Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble Pedal

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 850+ ratings and reviews.

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$150
Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble Pedal

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Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 850+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The first thing that you have to understand about this pedal is that it is pretty digital sounding, which isn’t a bad thing. The great thing about digital modulation effects is that they’re very clear, which allows them to pair well with darker amps and pickups. However, depending on the gear you use the “digital-ness” of the pedal may sound a bit thin.

An interesting feature of the CE-5 is its filter control. This is basically a tone control for the chorus effect, so should you need to you can make the CE-5 sound a bit warmer. It’s not going to make it sound like an analog pedal, but it can roughly approximate one.

Another thing to know is that this pedal, like others made by Boss, has buffered bypass. The cool thing about buffered bypass pedals is that they boost your signal. This comes in handy if you’re running a longer chain, though if you’re using a shorter change it may alter your tone somewhat.

Lastly, the unit also has a stereo output. This allows you to run the effect through two different amps, which can make it sound wider (you really need to hear the effect in person, as it’s not really something that’s easy to describe).

Features:

  • Control: Effect Level, Rate, Depth, Filter
  • Circuit: Digital
  • Bypass: Buffered Bypass
  • Power: 9-Volt Adapter or Battery
  • Dimensions: 5.1" x 2.4" x 2.9"
  • Weight: 1 lb.

Pros
The CE-5 Chorus Ensemble is a digital chorus beloved for its flexibility and bright tone. There are plenty of user reports of it working well with different musical styles. And like other Boss pedals, it’s also incredibly durable and reliable.

Cons
Aside from being a bit limited in terms of control, there aren't that many complaints about with the pedal.

Overall
There's a reliable Boss pedal for every guitar effect need, and like many of their top rated products, the CE-5 Chorus is well worth checking out.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Chorus Pedals.

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He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.