Boss CE-2 Chorus

Boss CE-2 Chorus

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CE-2 Chorus, Chorus for Guitar from Boss.

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Boss CE-2 Chorus tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Boss
  • Model: CE-2 Chorus
  • Category: Choruses for Guitar
  • Added in our database on: 04/18/2004

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Boss CE-2 Chorus user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 14 reviews )
 11 reviews79 %
 3 reviews21 %
King Loudness01/31/2012

King Loudness's review"Nice classic chorus unit."

Boss CE-2 Chorus
The BOSS CE-2 is one of the original chorus units made by BOSS in the early eighties. It was the first chorus made by the company to be put into one of their classic stomp box casings and it has a nice simple control layout as well. The two controls are pretty basic, rate and depth. They basically adjust the speed of your chorus effect (from slow to fast) and how intense the effect is (from very light and subtle to very heavy and dramatic with lots of pulsating tones. It's housed in the very durable BOSS casing and being that there are so many of these still in use today, it's a testament to their rugged construction.


The setup of the BOSS CE-2 pedal is pretty simple. The controls react as one would expect, and the chorus tones are nice and rich. BOSS was one of the pioneers of a very full and shimmering chorus tone overall and this pedal certainly has that. It's a very bright and glassy sound that really works for making the clean sounds of a guitar really sound excellent. Whether you're using it for chord work or some lead lines it reacts very well and feels good.


This pedal seems to sound best with single coil pickups from my experience. It really helps to take a Strat or Tele and just add some more glassy shimmer to its tone. Since those guitars are inherently thinner, this pedal can fatten the tone up a little bit with its rich chorusing, which is nice. It sounds fine with humbuckers too but I did find that things could get a little bit muddy with too much output coming from the pickups. This pedal definitely was made for cleaner amp tones. I particularly like it for those nice funky/jangly chords a-la Andy Summers or for some eighties power ballad type tones. You can use this pedal with distortion, but it will get kind of muddy, so unless you're going for a really grainy, washed out effect, I would stick to using this CE-2 for clean tones.


All in all I think the BOSS CE-2 is a great version of the archetypal stomp box chorus. It is nice and simple, yet sounds great for bringing some new life to clean sounds. They haven't been made for quite some time, and are becoming a bit of a collectors item, but they're definitely worth it if you want some true and original chorus tones in a nice easy to use package.

iamqman's review"Legacy"

Boss CE-2 Chorus
One of the great units from Boss back in the 80's. The CE-2 was the first compact pedal chorus from Boss. The CE-1 was released 1976 and contained the exact same circuit as the Roland Jazz Chorus JC-120 Amp. So to have the same specs as the Roland Jazz Chorus you are in good company. The Roland JC has been considered the best clean and chorus tone that has ever been produced. So this chorus is something to be revered. This was the pedal to have when playing a good clean tone or even needing a little thickening of the distortion guitar which was popular throughout the 80's. Metal guys would use this pedal to help beef up their overdrive tone and sweet the spectrum of frequencies up a little bit.



Controls: Rate, Depth
Connectors: Input, Output, AC Adaptor
Current Draw: 9 mA (DC 9V)
Weight: 400 g. (14 oz)
Input Impedance: 470kOhm
Signal/Noise Ratio: 90dB or more
Recommended Load Impedance: 10kOhm or greater
Recommended AC Adaptor: ACA Series


This is a legacy pedal from Boss. This was the second introduction to the chorus world and the first compact chorus pedal ever produced from the Boss company. So this pedal can be put on a pedestal.

I think this pedal shines in almost any situation it finds itself in. It sound superior with a clean guitar. You will get a nice watery shimmy tone that is almost magical to listen to. If you use it with an overdriven amp like a Marshall you get lighten up the control knobs a bit to add just a slight sweetening of the distortion. This will get you a big bigger tone much like adding an analog echo to the distortion tone. It is a nice tone filler.


These pedals were stopped being manufactured in 1990. So you would have to find one on the used market somewhere. They are great sounding pedal and some considered them the best chorus pedal that has ever been produced. If you score one somewhere you won't be disappointing.

LordRiffenstein's review"Very cool chorus pedal"

Boss CE-2 Chorus
The CE-2 that I owned was a really good chorus pedal. I had an old one, it was used plenty by its previous owner and it sounded very good. Only 2 controls but it did not need more. It's all analog and people are still looking for these so they tend to get some crazy internet prices from time to time. I’m often kicking myself for selling it because I don’t want to pay the silly prices and I really like the pedal.


2 controls, step on it, listen and tweak. That's how easy this one is. It sounds great with clean or od tones. You don't need a manual for that, just use your ears.


There's a reason why these are sought after. They are the closest to getting a CE-1. The CE-1 sounds stellar but it's a pain in the @ss to use, bulky and what not. The CE-2 is relatively similar and the closest to the CE-1. The CE-2 does not disappoint in the sound department at all. I loved mine with cleans just as much with OD tones. I ran it in front of a delay and could get some real nice clean tones for layering going. I know chorused overdrive tones tend to sound cheesy and/or dated but when used tastefully they work well in a lot of songs. The CE2 works well in front of OD-pedals or an overdriven amp. In fact, I never tried it in a loop so not sure how well it does there. Just stick it between guitar and amp and jam!


I'm not a big chorus-user but I do like it for some stuff. The CE-2 is very good. There seem to be a couple of versions and surely, according to the internet only 1 of them is worth your money but if you find one, check it out and if you like, buy it!

gromeul's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" THE "chorus in all its splendor!"

Boss CE-2 Chorus
Analog chorus pedal,
2 buttons & depht rate,
1 input, 1 output jack,
LED on / off function
connector adapter 9v
trap 9v batteries.

Simple and effective!


Simplissime ...


For me, this is THE ultimate chorus, not too much adjustment, not intrusive and quite natural.


Installed in my rig, with clear sound is excellent, I never clicks on the crunch or saturated.
Purchased secondhand in good condition, I do not use it consistently but I'm glad!

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