Boss CH-1 Stereo Super Chorus Pedal Review

Posted: February 11, 2015 in Best Chorus Pedals
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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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