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I'm Starting to Think that Chorus Pedals are Cool Again

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by gabasa, Apr 21, 2021.

  1. gabasa

    gabasa Tele-Meister

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    As a teenager in the '80s, I loved my Boss BCB-6 pedalboard and all the great effects inside. With the power supply pedal and the noise gate, it left little room for real effects, but back then, I enjoyed them all. EQ, Distortion, Chorus and Digital Delay.

    The chorus pedal was a CE-2 and just lovely. After upgrading to "better" models for many years, I had some success with a TC Electronic unit, a Rocktron Tsunami and more recently, a Tortuga Martini. I recently purchased a used Retro Sonic Chorus pedal, a remake of the famed Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble and I really dig it. Turning it on with the intensity fairly low sounds so good that it can be tough to turn it off.

    After decades of moving away from chorus effects, I'm liking them again. There, I said it. To honor this effect, I'm going to list an old recording I like with chorus, as well as a recent one.
    • Older: Message in a Bottle (Police)
    • Newer: Get Lucky (Daft Punk)
    If you like choruses, what are some beloved recordings for you, old and new?
    Regarding pedals, did you have one that was tough to turn off?
     
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    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    The Pretenders.. subtle chorusy jangle.

    i loved a lilac Ibanez chorus I had years ago but use an MXR Analog Chorus with tone controls now
     
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    I have many chorus pedals, but just use it for the 80s tone
    I own many ....chorus or modulation pedals are 80s glory and I like them for that.
    I use chorus for special (legendary) sounds (Hendrix,EVH,Luke,Landau,Huff "money-rack").
    But usually they spoil/wash-out my natural tone...like milk in coffee or cola in whisky
    So I rarely use modulation
     
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    I've been buying pedals for 10 years, before that I was a guitar-tuner-amp guy. I always stayed away from chorus even if Smiths-era Johnny Marr is one of my favorite guitarists.

    Now I have two chorus pedals.

    Chorus, Fila shoes, fanny packs, dad/mom jeans and parting your hair in the middle. Things that got trendy again. I will try the chorus thing. That's enough.
     
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    Try one on an acoustic .
     
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    Me too! I’m starting a shoegaze band, so I’m playing with chorus a lot these days.

    I like the Voodoo Lab one and the Visual Sound H2O, but I’m just playing a Boss ME-50 for effects in my rig these days, so that’s probably a CH-1 or CE-5. Sounds perfect for what I do. I keep it pretty subtle.
     
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    I like mike sterns chorus. Plus everything mentioned so far.
    And let’s not forget robert smith and prince.
     
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    The best chorus I’ve ever used is the tc electronics dimension c. Lush, subtle, niiiiccceee
     
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    I too have moved back to chorus after being a long time abuser. I like how it works on delay trails the best. A subtle shimmer on trails only is big and airy without the 80’s abuse factor. Some chorus pedals that can stay out of the way while sounding lush IMO are: Boss DC-2w, TC Corona (tri-chorus), Neunaber (tri chorus). TC’s Juno-60 is a bit more toward the overt side but it sounds nice. Then of course the 80’s done well like Walking on The Moon with his EHX Electric Mistress (dialed to a chorus sound) MXR Stereo Chorus, TC Chorus/Flanger and if you can find one, the EHX Clone Theory.
     
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    Old (sorta): Pretending, Eric Clapton
    New: can't think of one, but did hear chorus in "current" radio play and thought "It's back"

    I have not used chorus a lot but I think I could easily abuse a good tri-chorus sound....
     
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    I spent a while chasing chorus pedals, until I got a used boss flanger bf-2, plugged it in, and realized: That is what I was looking for!
     
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    Chorus is cool! Especially Clapton Journeyman era.........
     
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    I thought I was chasing the CE2 chorus tones after flipping a few pedals but after picking up the CE2W from Boss I realized it was the CE1 tones I was after. Some of my favorite albums with Chorus: "Reckless" Bryan Adams, "Play Deep" The Outfield, "Sister Sweetly" Big Head Todd and the Monsters, "Rotting Pinata" Sponge, "Throwing Copper" Live, "Use Your Illusion II" GnR
     
  16. blowtorch

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    ugh, chorus
    the lamest of all effects- just get an acoustic
    Yeah Summers gets a pass, but otherwise

    don't even get me started
     
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    Yes, because you don’t like it, we all should feel the same?

    Nah.
     
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    No I do recognize that sometimes people have wrong and lame opinions, also :)
     
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    Yes, I'm noticing it right now. ;)
     
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    I use a 30 year old Boss chorus to catch some 70s Stones vibe on a couple of songs. Works just right! It's also stereo so I can run into a second amp.
     
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