The Orange Juicer is based on the Dan Armstrong Orange Squeezer. This effect pedal is well known for its smooth compression. Originally, it was designed to be mounted directly on the guitar, but the Orange Juicer is adapted to the stompbox format to fit a standard aluminium enclosure. Some of the most famous tones of the Orange Squeezer can be heard in ‘Sultans of Swing’, as Mark Knopfler was known for using this compressor in Dire Straits.
Unlike other compression effect pedals that use an optocoupler or a specialized opamp ic, the Orange Juicer creates the compression using JFET transistors. Because of that, the part count is low making the Orange Juicer an easy build. The amount of compression and sustain can be set by dialing the internal trimmer to your personal preference. As the Orange Squeezer, it’s a great pedal to place before an overdrive or distortion pedal to push it harder! A quite subtle effect, but you’ll miss it once you turn it off!
Download here the manual for the Orange Juicer Kit: