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Boss Analog Pedals: Green Label vs. Black Label

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Fibber_McGee, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. Fibber_McGee

    Fibber_McGee Member

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    I am currently searching for a replacement chorus pedal to my Analog Clone Chorus, and the Boss CE-2 that was made in the 80's seems like a good option to go with. However I haven't been able to find out in specifics which pedal is better: the green label or black label, and why. Can anyone help out?
     
  2. Ned

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    from what i hear the black labels are better and more rare for boss effects...also MIJ is what your looking for but i could be wrong :jo
     
  3. David-R

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    I've been told also MIJ black are the rare ones. I have a MIJ green in very good condition. For clean playing it sounds fantastic. For some reason, when I run it after my OD pedals it sounds metallic so I've replaced it with a Carl Martin XII.

    PS - It's for sale on the pedal page.
     
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    I have an analog CH-1 that sounds sweet.
     
  5. Non-Digital Tom

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    The green label Boss pedals are made in Taiwan. I'm reasonable certain that all the MIJ Boss pedals have a black label, except some of the digital pedals had a blue label. I think some early Taiwan made Boss pedals had a black label as well.

    Another difference with the CE-2 is that the early models used the Panasonic MN3007 BBD chip, while later model CE-2s used the low voltage MN3207 chip.
     
  6. El Salvador

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    I've read that there was also a difference between the typography. Some older CE-2 models have got the "ce-2" under the R of "Chorus" whereas the later models have got the "ce-2" under the "U".
    I've got an old CE-2 blacklabel made in Japan but "ce-2" is below the "U"...
     
  7. David-R

    David-R Supporting Member

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    It's not true that all the green labels were made in Taiwan. My CE-2 is a green label. It says right on the green label "MADE IN JAPAN". It has the MN3007 chip in it.
     
  8. Non-Digital Tom

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    Sounds like a transitional model then - probably rare. I don't remember seeing any green MIJ labels myself. I was going by the info Boss gives about the labels in The Boss Book. I think the green MIJ w/MN3007 is a keeper. :D
     
  9. David-R

    David-R Supporting Member

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    Wow! I might actually own a rare pedal. :cool:

    I found a cool web site a few months ago that has information on Boss pedals. I'm not sure how accurate it is but here's what it says about the CE-2:
    http://www.bossarea.com/loadpage.asp?file=boxes/ce2.xml
     
  10. Powderfinger

    Powderfinger Gold Supporting Member

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    I just checked and I've also got a green label MIJ CE-2.
     
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    All the MIJ DM-3's I have seen have been green labels as well.
     
  12. michael patrick

    michael patrick Supporting Member

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    They are not really that rare. There are usually two or three up for auction on eBay every time I've searched. I just sold this one yesterday:

    [​IMG]
     
  13. ajric

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    The Boss black label silver screw is what I believe to be the one to get, if you can! There is also some difference in how the lettering in "chorus" appears on different years.

    Anthony
     

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