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Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal

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A reissue of the chorus Kurt Cobain used in creating Nirvana's grungy sound.

The Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Analog Chorus Pedal delivers luxurious analog chorus effects, a distinctive tone, and flexibility that sets it apart from similar guitar effects pedals. A depth switch and single rate knob make this an easy-to-operate stomp box. Simple tweaks generate exciting doubling effects, chiming 12-string-style sounds or Leslie-like warbles. Its solid nickel steel case replicates the highly collectible original. Operates on a 9V battery or AC adapter.

FEATURES
  • Luxurious analog chorus effects
  • Depth switch
  • Single rate knob
  • Solid nickel steel case
  • Operates on a 9V battery or AC adapter
  • 9DC-100 power supply optional (product# 336050).

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Electro-HarmonixClassics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 98 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great sounding chorus

This is the best sounding chorus pedal I've ever used...probably because all the other ones were digital. I keep the depth switch off and the rate knob at about 11:00 for...Read complete review

This is the best sounding chorus pedal I've ever used...probably because all the other ones were digital. I keep the depth switch off and the rate knob at about 11:00 for some nice subtle color on a few of my clean passages. Sounds great with my live tube head and my solid state practice amp (on clean settings). I'm not sure how I feel about it with distortion yet. I'm also still up in th air about wither it's better in the loop or in front. Usually effects like this are better in the loop but this pedal seems to squish the line-level signal and it sometimes distorts a bit. Points off for the construction quality as the casing seems a bit weak. Also the power input requires a vintage style 1/8" plug so you have to either buy the adapter separately or, if you use a DC brick for you board you'll need a converter...kind of annoying. I also wish it had a mix control so it could be used in a parallel loop. But it's the sound that counts and that's top shelf as far as I'm concerned.

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Not bad for the price.

I have this pedal on my board for six years and it has served me well. For the price it's not a bad pedal but keep in mind like many EHX pedals it is...Read complete review

I have this pedal on my board for six years and it has served me well. For the price it's not a bad pedal but keep in mind like many EHX pedals it is large and made of thin metal. I now hear a loud pop when engaging the pedal so it's time for another chorus pedal and it won't be this one but corona chorus by TC Electronic. The corona is more pricey but smaller, better built and sounds better to my ear.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

small clone EH

By wolfs bane

from nh

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Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

I have placed a review in for this pedal and said I like the effect but thats about where it ends for the most part. The chorusing is awesome but there are 2 things that annoy me about this pedal and thats the input jacks and the power jack. Why cant the in and outs be on the side of the pedal rather than the top? I mean its not a huge deal but still and why is it powered by the little 1/8th jack? Is this an attempt to be different lol. I mean I got the 1 Spot kit that thankfully came with a couple of the 1/8 plug coverters to power these EH pedals. Obviously depending on where u put the pedal in your chain the top mounted in and out jacks can work for you but do to the pedals "slanted" pitch it seems to sit way better at the top of the pedalboard. Minor pains but still annoying. Great sound though!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The Best

By Stonabusmaximus

from Redmond, OR

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Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

I would give it a 10 if it was quiet and had more range.
Thickest Chorus ever! The depth switch is not to my liking, but some people can get good sounds out of it. I always leave it up.
Built like a tank. They can be a little noisy.
Reasonably priced.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Small Clone

By wolfs bane

from nh

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Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

I bought this chorus about a year ago and love the tones it puts out! I am a huge fan of slow, shimmering chorus and this thing does that and more! Nice simple set up with one knob and a depth switch which is all you should need in a chorus. I have only one complaint with the Small Clone and that is that when activated it "pops" and sometimes loudly. Very annoying. It has caused me to keep looking around at other choruses. This is one of my favorite chorus pedals period and is a great buy for the money but please do something about the switch!
Nice and simple! Love the one knob one switch set up.
Seems to be a tough housing. Its no MXR housing by any means but built well.
Awesome tones for the money.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Small Clone Chorus

By John-U4jpm

from NH

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Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

After much searching and comparing I settled on this chorus pedal due to its sound, it does really sound great. I will say that the only reason I've given it only 4's is due to two things...the housing and the switch. Are they awful, no, but they do seem some what cheaply made I guess you could say. I heard reveiws on this about the switch "popping" and it did do it to me once but I'll tell you, this thing does sound great! The button is also tough to push. I got the extra year warranty from MF due to some of the reveiws just in case! When you have pedals like MXRs Carbon Copy that are built like absolute tanks its hard to praise the housing of the small clone. I also got a kick out of the warranty card that came with the clone....You gotta send like $12 plus dollars to have any warranty work done lol. That annoyed the heck out of me! Anyway it is a somewhat big pedal but the sound that this thing puts out is great! I hope it lasts.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great sounding chorus

By Evil Jon

from Durham, NC

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Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

This is the best sounding chorus pedal I've ever used...probably because all the other ones were digital. I keep the depth switch off and the rate knob at about 11:00 for some nice subtle color on a few of my clean passages. Sounds great with my live tube head and my solid state practice amp (on clean settings). I'm not sure how I feel about it with distortion yet. I'm also still up in th air about wither it's better in the loop or in front. Usually effects like this are better in the loop but this pedal seems to squish the line-level signal and it sometimes distorts a bit. Points off for the construction quality as the casing seems a bit weak. Also the power input requires a vintage style 1/8" plug so you have to either buy the adapter separately or, if you use a DC brick for you board you'll need a converter...kind of annoying. I also wish it had a mix control so it could be used in a parallel loop. But it's the sound that counts and that's top shelf as far as I'm concerned.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

ATTENTION! You need to buy an adapter for this pedal!

By UncleWaldo

from Tucson, AZ

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • Requires a MALE 9v adapter

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

READ THIS FIRST: Unless you want to run this off of 9v batteries for the rest of your life you will need an Electro-Harmoniz MALE 9v adapter (which is NOT included with the pedal and MF doesn't sell).

However, the simple workaround is to purchase the Visual Sound 1/8" 1 SPOT Converter – which MF does sell. Make sure to get the FEMALE to MALE version.

Okay, pedal-wise... if you want the Kurt Corbain "Come As You Are" sound, set this to around 9:00 and smile your butt off.

Built like a tank, sounds phenomenal, girls dig you for digging it.

Buy one and you're welcome.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Uses different kind of power plug than my other pedals.

By Unhappy Chap

from Hollywood, CA

Pros

    Cons

    • Won't take power plug from my power supply.

    Best Uses

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

      bought the bigmuff, holy grail max, and this chorus pedal, but doesn't take the same plug as the other two, and nowhere does it say it on the product description other than 9 volt battery or A/C. So disappointed, I'm going to send it back and buy something else because I don't want to have to use batteries. I hope they don't charge me the return shipping cost.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Doesn't Last

      By Martin95

      from Melbourne, FL

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Increidibly, 3 of these broke from December til March. Musicians friend was great and replaced each with no problem but what is the point? After a few weeks use, they all did the same thing - buzzing mixed with the chorus for a few days, then finally no sound. I gave up. Musicians friend issued a credit, I bought a Boss.

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Smells like Nirvana

        By Erv

        from Tulsa

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Sounds Like Nirvana

        Cons

        • Sounds Like Nirvana

        Best Uses

        • Come As You Are
        • Nirvana Tribute Band
        • Sounding Like Nirvana
        • Teen Spirit

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Bought this to play nirvana songs. As far as I can tell, that's basically all it's good for. One knob, one function. No depth, width, or rate. Real basic. Kurt Cobain loves this pedal.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Easy to use, beautiful sound

        By thunderbird guy

        from Plymouth, MA

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I bought this pedal because chorus is my favorite guitar effect for that nice clean, watery, soothing sound, and this is exactly what this pedal does. It has a depth switch with two settings- and when they say depth they really mean it. The lower depth setting is a more subtle chorus, while the higher one immerses you in that deeper, "come as you are" kinda chorus. Then theres a circular rate knob, which controls the rate that the "wave" of chorus fluctuates back and forth at. It's amazing the number of different tones that you can get out of just two controls on this pedal, and if you mess around with your EQ you can get so many different sounds. The only single gripe that I have with this pedal is the fact that it doesn't take a standard wall adapter but thats not really a big deal as you can just buy an adapter for it. Overall if you're looking for a really clean sounding analog chorus, look no further.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not bad for the price.

          By GuitarJem

          from Pa

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          Pros

          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I have this pedal on my board for six years and it has served me well. For the price it's not a bad pedal but keep in mind like many EHX pedals it is large and made of thin metal. I now hear a loud pop when engaging the pedal so it's time for another chorus pedal and it won't be this one but corona chorus by TC Electronic. The corona is more pricey but smaller, better built and sounds better to my ear.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Solid Pedal, great for bass

          By Derek

          from Oak Harbor, OH

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

            bought this cause i wanted a chorus for my bass rig. this is best when used in the signal chain, its OK in the effects loop, depending on what kind you have. my rig is a 1981 Randall RBA 500 bass head and two acoustic B115's. great for bass, doesnt mask up and muddy the low notes noticeably when playing live, really brings out solos and makes them magically mesh with the mix without being overpowering or harsh. you can also get some unique sounds if you use an LPB-1 in front of it and a signal pad after it to get some overdriven chorus sounds.. kind of like geddy's sound for YYZ. handles a great deal of basses without cutting out or malfuncitoning. my former guitarist went through 2 different chorus pedals and gave up after frying them both. they werent EHX. and that was his mistake. i cant see this pedal ever breaking down as its so simple and easy to use. one knob, and a depth switch. you can get anywhere from a nice dreamy light chorus that shimmers to a leslie cabinet. all around great pedal, you cant possibly go wrong with this one. also i hear this makes for some great mods though i wont do that to my gem.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best chorus pedal.

            By DST

            from Brooklyn, NY

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            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal is fantastic! Not many controls, but when it sounds this good on its own, you really don't need controls. The knob is good for speed, and can let you dial in the subtlety to a greater degree than I first expected. This is a gorgeous, shimmering chorus that is not overpowering, but also not cheesy, as so many other chorus pedals are.This pedal is good for chorus-y 80s pop/light shoegaze (the Church, Cocteau Twins, etc, and also Slowdive) but also for more grungy or psychedelic moments. It also sounds great with distortion, giving the tone a bell-clear edge that works very well when trying to cut through a mix.Highly recommended!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Dont be fooled by

            By LivetheBlues

            from South Carolina

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            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I have nothing but good things to say about this pedal. I actually rarely use chorus and had a BOSS CH-1 but decided to switch to something true bypass and ended up buying and selling this one for an even price, so I was ok with it. The construction is solid like most EH pedals...dont throw it across the stage and it should be fine. The power supply is odd but I am pretty sure it comes with the short little adapter and a 1-Spot powers it just fine. The pedal is actually angled so you can get to the switch with your foot easily. The actual effect is great, it can go from hardly there (with the depth switch on the shallower setting) to downright dissonant (with depth switch set to deeper) Kurt Cobain used this pedal, so that must say something. As for me, I use it occasionally and when I do it is set to the shallower setting with the knob just before 1200 (about 1130). For this price, def. a must have, but I could understand someone who is a big fan of chorus to need something with more control with some more knobs, but for those of us who just use chorus to fatten up your distortion or to add an ambient touch, this is definitely your go to pedal!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Chorus

            By Hammy Whammy

            from Undisclosed

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            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal was my first choice for a chorus pedal, for three reasons,:1) The sound2) Because I finnaly wanted to get an ELX pedal (sorry Im an MXR guy)3) because it was the closest I could get to Jonny Greenwood's (Radiohead) chorus sound, without buying the poly chorus.I thought that this pedal would be great and although there is only one knob, and a swich, those two can do alot. Its priced great and it gets a great sound, the only complaint is:sometimes, but not always, when i engage the effect, i hear a loud POP! but it doesn't happen that often

            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Find an older one!

            By Josh Erickson

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I'm replacing it... but as with some of my other FX, old/used is the way to go. They just don't make them like they used too.

            I use the chorus quite abit because I love the thick lush whirl it produces. After using an Ibanez bass chorus I stumbled upon the Small Clone and I have never looked back. Even today having to replace it. I know what it can do and that I can rely on it to deliver that tone I'm looking for.

            I've also used to to achieve some interested organ like tones, in conjunction to a very wet reverb but the results were to die for (think Charlie Hunter). This alone has made me think about adding 2 units to my board so I can have my typical thick setting and a seperate faster (knob is cranked) organ warble. At this point, a multi fx floor board would be logical... but I enjoy analog too much.

            Some tone purists (those dang finicky Blues guys) probably won't enjoy the other coloration it adds to your signal. I mean that slight hiss, barely noticable, but it's there. But who cares. You win some you lose some. Small sacrifice (pun intended) for a big reward in my humble opinion.

            So yes. Take it from me. This is an amazing Chorus, and really a solve all end all type of effect too, in short of it's lack of in depth controls like other Chorus (is it Choruses or Chorusi?). Once you find it, it becomes a staple in your set up. Just like that guitar you cherish and swore was made just for you.
            Well I'm going to give it a 5. As you know everything is operated by one knob and one switch. Very basic in approach but the results are to die for! The reason why it is highly sought after.
            Here's the tricky part. Find an older model, they're the ones built like tanks.

            I've owned 3 of them now with my newest one, oddly, taking a dump on me, for no reason. The previous 2 I used pretty extensively live, and fell in love with the tone. These took years of abuse and both died due to unfortunate accidents (aka something fell on them in transport).

            This brings me to the new one. One of the newer models that comes in a cardboard box (not like the wood boxes they previously used). I purchased it as a replacement and it really only saw recording and rehearsal use. No abuse right? It shorted out. I only had it for barely 2 years. The others survived 5+ years (and I bought these used so who knows how old they truely were).
            I believe, dispite the current lackluster electrical/wiring/soldering job, it's still a very solid terrific sounding pedal. The main reason why it's been a staple in my pedal chain for a long time. To me, yes, it's worth it. It's simple nature and variety of useful tones (never found a bad one) make this an amazing creation.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best-sounding Chorus I've ever used...

            By sooner.steamroll

            from Toneville, USA

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            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

            First off, I LOVE this chorus pedal. It really warms up cleanish rhythm lines and adds a lot of natural ambience to your sound. Also, when playing with a good amount of distortion, this pedal thrives at helping your sound cut through the mix.But the coolest thing about this pedal is that it's ANALOG!! None of that digital crap that Boss puts out (CH-1 = CHEESY). The SC is the most natural-sounding pedal I've ever owned. It's my bread and butter.Some have complained it breaks to easily. I have a suggestion: TAKE CARE OF YOUR PEDALS!!! I don't have that problem and I keep mine on my pedalboard all the time; never had a pedal break on me. Besides, this pedal is in aluminum casing, and while the parts may not be hand-made or hand-built, this pedal is tough and as long as you take care of your gear, this pedal won?t have any problems.Get this pedal TODAY!! You won?t regret it!!

             
            5.0

            I would gladly buy the Small Clone again.

            By Josh A.

            from Centerville, La. U. S. A.

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I love this pedal. I have tried other chorus pedals in the past and bought a TC Electronic Corona chorus and could never get the sound that I hear in a lot of music I listen too. The Corona sounds ok but it just sounds plain and flat, not what I am looking for. I just bought the Small Clone and found the sound I have been wanting, thick and and very lush, the sound seems almost stereo like. It adds something extra to the sound, something special. This is it. This is the pedal for me. I can live with the occasional "loud pop" when stepping on the foot switch, the lush swirling sound more than makes up for that. It is very basic, one knob for rate and one switch for shallow or deep effect, but the sound you will hear is awesome. I would gladly buy another if something happens to this one, although I might try the smaller version next time. This is the sound I have been looking for all these years. Now I have it.

                 
                5.0

                Great Sound !

                By J. MAC

                from Athens Ga.

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    This sounds just like the one I have from the 1980's. Sounds great !

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    None better

                    By Rockerduck

                    from Marietta, Ga.

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                    Pros

                    • Bigger Than The Norm
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                    • Big Enclosure
                    • Need Power Adapter

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    This is the sound. I had the neo clone and this one. The Small Clone sounds better for some reason, switch pop and all. Worth the price of admission.

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