Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by fabrizio, Aug 29, 2008.
Boss CE1 or 2?
+1. He used a Roland Jazz Chorus amp in the beginning. The chorus circuit there is said to be related to the Ce-1 and Ce-2. I like the CE-2 a lot myself since you can set it really subtle so that the chorus effect doesn't take over everything. I have the somewhat rare Boss DC-2 as well, but still prefer my old beaten up CE-2. A JC-amp sounds killer too.
From what I've read however Johnny Marr always hated his Roland-amp and just couldn't afford a real tube amp at the time. /C
EDIT ADD: There's quite a few interviews with Johnny Marr collected where he talks about his guitars and equipment used at different recordings. I think they're at a site called foreverill.com - however I get warnings about there being malware on that site now.
If you're looking for the "How Soon Is Now?" sound, it's tremolo, not chorus. In fact, it's two amps with tremolo circuits running slightly out of sync with each other.
Here's an interesting article about getting similar effects with ProTools and pedals. http://www2.digidesign.com/digizine/dz_main.cfm?edition_id=142&navid=1041
If I were you, I would get a tremolo, an old-sounding delay, and a reverb pedal before I'd buy a chorus.
the seek trem pedal is pretty cool for a how soon is now thing
I'm pretty sure that Johnny used a CE-1 on the Smiths debut album.
Yeah, but Marr used chorus a lot in other songs.
I really enjoy Marr and try to channel him once in a while, but instead of using Chorus, I use the tube amp's onboard tremolo a bit, some delay from my Deluxe Memory Man for spaciousness, and that's it. Maaaaybe a little reverb from a Verbzilla, but I like to keep it clean versus overprocessed. A lot of that chime comes from some naturally occurring harmonics from his playing style and letting the speaker do its thing. For me, diving into a dedicated Chorus effect is an excuse to go all Flock of Seagulls.
I just got a Retro Sonic Chorus, which is a clone of the original CE-1. It does a great job of getting those tones. I think the CE-1 and the JC-120 is just the definitive chorus sound.
Marr typically used a boss ce2 into two blackface twins.
Isn't a TC Electronic Chorus supposed to be based on the Roland JC-120?
It's funny, I read somewhere that Marr can't even get the tones he got on the records cause they were always so strange and spontaneous.
Also, sidenote: Ever see this guy? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeE4mjS1BKM Pretty cool stuff.
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thanks for the response!