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affordable nostalgia, solid pedal
I had this insatiable urge for a chorus pedal recently and since I also have an insatiable urge for vintage pedals I started looking at Boss CE-2's. However, since I ALSO have a limited amount of money to spend on a pedal that will be used only occasionally, the CE-2 was ruled out early on in my search.
Still, since I (as a member of the effect pedal universal subconscious) tend to see the CE-2 as the gold standard for analog chorus, so I wasn't done quite yet. After some digging I learned that the early FX65's (and to a greater extend the FX60's) were not only based on the Boss CE-2 but also used the same circuit. Cool. A vintage FX65 goes for about a 3rd of what a CE-2 of the same era goes for. Bingo.
I had owned some DOD pedals in my youth but had grown to think of them as low quality (possibly due to the latter day association with Digitech), what I forgot was that in fact the older ones are built like tanks and (as is the case with the FX65) often use the same guts as the pricer corresponding Boss pedals.
The footswitch was and always will be my main gripe with DOD pedals, it's just too subtle of a feel; to go from literally stomping on my other pedals with Boss-style switches or the "button" style switches that both make the DOD switch feel like I'm stamping on flower petals, is kind of jarring. Also, the switch keeps such a low profile that it's just hard to hit it accurately without also stepping on the knobs of the pedal below it on the board.
It's great as far as sound goes, the simplicity of the controls is nice, you get some really good tonal options with the "delay time" control which can add that icey almost flanger-ish timbre to the sound. It's maybe not as "warm" as some other analog choruses, but only maybe. It does alright by me.
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Blood Sugar Sex Magik in a box
Funky little pedal, used by John Frusciante on one of my favourite albums of all time - BSSM. It's quite subtle and not as defined as, for example, EHX Small Clone, but it does its' job very well - adds that sweet overtones to your playing. Definitely a keeper. EDIT: It's also f*cking great for these dreamy, lo-fi Mac DeMarco tones.
This is the only chorus I have ever owned so I don't have anything to compare it to. It does a great job so I never had to look for another one. I have messed with the buttons over the years and used several different guitars and amps and various pedalboard configurations and it's all good. A great hard working well-built pedal.
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