Ya……I know it sounds wussy. And I don’t know why! There’s just something about chorus pedals. I mean, ‘Delay Pedal Shootout.’ Yaaaa, sounds sweet. ‘Overdrive Pedal Shootout.’ Oooh! Even better. Nice and staunch. ‘Fuzz Pedal Shootout.’ Mmmmmm. Even ‘Phaser Pedal Shootout’ sounds better. Not by much, but a little. ‘Chorus Pedal Shootout’ is right up there with ‘Flanger Shootout.’ Aech. It just doesn’t sound tough guitar-player enough. Oh well. Neither does ‘anti-solo,’ and I say that all the time.
But I had a few chorus pedals I had wanted to try out; as good as the modulation sounds in the Damage Control Timeline are, the chorus setting always thins out in a band setting. Which is what I expected, but a few months ago, finances dictated that the wussiest pedal get sold off of my board. So I sold my chorus. Just kidding. Finances did dictate though, that the least used pedal get sold, and for me, that’s usually the chorus pedal.
But now it was time to buy another one. (Finances didn’t really get better……I just told myself they did so I could buy a new pedal. It is truly amazing how much lying to yourself actually works.) So I bought myself an Analogman Bi-Chorus, a Maxon CS9 reissue chorus, and a Diamond Pedals Halo Chorus.
Possible Biases Going Into the Shootout:
The Analogman was the one I had to sell a few months ago because of finances. So I was fully expecting to keep this one. Plus, it looks cool and I don’t have any Analogman pedals on my board. (I’m really pathetic, I know. Come on, though! You gotta admit it looks really cool!) And the other possible bias is that I do adore Diamond Pedals.
And The Shootout:
And the winner for me? As of now, I’m sticking with the Diamond. I’m not a huge chorus guy, so I like my chorus pedals to be more of just straight ‘modulation’ pedals, which the Diamond does very, very well. The Analogman sounded great, but it’s a little more classic chorus, which I gotta admit, I loved. But it’s just not ‘me’ as much as the Diamond is. But overall, I was surprised at how good they all sounded. Even the Maxon held its own.
Well, hopefully the ‘wussy shootout’ was a bit helpful. I’ll put a picture of Robert DeNiro in the ‘Heat’ shootout to balance out the wussiness.
(Oh ya. Note to self: Bobby DeNiro cancels out wussiness. And Val…yep, Val too.)