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Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal 

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The MS-2 was created to run the gamut of chorus sounds from vintage to modern, subtle to severe. Dial in effects for everything from near-invisible d...Click To Read More About This Product

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Goes from psychotic swirling brainfreeze to smooth shimmer.

The MS-2 was created to run the gamut of chorus sounds from vintage to modern, subtle to severe. Dial in effects for everything from near-invisible doubling to cosmic ray gun blurs to sea-sick vibtrato. Its secret is 100% analog circuitry combined with simple but versatile Rate and Depth knobs that possess a vastly extended range of control. The Effect Level control contains the power of a real audio mixer, allowing you to blend the wet output against the dry input signal. The MS-2 also excels at preserving the original tone of your guitar and amplifier setup, making your chorus sound completely unique, even among other MS-2 users.

The MeisterSinger draws its inspiration from several time-tested analog chorus designs. First the T.C. Electronic Stereo Chorus/Flanger, for its super-silent operation and great, pure, professional chorusing, and ultrawide frequency range signal. Then Boss/Roland of course, with such wonderful vintage effects as the CE1, CE2, Dimension D, and Dimension C. Coron too, with its incredible, cheap-looking plastic wonder and last but not least the great Electro-Harmonix Small Clone. 100% analog, the MS-2 uses the coveted BBD ICs used in vintage units that are sadly now out of production.

FEATURES
  • 100% analog
  • Well built
  • Vintage to modern sounds
  • Mono Rate, Depth, and Effect Level controls
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JacquesMS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Performances (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Home studio (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

chorus fanatic

I just recieved this pedal after trying out what I thought would be preferable first choices. I am a huge fan of The Police and Andy Summers' guitar tone, especially pertaining to the...Read complete review

I just recieved this pedal after trying out what I thought would be preferable first choices. I am a huge fan of The Police and Andy Summers' guitar tone, especially pertaining to the chorus. So I decided to bench my very first pedal, a plastic Rocktek chorus (which actually sounds pretty good!) for a professional grade analog product. I wasn't about to shell out for a CE-1, so I did my research thoroughly. The tone I was looking for was "Message In A Bottle" specifically. I had read that Andy uses the Electric Mistress on that song, but I have a feeling it is more of a blended effect (chorus and flanger). At any rate, I tried out the newer Stereo Electric Mistress, and while it had some sweet vintage sounds, it just didn't have that smoothness to it. It was more of a Jet Plane flanger/De Do Do Do, De Da...It was cool, but not for me. Then I tried what Visual Sound just came out with, essentially the chorus half of the H20 Pedal. I had played the H20 previously with a compressor as well and it was very cool, and very Summers-esque. However, this half of the pedal called the Liquid Chorus, just didn't have the thickness or decay I was looking for. It seemed like the effect rolled out too quickly and didn't stick out much. Some people might prefer that subtle sound, but for the price, I'd rather be able to DIAL in subtle, not stuck with it. On to the Meistersinger: This Jaques guy or company knows what's up. I've checked out their site and they seem pretty dedicated to pedals only and getting them right. I thought I'd take a chance on the "little" brand that I knew nothing about, only what I heard on their sound clips, which were many. So after I fired this guy up, At first, with only the effect on, I wasn't too impressed but not turned off either. It sounded like a semi-lush chorus. I think the reason is because this pedal is so warm, it almost melts right into the notes of your riffs. Once I got adjusted to that and put the effect level and depth all the way up, I got some sick, lush tones. The best is always to pair a chorus with an MXR compressor, it always seems to extend the notes, especially in arpeggios. Obviously, this is what a compressor does, sustain notes, but with the chorus, it just seems like a perfect compliment to it and it brings it even more life and fullness. Talk about lush. Also, the build quality is great on this thing, it can be powered by a 9 volt, a plus if you are running a pedalboard like me and it barely takes up any room, MXR style. I added a slight touch of delay for spaciousness and some light distortion, and I basically had my own personal rendition of "Message In A Bottle". I can't wait to try this out live with my band, but it def. sounds like it came from the 80's, which I totally dig. It doesn't quite nail The Police tone to a T, I figure unless I talk to Andy himself or the studio tech, I'll never figure that out. However, this is the closest thing I've ever heard yet. It also allows you to dial down the chorus and get some more elegant stuff going. It's the type of pedal where the knobs have a lot of variance and you can still make purely original music on it. But when you feel like sending out an S.O.S., it'll do the job admirably.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great chorus, not for me

I read a lot of reviews and purchased the Meistersinger. It was one of the better sounding choruses I had tried. Built tough, with responsive control and classic chorusing. I returned because when...Read complete review

I read a lot of reviews and purchased the Meistersinger. It was one of the better sounding choruses I had tried. Built tough, with responsive control and classic chorusing. I returned because when you engage the "silent bypass" switch during playing you can hear a brief signal interription. I asked about it and its just the way the pedal is wired. It bugged me too much, so I returned. If you can live with that, then its an amazing chorus for the money

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

chorus fanatic

By Ian

from Pennsburg, PA

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Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

I just recieved this pedal after trying out what I thought would be preferable first choices. I am a huge fan of The Police and Andy Summers' guitar tone, especially pertaining to the chorus. So I decided to bench my very first pedal, a plastic Rocktek chorus (which actually sounds pretty good!) for a professional grade analog product. I wasn't about to shell out for a CE-1, so I did my research thoroughly. The tone I was looking for was "Message In A Bottle" specifically. I had read that Andy uses the Electric Mistress on that song, but I have a feeling it is more of a blended effect (chorus and flanger). At any rate, I tried out the newer Stereo Electric Mistress, and while it had some sweet vintage sounds, it just didn't have that smoothness to it. It was more of a Jet Plane flanger/De Do Do Do, De Da...It was cool, but not for me. Then I tried what Visual Sound just came out with, essentially the chorus half of the H20 Pedal. I had played the H20 previously with a compressor as well and it was very cool, and very Summers-esque. However, this half of the pedal called the Liquid Chorus, just didn't have the thickness or decay I was looking for. It seemed like the effect rolled out too quickly and didn't stick out much. Some people might prefer that subtle sound, but for the price, I'd rather be able to DIAL in subtle, not stuck with it. On to the Meistersinger: This Jaques guy or company knows what's up. I've checked out their site and they seem pretty dedicated to pedals only and getting them right. I thought I'd take a chance on the "little" brand that I knew nothing about, only what I heard on their sound clips, which were many. So after I fired this guy up, At first, with only the effect on, I wasn't too impressed but not turned off either. It sounded like a semi-lush chorus. I think the reason is because this pedal is so warm, it almost melts right into the notes of your riffs. Once I got adjusted to that and put the effect level and depth all the way up, I got some sick, lush tones. The best is always to pair a chorus with an MXR compressor, it always seems to extend the notes, especially in arpeggios. Obviously, this is what a compressor does, sustain notes, but with the chorus, it just seems like a perfect compliment to it and it brings it even more life and fullness. Talk about lush. Also, the build quality is great on this thing, it can be powered by a 9 volt, a plus if you are running a pedalboard like me and it barely takes up any room, MXR style. I added a slight touch of delay for spaciousness and some light distortion, and I basically had my own personal rendition of "Message In A Bottle". I can't wait to try this out live with my band, but it def. sounds like it came from the 80's, which I totally dig. It doesn't quite nail The Police tone to a T, I figure unless I talk to Andy himself or the studio tech, I'll never figure that out. However, this is the closest thing I've ever heard yet. It also allows you to dial down the chorus and get some more elegant stuff going. It's the type of pedal where the knobs have a lot of variance and you can still make purely original music on it. But when you feel like sending out an S.O.S., it'll do the job admirably.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

CE-1 without the noise

By Wolfgang-nqGt8

from Brighton, MI

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Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

I've owned several CE-1 pedals and they are surely the best sounding chorus, but a tad noisy.I read some reviews on this pedal and thought..yea..maybe...But, I've owned Jacques pedals before and they always sounded great, so I figured I'd give it a try. Well I played it Thursday and didn't have much time to fiddle with it...didn't need much time..it sounded awesome out of the box.I'm impressed. Very clean tone and doesn't "overcolor" your tone as most modern chorus pedals do. It has a sound like a CE-2 also..I know, some guys are saying..yea sure..then don't buy it...but you'll be missing out on what will be one of the best chorus pedals every.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Plunge into the warm and icy waters...

By DesertOfIce

from Shelby Township, MI

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

    Amazing analog quality. Warm and icy tones are at your command! I switched from an EHX Small Clone, and I'll never look back. The depth, effect level, and rate controls allow for an extremely wide array of pleasing, musical chorus tones. Kudos to you and your company, Jacques. You've nailed it. Analog chorus the way it was meant to be.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth the entry fee

    By seraph127-Q5Ga8

    from Princeton, KY

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    Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

    You're looking at the price tag and asking yourself "Is it really worth THAT much?" You realize that manufacturers hype their wares to the furthest reaches of the universe and you wonder what the plain facts are. I did all this, and I took a gamble. Bottom line...Believe the hype.I've had a Boss CE-5 and a CE-20 and liked them both. They helped me to realize that chorus, for me, was not just a dash of seasoning on my tone or a way to thicken it up a bit. Chorus is an ESSENTIAL component of the sound I'm looking for. This is the pedal.Here's what you can believe - 1)Gives you what you want w/o taking or perverting what you've got. Keep your tone, just make it better. 2)The LEVEL control is not just an aggravating, extra volume knob that none of us need. It determines the audibility of the effect. Dial it from "subtle" to "inescapable". 3)Ever play with the rate knob on your chorus and suddenly your fiddle sounded like you hadn't tuned it for a year? Not a problem with this box - it uses negative detune, so you can have it wavy, you can have it warbly, and you still sound good.One word of caution: if you're used to jumping up and down on a Boss, rethink that. A gentle tap is enough to turn this baby on.Summary: I love this stomp. You might, too.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great analog chorus effect!

    By MagicMan-Ti474

    from Japan

    Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

    I got this pedal to replace my Voodoo Lab Analog Chorus. (The V.Lab gave an annoying volume boost each time it was engaged) This Jacques Chorus is true bypass with ZERO impact on overall tone and absolutely no volume boost. Subtle to intense chorus effect, with everything inbetween. Well worth the investment!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Chorus Pedal!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

    I've owned a number of chorus pedals and this is flat out is one the best. It's very transparent and doesn't overwhelm your original tone. It has a lot of versatility and is very quiet. I would highly recommend this pedal.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    CE-2 with greater range

    By Bob

    from New York

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    Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

    I'm a gearhead from way back and have cut back quite a bit. I have owned a CE-2 (Japanese)and this is a vintage CE-2 that has more dynamic range. It's an excellent pedal.
    Jacque's website has some videos on this pedal, but some of the clips just sound weird. That will put off a lot of people (and since they aren't selling like hotcakes, I believe it is true). However, this is one great classic pedal. I never even think of trading it.
    It has it all, and makes any acoustic sound heavenly.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Better than you might expect

    By anon-Du1hB

    from Colorado

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    Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

    This is one of the best choruses on the market. I've tried all the big money mod units and the only one I prefer to this is the Mayer Voodoo Vibe ($$$). If you're looking for a chorus that you can run subtle or freaky, this one is as flexible as they come. Better rotating simulation than most vibes. Just about nails the Lifeson tone. Worth a try for the price. I've got three of these for different paths. You'll never miss the stereo option. This unit prompted me to look at the rest of the Jacques line, I now own every pedal he makes. None of them have been disappointing.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Superb analog sound

    By Good deal seaker

    from N.Y.

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

      Been playin 20 years. Had the good and the bad throughout that time.

      This is surely a well built pedal.

      Great features, analog chorus and true bypass.

      Unfortunately I returned mine because the effect was too subtle. This pedal needs one more knob. It needs a level knob....meaning output level.

      When engaged I noticed a substantial volume loss that none of my other choruses have. Same cables and all.

      Really too bad because this is the best sounding chorus I've tried on my recent chorus hunt. Tried 5 pedals so far and this would've been it had it bee a bit louder.

      Really sweet sounding effect though. Hope they make a new one with an identical circut but with an output level knob. That'd be perrrrrfect!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome pedal to add to your rig

      By Johnnyrayh

      from Orem,ut

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Jacques MS-2 MeisterSinger Analog Chorus Pedal:

        I use it to fatten up my clean setting, it does that and more, sound quality is incredible.one of the best pedal sieve owned, just get it.

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