Round-up: cho­rus pedals

From sub­tle wa­tery colour to sea­sick war­ble...

Total Guitar - - RYAN ADAMS / COME PICK ME UP -

Af­ter be­ing, ahem, a lit­tle bit overused in the 1980s, cho­rus fell out of fash­ion. Out­side of a few pro­lific users like Kurt Cobain, Omar Ro­driguez-lopez and Billy How­erdel, it was rel­e­gated to the sta­tus of niche ef­fect. Now, how­ever, it’s very much back. Cre­ated by a de­lay line that pulls part of the sig­nal out of tune, cho­rus can go from sub­tle thick­en­ing of a tone to a glassy, sharp roar - think the solo in Smell­s­like­teen­spirit. By in­creas­ing the mix of the ef­fect to­ward fully wet, a cho­rus typ­i­cally crosses the line into vi­brato, with an even more pro­nounced de­tuned pitch ef­fect. We’ve col­lected to­gether a few of the best bou­tique boxes, so let’s get stuck in...

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