boss ce2 - worth modding?

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  1. pnksntdead

    pnksntdead Supporting Member

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    i'm thinking of having my spare ce2 modded for increased speed and maybe depth. has anyone done this before? for those who had favorable results, which mod/modding service did you use? thanks!!
     
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    Don't. Just buy a different chorus. Don't mod a desirable pedal like that.
     
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    Ya, I think it sounds pretty bad ass on its own.
     
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    I buy lots of Boss pedals, but absolutely avoid modded pedals - especially vintage pedals like the CE-2.
     
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    I agree - no need to mod a classic these days. Plenty of affordable alternatives out there.

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    the ce-2 is great stock but there is a speedy mod avaiable i think keeley does it...
     
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    Modding a current Boss pedal is fine.. But a classic (and limited) one shouldn't be messed with, imo.

    Of course, it's yours and you can do whatever you want with it. Keeley offers a mod service for these. Or you can have Cornish make you a chorus out of one. :)
     
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    Sure. Why not? It's a pedal.

    Have both the mods on my CE-2.

    Sounds more alive and fuller. Robert Kelley does amazing work.

    Matt
     
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    i hear ya'll. i definitely wouldn't want to mod a minty ce2 but this one is a cosmetically beat, MIT (but with japan guts - mn3007 chip). it sounds great but i could definitely use a bit more speed to it. i'll probably go with keeley based on previous experience too. i'd have to sell the rest of my board just to fund a cornish mod! thanks for all the input!
     
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    when do the keeley speedy mod do you lose some of the slower rate or is the rate just extended to go faster?
     
  11. Madsen

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    i got Monte Allums mods done on Boss MT-2 & a CS-3. The pedals sounded like ass stock & were significantly improved by the mods. No more hiss or hum & there was a general overall improvement in clarity, harmonics & tone.
    http://www.monteallums.com/pedal_mods.html

    i know Boss makes some decent pedals & some crap. If it's unuseable then by all means give the mod a shot, but it sounds like some here hold that model in high regard, if it's just not for you then it might be better to sell it off & get something else.
     
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    I had that Keeley mod and it was helpful but not that dramatic of an improvement. The Boss CE-2 was already pretty good as is especially when they were released. I don't use chorus much anymore but that was one of the better ones.
     
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    MjCartney Neo-Maxi Zoom Dweebie Silver Supporting Member

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    The only mod I'd do is jumper the resistor and diode on the power so it'll work with contemporary power supplies. And maybe add a blue LED, looks nice on that pedal.

    I played several mods, and IMHO the original sounds best. Maybe i just like it 'cause I grew up on that sound, but I'd leave that one alone. A CE-3 however, I'd say go ahead. I swap out a cap on mine to give them greater depth & make them sound more CE-2 like. But that's just me. I'm a different breed of cat.
     
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    hmm...tough crowd. I've modified mine for wider Rate range. I replaced some caps, did the power supply mod so you can use a normal 9V supply, Burr-Brown op amp had already been subbed. Lastly, I added Jack Deville's true bypass circuit. That was a bit of an adventure since no one had done it before, but worth the effort.
     
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    If you want increased speed and depth in an analog chorus pedal, just buy a used DOD FX65 Stereo Chorus for around $30. It'll be cheaper than modding your CE-2 and give you a different sound. Whereas the CE-2's don't get very fast and have a 'chewy' midrange, the FX65's are a bit cleaner and flatter in the EQ and have speeds fast enough for a good fake Leslie sound. If these pedals came in a Phase 90 sized box with a label from VoodooAnalogMojoVintageToneMan, they'd sell for $200.
     
  16. The Melodyman

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    I am awaiting the return of my Keeley Modded Boss CE-2. Its from the 80's and began to die.. ex. when you first hit the button it worked well, but after a minute or so the chorus effect began to fade away.. I attributed this to old worn out components so a refresh was in order..Also, the LED was so dim I couldnt tell if it was on or off while onstage.. They replace it with a bright blue one as part of the refurb. Should have it back early next week. I'll report back..
     

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