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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
  • 96dBV
  • 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
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MXRZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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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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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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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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Black Label Chorus

By jbump75

from Eastern TN

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

This is one of the best chorus pedals I've ever used. It has lots of ways to customize your sound to fit what you want to do. This pedal can be used for any type of music.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Pedal, Amazing Price

By BjornEffsteen

from Phoenix, AZ

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

I can't believe you can get this good of a chorus pedal at this price. It's analog, has 5 knobs to dial in the sounds you want, sounds great, even looks OK. I'm not a Zakk Wylde fan and personally I think it's a better effect when used clean, although there are a couple of flanger-like tones on here for heavy distortion if you need that. If you want Police or Cult (Love album) sounds, this is a great pedal. I recommend this pedal without reservation.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Chorus Pedal

By Playsguitar209

from California

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

I own both the Boss CH-1 chorus pedal and the EH Small Clone chorus pedal, and this pedal has the best of both of those pedals and none of the negative aspects. The MXR ZW38 Black Label Chorus pedal can go from subtle to very lush chorus, and it is very twekable with the low and high pots. I highly recommend this pedal over the Boss Ch-1 and the EH Small Clone. Plus, this pedal is compact, built tough,transparent, true-bypass, and analog. Great chorus pedal for the money. Oh, and like all MXR pedals, the very bright LED is wonderful.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Black Label Chorus

By Benjammin`-rE71-

from Sacramento

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

Great chorus pedal. Great for adding modulation to your clean tones or beefing up your lead tones. It also gets a kind of psycadelic sound when you dime the rate and depth. Blows the Boss and Digitech Chorus` away.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Strong Chorus A+

By DragonFlySlayer

from Central Kalifornia

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

It's an MXR with Zakk's name on it. it has lots of color. Good signal. Doesn't color my sound in a bad way compared to other units that are not true bypass. Someday it might be worth more considering it's time frame with who endorsed it. But the main issue here is it's signal and how it feeds my signal a chorus for those times when I call upon it. And that it does well enough to stay within my board. It's a keeper.
So far I have had no problems with it and the way it works.
I give it a 10 for having true bypass. I have a Boss chorus that has all the same features but it doesn't have true bypass. I can see the difference. Now... I really don't know what Bucket Brigade Circuitry really is...but I am able to get a nice chorus sound from this little unit. No rubber boots for the knobs..like some other MXR units... no big deal.
I gave this a 10 in quality. it is built well for it's intended purpose. Sounds good and is even a little smaller for my pedal board than the Boss but not really an issue. I get some nice chorus form my Lexicon MX400s looped through my two stacks. But I also wanted this little gem in my pedalboard so I can touch with ease for softer parts of songs when I slow down and rake some chords or tap some harmonics. I was also surprised a the clean metallic tone with the gain up that is different than my Lexicon units. Very useful!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

must have if you want to sound like zakk

By matthew shiner

from wisconsin

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

if you are trying to sound like zakk wylde this pedal is a must have. i play a les paul standard through a marshall jcm900 amp with this pedal, and i use a dunlap cybaby wah for solos and i sound very close to him (for sound and tone, not for talent or ability...this pedal will not give you that). i plan to buy his emg pickups for a les paul that i recently purchased, but if you are looking to get close to his sound, or just give yourself more stage presence, or simply to boost you solos, this pedal is for you.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Chorus

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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

Christmas 2010 brought this pedal to me. While for me it works best in the FX loop, it sounds wide and huge even in Mono. Great for cleans! Add a little delay to it and you get the cheesy 80's power ballad clean sound. I love Zakk Wylde, MXR, Dunlop, and especially this pedal! Thank you MXR!

(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.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            tone for way less

            By DIME FANATIC

            from Houston

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            Pros

            • Bright Blue Light
            • Compact Design
            • Dinamic
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Range
            • Responsive
            • Stereo
            • Stereo Out
            • Tone
            • Tone Shaping
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Not Free

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            I like zakk Wylde but I bought this pedal to try and expand my tone. I currently play through a Line 6 spider 3. My amp has built in chorus but it does not sound good at all. When I recieved the Wylde Chorus I played with it for a few days on just one amo and it sounded pretty good. I believe it "widens" my sound, as well as shapes the tone nicely. HOWEVER, I decided to borrow my friends line 6 amp to hook up the stereo output feature and WOW. Its amazing. I am really happy i picked this thing up. I know i will have it for a long time, if not forever. now I have my own "wall of bedroom doom". Its bad to the bone, BUY IT!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            ZACK WYLDE BLACK LABEL CHROUS

            By Maveric Matt

            from New York

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            Pros

            • Awesome
            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Makes Overdrive Better
            • Makes Your Clean Better
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I'm a big zack wylde fan i have the crybaby, the overdrive and the emg pickups in my guitar, the overdrive pedal is already awesome in sound but i wanted something that would make my cleans sound even better and more out there so i got this pedal let me tell u my cleans soar and sound amazing which makes writing a song a whole lot more awesome and combining it with the zack wylde overdrive thickens up the distortion so your sound is gonna sound even more awesome if u want to find otu good settings look at youtube videos then try them out on your guitar and amp im sure youll love this pedal as much as i do

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              MXR Rocks

              By Krankem 666

              from St. George UT

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

              I just got this today and all I can say is wow. I recently bought a Krank Rev Jr and said bye bye to my multi FX pedal. Anyway I was looking for a chorus pedal for my "Kleen" sound. I have had good expiriance with Digitech, that was my first choice, then I saw this. Read reviews watched videos etc. I was first looking at the Digitech hardwire, but I then remembered how awesome my DB-01 wah was so I said hey I'll give it a try and like I said before was wow. So if you're looking for a chorus pedal buy this one you'll be glad you did.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome

              By Rheeser

              from Utah

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

              I bought this online after researching many other chorus pedals. This seemed like the one to get and when it arrived, I played for about 2 seconds and threw it right on my pedalboard. This thing is sweet! You have so much control over the way it sounds. Best thing is, I don't even like Zakk Wylde's music. That's how great the pedal is.

               
              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

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                  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 Longmont, CO

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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

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                    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.

                         
                        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.

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