Boss CE-3 Chorus
Boss CE-3 Chorus

Chorus for Guitar of the Compact Pedals series

User Reviews: 4.520

All user reviews for the Boss CE-3 Chorus

Average Score: 4.5 ( 4.5/5 based on 20 reviews )
  11 reviews 55 %
  7 reviews 35 %
  1 user review 5 %
Before ... 04/23/2013

Before ...'s review "Discreet and effective"

5
Boss chorus pedal, mine is made in Taiwan (or Formosa, for erudites and old dogs) and it's Green Label.
It has two controls, depth and rate, and a third one to output sound to two amps: so, two outputs. You can either output the chorus on both or the processed signal on output 1 and the "dry" signal on output 2.
And it's analog (you can hear it, you can't cheat on that)
Make sure you have a daisy-chain power cord because it uses the old system (12V) and if you connect it to a PSA, the LED won't light up completely and the sound won't be "whole."

USE

It can't get any easier, that's the Boss trademark.
I don't have the manual, but there are no mysteries behind the controls.

SOUND QUALITY

I already have an analog chorus (on the VS h2o; I love the chorus) and, compared to the CE5 (which I also have, since I couldn't sell it), it's warmer.
The "hazy" chorus swirling is very characteristic, but also better and bizarre (I'd say a mix of sine and square waves), and even with the depth set to max, you won't feel dizzy.
I use it with the Fender Mustang and Tele (aerodyne, to be more precise), together with the DS2 SD 1, BF2 (the other analog one) and the boss DD 20, as well as a holier grail reverb, plus an Engl screamer Combo (I don't like to talk about it like that because it sounds very pretentious...).
Do note that even if using only one output and setting it to type II, the sound will be different.
It's fantastic to play in stereo. Some people say it has a low level, but I haven't noticed it. It's a bit noisy, but, honestly speaking, whose gonna notice during a gig at high volumes???

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for... 48h, so these are my first impressions.
Yes, I've tested several models, which I own and have in stock (VS h2o, Small Clone, CE5) and I'm a chorus fan.
Its simplicity and VERY distinctive sound are the trademark of this nice pedal. I don't regret having bought it. At a time when effects can be really expensive (but also very good), it's a god alternative and a convincing buy.
It's easy to slam BOSS, but it's still excellent shit (except for some disgraceful examples, like the MT2, but that's only my personal opinion!).
hugab 07/10/2011

hugab's review

4
Made in Taiwan version. A Rate control for the effect's speed and a Depth control, plus a control to choose stereo or mono. And there's the rub: It has no volume control to adjust the influence of the effect on the sound, it would've been a much more versatile pedal thanks to that!

USE

It's very easy to use! I have no manual, since I bought it secondhand.

SOUND QUALITY

A good old analog chorus sound when you set depth and rate to 11 o'clock, beyond that it's too much, in my opinion. It's perfect to play Police or kitschy things from the '80s. But the lack of a volume control limits its use in many domains, you can hardly color sound ever so slightly like David Gilmour, for example. You'll need a CE-3 for a really pronounced chorus and a CE-2 for more "discreet" one, or a CE-5 to have both at the same time, but not as good (considering it's digital).

I give it 8 because the deep chorus sounds are really good!

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for one year, I tried the CE-5 and the chorus from the Pod XT, but since I love old pedals, I bought the CE-3 for €35 on audiofanzine without having tested it. With hindsight, I think I'd take the CE-2 to have a more Gilmour-like sound!
iamqman 07/07/2011

iamqman's review "the Boss sings"

4
This was the third edition to the chorus line from Boss back in the 80's. The reason primarily for this pedal to become produced was the need for two outputs. The CE-2 only has one output and there was a need to run the pedal in stereo, so this pedal was created.

The pedal looks unique in that it has the three knobs level in a row. This is the only 3-knob pedal that has three knobs in a row. This caused the LED light to be hidden and it was a design that was soon changed in favor of the V shaped 3 knob control layout.

Boss finally stopped making these pedals in 1992.

UTILIZATION

Specifications

Controls: Rate, Depth, 2-way Mode Switch
Connectors: Input, Output A, Output B, AC Adaptor
Current Draw: 13 mA (DC 9V)
Weight: 400g/0.88 lbs.
Input Impedance: 1Mohm
Residual Noise Level: -90 dBm (IHF-A)
Recommended Load Impedance: 10kOhm or greater
Recommended AC Adaptor: ACA Series


SOUND QUALITY

The sound quality is pretty much the same as the Boss CE-2. The only real change is the output section and the added stereo output. The tone is the same and the EQing of the pedal is the same with simply the rate knob and the depth control knob.

This is the kind of pedal you use with a nice clean guitar or a distortion amp that you need to add a little bit of beef to. You get a nice shimmering watery chorus tone. The liquidity of this pedal is remarkable. It sounds very lush in nature and springs up some nice modulation tone.

OVERALL OPINION

These pedals have long been gone from production so the used market is the only way to to go at this point. I haven't seen them on the classifieds in quite some time and have no idea what the going rate for them are in this market.

I would recommend this pedal if you can find one at a decent price in the classifieds. They are lush sounding and will add a great amount of depth to your tone.
Hatsubai 04/08/2011

Hatsubai's review "Decent chorus"

4
The Boss CE-3 is a fairly overlooked chorus pedal on the market. More people seem to go for the CE-1 or CE-2, and I can see why. This pedal features three knobs -- a rate knob, a depth knob and a 2 way rotary knob to select between two voicings. It also features A and B outputs for doing a stereo-esque effect.

UTILIZATION

The Boss CE-3 is an extremely reliable pedal thanks to it being housed in the famous Boss enclsoure. These things can withstand an air raid, they're that sturdy. The controls are laid out in a different manner than most other controls tend to be laid out on Boss products. Instead of the middle knob being moved downwards, it's right in the middle. Because of that, the LED is somewhat obscured by the depth knob. The manual does a pretty good job at explaining what everything does, but it's not needed on a pedal as simple as this.

SOUND QUALITY

The CE-3 has a fairly lush sounding chorus, and it works great for those looking for a basic sounding chorus. It doesn't have too many options, but it's meant more for delivering tone than giving you thousands of options. The stereo output is really cool as well. The rotary switch allows you to select between two voicings, so it's basically an upgraded CE-1 pedal. That said, there is some tone suckage with this pedal, and compared to today's chorus pedals out there, I find it to still be a bit limiting.

OVERALL OPINION

The Boss CE-3 is a decent chorus pedal that delivers a fairly nice chorus sound. It's a bit dated compared to today's chorus pedals, and it also sucks some tone, but if you find one for a decent price, I recommend checking it out. It's kinda like an upgraded CE-1, but maybe not quite as nice sounding.
moosers 05/12/2009

moosers's review

5
The Boss CE-3 is an analog chorus pedal designed for use with electric guitar. It has a 1/4 inch input as well as two 1/4 inch outputs for use with stereo if you choose. It can be powered either by a nine volt battery or a nine volt power supply. It is not a rack mountable unit as it is a stomp box.

UTILIZATION

The configuration of the Boss CE-3 couldn't be any easier to figure out, as it only has three basic parameters and the general set up of the pedal is quite easy as well. The knobs on the Boss CE-3 are for rate, depth, and a stereo mode for choosing between the different outputs. This gives you a good amount of versatility, especially if you are into using stereo signals for guitar. I don't have a manual for the this pedal, but it is easy enough to use that you don't need it.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound quality of the Boss CE-3 is very warm and rich sounding, and will certainly provide you with a nice sounding chorus tone. I have only used this pedal with guitar - usually a Fender Strat or a Gibson SG and a '76 Fender Twin Reverb amp, and I find I always get tones I am happy with, whether it be for recording, practicing, or live shows. Since this is one of the older models in the Boss chorus pedals line, it has a warmer tone than some of the newer digital pedals that they make in my opinion. I would encourage those interested to try a bunch of different chorus pedals to see what will work best for their situation.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the Boss CE-3 for a few years and have found it to be a great all around chorus pedal. It is very easy to use and set up, while it doesn't compromise sound quality in any way. It has a cool look and color to it, and since it is made by Boss you know you are getting a well made product that will last for a long time. The price of a used Boss CE-3 isn't all that expensive, but I would again encourage those interested to try it out before buying, as well as to try out a few of the other chorus pedals that Boss and other companies offer. Overall, the Boss CE-3 is a great choice for a guitar chorus pedal.
rxvt 12/29/2011

rxvt's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

simple

UTILIZATION

simple

SOUND QUALITY

chorus deep in contrast to a CH

OVERALL OPINION

Led misplaced
Chorus bewitching
although it reduces the attack it is round, see depth. Agreements enriched sound more subtly. Coupled with a CH which raise the attack it provides that the CH 1 does not. ... The depth of the oceans
indaure 11/16/2010

indaure's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Good old boss"

4
This is an old Boss chorus, the first stereo I think.
Nice bump limped classic blue.
A mono input and stereo output, conventional power supply, ...
3 knob: Deepthi, spleen and stereo / mono

UTILIZATION

Using conventional two buttons is simple.
On mine there is a small problem in single breath so I put it in stereo but nothing very disturbing. I use my

SOUND QUALITY

chorus so that they are discrete (in both volume pot can near noon). This gives a very good record. Otherwise I use a bit further for a chorus to the killing joke and once again very good.
Only small problem, Boss requires the pedal a little food overall volume, which is quite annoying when you have several bumps but nothing too disturbing.

EDIT: it's really quite boring saturated because the enormous volume pedal beef and I find it increasingly disturbing ...

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a little less than a year.
I bought tempted by its price (25 € on ebay) because I really did not need chorus. Since it became one of my pedal worship either in distal or crystalline clear sound or acoustic.
I am very satisfied and probably remake this choice for the price.
thegoofisonfire 10/07/2010

thegoofisonfire's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
MODEL Taiwanese (white knobs)
Stereo analog chorus pedal format for guitar, bass and keyboards, ds is the manual.
1 in jack 1 / 4 "
2 out stereo jack 1 / 4 "
a knob spleen
a knob depth
slecteur a mode Stereo
9-volt jack for external power supply or 9V battery

UTILIZATION

the config is super simple just turn the knobs to choose his
The manual is clear though in English
slecteur the stereo mode allows you to choose between 2modes, outputs G and D, or a user with an effective output, and the other in its clear
Once branch head mono pdalier my ds, the mode1 was working perfectly.

the ideal is to try DIFFERENT connections possible, I would say according to his tastes


SOUND QUALITY

Simplemnt all superb, hot chorus, and unobtrusive.
branch on my bass, I see no loss of serious engagement of the effect, or so little, so I never got reported.
the pedal is connected to a power supply stabilizes quality which is why I have no doubt that blows like prcdemment evoked despite his 20 years.
BMOL it would only lightly trend color the sound, making it more lightly warm, which is not for me dplaire once curly ds channel of my vintage p dalboard.


OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 days. convinced by the first sound pressure on the pedal.

2 years ago I was looking for a chorus of quality and inexpensive as the limited usefulness given that I have, I do not want to put huge sums of money.
APRS an amount of pedals tried more or less CHRISTIAN qd mm, I think it's one of the best chorus for bass, at least for the budget invested since I've bought 40 OCCAZ.
I would do without hesitating choice
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Judas 04/28/2010

Judas's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
Everything has already been said (see other reviews). For my part I Japonnaise version (the one with sushi in)

One could blame him many things, but putting things in their contexts (it dates from the mid 80's that chorus).

Remember to plug in 12V to maximize (in sour 9V, full and warm at 12)

UTILIZATION

Very difficult! You turn and buttons is pressed and it works! Nah joking aside the right button can be a bit strange to start to tame it's still a Boss so here goes!

SOUND QUALITY

Superb chorus and vintage hot! I did unfortunately never tested in stereo (but I will on occasion), but the mono effect is already beautiful! I use it in the loop of my amp with a slight crunch, and the sound was instantly Police!

I just put a small damper on the (slight but noticeable) decrease in level when it is engaged. Me using a parallel loop set at 20-30% I do not feel it, but it can be embarrassing for some!

OVERALL OPINION

It's been a little over a year since I have it, bought a secondhand pittance (I needed a chorus for my portion of rack pedalboard, and I did not want to retry the Boss CH1 adventure that m 'was highly disappointed). I wanted to give another chance to Boss (that's the only boss remaining in my rig) and I came across it by chance. And I think now she will follow me for quite a long way. Perhaps they will she be replaced by an EC-2 japan, which seems to sound better (less attenuation of high frequencies, less loss level, buffer better), but I say seems because I 've never tested in real life next to my EC-3.

A great choice for someone looking for a warm and subtle chorus (and much better in my opinion that modern Boss Chorus).
Lemon_head 08/05/2008

Lemon_head's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
This is an analog chorus box blind (like any good Boss!) The metallic sky blue color (this is the first boss was having this type of painting ... class!)
it has 3 knobs: rate, depth to the sound edition and a 3rd to select between mono or stereo. Another particularity is that it is the only boss pedal has 3 knobs have not aligned "V" (such as ds-1 for example)

it has an input and two outputs (for stereo)

UTILIZATION

It's very simple in terms of sound edition, after the stereo mode is different, but mono is very very simple

SOUND QUALITY

TRS is a good chorus, repeat the above nothing

fun little trick, if you put in stereo mode when there is only one amplifier gives a sort of tremolo playing on the Tone (as if you pressed gently on a whammy bar) may be nice to give a cot in his seasickness ^ ^

I use it with a guitar, normal.

there is nothing I hate this pedal, but the fact that it eats a small volume (especially with distortion) bother me a bit.

OVERALL OPINION

made a few years that I used and I am satisfied plainement!
my having had a little accident so I have not tried before.

with experience that can be I will turn to a more elaborate chorus (like the boss-20 is a true factory chorus), but cheap should not hesitate!
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