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Ibanez CS9 Stereo Chorus Reissue
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When it comes to compact effects, nine is the magic number. By popular demand (and the understandably escalating prices of the originals), Ibanez has...Click To Read More About This Product
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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
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 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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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 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.
I was in the market for a chorus pedal for live use (I play electric and acoustic and need lush, thick, smooth sounds for both) and my local music shop suggested this pedal. I must say that this analog pedal beats out the digital ones easily for sound quality and texturing. I would have enjoyed a little more variety with the settings options (Depth and Speed are it), but nonetheless, the pedal is the real deal. It is durable as well which is a big plus for me. Definately get the adaptor for this (batteries won't cut it for me). Overall a very, very good pedal.
this is my second.after my original was stolen.i use it for both my "p" bass and for my six strings.running through two amps.with a combined 170 watts thru,a 15",a 12" and a mitchell cab with twin 8" speakers.man,the sound comes alive.
I bought an original at a pawnshop, this pedal is the best I've played a re-issue and they are just as good, great stereo sound, smooth waving chorus. I use it in a long line of pedals, sounds good with distortion for that grunge sound or clean to imitate a 12-string. great pedal, great buy.
A friend at my local music store told me about this pedal, switching over from multi-effects pedal back to analog pedals was the best thing ever. This pedal switches really smoothly. The tones are great and thick as you want it. I'd recommend this pedal to anyone. I also bought the Ibanez Flanger pedal, same great quality.
This pedal proves that analog chorus is lusher than digital chorus is. Being vintage reissue, the pedal lacks the versatility of modern pedals, and is more expensive too, but this chorus is gorgeous sounding. Better than the Boss by a deal, better than digitech in achieving its signature sound. However, due to the price, I can't recommend this pedal, get the Visual Sound H20 or the EH Small Clone instead.
this thing can sound good as a substitute for a flange sound, or if you just want a cool effect and obviously it sounds good just strumming chords in a chorus! a must have
Before I buy a pedal I go into a music store and put different pedals side by side. I also did that with this pedal and compared it with some high priced boutique pedals. To me, according to the sound I like on a chorus pedal, this pedal sounded great! It's solid, versatile, and very user friendly. Each musician has his own tastes and to me this pedal creates a wide array of sounds and textures. For the money, it's the best!
this pedal is a god. it works like a charm. i play bass and guitar and i take this pedal with me everywhere and run it everytime. it gives a unique feel to songs and it gives off a really good tone to acoustic sounds. the controls are great and really easy to understand. this is a great pedal but if you can get your hands on a CS-505 Ibanez Chorus Pedal you're into the mother of all chorus.
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.
A very welcome re-issue of the original. The clean chiming thickness that adds a spot of shimmer and thickness to your tone. Sounds range from a subtle thickness to a cool trippy wash very similar to that of the Small Stone. The really nice thing about this pedal is that it can even be used on lower setting in front of a distortion pedal for added thickness and harmonics, plus a slight level boost. So many chorus pedals are too noisy and harsh to be used with an overdrive (I use a vox 830). Very recommended!
Straight out of the box, this pedal produces rich, lush tone that enhances clean or dirty play by drawing out individual notes in even the most complex chord voicings. As a bonus, you needn't possess a degree in engineering to operate it. This is the chorus that all other chorus pedals wish they were. Look no further!