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Best chorus pedal, guitar chorus pedal, chorus effect pedal

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The chorus pedal is a guitar effect that has been around for decades. It’s real heyday was in the 1980’s but it has survived as one of the staple modulation effects that needs to be in your armory.

MXR has brought out an analogue chorus pedal which, gives you everything you want from a chorus effect – from the subtle, liquid glassy sheen on your sound to the full on warbling Leslie speaker.

The pedal is of all-metal construction and decked out in sublime blue with a super bright blue LED when the pedal is active – you won’t miss this on your pedalboard when it’s turned on.

One of the most noticeable features on this pedal that make it stand out from the crowd is the number of control pots, 5 in total. You have the Level, Rate & Depth controls that you would expect on a chorus pedal but this has the addition of a high and a low EQ control for maximum flexibility.

This versatile little effects pedal can easily capture the tonal undulations of Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’ and Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ but if you roll back the controls you can let the chorus pedal add a little 12-string shimmer to your sound.

The EQ controls really let you bring out the tones of your guitar and help you sit nicely in the mix whether it’s a live gig or directly into a mixing desk.

If you’re looking for a solid and versatile chorus pedal for your guitar you can do worse than pick up the MXR M234 Analog Chorus Pedal.

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Take a look below at it being put through its paces

 

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The Big Muff Pi is essentially a fuzz distortion pedal which has been a favourite with the world’s best guitarists for decades. The modern version hasn’t changed much – there’s an LED on top now to let you know when the pedal’s active but that’s about it.

One thing that sets the Big Muff Pi apart from most distortion/fuzz/overdrive pedals is the way it works with your equipment. It’s well worth playing around with the controls on the pedal but if you start twiddling with the controls on your guitar and amp you’ll be able to find your sweet spot between thick, heavy fuzz and crystal-clear sustaining overdrive.

There are 3 control pots on this pedal – volume, tone and sustain. Cranking up the sustain control gives a smooth, almost violin-like fuzz tone whilst rolling the sustain back and boosting the volume provides more traditional overdrive/distortion sounds.

Another neat trick is to roll back the volume on your guitar and pile on the sustain – this gives a tight, clear tone which still has plenty of sustain. You can see why this is one of Dave Gilmore’s favourite pedals and the reason he can play those long-held notes.

If you want something a bit different or if you’re trying to capture the sounds of psychedelic rock you might want to try this pedal – it’s not for everyone (you don’t see this pedal in many metal bands) and it may take some experimentation to get what you want from it but any time spent playing through this pedal is time well spent.

Use this pedal to get sounds like:
David Gilmore, Jimi Hendrix, Smashing Pumpkins, Santana

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In the video below you’ll discover why this pedal is a favourite with some of the legendary guitarists:

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If you don’t know what a chorus pedal is you’ve definitely heard one. It is one of the most broadly used modulation effects in recent guitar history and this is one of the best guitar chorus pedals on the market today.

The analogue chorus effect is well-rounded and adds an ambience that the digital age lacks. If you’re looking at this pedal and thinking that there’s some controls missing then you’ve got to play through one. It has pretty much become the industry standard of chorus pedals.

There may be variables you can’t control (i.e. level, eq) but you really don’t need them – the sound from this pedal is amazing. It will deliver a 12 string shimmer to your 6 string guitar and ramp all the way up to the full Leslie rotating speaker warble. And it does this with such warmth and passion.

Electro Harmonix take guitar sound processing to the next level and this is apparent in what most would to consider to be a basic pedal. Some search for the ‘transparent’ modualtion effects however Electro Harmonix unashamadley improve your guitar sound, and if you don’t like it then take a look at the other pedals in our chorus effect range.

Use this pedal to sound like:
David Gilmore, Kurt Cobain

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Take a look at the video below to hear just what is so great about this simple pedal:

 

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Boss never seem to fail to deliver with their guitar pedals, the construction of each pedal I have used is absolutely bombproof and has a great sound. Solid metal and with a longevity that will outlast your guitar playing career. Powered from a 9v battery or mains – the adaptor isn’t included.

The Boss CH-1 Stereo chorus pedal is one that gives you a light and transparent guitar sound but with the ability to go from a subtle shimmer to full on Leslie speaker style wobble. It has 4 control pots – E.Level, EQ, Rate, Depth. If you’ve used a chorus pedal before then these should be pretty self-explanatory. If not here’s a quick run down:-

  • E.level – controls the wet/dry mix of the output of the pedal so you can balance the amount of chorus applied to your guitar signal
  • EQ – is basically a tone control from bass to treble
  • Rate – controls the speed of the modulation effect
  • Depth – controls the width of the modulation

It’s always nice to see an EQ control on a chorus pedal so you can make sure that the pedal doesn’t colour your guitar sound adversely and sits nicely in with your rig. Some pedals give you more controls to play with for the EQ setting but I’ve always found the Boss tone controls well able to deliver the right sound balance (with my guitar set up I find that 11o’clock ish is the sweet spot.)

With the rate pot turned down low and the depth cranked up to about 7 the pedal adds a nice ambience to your guitar sound filling it out nicely, and bringing the rate up you can get something akin to ‘Little Wing’ by Jimi Hendrix. You can even go way further than that, right into an interstellar warble.

One thing to remember about this pedal is that it is stereo as well as mono so if you’ve got a stereo setup for your guitar you can really beef out your sound.

Use this pedal to get sounds like:
Jimi Hendrix, Zakk Wylde, Phil Carlin

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Have a listen to the Boss CH-1 Super Stereo Chorus Pedal in the video below:

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Wah wah pedal, crybaby pedal, guitar wah pedal, wah wah, dunlop crybaby, crybaby wah, best wah pedalPrintThe wah effect is created by bringing in and out treble tones, controlled by your foot rolling a potentiometer. Ubiquitous in funk playing and widely used in 1960’s psychedelia (think Voodoo Chile by Jimi Hendrix), this pedal is capable of so much more and has spawned a full genre of pedals.

To turn the pedal on just push down with the ball of your foot until it clicks and then you’re in business.

The Jim Dunlop Crybaby pedal is made from die cast metal is is super durable. It can be powered by battery and mains.

The wah wah effect can be used in more subtle ways than just getting a straight forwards wah sound, have a listen to Joe Satriani’s ‘Back to Shallabal’ or Steve Vai’s ‘For the Love of God’ and you’ll find the pedal being used to add in tonal dimensions to long musical phrases accentuating the impact.  On Dave Lee Roth’s ‘Yankee Rose’ Steve Vai has a go at conversing with Dave on the intro using a wah wah pedal – the Morley version of the pedal.

If you haven’t played with one of these before it’s time to have a go, you’ll be able to get expression like never before out of those blues solos.

The Jim Dunlop Crybaby  pedal is the godfather of all wah wah guitar pedals (it wasn’t the first one, but it’s by far the most popular) and it makes a valuable contribution to your pedalboard. There have been some criticisms of this pedal with regards to the noise level and tonal range, you might like to check out the Morley Bad Horsie Wah, Ibanez WD7 Weeping Demon or the catchily named MXR MC404 CAE Dual Inductor Wah. These pedals have slightly different takes on what a wah wah pedal should do and how they should do it, but for the money the original Crybaby is a worthy purchase.

Use this pedal to sound like:

Steve Vai, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Charlie Pitts (theme from Shaft)

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Take a look at this demo from Dunlop USA of 3 of their wah pedals:

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Classic distortion pedal from Boss. Featuring the same solid construction and reliability that you expect from them.  The DS-1 Distortion pedal delivers a crisp yet smooth distortion which doesn’t mask your playing.  The circuitry allows the picking dynamics of your playing to be heard clearly whilst providing a nicely saturated distortion.

Featuring control pots for Level, Tone and Drive the DS-1 can give you a broad range of sounds from classic rock to metal with a deep and crisp distortion sound. It sounds great when used as a gain booster for a stack set up/

It has been around for a while which is testimony to the great tone of the Boss DS-1. You’ll find this pedal in the collections of many great players who have used it as the foundation of their tone.best distortion pedal, boss ds1, boss distortion pedal, distortion pedal

Get sounds like these famous guitarists from this pedal:

Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Kurt Cobain

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Check out the video below to hear the Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal in action:-

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<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ngL2sC9pTOY?rel=0&controls=0&showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>PrintIf you haven’t heard of it you’ve definitely heard it being played.  Popularised by Stevie Ray Vaughan and used by countless others this has become the benchmark pedal against which other overdrive pedals are measured, Guitar Player magazine has endorsed this as the best overdrive pedal.  There’s a lot of Tubescreamer clones out there but this pedal is the official reissue using the same components and construction as the original – when it sounds this good why change?

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ngL2sC9pTOY?rel=0&controls=0&showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>The pedal is metal construction with pots for Level, Tone and Drive.  You don’t need to treat this pedal gently, even its ancestors are still going strong. One of this pedals distinguishing features is the sickly green color, it’s one aspect of the pedal that the imitations tend to avoid.

The Ibanez Tubsescreamer accentuates the frequencies between bass and treble giving the much sought after ‘mid-hump’. As with most overdrive pedals it can be used as a clean boost as well as for drive, coloring the signal as it passes through the pedal so check out the video at the bottom of this post to see if it’s the right sound for you.

Use this pedal to get sounds like these famous guitarists:-

Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Edge

 

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Ibanez Tubescreamer Classic TS9 demo:-

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As the name implies the Boss BD-2 Blues Driver is a pedal you can count on to provide that essential blues overdrive. The pedal has the usual Level, Tone & Drive pots with which you can dial in pretty much any level of creamy, smooth, tube-like overdrive.

The Blues Driver pedal is very responsive to pick attack and lets you really make those blues phrases ‘talk’. It has a ‘Fenderesque’ sound but don’t let that put you off putting your Gibson or Ibanez through it, you’ll get a great amount of articulation out of your playing with this guitar pedal.

It’s not just for the screaming blues solos or crunchy rythm either, with the drive cranked down low it can blues overdrive pedal, best blues overdrive pedal, overdrive pedal for blues, overdrive pedal, overdrive distortion pedalgive a clean boost to your signal and add in extra tone.  Mods are widely available for this pedal if you want to really create a unique blues tone.

The Boss workmanship on this pedal means that you can gig without fear of breaking it and it also comes with a 5 year warranty from the manufacturer.

Use this pedal to get guitar sounds like:

John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff beck

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Here’s a video of the Boss Blues Driver being taken out for a test drive:-

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Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal

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If you’re looking for a subtle overdrive effect the Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal may be just what you need.  It has 3 control pots (Level, Tone & Drive) which can deliver a surprising array of sounds.This is a great pedal to give you a clean boost or push your amp a little harder to for a more classic rock or gritty blues sound.  It has smooth and warm overdriven sounds and uses an asymmetric circuit for a natural tube amp growl.

Being a Boss guitar pedal it is built like a tank and will withstand heavy gigging, and if you’re into pedal modding you can easily tweak this pedal to create your own boutique sound.

Best overdrive pedal, tube overdrive pedal, blues overdrive pedal, overdrive distortion pedalIt’s powered by battery or mains and when it’s not in use it won’t suck your tone.

This is a great option to get those classic rock/dirty blues sounds without breaking the bank.

Comes with a BOSS 5 year warranty.

Use this pedal to make your guitar sound like:

Jason Becker, Edward Van Halen, Zakk Wylde

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Listen to the Boss Super Overdrive being put through its paces in this video:-

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