Chorus Pedal: Best Kept Secret ??

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  1. guitarman1956

    guitarman1956 Supporting Member

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    What the best chorus pedal that does not get all the hype and publicity? I'm looking for something with true bypass (not EH), that won't break the ole bank.
     
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    Boss CE-2, under $100
     
  3. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    Honestly, the Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble has that glassy almost instantaneous 80's doubling that reminds me of Andy Summers and early 90's church bands. But it seems to be out of fashion now, and folks just like that swampy chorus a la Nirvana/Electro Harmonix.
     
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    CE-2 ain't true bypass, but its my favorite.

    Voodoo Labs Chorus is nice and suposedly true bypass.
     
  5. plexirocker 68

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    The new MXR yellow box chorus 134. This ones being missed out there for sure. I don't know if it's technically true bypass but I don't notice any difference.

    I sold my CE-2 the day I got this one. It just sounds better all the way around and is tons more versatile. The new MXR stuff is really good. They may never be like they were back in the day but many of their recent offerings have been very good.

    I've owned many choruses. This ones my only keeper.

    plexi
     
  6. kludge

    kludge The droid you're looking for

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    How important is true bypass, really? Older analog chorus pedals are readily available and nail that sound, even if they don't use Hammond boxes, 3PDT true bypass switching, and sexy boutique paint jobs. My DOD chorus doesn't weigh down my signal, sounds awesome, and only cost me twenty bucks.
     
  7. frankencat

    frankencat Guitarded Gold Supporting Member

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    Boss CE-5. I like it better than the older analog CE-2/3.
     
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    I've said this before, but the BBE Mindbender is quite good for the $$. Very lush chorusing with a vibrato option as well. You can get a used one for under $75
     
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    what if one doesn't like glassy choruses?

    i for one love the choralflange
     
  10. Dad_of_Two

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    I recently bought the Red Witch Empress and am 200% satisfied with the range of sound....the technical offering.....TB / Analog and it looks cool :)

    It also has a Vibrato mode which, although not really an effect I look to get from a pedal, saves you from buying a pedal specific for Vibrato.

    My 0.02 cents :RoCkIn
     
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    The arion sch-1 has a lot of hype but it delivers!!! Too bad it is not tb:mad:
     
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    I'm actually shocked at how well the Digitech Chorus Factory sounds. It's not a cork-sniffer's pedal but there are some great sounds in the pedal. I keep it in a Loop-Master pedal.
     
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    No offense, but he asked for something that won't break the bank. I wouldn't exactly consider the Red Witch or the Choralflange to be budget pedals...
     
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    Unbelievably good sounding, very, very versatile and true bypass. Built like a brick, and can do lots of different types of chorus sounds. Seriously overlooked!



    -db
     
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    +1

    That is a fantastic pedal for someone that isn't totally sure what they want from a chorus and who doesn't want to lay down $200 for one. It can do swampy stuff, 80's glassy sounds, and some other good stuff as well. I preferred the Small Clone settings, but I also liked the 80s sounds you could get from the model of their own chorus pedal.


    I picked one up for $60 on ebay and thought it was fantastic. A friend loved it too, and I let him have it. I sort of regret giving it away (I thought he was going to take the bad monkey, but he fell in love with the CF and I told him he could have whichever one he wanted).

    D
     
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    cheers
     
  17. Jahn

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    if you don't like glass, i'd stick with the EH small clone.
     
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    DLS Chorus. I have it on almost all the time, but so slightly it's doesn't shout CHORUS. It just provides the slightest touch of "movement". I can get any chorus sound out of it, it's TB and hand-built. Not expensive either.
     
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    Although it just got a Guitar Players pick (which may make it harder to get) I'd recommend the Carl Martin Classic Chorus. I've had one for about 2-3 months and find it very warm and analog because it is!
     

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