Chorus, should I get a Boss CE-2 clone or a Boss CE-1 clone?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by JohnArnson, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. JohnArnson


    May 28, 2019
    So I ponder on buying either a Joyo Analog Chorus, which is a Boss CE-2 clone, with just a rate and depth control like the original, or a Valeton Aquaflow Vintage Chorus which is a Boss CE-1 clone, a bit more expensive, but would give me more tweaking options as it got both a rate, depth, tone and mix control, and true bypass on both pedals.

    Now there are a few demos of the Boss CE-2 used with bass that I could get a fair impression of how it would sound, but very few demos of the original Boss CE-1 used with bass, and non of those that really left me much wiser.

    Only one bass demo of the Joyo Analog Chorus and non of the Valeton Aquaflow Vintage Chorus, but judging from the YouTube demos where they are used with guitar, they sound pretty much exactly like the originals.

    I actually once owned the original Boss CE-1 and I seem to recall that beside the horrible tone sucking buffer in it, which won't be a problem with the clone, since that is true bypass, it sounded no short of amazing used with bass, plus the Valeton clone of it would give me a lot more options for tweaking the chorus to my liking than the original's one knob combined rate and depth control.

    Anyone who has experience with both models, either originals or clones, eventual Boss CE-2w owners, since that pedal got both models build in, who will be able to help me choose between the two, like giving me some answers on what the main difference between the character of the chorus effect the CE-1 and the CE-2 produces is, which of those retains most bass, which is most lush sounding, which works best for bass in your personal opinion and why e.t.c?

    And no, I am definitely not buying a Boss CE-2w just to avoid having to make a choice, since I don't have that kind of money to spare, especially not on something like a chorus that I currently only will have use of for 2 songs.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2019
  2. cardinal


    Jan 13, 2016
    I'll start by saying that I have not played the CE-1.

    I do have a CE-2 and a CE-2B (same thing as the CE-2 but with a mix control). For guitars, I don't mind the lack of a mix control, but for bass, I do like having that to make things more subtle. So if I were choosing between chorus pedals with a mix control and without a mix control, the one without a mix control had better sound really magical.

    I've run the pedals through a dry mixer, but really the low end seems to come through surprisingly unscathed with both.
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  3. Frodolicious


    May 29, 2018
    Omaha, NE
    Chorus by nature should have of your clean signal through it. If it didnt, it would be vibrato! Both options seem really good in the OP seem good! Dont think you can go wrong either way
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  4. JohnArnson


    May 28, 2019

    Not anyone who wants to chime in with further information on what would be the difference between the 2 chorus effects used for bass?

    At the moment I lean towards getting the Valeton Aquaflow Vintage Chorus clone of the Boss CE-1, but still would appreciate any information that would give me a better idea of what I might expect from it compared to the Joyo Analog Chorus clone of the Boss CE-2.
  5. I’ve never used the CE-1. But I regularly use an original CE-2, and have for years. Yes, there is some bass dropout when it’s engaged, but I have learned over the years to keep a little volume knob on my bass “in the tank” i.e not turned up all the way. When I know I’m gonna be hitting the chorus, I back off my tone control fairly severely, and jack the volume when I engage the chorus. It’s not a perfect solution, but it works in a live setting and you get that beautiful, chewy Boss chorus all day & night.
  6. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    Boss CEB-3 or a MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe Both good Chorus pedals but the BCD has a built in flanger.

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