Nothing adds more richness and “sheen” to your guitar tone than a chorus! Here at Andertons, we have an enviable selection of chorus pedals that can elevate your tone ten-fold!
The sound of a chorus pedal will take anyone back to the ‘80s. Well, certainly anyone that remembers it! Designed to enhance your sound with sweet modulation, chorus pedals deliver a gorgeous and lush “doubled” tone akin to that of 12-string guitars. Chorus stompboxes therefore work particularly well on clean amp settings, but some players have been known to use them with overdrive and distortion effects — namely Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots!
There are plenty of options too, with analogue chorus pedals known for providing bold, old-school “vintage” tones while their digital counterparts tend to sound clearer and are more tweakable. There’s a raft of companies that build chorus effects too, with the big-hitters like Boss, Electro-Harmonix and Strymon remaining as popular as ever while the likes of TC Electronic, Tone City and Landlord FX make great affordable chorus pedals.
If you’re keen to learn more about chorus stompboxes, particularly with regards to how they work, then check out our Ultimate Guide to Chorus Pedals!
Chorus Pedal FAQs
What does a chorus pedal do?
Chorus pedals are part of the modulation family of effects. Working similarly to flanger and phaser stompboxes, chorus pedals colour your guitar tone via signal processing to create a rich and warbly vibrato-like effect. Because of these traits, many players use chorus pedals to embellish their clean guitar tones for an angelic sound akin to a 12-string guitar.
How does a Chorus Pedal work?
A chorus pedal processes your guitar’s signal. Essentially splitting it into two, one of the signals is left unaffected while the other is delayed by a few milliseconds and slightly detuned. This modulation of pitch is achieved via an ‘LFO’ (low-frequency oscillator). Most chorus pedals will boast ‘level’, ‘depth’ and ‘rate’ controls, which influence their effect volume, intensity and speed respectively.
Where does a Chorus Pedal go in my signal chain?
A chorus pedal should be routed through an amplifier's ‘effects loop’ - between its preamp and power amp sections. This results in a balanced and natural sound. Chorus pedals can be connected to an amp’s main input, but this can cause an overly-processed tone with an unwanted boost in volume. Chorus pedals should be placed before any delay or reverb stompboxes in your signal chain. Using a chorus pedal after these effects will colour and potentially hinder the sounds of their ambient trails.