A chorus pedal is an easy way to add a lot more depth to your guitar. This works great for when you’re a solo singer/guitarist, but there are many other situations in which a song can benefit from a few extra layers of sound in the right places.
If you’re an acoustic guitarist, a chorus pedal should definitely be one of the first effects pedals you buy. That’s not to say that electric guitars and chorus pedals don’t work together. In fact, regardless of whether you play clean or with plenty of distortion, a chorus effect can be a very interesting way to spice up the sound a little.
But not all chorus pedals are the same as each other, so we’ve put together a list of the five best chorus pedals we’ve seen so far.
At a Glance: Our Choice Of The 5 Best Chorus Pedals On The Market
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Ok let's look at each product in more detail. To make things easier for you, we've added pros and cons for each one, as well as a video demonstration so you can see them in action. So without further ado, let’s take a look...
For the absolute best level of control, it’s hard to argue with the TC Electronic Corona. The Tone Print technology gives you an unprecedented level of customisation, and the on-board controls are nothing to sniff at either.
However, the MXR M134 Stereo Chorus gives it a run for its money due to the unexpected inclusion of two-band EQ and low-pass controls. The Earthquaker Sea Machine is similar to the MXR M134 in that it has a huge range of controls, although they are very different in nature.
If budget is your top concern, the Donner Tutti Love Chorus pedal is very affordable and doesn’t restrict you to the bare minimum of controls either, but since the effect can be somewhat underwhelming you’ll need to keep in mind that it won’t be capable of the same crazy transformations that other chorus pedals can cause to your guitar’s sound.
If simplicity of use is your aim, then the MXR Mini Chorus is about as basic as you can get. The effect sounds good, although it doesn’t quite justify the price tag.
Ged is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 Campervan.