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With its simple operation and stellar analog tone, the MXR Micro Chorus guitar pedal joins the ranks of MXR Classics such as the Phase 90, Dyna Comp ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Go from sparkly watery shimmers to intense rotating speaker simulation with a twist of the rate control knob.

With its simple operation and stellar analog tone, the MXR Micro Chorus guitar pedal joins the ranks of MXR Classics such as the Phase 90, Dyna Comp and Micro Amp. This '80s reissue delivers a stunning range of rich chorus textures from sparkly watery shimmers to intense rotating speaker simulation with a twist of the Rate control. The MXR Micro Chorus pedal is designed with old-school bucket brigade technology for warm analog tone and features true bypass for pure guitar tone when the guitar effects pedal is off. Its roadworthy hardware and components are housed in a space saving Phase 90-sized box.

The MXR Micro Chorus pedal can be powered by one 9V battery (accessed by removing the effect pedal's bottom plate), a Dunlop DC810DC brick, or MC403 Power system (sold separately).

FEATURES
  • All-analog circuitry with bucket brigade technology for warm analog tone
  • True bypass with LED
  • Rate knob adjusts speed of chorus effect
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Input impedance: 1 mOhm
  • Output impedance: 1 kOhm
  • Max input level @ 500Hz: -5dBV
  • Max output level: +5dBV
  • Max output level: +8dBV
  • Rate control Min/Max: 0.25Hz/7.5Hz
  • Signal to noise ratio: >89dBV*
  • Delay time min/max: 3.9ms/5.4ms
  • Frequency response
  • Delayed signal: 20Hz to 4.5kHz
  • Dry signal: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Current draw: <5mA
    Power supply: DC 9 volt
  • Bypass: true hardware
  • Housing dimensions: 4-3/4"D x 2-3/4"W x 1-1/3"H
  • Housing material: zinc
  • Weight: 14 oz.
  • 0 dBV=1VRMS
  • *A-weighted, measurements taken with rate control full counterclockwise
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MXRM148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (9)
  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Chorus

The micro chorus is pretty much exactly what I was looking for in a chorus sound. I try to use effects sparingly and not many of them but I am very particular about the...Read complete review

The micro chorus is pretty much exactly what I was looking for in a chorus sound. I try to use effects sparingly and not many of them but I am very particular about the sort of sound I want when I do use them. In the past I've used a small clone, digitech multichorus and various TC Electronic chorus effects...none of which sounded as good as this pedal.
At first I was concerned that there is not a depth control on it but the sound of this pedal is huge so I actually don't feel like I need it. It might actually be a little too enveloping for some people. The speed range is very usable to me anywhere from 8 to 1 o'clock on the rate knob. I tend to stick with slower chorus for more of a doubling effect.
Another reason I like the pedal is that it is analog and true bypass. A reason I don't like the small clone is that it seemed to not have a lot of head room when using it through an effect loop, especially with distortion. Don't have that problem with the micro chorus.Doesn't squish the signal at all.
Overall if you're looking for something simple this is the best chorus I've ever used.
Not a lot to it which is a good thing. I was a little worried that there is not a depth control but after using the pedal it doesn't seem like I need one.
I own many MXR pedals and they are always build solid and reliable. I've never had an issue with any of them.
For the sounds I'm getting from this pedal I'd say the value is great.

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Noisy

Way too much noise to use for quiet chording/arpeggios. The stereo chorus is dead quiet. I was hoping for something similar in a small package but I was very disappointed. I only...Read complete review

Way too much noise to use for quiet chording/arpeggios. The stereo chorus is dead quiet. I was hoping for something similar in a small package but I was very disappointed. I only have 2 or 3 other pedals, and I have carefully chosen effects that are dead quiet. I put this back in the box after 5 minutes and sold it the next day.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

OK chorus

By funkymann1

from florida

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Pros

  • Compact Design

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is a great simple product but will give a loud hiss with high gain, great for clean sounds though!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So simple it's just stupid great.

      By MattC1984

      from Denver, CO

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      Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Been tinkering with mine for about a month now. I have yet to find a setting on it that doesn't sound great. Integrates well with other effects and sounds amazing to give a clean tone a little shimmer or wobble. I was skeptical, I usually like more knobs to play with, but this hasn't disappointed me. You're getting a lot for your money.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Chorus

      By MXR fan

      from NY,NY

      See all my reviews

      Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

      The micro chorus is pretty much exactly what I was looking for in a chorus sound. I try to use effects sparingly and not many of them but I am very particular about the sort of sound I want when I do use them. In the past I've used a small clone, digitech multichorus and various TC Electronic chorus effects...none of which sounded as good as this pedal.
      At first I was concerned that there is not a depth control on it but the sound of this pedal is huge so I actually don't feel like I need it. It might actually be a little too enveloping for some people. The speed range is very usable to me anywhere from 8 to 1 o'clock on the rate knob. I tend to stick with slower chorus for more of a doubling effect.
      Another reason I like the pedal is that it is analog and true bypass. A reason I don't like the small clone is that it seemed to not have a lot of head room when using it through an effect loop, especially with distortion. Don't have that problem with the micro chorus.Doesn't squish the signal at all.
      Overall if you're looking for something simple this is the best chorus I've ever used.
      Not a lot to it which is a good thing. I was a little worried that there is not a depth control but after using the pedal it doesn't seem like I need one.
      I own many MXR pedals and they are always build solid and reliable. I've never had an issue with any of them.
      For the sounds I'm getting from this pedal I'd say the value is great.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Amazing sound from a small pedal

      By Rob

      from Westchester, NY

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      Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I just received this pedal and I'm using it through the effects loop of my Marshall DSL. This is the best sounding chorus I've ever used. At its minimum setting, it adds a little chorus to fatten up cleans or distortion (think Zakk Wylde etc). At the half way point, (give or take) its really lush and is great for cleans. Better than any digital chorus I've used. At around 3/4 of the way up, it starts to sound a lot like the beginning of Come As You Are. I was concerned that because it only had one knob, I wouldn't have enough control over the sound, but somehow the guys at MXR have figured out how to make it work. I actually like the fact that I can get every sound I want from one control now. The only drawback with this pedal is that it's a little noisy when engaged. I'm not sure why but it's not a deal killer. I give an 8 overall only because its a little noisy but again, still highly recommended.
      One knob
      Built like a tank
      I give it a 9 based on the amazing tone and the simplicity

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Absolutely perfect!!

      By Blues4Fun

      from Winnipeg, Canada

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Wanted a chorus effect to fatten up my sound a bit. This one is perfect, one knob to rule them all! Doesn't get much easier than this AND it sounds fantastic!

        Running in effects loop of 1994 Fender Blues Deluxe and I can't get enough of playing arpeggiated chords with my G&L Asat or Strat. I'm sure the house is sick of it but it just sounds SO good.

        Seriously easy to use and don't have to spend all night getting the perfect sound.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What a deal!

        By Ryan M. Clark

        from Hickory, NC

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        Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

        If you are looking for a great sounding, quality built, true bypass, chorus pedal with a no frills operation this is it.
        I give this pedal an 8 with features because it only has a rate adjustment but I like simple effects and this by no means dimenishes the pedals overall value. If you like to have dozens of setting options this pedal isn't for you.
        Built like a tank and sounds great (clean) ... and true bypass switching!
        Absolutely great value. Thier has been times over the years that I have questioned purchases of amps and effects, thinking "was this worth it?" This is not one of those times. If this pedal had other brands stamped on it could sell for quite a bit more. Great job MXR-Dunlop

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Simplicity is key

        By MrScotty

        from Atlanta, Georgia

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        Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I strongly urge my fellow guitarist to buy this unit, as it is as simple as simple gets. And the sound is a perfect classic chorus, and is true by-pass. This pedal needs to be run in the effects loop, if possible. Some pedals sound better out front, but this one blends perfectly in the loop. I am using a 91'Gibson Les Paul Classic through a Marshall 100W Vintage Modern with a Marshall 4X12 Vintage 30's cab. Trust and believe in the positive feedbacks, and know that most negatives are amateurs, or beginners. Great product and great value for the professional club player.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Exactly what I was looking for!

        Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is the definitive cliche' chorus. It sounds exactly like a chorus should sound. It's simple to the point all business. If you want real chorus sound and play in mono and just want a simple set and forget plug and play setup, this is it. I had an Analogman Clone Chorus with the depth switch that cost more than three times what the MXR does and I sold it to buy the Micro Chorus. I wanted a chorus you could really hear when it was on. The Analogman chorus was too subtle. Buy one! Merry Christmas to me!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice pedal

        By Karl-CmzV5

        from So Cal

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        Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Im rating this on the value of what you get for the money. It is a nice analog pedal with warm tone. Easy to use and easy to get a classic sound of years gone by. Yes the stereo chorus is most likely better but with a higher price and more difficulty to use. If your on a budget, this is a great pedal. No complaints. MXR makes some nice stuff.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Analog Chorus

        By 2shred

        from Northern, IN

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        Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

        My original Ibanez chorus (the purple one) FINALLY died. I used it when I bought it in the spring of 1983 until recently. I tried a cheaper, plastic pedal. It was OK but a bit transistor-y. No warmth. I own an MXR smart gate, so the micro-chorus seemed like the best bet. Plus, I read the reviews and I figured I could use it. Simple set up! I had my old reliable sound within 5 minutes! Sorry, but I don't go for digital chorus, distortion or digital bells. THIS is pure analog chorus and it's simple to set and go. Can't wait to use it on a gig!!
        Simple!! Power up, plug in input, plug in output, kick the switch, dial in the rate. BLAM!! Analog chorus, rich and syrupy!
        True bypass switch, (why don't ALL the others have this!!??!!) sturdy metal case AND fits great on a pedalboard. Did I mention quality analog chorusing?
        Oh yeah! It may not have all them knobs ya gotta tweak and turn and such, but I'd rather play than spend my practice/playing time turning knobs. This one has one knob, set it and forget it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Another great MXR pedal

        Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

        All of a sudden I have 3 MXR pedals on my board.
        This one like the other are simple but deliver great tones, for a great price. and built with quality.
        Simple but effective.
        For those of us that want to spend more time paying and less time tweaking this is the pedal.
        Easy to add all different levels of chorus to you sound.
        Great quality! Builkt to withstand lots of STOMPS

        Looks good too!
        Can't beat the price.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good for Prog keyboards

        By Douug

        from NC

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances

          Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I actually purchased this to use for a keyboard. (digital organ)
          with the dial set to 11:00, it "blends" in with the rotary sound and smoothes out the high end.
          Not for use on all songs. It definitely has the "Genesis" character to it, and would fit in for
          songs of that type. actually fits right on the rotary effect pedal. (Velcroed to it actually)

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exactly what a chorus should be

          By Sah

          from New England

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy to dial in
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I've owned a handful of boutique chorus pedals and the MXR Micro is my favorite. It is JUST RIGHT how it is. You can dial in a leslie sound or a swirly Gilmourish chorus. All you need is one knob. Its the perfect amount of Chorus as it is.

              If you need cartoony crazy chorus sounds look elsewhere. If you want a solid, juicy chorus, this is the one.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              exactly what I was hoping for

              By BvP

              from Minnesota

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Great Analog Tone
              • Responsive
              • Super Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Somewhat Noisy

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Just got this yesterday. Sounds great, right from the get-go! Pedals don't get much easier to use than this one. I also have the mxr phase 90, and this is a perfect companion to it. I'm currently running this between my Les Paul Jr. and my Peavey Delta Blues tube amp(15"speaker). It's a an unbelievably sweet combo. Reminds me of Ali Farka Toure's sound. The mxr micro chorus is well worth the money!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great sounding pedal

              By Mike Abbs

              from New Jersey

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              Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I have this in the series effects loop of my Mesa Mark IV. I am torn between this my my EH small clone, but I think this one sounds slightly more balanced. My only gripe about it and I would have given it straight five stars is that it boosts the signal too far above unity, so you have to be careful about placement or you could introduce unwanted clipping and distortion. Sounded OK in front of the amp but seems to belong in the loop for the best sound. Trust me... do not let the fact that this only has one knob steer you away. That one knob is all you need other than perhaps an output control. MXR has been making some great pedals lately.. Keep it going!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Worth The Price

              By Vince-ekR7c

              from Adirondacks

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              Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Inexpensive, ultra simple to use, wide range of chorus sounds. I just want to add a little bit of shimmer to my clean tones, so my settings are all below 50%. I would have really liked a Mix or Level control to choose how much effect I want. It's a little noisy.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great pedal!

              By Sonny D Lite-6Lr2K

              from Cleveland

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              Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I just got this 2 weeks ago and put it in my pedal board in place of my Boss chorus and I am totally Happy with this pedal! the tone and effect are perfect! I play in a 70's Disco Band and it gets the sound I've been looking for! I would recommend this pedal to everyone!

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Noisy

              By Craig-Cs.xB

              from NY

              Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Way too much noise to use for quiet chording/arpeggios. The stereo chorus is dead quiet. I was hoping for something similar in a small package but I was very disappointed. I only have 2 or 3 other pedals, and I have carefully chosen effects that are dead quiet. I put this back in the box after 5 minutes and sold it the next day.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It's GRRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT!!!

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I play a spector 6 string bass, 1962 fender jazz bass, and a washburn pro series bass, and this is the only effects pedal i have and will ever need very crisp, it goes great with the NS-2 noise gate.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Analog Chorus

              By Dave From Ohio

              from Cleveland

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              Comments about MXR M148 Micro Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

              MXR has issued a great, easy to use, chorus pedal that gives a nice, clearly defined sound. One knob makes it about as simple to use as can be. Sounds a bit crisper than the classic Boss CE-2.MXR is making some great pedals these days !

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