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MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal   

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The MXR Black Label Chorus is Zakk's secret weapon to thicken up his wall of distortion and add liquid dimension and texture to clean passages. At th...Click To Read More About This Product

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Get the chorus pedal that fuels the deep, dark guitar sounds of Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde.

The MXR Black Label Chorus is Zakk's secret weapon to thicken up his wall of distortion and add liquid dimension and texture to clean passages. At the heart of the MXR Black Label Chorus is its bucket brigade circuitry-the only way to get truly rich and warm analog chorusing. The MXR Zakk Wylde Chorus pedal's vintage style tones are dialed in by High and Low cut filters and Level, Rate, and Depth controls. For the ultimate in spatial chorusing, hook up 2 amps via the 2 outputs for a wide and sweeping stereo spread. Like all MXR pedals, the Black Label Chorus comes in a heavy-duty housing with durable jacks and switches for a lifetime on the road.

The MXR Zakk Wylde Chorus guitar 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
  • Level knob
  • Rate knob
  • Depth knob
  • Footswitch for on/bypass
  • High cut filter
  • Low cut filter
  • Bucket brigade circuitry
SPECIFICATIONS

ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal

  • Input impedance: 1m Ohm
    Output impedance: 1k Ohm
    Signal to noise: A-weighted (Vref = 1Vrms)
    Level, rate, depth controls @ max CW
    Tone controls @ center position
    Effect on: > 96dBV
    Bypass: > 106dBV
    Frequency Response Bypass: -3dB @ 12kHz 6dB/Octave
    Tone Controls Low: Variable Shelf: 12dB/Octave; 70Hz-800Hz, (center pos: 350kHz); High: variable shelf 6dB/octave; 660Hz-1.2kHz
    Bypass: buffered
    Current draw: 13mA
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MXRZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Compact (10)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
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    • Experienced (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great pedal and good service

works great. does exactly what it's supposed to. the only problem i had was the first one that got delivered did not work when plugged in. it worked with the battery but not...Read complete review

works great. does exactly what it's supposed to. the only problem i had was the first one that got delivered did not work when plugged in. it worked with the battery but not the 9 volt adapter. i have never seen that happen before? what was really odd was that in the same order i had purchased a kirk hammet signature cry baby wah pedal and it had the exact same issue??? very weird. all my other pedals work fine and i use the dc brick to power everything so it was just a strange coincidence. maybe just a batch of bad plugs or something simple like that? either way the the customer service rep at musicians friend was awesome,he arranged for me to send the items back via ups and as soon as they had tracking info he shipped out replacements on 2nd day air i had both in my hand in by the end of the second day. they were christmas gifts and anything other than that level of service would have made those gifts obsolete. so thanks unfortunately i did not get his name but hopefully this is the standard.. as i have had some pretty bad luck with other companies. and as far as the pedals go they are great! the issue with plug is just one of those things that happens once on a while even with quality products what matters is how the manufacture and the dealer responds to the customer when there is a problem and in this case they both did exactly what they were supposed to do. mxr and musicians friend have my buisiness and my sons business for years to come!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Noisy and harsh

Bought this pedal new and was hugely disappointed. As soon as the level knob is at 12 o clock or more it introduces a lot of noise, so much so that in my view...Read complete review

Bought this pedal new and was hugely disappointed. As soon as the level knob is at 12 o clock or more it introduces a lot of noise, so much so that in my view it's almost unusable. I run a Les Paul into a dual Rec and have high gain its true but for a pedal made for high gain use this was a surprise and I took the pedal straight back to the store for a refund. I even ran it with a BBE sonic maximiser with noise gate and it didn't help the noise was immediately obvious when the effect was engaged with the level anywhere above about 9 o clock. I guess most people could live with it but I couldn't.

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2.0

Noisy and harsh

By Tone freak

from U.K.

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Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Bought this pedal new and was hugely disappointed. As soon as the level knob is at 12 o clock or more it introduces a lot of noise, so much so that in my view it's almost unusable. I run a Les Paul into a dual Rec and have high gain its true but for a pedal made for high gain use this was a surprise and I took the pedal straight back to the store for a refund. I even ran it with a BBE sonic maximiser with noise gate and it didn't help the noise was immediately obvious when the effect was engaged with the level anywhere above about 9 o clock. I guess most people could live with it but I couldn't.

       
      5.0

      My favorite Chorus pedal yet.

      By Erik W

      from Arizona

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      Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Lots of choral range in this little pedal! I'm still getting used to the modulation provided by the high & low cut features, but this pedal can go from a barely-perceptible, muted washover all the way over to a bright, shimmering choral flood. I love this one!

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By A-A-ron

      from Saint Paul Island, AK

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is my first stomp box purchase. My previous amps had the chorus and other effect built into it and i thought they sounded OK until i heard this black label chorus. Let me just say the difference is night and day! Playing around with the settings on here is so much better dialing in a sound you want than just the single effects knob on my old amp. Then i tried plugging the stereo output to my old amp along with my new tube amp and WOW! Definitely blew me away. Haven't tried that live and not sure if i want to be lugging two amps around but it's a very cool feature when you're playing in your house. I'm very happy with this purchase and is a great start to working my way to my own pedalboard.

       
      5.0

      decent chorus

      By MCL

      from Longmo

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is the first chorus pedal I have owned. I think the tones I get are slightly more varied than other chorus pedals I have tried. I would say it is much more effective when used in conjunction with other pedals I have, rather than used on its own. Seems to be built well, just like all of the other MXR pedals I have. My favorite thing about this pedal is the stereo output so I can run both of my 212 cabinets together and all used effects come through both cabs.

         
        5.0

        Game Changer of a pedal.

        By whitebread

        from Tulsa

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Had this pedal before and sold it to find something better, big mistake! Purchased this a 2nd time. Realized that you don't have to be a Zakk fanboy to enjoy this pedal. Back off the gain on your amp a little and you have a Alex Lifeson tone, add delay with this on the clean channel and you got Andy Summers/ The Police. That bright glowing blue light will always be on when my rig is.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Black Label Chorus

            By Jackhammer

            from Somewhere, TX

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This little thing has so many sounds, how did they get them all in there?? Whatever your chorus needs are, this does it without the noise. Being able to fit in your pocket is a plus too.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent.

              By Scott

              from New York

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              Pros

              • Excellent

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Nice chorus. As others have said, it is good for clean or saturated signals. Does not significantly color, boost, or lower your bypassed signal, so far as I can tell.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This is a must have!

                  By nottosay02

                  from Sanford, North Carolina

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      This pedal is versitile. It sounds awesome on a clean or a distorted channel. I'm a primary metal player and I use this to add some demention instead of having a muddy wall of distortion. I love it. It also is good for clean playing. This is the only chorus pedal i will ever use, kudos to MXR for build yet another great pedal.

                       
                      5.0

                      Black Label Chorus

                      By JCSSRS

                      from New York

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy to use
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Great For Cleans And Lead

                        Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        This pedal paired with good amp and a decent guitar has a great sound. Black label chorus is definitely the secret to the Zakk's signature sound.

                         
                        5.0

                        "Boost your distortion"

                        By Daygo

                        from North Mississippi

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                        Pros

                        • Built like a tank

                        Cons

                        • Can't Find Any

                        Best Uses

                        • Boost Distortion

                        Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        The sound this box makes to me is awesome! I have owned a lot of 'name brand'stomp boxes and this one is at the top of my pedal chain!

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