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MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal   

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This all-analog pedal uses bucket-brigade circuitry to create classically lush, liquid textures that you just can't get with digital circuitry. Rate,...Read More

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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.

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

FEATURES
  • All-analog bucket-brigade circuitry
  • Create classically lush, liquid textures
  • Rate, Level, Depth controls

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 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (22)
  • Compact (18)
  • Versatile (16)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Good selection of effects (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (17)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Professional recording (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (7), 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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5.0

Amazing pedal!

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from California

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  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal sounds amazing. Probably the best sounding effects pedal Ive used. Worth the money.

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    5.0

    Excellent Chorus Pedal

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    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.

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      5.0

      Excellent Chorus!

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      from Chico, CA - USA

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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!!!

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        5.0

        Excellent

        By 

        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.

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            4.0

            Warm sound, great price

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            from Birch Bay, 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.

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              5.0

              Great!

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              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.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                MXR- Championship Chorus!

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                from Wisconsin

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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.

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                  3.0

                  Awesome Chorus!! But.....

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                  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.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Old school type chorus

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                  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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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great inexpensive chorus pedal!

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                  from Denver

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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!

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