January 25th, 2011, 05:07 PM
I have been building a pedal board and have just picked up a chorus pedal. I would like to use it with my acoustic/electric guitar for worship. I am new to pedals and its been a lot of fun playing with them. Boy, this stuff is addicting!!
Anyway, I was wondering about some good settings to use, how and when to use it. Like when strumming or light arpeggios or fingerpicking? How do you guys use it and what kind of settings?
Thanks for any input!!
January 25th, 2011, 06:38 PM
There are plenty of chorus pedals out there, from $15 to $300. It is subjective to you how you like it. Just try experiment which you like best. I use mine for light, airy rhythms. Some don't have volume controls. Mine is a Boss HR-2. Its 20yrs old and has a volume control and is stereo.
January 26th, 2011, 12:30 AM
Don't use chorus much, though I do have one on my pedal board. For acoustic, almost never with the chorus, can't remember the last time. On electric, I just dial up the "swimminess" until it sounds good to me, then dial back about 10-20% for everyone else's taste (LOL). For acoustic, I much prefer delay to thicken the sound.
January 26th, 2011, 01:54 AM
I have the Boss Chorus Ensemble CE5, Boss Super Chorus CH1 and Danelectro Fab Chorus. The bosses are $89 apiece and the Danelectro is $15. I love all 3 of them, but I also love chorus probably more than I should. I've played at church a few times, once with an electric and the other couple times with acoustic/ electric, and I've used the Chorus ensemble. It's a really lush pedal that sounds great with arpeggios. You can do minimal things and light fills and the pedal gives you a nice airy sound that doesn;t over power or get buried. Each of these pedals I love, but thats the only one I've played live with thus far. The Fab I would buy just because it's $15 and it sounds really good, albeit basic and not very versatile. It's more of a find-one-tone-and-never-touch-the-knobs-again pedal
January 27th, 2011, 03:26 PM
I'm basically a P&W strummer, no arpeggios or fancy stuff. My main church guitar at the moment is an Epiphone SST solid-body acoustic (think Les Paul Jr. body/neck with acoustic bridge & piezo undersaddle pickup). Anyhoo, it sounds a bit thin to my ears.
So, I use a Digitech MultiChorus to give it some depth and character. I don't overdo it, just a slow, subtle shimmer. I'm now looking for other pedals that'll fit well on my acoustic rig. I go into a L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI (which has an effects loop!) which feeds into the PA. I've got the chorus pedal (and a tuner) and am looking into a delay and/or reverb next.
Open G Tele
January 27th, 2011, 03:56 PM
Like most effects, a little chorus goes a long way... especially with acoustic.
Here's a trick: Set the effect where you like it, and then back it off about 30%.
You'll still have slight shimmer while staying out of jacuzzi territory.
February 2nd, 2011, 03:46 PM
Just a follow up to what I did. I found a used Digitech Chorus Factory in the used pedal case at the local music store I frequent. Tried it out and the price was right ($39) so I took it home. This pedal has 7 models of popular chorus pedals and each one is tweakable. I settled on the Voo Doo Lab Analog chorus model and tried it out last Sunday at church. Well, it sounded awesome! I went in early to practice using the sound system at church and set the settings to what I thought sounded good and if I judged the comments I got from the crowd, it worked great.
Thanks for all of the help you guys give on these forums. This is a great place.
leonard d rock
February 17th, 2011, 07:17 PM
a chorus is good to provide some body to the sound, i use a boss super chorus with slow speed, wide depth, and just below or sometimes equal to the normal sound. i use even sometimes use a flanger or heavier effect on some songs
February 25th, 2011, 11:25 PM
I use my MXR carbon copy delay with my acoustic. The chorus is very slight and you really don't hear it. I like the ambient sound that a delay adds to my acoustic.
February 26th, 2011, 06:54 AM
The DD-7 has a Modulate setting which sounds very chorus like. I like the DD-7 delay for my acoustics especially.
February 26th, 2011, 04:42 PM
Using a chorus pedal requires more attention to tuning and a mutable in line tuner; our drummer and I call it the "out of tune pedal" when used on acoustics.
February 27th, 2011, 11:45 PM
If I ever am tempted to set my chorus level higher than 30% rate and/or level I smack myself on the fingers and go stand in the corner.