Subtle Simple Chorus for Adding Color to Clean Country Sound

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  1. tclotworthy

    tclotworthy TDPRI Member

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    Hi,

    I play a lot of country and country rock. I use a telecaster with a Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive box with a subtle over-driven kind of sound. I like the sound I get, but I would like to add just a skosh of chorus effect, barely discernible, to give it perhaps a slightly byrds 12-string kind of deal, or what alternatively what I hear from Albert Lee on some of his recordings. I don't want people to be able to tell its a chorus in a blatant Any Summers kind of way, but just hear that it sounds like pretty guitar.

    Obviously I want a box, not a rack thing (I rack thing is what I know Albert Lee uses).

    Thanks for any ideas!
     
  2. RoyBGood

    RoyBGood Doctor of Teleocity

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    Boss CE-2 set low should do it.
     
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  3. dlew919

    dlew919 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Ok, there's going to be 50,000,000 answers, all valid. All different. So, I'd suggest that the Boss CH-1 chorus is simple, subtle and sounds great, adn is cheap. It's my preferred, and I use it exactly like you do.
     
  4. DeVilleDude

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    I have a Joyo on my tele board. Can't speak to how it compares to the Boss, but mine's quiet, and sounds great (to me) for the application you're looking for.
     
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    I picked up an Ibanez Mini Chorus recently and use it very subtlety. It sounds great to my ears. Worth checking out, but of course there are loads of options available.
     
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    Boss CH-1 on my main board. Donner chorus at our rehearsal space.
     
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    I recommend the Suhr Alexa Analog Chorus/Vibrato Guitar Pedal. Only $299!
     
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    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I like my BBE Mind Bender. Bonus: It also does vibrato.
     
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  9. Hexabuzz

    Hexabuzz Friend of Leo's

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    An alternative that's NOT a chorus, but gives a great doubled/multitracked guitar shimmer/fullness is the TC Electronics Mimiq Doubler.

    It's not a chorus, or echo, but more of a simulation of a studio overdubbed multitrack guitar.

    Give it a listen, it might be more of what you're looking for, as far as subtle.
     
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  10. nic'o'caster

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    For what you need I would warmly recommend the Keeley 30ms. It's more a Double Tracker than a chorus per se, but it is very versatile with 3 different modes. Check the reviews on youtube and you should be impressed. It's great sounding in mono (and even better in stereo) and you don't get the "lost in the mix" syndrome that many chorus have ! It pushed my Analogman chorus out of my board, and that's something !

    edit : yep, the TC Mimiq is similar to the 30ms but the latter is more versatile (and pricer too, but the difference is worth it)
     
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    Two choices here.....MXR Micro Chorus, no longer made and hard to find, but a great subtle chorus.
    Other choice.....DigiTech Mosaic, 12 string emulator, adjust the level to whatever amount of effect you like. I use it for full on 12 string sound.
     
  12. Vladimir

    Vladimir Friend of Leo's

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    I'd also recommend Joyo if you don't plan to spend a lot of money. There are two types, the blue one which is a Boss CE2 copy and an orange one which I believe is an Ibanez CS9 copy.
     
  13. Paul in Colorado

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    I like the chorus in the NuX Mod Core pedal. It also gives you flange, phase, vibrato, vibe, panning and tremolo. Some of the sounds are better then others, but the chorus is quite good and it gives you a lot options in a small pedal. There is a deluxe version that allows tweaking and downloading similar to the TC Tone Print.
     
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    Another vote for the Boss CH-1. Used is fine, Boss pedals are tough! Classic chorus sound, and the level control allows you to add as much or as little of the effect as you want.
     
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    Interesting idea. I always wondered if Clapton was doing that with Blackie in the early/mid 80s before he went to his Clapton model Strats. There was a VERY subtle "wetness" to his sound. Maybe it was his Leslie, don't know , but it was a very cool sound.

    Good luck with finding your magic elixir!
     
  16. Hexabuzz

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    As a Mimiq owner, I'm not really sure that it's comparable to the 30ms, in that it's not providing a static delay time to recreate a studio effect, but rather a tightness or looseness setting which varies as to how close it doubles the signal in time, as if you were playing the track again as an overdub, to give the doubling (or more) effect.

    The Mimiq can also vary the number of "overdubs".
     
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    I'd recommend starting with one of the Boss versions.
     
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    I was listening to some demos with the stereo effect. Very cool, if you're listening with headphones.
     
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    This was going to be my recommendation, as well. As far as I know the re-issue is still being made. That's what I have. 90 bills, new at all the online retailers. A dynamite and surprisingly flexible unit for just having one knob (I kike simple, especially when it sounds good).

    https://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m148-7-10137-04588-0.do?from=Search&cx=0

    https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=MXR+Micro+Chorus

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    There's four things I like to adjust in a chorus effect:

    *speed
    *intensity -- how much wobble
    *wet/dry mix
    *tone -- how much shimmer/high end roll off.

    TC's Corona chorus has those four knobs (and more), so I'm happy with it. Since you want subtle, I bet you can get by with most any pedal, just turn it down.
     
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