Best Guitar Chorus Pedals

best guitar chorusThese classic staples of the industry, as well as some new arrivals, are some of the best guitar chorus pedals around.

What is the best guitar chorus pedal? Much like overdrive and spring reverb, chorus is a classic guitar effect that every guitarist is familiar with. Chorus is essential for thickening up clean sounds and giving sustaining notes a swirly watery type of movement. This effect also works very well with overdrive, giving it a doubled, more polished sound. While chorus can be very subtle (just thickening the sound a bit or adding some shimmer) it is also capable of some exaggerated effects reminiscent of science fiction movies.

You can probably hear the chorus effect on three out of every four 80s songs. In fact, a perfect example is the beginning of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”. Since we’re discussing the best chorus pedals available, this list will focus on staples in the industry, as well as some new arrivals to the scene. We want solid tone without too many side effects (for example that background “air swirling sound”). We also want dependability, solid construction, and perhaps some new features.

Best guitar chorus pedals

Catalinbread Callisto Chorus/VibratoCatalinbread Callisto Chorus/Vibrato

The Catalinbread Callisto Chorus/Vibrato Pedal is actually two 100% analogue pedals in one small box. It makes use of a MN3007 Bucket Brigade chip at its core. The Bucket Brigade chip was created between 1968 and 1969, and it was designed to affordably delay an audio signal. The chip was first used in the Roland JC-120 Amplifier, and the Boss Chorus CE-1 pedal, during the mid 70s. more…

Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic ChorusSeymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus

The Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus is another 100% pure analogue chorus pedal that uses the “Bucket Brigade Devices” chip to delay the signal. The Catalina has a lot of controls that are designed to help you get your sound just right. The Delay control allows you to set delay times from 6ms to 60ms. more…

Boss CE-5 Stereo Chorus EnsembleBoss CE-5 Stereo Chorus Ensemble

The fifth version of a classic product line, the Boss CE-5 Stereo Chorus Ensemble is the first version to go digital. The Boss CE-2 Chorus Ensemble is a classic pedal that has graced hundreds of recordings and can be heard in almost any 80s rock ballad. The EC-5 is designed to provide all of the great sound of the CE-2, but with some modern modifications. more…

MXR M134 Stereo ChorusMXR M134 Stereo Chorus

As the name suggests, the MXR M134 Stereo Chorus Pedal can put out a mono or a stereo effect, featuring two output jacks to accommodate this feature. The chorus effect is adjusted with an Intensity control that adapts the level of the chorus effect added to the signal. A Width control adjusts the depth of the effect, from barely there, to big swirly waves. more…

Keeley Seafoam Plus ChorusKeeley Seafoam Plus Chorus

One of the most modern pedals on this list, the Keeley Seafoam Plus Chorus, has a lot of features packed into its compact size. This pedal uses the same automatic doubler as that used in the Keeley 30ms Double Tracker. The Seafoam Plus has three modes of operation. ADT chorus mode creates a second and third voice each with its own slight delay and pitch to emulate a real chorus. more…

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