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MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal

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Rich, shimmering chorus effects only possible with an all-analog design.

This all-analog pedal uses bucket-brigade circuitry to create classically lush, liquid textures that you just can't get with digital circuitry. Rate, Level, and Depth controls, as well as knobs for cutting High and Low frequencies allow ultimate tone control. Like all MXR pedals, the M-234 comes in a heavy-duty housing with durable jacks and switches for a lifetime on the road.

FEATURES
  • All-analog bucket-brigade circuitry
  • Create classically lush, liquid textures
  • Rate, Level, Depth controls
  • High/Low frequency cut knobs

You want it warm? It's gotta be analog. Order now.

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MXRM234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (28)
  • Compact (23)
  • Versatile (22)
  • Responsive (20)
  • Good selection of effects (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (24)
  • Home studio (20)
  • Professional recording (18)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (11), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great pedal

I've always avoided chorus pedals because I thought they only did the overblown, 80s sound. That was my own bias/ignorance. Saw a few YouTube clips of chorus pedals adding definition and...Read complete review

I've always avoided chorus pedals because I thought they only did the overblown, 80s sound. That was my own bias/ignorance. Saw a few YouTube clips of chorus pedals adding definition and "shimmer" and thought I would try some out.

The MXR M234 is great for anything from a touch of sparkle to full-blown, cheesy saturated chorus. I mainly use it for the subtle stuff, and the analog components give it warmth. At some settings, it offers very nice definition to fingerpicking or soloing. The "Level" knob is central to the versatility of this pedal. "Level" allows it to be subtle or saturated and points in-between. The "High" and "Low" cut knobs also offer great sonic flexibility and insures that the sounds don't have to be shrill or too shimmery (unless you want that, which it can do).

The stereo version would be the only improvement I could imagine for this pedal (maybe an expression pedal input too). That said, there are two outputs, which can offer other options. One output has the "wet" effected signal and the other output is dry. I have experimented with a more saturated wet signal (with level at 3/4) and a dry signal going to other effects (wah and fuzz) and then the second amplifier. Lots of room to experiment.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Awesome Chorus!! But.....

Ok, this pedal really has an amazing, warmth sound an had five konobs for lots of tweaks, but it has a issue that kills this pedal, the buffer bypass sucks!!! i...Read complete review

Ok, this pedal really has an amazing, warmth sound an had five konobs for lots of tweaks, but it has a issue that kills this pedal, the buffer bypass sucks!!! i can notice difference when is in my signal chain, it overcompress and in some kind suck the distortion of all my OD pedals, it´s like it clean up the signal, it's hard to explain, but if you use it in acoustic/clean rigs this will be an mamzing tool. if MXR sweep off the stereo function and makes it true bypass this pedal be one of the most successful chorus on the market.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new favorite pedal

By Mike Bochenek

from Baltimore, Md

Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

I highly recommend this pedal.
This pedal is exactly the chorus I've been looking for. You can easily dial in anything from a subtle shimmer a swarming seasick. The two eq knobs, one for high and one for low, give plenty of room for you to find your own sound. The analog chorus is rich, lush, and definitely not digital. If I had to play a show with only one pedal, this would be the one.
The housing is plenty tough, the led is very bright, and the stereo output offers ore options for set up on the stage and in the studio.
It's a great price for a great pedal.

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome pedal

By lancegtx

from illinois

Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

Got one of these a week ago at a local shop (a week before anywhere had them online). First off let me start off by stating the fact that this IS the exact same pedal as the black label chorus in a new blue housing. That being said this pedal sounds awesome and is a great value, I already had a micro chorus and with this I can get every bit of the same range of chorus and then a tone more. Honestly, in my opinion best chorus pedal under for this price

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great inexpensive chorus pedal!

By Guy

from Denver, CO

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

    MXR is built like a tank. Dial it up, and you can get really lush chorus sounds; back it off a bit, and get that thick sparkly sound that cuts through a crowded mix...

    Inexpensive, quiet operation, easy to dial in GREAT Chorus sounds. Replaced a very old chorus pedal that had crashed. The MXR is MUCH BETTER!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great pedal

    By Nona

    from Undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I've always avoided chorus pedals because I thought they only did the overblown, 80s sound. That was my own bias/ignorance. Saw a few YouTube clips of chorus pedals adding definition and "shimmer" and thought I would try some out.

      The MXR M234 is great for anything from a touch of sparkle to full-blown, cheesy saturated chorus. I mainly use it for the subtle stuff, and the analog components give it warmth. At some settings, it offers very nice definition to fingerpicking or soloing. The "Level" knob is central to the versatility of this pedal. "Level" allows it to be subtle or saturated and points in-between. The "High" and "Low" cut knobs also offer great sonic flexibility and insures that the sounds don't have to be shrill or too shimmery (unless you want that, which it can do).

      The stereo version would be the only improvement I could imagine for this pedal (maybe an expression pedal input too). That said, there are two outputs, which can offer other options. One output has the "wet" effected signal and the other output is dry. I have experimented with a more saturated wet signal (with level at 3/4) and a dry signal going to other effects (wah and fuzz) and then the second amplifier. Lots of room to experiment.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent

      By Stephen

      from Northern ca.

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I've got a box full of stomp boxes that I don't use because they are either noisy or they change the eq so much that they're unusable. This one probably messes with the eq a bit also, but in a good way, for me, and the chorus is able to be made very discreet which pleases me. One of the 2 or 3 boxes that I actually use.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          MXR- Championship Chorus!

          By Human Person

          from Milwaukee, WI, USA

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Great sound-solid build. Is this the craziest chorus? No. What it is is everything you would want in a perfectly balanced chorus sound- a bubbly, jangly tone with lots of control.

            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Jim Wells

            By Jimmie Wells

            from Undisclosed

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            Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I have never owned a chorus pedal untill now. I really like the MXR pedals that I have and this chorus pedal is just what I wanted. Just want to say the dealing with Musicians Friend is a real pleasure.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Warm sound, great price

            By Scott

            from Blaine, WA

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

              My search for a warm analog chorus unit is never ending. The MXR 234 is my unit of choice for the moment. Nice warm sound, compact design and great price. Try one out, it certainly won't break the bank.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful, just beautiful

              By Finnfanboy

              from Anaheim, California

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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 MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This pedal is beautiful, both in sound and appearance. I use a Les Paul Studio into a Vox AC30 and this pedal can do a lot. You can get some crazy 80's sounds with it, or just some subtle flange like sounds to color the notes. Over all, wonderful piece of gear.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My last chorus pedal!

                By nhunter333

                from Live Oak FL

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I've never been a big fan of reverb, so I've always used just a bit of chorus just to fill out my sound. I just built a new pedal board so I figured why not put a few new pedals on it? Lol. So I searched and shopped and googled and youtubed for days on end and this one kept coming out on top. I'm glad I ordered it. You can get some killer effects out of this pedal. From subtle to down right dizzy crazy. MXR has done it again in my opinion.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Back to basics

                  By Gearhead

                  from Cincinnati OH

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Can't Find One

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events

                  Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  After wasting years and money on costly digital effect racks and multieffect pedals, I finally got back to the basic analog sound. The tones that come from the MXR analog chorus are warm and natural. I will be purchasing more of these for an all analog pedal chain!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best Chorus Out There!

                  By Ross

                  from Billings, MT

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I just got this in the mail today and put it in front my Marshall JVM and it's amazing. The 3 sample settings are all I've used and so far I already have the sound I want. it works amazing on hi gain. Analog is the best. It would work well for any genre. Chorus is my favorite effect. the blue paint job is beautiful. this is my favorite pedal I've ever owned.

                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Analog warmth, very tweakable, and QUIET

                    By bobbymack

                    from Mile High

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        The best small footprint chorus I've found...very rare to get analog warmth without the accompanying hiss...nice. Wide range of usable tones from subtle to pretty over the top.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        EXCELLENT SOUND

                        By Blues n stuff

                        from Southern California

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                          Cons

                          • None

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                            Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            MXR just replaced the last of my Boss pedals. I have used the CH2 for a long time. It is nice but this out chorused it. A bit different sounding than the CH. From mild to a strong effect and everything inbetween.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Best chorus pedal evah!

                            By Trix

                            from Sacramento, CA

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              I play in a tribute band and play over 25 gigs a year. This is my third MXR pedal and am always impressed by the quality and sound. I have been using a Boss analog pedal for about 10 years, but although its a good pedal, the MXR Analog Chorus has more "sparkle" in the tone.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellent Chorus Pedal

                              By Gunslinger

                              from Pittsburgh, PA

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                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Excellent Sound Quality
                              • Good Selection Of Effects

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Performances

                                Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                Been playing guitar for 47 years. Was never a pedal geek. I only started using an array of pedals about eight years ago. I had an Arion chorus pedal since the 1980s. That broke and I replaced it with a Rogue chorus until I found another Arion. Playing out on a regular basis took it's toll( the foot switch was going) so I wanted a good chorus that would hold up without breaking the bank. I looked at the MXR analog chorus as I have other MXR pedals: the noise gate, 10 band guitar EQ and the analog delay. Based on the reviews, I decided to try the MXR analog chorus. I've gigged with it three times and am very happy with it. I really like the tone controls where I can adjust both the lows and highs. I have it third in my chain after my compressor and tremolo and with the compressor on all the time, I've had no issues. I get a rich, lush sound. I've only used it with my my Tele and Strat through my Carvin Nomad tube amp. Haven't used it through my Marshall tube combo amp but expect same results as both amps are similar. I only use the pedal on certain songs for coloration. Overall am very happy with the purchase.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Excellent Chorus!

                                By Aaron

                                from Chico, CA

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                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Excellent Sound Quality
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                  I was in a situation where I was up against it.
                                  I had to ditch a do it all digital pedal from my board.
                                  This meant I had to add some individual stomps, including a chorus pedal. I started searching the web, and of course the big "B" brand came up. The reviews on their chorus ensemble were all good, and it was in my price range. I headed down to my local G-C (at 8:45pm). I went right to the pedal cabinet and they did have the CE-5 in stock, but then I spotted the MXR in the case, too. I asked the gal if I could try 'em both out. She set me up with a guitar & I dug in. The "B" was cool, and lived up to it's rep. It nailed the '80's chorus, but was a bit...hmmm... not sure. But don't get me wrong, it was good.
                                  Then I plugged in the MXR. My first impression was "Squonk" from the Genesis "Seconds Out" live album. It was really warm and smooth. But I wasn't sure if it was going to have the clarity wanted.

                                  After switching between the two for 10 minutes, I took them both to the counter. Eenie meenie miney mo! I chose the MXR!

                                  When I got home, I plugged it in, and yesss indeedy! This is the one!

                                  So glad I bought this instead of the "B".

                                  Excellent sound - warm & versatile, and very quiet! No hiss.

                                  Another great addition by MXR.... Love it!!!

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great!

                                  By rmndportillo

                                  from Miami Florida

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                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                    It is a great pedal. You can go wrong with MXR pedals; I have bought three of them and they have not yet disappointed me. Some companies know their craft well. MXR is one of many good ones. I also recommend, Mad Professor, Earth quaker devices and morley pedals. Can't go wrong with these pedal geniuses.

                                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    3.0

                                    Awesome Chorus!! But.....

                                    By tejuinero

                                    from bloomington CA

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                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                                    • Responsive

                                    Cons

                                    • Buffer Bypass Really Suck

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Acoustic Performance
                                    • Clean Signal Chain

                                    Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                    Ok, this pedal really has an amazing, warmth sound an had five konobs for lots of tweaks, but it has a issue that kills this pedal, the buffer bypass sucks!!! i can notice difference when is in my signal chain, it overcompress and in some kind suck the distortion of all my OD pedals, it´s like it clean up the signal, it's hard to explain, but if you use it in acoustic/clean rigs this will be an mamzing tool. if MXR sweep off the stereo function and makes it true bypass this pedal be one of the most successful chorus on the market.

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Old school type chorus

                                    By Tele Dave

                                    from Sarasota, Fl.

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                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                                    • Responsive
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • Made Overseas

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                    Very good old school sound. Its a great filler to round out your tone.

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