Totally Gnarly: Five Modern Effect Pedals That Recreate Gritty '80s Sounds
From chorus to crunch, here are five effect pedals that recreate gnarly '80s sounds.
Boss Super Chorus CH-1
Outside of Max Headroom and The Breakfast Club, it just doesn't get more '80s than chorus.
And if you're looking for an outstanding, reliable, long-lasting chorus pedal (whether you're a guitarist or a keyboard player), look no further than Boss' Super Chorus CH-1.
It delivers exactly what a chrous pedal should deliver: a swirling, clean, classic chorus sound with crystal-clear highs and an engaging stereo effect, variable between left and right speakers. Its Effect Level, EQ, Rate and Depth knobs let you dial in the exact sound "shape" you're after (from subtle vibe to lush wetness), and there are Mono input and Stereo outputs for connection to two amps.
The Boss even enables you to cut through during overdrive or distorted lead parts, and it sounds great regardless of where you have it lined up on your board.
MSRP: $154.50 | Head here for more info.
Right now, with more than 40 years of design experience and musical experimentation to draw on, we're in the midst of a golden age for guitar effect pedal users and makers. You can choose the original, pioneering vintage models or souped-up clones from more contemporary designers. In his guide, Guitar Effects Pedals - The Practical Handbook, Dave Hunter spells out the pros and cons of both. The book includes interviews revealing eight top pedal makers' diverse approaches to building effects. It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $24.99.
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