Boss CEB-3 Bass Chorus Pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Bassmonkey2001, Oct 19, 2001.

  1. Bassmonkey2001

    Bassmonkey2001 Guest

    Oct 19, 2001
    Greetings fellow talkbassers! This is my first thread! Anyway, has anybody out there tried out a Boss CEB-3 Bass Chorus pedal? It seems like a pretty good deal for the money. I just wanted to get some opinions. If somenone has had a bad experience with it, are there any other worthwhile chorus pedals out there?

  2. there are better chorus pedals out there... out of all of my effects i think this is probably my worst (w/ the exception of the ibanez delay which i bought because it sucked ;) ). It causes a decent amount of hiss and the sound isnt to special anyway. check out some other pedals first and even most guitar ones hold up just as good as the CEB-3
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  4. has anyone here ever tried the ibanez cf7 on bass? i mean i knwo its a guitar pedal but the tonelok series is awsome so it might sound alright so, yeah, has anyone tried it?:confused:
  5. Anyone mind explaining to me exactly what a chorus pedal does? thanks, forgive my ignorance
  6. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    1. split signal into 2 lines
    2. delay one line by 20 to 50 milliseconds
    3. vary the delay across time (that's the "rate" knob)
    4. recombine the two lines

    What you hear is the two signals alternately reinforcing and cancelling varying frequency bands. And this is why most guitar choruses do NOT work well with bass... eventually, the requency cancellation will swing past 100 Hz, and the bottom will drop out of your tone. The CEB-3 has a frequency threshold knob (forgot what it's called on the gadget) that limits adjusts how low you want the effect to work, so it keeps the low frequencies out of the mix, protecting the bottom end. The Boss CE-5 goes one better, providing low AND high limit knobs.

    Incidentally, a flanger is the same thing, only operating in the 5-15 millisecond delay area. Flangers actually got their name from the old analog tape trick of making a copy of a tape, playing the two tapes on two players, and dragging one's thumbs alternately on the outside edges (flanges) of the two tape reels. The two player's outputs were then combined onto a third recorder, with the resulting effect a swirling sound. The slow middle section of the Doobie Brothers' "Listen To The Music" ("like a lazy flowin' river...") was done with tape flanging.

    Chorus is simply a longer delay. And after 50 ms or so, the ear starts to hear the two signals as seprate events, so it starts to become slapback echo. And that's why all of these effects are called "delay line" effects and are often all available in a single stomp box.

    More than you wanted to know, I'm sure... :p
  7. KB


    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I have a CEB-3 and I think it is fine. It may not be the best chorus out there, but it is great for the price. I put mine in my effects loop (the only pedal that is there) and that eliminated any swooshing or other weird noises coming from it when not in use. I don't use a chorus that much, but when I do (for the money) the CEB-3 is quite good.

  8. I use it all the time.. i've put the rate on minimal and the depth on 40 adds a very nice athmospherical effect to the overdrive :)
  9. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    Check out Duff McKagan from Gn´R´s, he use a little bit of chorus on his sound, specially on Use your illusion albums (I know there are a lot of other player who use it, this is the one I can remember)