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You can't play country guitar without a compressor. Whether you distort your tone or use a classic clean sound, the common denominator in both tones is compression. A compressor squashes the loud sounds to keep them in the volume range of the mid-volume sounds while bringing the soft volume sounds up to that midrange. This is necessary because of the strumming and lead fills that make up the country style. Using a compressor tends to give your tone a "spanking" good sound, too. That's what we all want, right?

There isn't a hard and fast rule for compressor settings, so try your own to get that chicken-picking happening.