So, you’ve mastered a couple of chords and licks, and now you want something new to add to your guitar playing?
Why not take up effects pedals?
If you’re not really familiar with this type of equipment, choosing the right pedal for your needs can be pretty tough.
Lucky for you, I’ve decided to make this article, in which we will go over the absolute basics, as well as some of the best models of chorus pedals you can find online.
So, let’s get right to it!
Top 5 Chorus Pedals This Year
1. Donner Tutti Love
2. Deadbeat Sound Wet Dreams
3. MXR M234
4. Electro Harmonix Small Clone
5. Boss CH-1
The Pedal Basics to Know
First of all, we need to define exactly what a chorus pedal does.
A chorus pedal is used to achieve the effect of multiple instruments, in this case, guitars, playing at the same time, with a slight difference in timing and pitch.
Basically, you’re getting the effect of a much wider and more spacious sound. Everything you play through this kind of pedal will sound thicker and more consistent.
You can also think of this effect as a type of delay. The original signal of your guitar is taken, cloned, slightly modified, and mixed into the output signal, mimicking the sound of multiple guitars being played at the same time.
Unlike delay, chorus is much more subtle and is mainly used to shape the sound of the guitar and not really modify it that much.
Controls – How to Shape the Tone and Control the Effect
Each type of effects pedal has its own basic set of controls used for shaping the sound and the effect that’s being applied.
As far as chorus effect goes, the most common controls include tone, effect level, depth, and rate.
Each of the mentioned parameters is pretty straightforward, with the depth and rate knobs being used for the actual repetition of the original signal in the output mix.
Depending on the model, you might get slightly more limited controls, or, in some cases, even more parameters to play around with.
So, what’s the bottom line?
It’s all about you, and how you want to use the chorus pedal. If you’re an absolute beginner and want a simple and effective effect, go with a more minimalistic, straightforward model.
On the other hand, having more control over the effect gives you a wider range of options, and will help you with learning about all the details that make the tone of your guitar.
What to Look for in a Pedal?
Now that you at least have a rough idea of what you’re looking for, it’s time to address a couple of features and specs you should look for.
Build quality is always an important factor, especially when you’re looking at a piece of equipment such as pedals.
As they are going to be placed on the ground and stepped on, they should be sturdy enough not to break after just a couple of months.
Pot size may not be that important if you plan on using your pedals at home, but on stage, this can be a pretty big deal.
Being able to easily adjust any parameters when on a poorly lit stage can make a huge difference.
Pedal size can also be an important factor, especially if you already have a pedalboard, or plan on getting/making one.
Bigger pedals offer more room for more dials and knobs but don’t leave much space for other effects on your pedalboard.
If you don’t really need anything advanced, there are great models on the market with an insanely small footprint, without any sacrifice in terms of sound quality and performance.
Battery or wall adapter? While most pedals give you both options, there are certain advantages and disadvantages in both types of power delivering.
Using a 9V battery means fewer cables and gives you more flexibility in terms of actual positioning.
However, using a wall adapter relieves you of having to think about how much juice your battery is left with.
Finally, it’s time to take a closer look at my pick of the 5 best effects pedals for chorus!