Orange Kongpressor Optical Compressor Pedal

93 out of 100. Incorporating 150+ ratings and reviews.

Gearank Recommendation

The Kongpressor appeared on our recommended list for Guitar Compressor Pedals from August 2018 until February 2021 when it was out-ranked by other pedals.


Instead of the usual FET circuit used in many compressor pedals, Orange went with an optical based circuit for the Kongpressor and packed it with expanded control options.

As expected of an opto compressor, this pedal applies effects in a smoother fashion, which gives a more natural sounding result. This can be good or bad depending on personal tastes, it is well appreciated by those who prioritize signal integrity.

It also houses quite a lot of controls, which allows for more tone personalization. This includes the usual attack and release knobs, a main volume knob which gives you up to 12dB of clean gain, a squash knob and an active chime control that serves as a pseudo tone control for shaping the higher frequencies.

If you are looking to add subtle compression to your guitar signal, then the Orange Kongpressor is a worthy option.


  • Optical Compressor
  • Parameters: Attack, Release, Volume, Chime, Squash
  • Buffered Bypass
  • 9V Battery or 9V-12V Adapter (Sold Separately)

Hands On Highlights

WebsiteSource*Rating Value
GearspaceArthur Stone100/100
Guitar.comRichard Purvis90/100
Music RadarTrevor Curwen90/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm’s adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Guitar Compressor Pedals.


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