The EarthQuaker Devices Warden is a versatile, flexible optical compressor with a lot of its own character, too. What is an "Optical Compressor," you say? According to Wikipedia, it's "an analog compressor that uses a light element and optical cell to alter the dynamics of an audio signal. As the amplitude of the audio signal increases, the light element emits more light and causes the optical cell to attenuate the amplitude of the output signal."
What that means for guitar is fat, consistent tone and smooth sustain. The EQD Warden provides a lot of variability to dial in the right sound, and it is hand-built from the finest components available in Akron, Ohio.
This 2019 EarthQuaker Devices Warden is the V2 model, and it functions 100% as it should. It shows some minor cosmetic scuffs here and there, but it's in nice condition all around. Great compressor.
More info from EarthQuaker Devices:
"Hey boss, thanks for taking a visit from The Warden! The Warden is an optical compressor with a feature set usually reserved for studio grade units. Built with high grade components and internally powered by 18v, The Warden has loads of gain and sustain on tap. With complete control over attack, release, sustain and ratio, The Warden will allow everything from a heavy squash with fast attack and release to “barely there” subtle compression. Optical compression has a reputation for having more character than a VCA or FET-based compression and The Warden is no exception."