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Big in the '80s and now it's back!
When it comes to compact effects, nine is the magic number. By popular demand (and the understandably escalating prices of the originals), Ibanez has reissued its popular CS9 chorus featuring the original circuitry. If you missed out on getting one of these classics the first time around, now is your chance.
Reviewed by 21 customers
If you want that idyllic 80's chorus sound, want it at a good price, and simple to use, this is it. Far superior to any other chorus pedal I've ever used, it just "sounds right". I wish I could be more technical about it, but that's what it comes down to: it sounds right. Maybe you can't tweak it as you can some of the more "modern" pedals, but in the end, who cares?
I own an original and if the re-issues are as tough as the original, then this will be the only chorus pedal you'll ever own. I ended up with one from a guitarist who beat the pulp out of it. The inside circuit board was broken, but after gluing it back together, cleaning the components and repairing some solder paths, I hooked it up and it delivered the same sound as new. Mine may look abused, but it is STILL working and like I said, if the re-issue is just like the original, you won't need to look any further. Great chorusing without over-saturation. I have mine set in the loop and it works perfectly. I can't play without it, as it has that 'ingredient'. In my view, it has overcome abuse from a violent pass, but with a little repair and clean-up, it is still quite alive.
I love this re-issue from Ibanez!!! I think they make some of the best pedals you can buy (my Ibanez FL9 re-issue flanger and the common TS-9 Tubescreamer out do various boutique flangers and overdrives that I have). I am a pedal hog, I have right now 74 pedals from original vintage to new age boutique and this is my newest purchase and my favorite chorus that I own. It does lack setting features, but who cares...its easy to use and as typical for Ibanez, its built like a Sherman tank and you can bet it will last you a lifetime and never, ever crap out on you! Buy it...now!! Go....spend, buy..you wont be dissapointed!
I can picture this chorus pedal accompanying the better bands of 80's Chorus flavor. Parlticularly one of the most beautiful 80's solo's I've ever heard. Go figure, It just didn't work with my more experimental sound. I had to continue using my old chorus (not stereo.). But there are other options of Chorus pedals.. I may stick with my S.C.
I bought an EH Clone Theory but took it back the next day and picked this one up used. The CS9's chorus is much fuller and the electronics are very high quality. It has totally noise-free operation and its built like a tank. Theres not a whole lot of control or tone shaping, but the chorus is so rich that it more than makes up for it. If you're looking for a classic, 100% analog, vintage-style chorus, the CS9 is definately the way to go.
I bought this and a Boss Super Chorus, and played them side by side. I ended up keeping this one. I think it is a better pedal.
I was pleasantly suprised. It was just what I was looking for. It adds plenty of depth to my playing. I would recommend that you go to a music store and pick out the actual pedal you want, considering the footswitch isn't built very well. When I got mine, I discovered that I had to stomp on the switch pretty hard numerous times just to get it to turn on or off. Although I was able to fix it, I think I'll buy stuff from stores from now on. That's the second thing I've ordered that's been messed up during shipping. Despite this, it's still an awesome pedal.
You need to try it. Go to your local music store and try it. You wont be dissapointed. This one has a really warm, yet pronounced, vintage chorus effect. It is perfectly suited for vintage tube amps. Great for clean or distorted tunes. I felt like I owed Ibanez a minute of my time to write this review, this pedal deserves it.
If your looking for high quality, look no further than this pedal. It's pretty much a straight forward unit that is extremely transparent. I would recomend those using EMG's or any pickups for that matter who are using the EMG PA2 (PreAmp Booster) or similar to try this pedal out at their local music store before ordering it. I found that when boosting my EMG 81 & 85 with the EMG PA2 the pedal would actually create a very bad static in certain frequencies. I thought the pedal was defective and was going to return it but a trip to my local music store with my guitar to try another CS9 i found that they done it as well. The quality of this pedal is what promted me to keep it to use with my non-boosted Gibson LP's.. Over all a great product!
So I play metal/rock and I needed a pedal fro clean sounds and with distortion for non-palm muting stuff.Man this pedal just does it greatly, the clean are cool and jazzy but with distortion thats just when the pedal comes alive, it just makes harmonics richer and if ya max out both controls you can get pretty weird stuff with both clean and dirty.Now the bad parts...It doesn't seem to colour the tone when off but real bypass would still be a +, a level control and a bass/treble control would be cool to but it doesn't really need it.