Boss CE-3 Chorus
Boss CE-3 Chorus

Chorus for Guitar of the Compact Pedals series

User Reviews: 4.620

All user reviews for the Boss CE-3 Chorus

Average Score: 4.6 ( 4.6/5 based on 20 reviews )
  11 reviews 55 %
  7 reviews 35 %
  1 user review 5 %
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.
beforethree 04/23/2013

beforethree's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Discreet and effective"

5
Chorus pedal Boss, mine is Taiwanese (Formosa or older and scholars) and green label.
Two control knobs, depth (depth) and rate (speed dizzy), and a 3rd to get the sound of two amps: either you leave the chorus on both its treaty or output 1 for chorus and II for the "dry" sound (untreated bio what).
And this is the analog (this means you can not cheat it).
Provide a string because it is the old system (12V) and if you plug transformer with a PSA (which is not that of cars) the LED will not turn on and only half the sound will not be "full ".

UTILIZATION

There's no easier, with this boss is the trademark.
I do not have the manual for settings not rocket science (sorry fred and jamie).

SOUND QUALITY

Ooh I have a analog chorus (the h2o VS, I love the chorus) and in comparison with the CE5 (which I have also, for lack of success in the sale) that is warm.
The spinning "wave" of the chorus is typical of course, but much better and also curious (it looks like a mix between sinusoids and square waves) and even the depth to bottom, it does not get seasick
Used with Fender Mustang Tele (aerodyne to be precise), coupled with her sisters DS2 SD 1, BF2 (other analog) and the boss DD 20 and a holier grail reverb on a Engl Screamer Combo (I do not like talk and it sounds very pretentious ...) is extra.
Note that even using only one amp output and adjusting the type II output the processed sound will sound different.
Playing in stereo, it's up, we're talking about a reduction in sound level, I did not notice. She blows a little, but in a high volume gig, honestly, who realizes??

OVERALL OPINION

I use it ... 48 So my reactions are hot.
Yes I tested several models that I have and keep in stock (VS h2o, Small Clone, CE5) and I'm a fan of chorus.
Simplicity and sound, VERY, especially the character of this very pretty and effective pedal does not make me regret this purchase, at the time of the profusion of Cheros effects (but very well indeed) is a good alternative a compelling purchase.
It is easy to dismiss BOSS but it's still excellent cam (with some kind MT2 sound scandals but that is only my opinion!)
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
hugab 07/10/2011

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

4
Version Made in Taiwan. Order rate for the speed of the effect, a depth control for the depth (yes!) And a command if you want the effect in stereo or mono. And there is the big problem: There is no volume control to adjust the influence of the effect on the sound you could have a much more versatile pedal with that!

UTILIZATION

Oh bah it no problem! No manual since I bought it secondhand.

SOUND QUALITY

The good old analog chorus sound when you put the depth and rate controls around 11 after the sound becomes too becomes "marked" for my taste. Perfect for playing the Police and stuff a little kitsch 80s. But the non-presence of the volume control prevents its use in many areas, it is difficult to lightly brown the sound of David Gilmour, for example. Should be an EC-3 for chorus and a marked CE-2 chorus for "discrete" or a CE-5 for both at the same time less well (as digital).

8 because for the chorus sounds well marked is damn good!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for almost a year, I tested the CE-5 chorus and the Pod XT, but I like the old pedal I bought the EC-3 without trying to over € 35 Audiofanzine (at this price why deprive yourself). I think with experience I will take a CE-2 for a more Gilmourien!
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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