Dan Armstrong™ Orange Squeezer™
The Orange Squeezer™ is an excellent little compressor and easy to build too. The original unit plugged directly into your guitar. We have updated this to the standard stompbox format. According to stompbox folklore, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steeley Dan, Doobie Brothers, Studio player) used this compressor. You can certainly hear some excellent compressed guitar playing on the Dire Straits song “Sultans of Swing” and Baxter’s solos on the Doobie Brothers “Takin’ It To The Streets” album (see youtube video at the bottom of the page).
- General Build Instructions
- Orange Squeezer Build Instructions
- Orange Squeezer Bill of Materials Text
- Orange Squeezer Schematic
- Orange Squeezer Parts Layout and Wiring Diagram – External Volume Control This is the layout for the kits.
- Orange Squeezer Parts Layout and Wiring Diagram – Trimmer Volume
- Orange Squeezer Ready-For-Transfer Printed Circuit Board Layout For use only if you are a complete DIY person who wants to etch and drill your own PCB. Otherwise, we recommend you ignore this PCB mask and buy the Ready to Solder Printed Circuit Board or Complete Kit.
- Original Dan Armstrong™ Orange Squeezer™ Schematic (for Reference).
Buy a OSQ Complete Kit. Includes all the parts and materials you need to build one, including the PCB, all for about the price you would pay for a PCB and parts.
Would you like a Ready to Solder Circuit Board for this project? Note: If you buy the kit, the Ready-to-Solder Printed Circuit Board (RTS PCB) is included in the kit. You do not need to purchase this Ready to Solder Circuit Printed Board if you buy the kit.
Check out the lead guitar at 1:50 into the song for Orange Squeezer type compression. It is known that Skunk Baxter sometimes used an Orange Squeezer compressor. I don’t know if this is it, but it sounds very much like the Orange Squeezer sound.