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    Trent Blake

MESA/Boogie® Hollywood's Top Three Chorus Pedal Picks of 2016

Everyone always asks what our favorite effect pedals are and while we carry a lot of great stomp boxes, there are some that we just really enjoy playing. This week we want to share our 3 favorite Chorus pedals currently in the shop.


Free The Tone - Tri Avatar TA-1H

To our ears, this is the Chorus pedal of the future (that just happens to be available now). Four signal paths allow three chorus sounds (three phases) and a dry signal to be mixed in Stereo or Monaural operation to add incredible dimension to your tone. This pedal combines analog and digital technologies to offer the best of both worlds with 24-bit AD/DA converters and Free The Tone’s original signal processing and algorithms. Store your favorite settings as one of four presets and scroll through each with the pedal's selector or recall them via MIDI. The Tri Avatar's RATE & HI-CUT features can also be controlled in real-time via an expression pedal. Big, dimensional chorus is what to expect from this remarkably versatile pedal.

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Way Huge Blue Hippo Analog Chorus MK II

While this incredibly cool Limited Edition Analog Chorus Pedal is no longer in production, we just happen to have a few left in stock. This lush sounding reissue pedal (faithful to the original but upgraded with a Vibe switch for thick vibrato) was designed around the now rare Panasonic MN3007 BBD chip - aka the Bucket Brigade chip, which was used in classic chorus pedals such as the Boss CE-1, CE-2 and the Ibanez CS505. While there are only 100 known original Blue Hippos in the wild, we got our hands on a few of the 900 made as a reissue. If you're all about luscious, liquefied tones, then this is the pedal for you. Grab one while they last.

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E.W.S. ARION SCH-Z [CHORUS/VIBE] Mod

The original Arion Stereo Chorus pedal has long been a favorite of Professional Musicians due to its unique character (think 1980s Michael Landau) but the Engineers at E.W.S. have taken it over the top by crafting a modified version that is designed to meet the needs of today's Artists. These modifications include True Bypass and a modified tone adjustment for a much smoother sound while retaining the original tone. This pedal also now features a switchable Chorus / Vibe mode and has an easy to spot blue LED. While the Chorus / Vibe mode forgoes the Out-2 (Stereo) feature and this pedal is no longer truly a Stereo Chorus unit, these enhancements have made the SCH-Z Mod a must have for players (like Joe Bonamassa) with a keen ear and a taste for great Chorus tones. Despite all of the mods, it is an expensive pedal that will rival the sound of higher priced units.

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