garage-band vibe. Then you can blend in just the right amount of the uncompressed signal and let the Mid/Full/High switch restore sparkle to the high end, fatten up the uncompressed signal for increased harmonic overtones, or simply make sure your effected sound remains consistent with your bypassed guitar tone.