• Pros: A familiar and clean sound from a pedal that you can rely on. Available at a budget friendly price and perfect as the chorus pedal for a number of styles and genres.
• Cons: It doesn’t offer a lush or large chorus effect, so if that is what you require, avoid. Slight negative issues over noise addition and no true bypass.
• Overall: If you just need a reliable and affordable subtle chorus pedal, you won’t find much better than the CH-1 Super Chorus pedal.
If you are looking to capture that 1980’s guitar sound, this chorus pedal will get you to the heart of the action right away. The sound obtained is always dependant on your own set-up and mix but the CH-1 Super Chorus is perfect for recreating that icy, clean sound synonymous with that decade. It’s a sound that still packs out gig venues and dance-floors so it must be doing something right and it can be easily obtained with this sort of pedal.
One of the great things about the CH-1 Super Chorus is its simplicity and the majority of players will be up to speed with the pedal as soon as they plug in. The manual is informative enough but you will probably learn more, and just as quickly by plugging and playing through it. There is no need for a chorus pedal to be overly complicated, especially when used when playing live and the CH-1 Super Chorus keeps everything ticking over nicely.
Another reason for the popularity of this pedal is the fact that it is a Boss pedal and guitarists know what they are getting with a Boss pedal. If you are on the road a lot, you need equipment that can look after itself and take a bit of damage. The CH-1 Super Chorus is built like a truck and can take a bash or two, either whilst playing or in transit. It is the sort of guitar pedal that will find its way in to the arsenal of many guitarists and will easily take a place in the live set-up for any gigging guitarist.
Like most pedals, the usefulness of the CH-1 Super Chorus depends on the sound you are looking for. Other chorus pedals will provide a warmer; lusher sound so if that is what you want, it is better to look elsewhere. Other slight downsides attributed to the pedal include some added noise at times and the fact that it does not offer true bypass capabilities. However, if you are looking for a more subtle chorus with a restrained impact on your guitar, this pedal will be of interest.
The CH-1 Super Chorus also works great with an acoustic guitar with some musicians believing it is a better musical fit with the acoustic guitar than the electric. The clean sound of the pedal can also be used with a keyboard, if that’s more suitable to your band’s style of play.
It’s a great choice if you are on a budget and you know it can stand up to the bumps and scrapes of playing live. All in all, the CH-1 Super Chorus is not going to let you down but it may not massively exceed any expectations you have.