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I wanted to be like Robert Smith. But not be Robert Smith.
I failed in the prospect of not wanting to sound like The Cure completely. I love their sounds and tones, but I wanted to be a little different. Instead of a Super Chorus, I picked this up instead. The differences are minuscule. But I do like the look of this one a bit more, so that's a plus I guess. It's a chorus pedal, it gives you that otherworldly tone, and it's solid as a rock. The one I own has obviously been beaten to death by previous owners over the last near 40 years. But it still sounds great!
edited almost 3 years ago
Excellent chorus with vintage vibe for funny price
CE-3 had to be a successor for CE-2, but it sounds totally different. In comparison to CE-2, CE-3 is a bit cold, metallic and sterile and that is a shame unless you want your chorus to sounds so. It sucks tone a lot, bypass seems to be terrible. Definately the weakest chorus in Boss' line up. It can be found quite cheap (I got mine for 10$), so it is worth checking just for fun.
EDIT: I got my CE-3 modded - simple mod, just cut R18 resistor. That removes horrible volume drop and adds LOTS of headroom. Now CE-3 sings, seems to be more "alive" than even CE-2. 5 stars this time!
First Pedal I Ever Bought
The CE-3 is straight forward and super simple. I keep it tamped down as a subtle means to filling out and softening the harmonics especially when strumming the Ovation. I do not enjoy the chorus it in conjunction with the FL-9 flanger. Personal taste. ~m
this has all the features you might want, various stereo mdoes, delay time knob.... but the chorus circuit sounds awfufor most guitar applications. Why didn't they just add features to the CE2? I will never know. It does a cold analog chorus sound that can be useful. Think of the Police's chorus+delay+clean marshall superlead tones. The DOD icebox chorus is a cheaper alternative for this sound. Very good for chorusing 80s synhesizers. Can make DX7 strings sound more lush.
My first chorus pedal
I just started using pedals seriously a few months ago. I held off on using a chorus because I thought it might be perceived as too cheesy. But I said "whatever".. it's ok to just be myself and like the pedals I like. This CE-3 is really pretty and thick-sounding. I can't stop using it.
the bad 80s boss chorus
Will you play in stereo with the CE3 at your next show? I will not use the stereo, I will not use it a show. Would you use it wired stock? Would you play it through your Vox? I would not use it wired stock, I would not play it through my vox... I do not like the CE3, the icy tone is not for me!