Analog chorus pedals offer a unique sound and vibe that is preferred by many players. They come in different configurations, sizes, and with different features, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
In this article, we’re going to explore seven options for rich, lush chorus sounds. Find out which one fits your needs and playing style!
Electro-Harmonix Eddy Analog Vibrato and Chorus (Premium Option)
Walrus Audio Julia V2 Analog Chorus/Vibrato
Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Analog Chorus (Most Versatile)
Ibanez Chorus Mini
1. BOSS CE-2W Waza Craft Chorus
The CE-1 Chorus Ensemble was the first BOSS pedal, and its original sound is still sought after by some detail-oriented guitarists today, 40 years after it was released.
A few years ago BOSS launched a premium line of redesigned guitar effects under the label Waza, which means art and technique in Japanese. Waza Craft pedals are aimed to be idealized versions of the originals, offering the same sonic character but with less noise and a more consistent tone.
Instead of the usual Waza Craft classic and custom settings, the CE-2W Waza Craft pedal comes with the original chorus and vibrato sections of the CE-1.
The CE-2W pedal looks identical to the original CE-2, except for the addition of a mini three-way toggle switch for selecting the CE-2, CE-1 chorus, or CE-1 vibrato modes, a second 1/4-inch output jack (direct-only) that delivers stereo chorus/vibrato effects, and the Waza Craft logo embedded in the rubber on/off switch pad.
It has the same Rate and Depth controls and bright red LED as its predecessor.
The CE-2W Waza Craft pedal features a slightly clearer treble, but the textures, tones, and character, as well as the rate and depth settings, are identical to the original CE-2. In short, this is an analog chorus pedal that recreates the originals, all in one single stompbox.
True hard-wire bypass switching preserves signal integrity
The Way Huge Smalls Blue Hippo Analog Chorus features a chorus section designed by Jeorge Tripps. This is Tripps’ take on the iconic blue-boxed chorus, best known for its liquidy ’80s textures and juicy, whirling Leslie approximations.
The Blue Hippo MkIII can also serve as a competent vibrato effect at the flip of a switch, delivering a tape-like wobbly effect at extreme settings as well as a subtler bounce dialed back past two o’clock.
The Way Huge Smalls Blue Hippo Analog Chorus also features simple Speed and Depth knobs that provide all the control you need for each setting, as well as a blinking blue LED that indicates the rate at a glance.
In addition to the vibrato switch, this fantastic pedal also features a true hard-wire bypass switching, which better preserves the integrity of your signal when disengaged.
3. MXR M234 Analog Chorus
The MXR M234 Analog Chorus features a superb cost-benefit relationship. It features a nice and warm analog chorus sound and can take you from subtle shimmer to dizzying swirl and everywhere in-between for less than $100.
It’s built like a tank and is small enough to fit onto virtually any cramped pedalboard.
Bucket brigade circuitry
Rate, level, and depth controls
High- and low-cut knobs
Input, Mono Out, and Thru jacks
9V DC power supply (sold separately)
The MXR M234 Analog Chorus features a five-control layout with Low and High EQ controls, Level, Rate, and Depth for maximum flexibility.
With this pedal, you are capable of dialing in virtually any type of chorus effect you can think of in a compact and easy-to-operate unit.
The Rate and Depth controls of the MXR M34 offer a fantastic range that can go from subtle to extreme space effects with the turn of a knob. Additionally, the level control works wonderfully for adding just a touch of chorus if you don’t want to overwhelm your sound.
When cranked up with the depth and rate controls, this pedal is capable of producing a Leslie-type effect with ease.
On top of that, the MXR M234 Analog Chorusfeatures a High and Low EQ setting that is a nice addition for dialing in just the right amount of presence and depth for your instrument.
In short, if you want to have a chorus effect that can bring you back to the ’80s, give you a ’60s-style Leslie wash but also a nice contemporary texture then the MXR M34 pedal maybe your best option.
4. Electro-Harmonix Eddy Analog Vibrato and Chorus
Drawing on more than 50 years of experience crafting lush bucket brigade effects, the Electro-Harmonix Eddy analog vibrato and chorus pedal presents a swirl of vintage vibes and modern features in a pedalboard-friendly package.
Use the Tone control to brighten or darken the sound of the effect
Unique LFO shape-warping features transform the modulation shape from a smooth sine to asymmetric waves
Includes a standard EHX 9.6DC200mA power supply
The Electro-Harmonix Eddy Analog Vibrato and Chorus features a volume, LFO waveform shape, tone, envelope, modulation rate, and modulation depth knobs as well as a vibrato/chorus mini-toggle switch that selects either dedicated effect.
In addition to mono ¼-inch input and output jacks, there’s also a ¼-inch jack for an expression pedal that can be set via a mini-toggle switch to sweep modulation rate and depth settings.
The Eddy chorus pedal allows the player to control the modulation Rate or affect the modulation Depth purely with their picking force. This is done by selecting either Rate or Depth on the mini-switch.
A white LED lets users know when the effect is engaged, and a blue LED turns on and off to display the rate and LFO waveform shape.
In true Walrus Audio form, the Julia V2 chorus pedal is capable of producing anything from a beautiful chorus to use in traditional fashion, all the way to out-of-the-box experimental sounds and textures.
Features updated artwork from original designer Adam Forster
From subtle movement to warbling textures
Continuously blend between dry, chorus, and vibrato sounds
From subtle textural movement to warbling trembulations, the Walrus Audio Julia V2 analog chorus/vibrato pedal — here in a limited-edition gold finish you'll only find at Sweetwater — is a masterful tool for sonic landscaping.
The Lag control determines how much swing each LFO sweep has. When combined with the Depth control, the Lag knob is capable of taking you into a new realm of sound-shaping possibility.
Additionally, the Julia V2 features a fully continuous blend control that dials between dry, chorus, and vibrato sounds as well as true bypass switching that preserves your tone when the effect is switched off.
This superb chorus and vibrato tool requires a standard center-negative 9-volt power supply (30mA minimum; not included) and is a great choice for those that want to have versatility for a great variety of situations as well as deep sonic experimentation.
It features a true bypass with one control knob, one two-way switch, a master on/off foot-switch, one In jack input, one Out jack input, and a LED status indicator.
The Depth switch controls the intensity level of the chorus effect with the higher option giving you significantly more pitch modulation, while the lower switch is more shallow and mellow.
On the other hand, the Rate knob adjusts the speed of the chorus and its presence in the mix. The more you crank it, the more prominent and more swirly will the effect and the tone become.
Even though the Small Clone is commonly associated with the classic Nirvana track Come As You Are it is also capable of other sounds that run the gamut from rich dimensional chorus to pulsating warbles.
Few companies have achieved the well-regarded reputation among guitarists that Ibanez has. This respect and admiration that most guitarists have for this brand goes well beyond guitars and extends into pedals as well.
The original CS-9 stereo analog chorus was one of the first chorus pedals to achieve high popularity.
In keeping with the trend towards mini pedals, the Chorus Mini features robust build quality, and low price. This pedal is ideal for users who like to save space.
All-analog chorus effects pedal for electric guitar
Compact size is perfect for any pedalboard
True bypass switching removes the effect from your signal path completely
9V DC power supply required
Reduced size fits perfectly in virtually any pedalboard
The Ibanez Chorus Mini is smaller than most other options featured here and is known for its deep dimensional sound. When set at the proper rate and depth settings, the Chorus Mini is capable of approximating the sound of a well-recorded Leslie speaker.
You won’t notice any harsh artifacts or metallic out-of-phase sounds – just smooth, rich analog chorus.