Boss CEB-3 analog vs digital version

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by mazdah, Feb 14, 2010.


  1. mazdah

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    Hi

    Does anybody compared newer (post 2001) to older (pink label) CEB-3 ? Any noticable difference between them two?
  2. mazdah

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    Up! I'm also interested.
  3. meatwad

    meatwad Supporting Member

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    If the label is missing, how can I know when my CEB-3 was made? I wasn't aware of the analog/digital transition!
  4. mazdah

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    I think I'll dig up this topic once again.

    Anynone?
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  6. Bassmike62

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    Me neither. Curious to see what comes out of this.
  7. mazdah

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    I've read that newer, digital, have different, smaller components inside.

    Analog should be more like this:
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    (it's actually OC-2)

    and digital should be more like this:
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  8. dave_bass5

    dave_bass5 Supporting Member

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  9. mazdah

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  10. KenHR

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    I'd be interested to hear comparisons, too. I just got an analog CEB-3 off the 'bay last week...it's really nice, but more subtle than I thought it'd be based on YT vids.
  11. dave_bass5

    dave_bass5 Supporting Member

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    Obviously not for you as like you say, nothing on there about tone differences.
    It was for those who were wondering about the different designs and the history of the pedal. I would have expected you to have seen that site already.
  12. NDpeppers

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    I just bought a pink label one of Craigslist today for $30!
  13. plankspanker13

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    This thread has made me realize that I have one of each. I have never A/B'd them through the same rig, with the same instrument, but will do such testing soon, and report my findings. The digital pedal resides on my larger board, which is used for loud gigs. The analog pedal is on my smaller board, used for "acoustic" gigs. A far as I can tell, the digital version sounds less muddy, but I will remove all variables, and minimize the subectivity, and report, likely tomorrow.
  14. plankspanker13

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    OK, so the distractions were done away with, and I got to work on the OP's burning question, and yes, the dark grey label (digital) unit did have a "clearer" sound, with the lows more refined, compared to a slight relative "bloominess" to the analog unit, using the same instrument and amp, with nothing else in the signal chain.

    It's enough to make me put the pink unit on the large board, and the dark grey unit on the small board, since a common gripe with the acoustic band is the bump in lows that accompanies chorus usage. That would not be so much of an issue, with the electric bands.

    There you have it, folks.
  15. KenHR

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    hey, thanks for the overview!

    I'm really enjoying my analog CEB-3 with a high rate and shallow depth...very similar to the vibrato setting in the manual. I think I'll need something else for a sparklier setting.

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