Re: Compressor pedals? Like or dislike? What do you use?
I have a DOD Milkbox Compressor for my cleans. I primarily use it to reduce my guitar's dynamic range and even out the volume of my humbuckers relative to my middle single coil. While many favor a wide dynamic range for musical expression, I have no such privilege as I play with another guitarist and two keyboardists. I find that having the compressor on helps my guitar's cleans be heard better when all my other bandmates are playing their solo parts.
Some may use the effect pre-dirt to help with sustain, and as far as I can tell people who use compression this way doesn't really need any sort of dynamic range, at least whenever they engage the effect for such purposes.
For solo boosts and the like, sebastian's suggestions are much more sound. In addition, you may try to use the philosopher's tone in the effects loop of your amp (which it seems to have): use as little compression as possible in the pedal, and crank the levels to something above your amp's volume with the pedal disengaged. This way you can use the pedal as a makeshift clean boost in addition to being a compressor.