Boss CE-3 Chorus (Japan)
Boss CE-3 Chorus (Japan)

CE-3 Chorus (Japan), Chorus for Guitar from Boss.

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iamqman's review"No real differene that the Taiwan"

Boss CE-3 Chorus (Japan)
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. The Japan one had two labels. The first being a black label and then the green label which was introduced in 1984. The tone wasn't changed but people will often times sell these claiming the Japan label as there is an allure to get the Japan made ones over the Taiwan. Some pedals suffer d in the transition but not this one.



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


The sound quality is pretty much the same as the Boss CE-2. The sound quality s pretty much he same as the Taiwan made pedals. 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.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. 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.


These pedals have long been gone from production so the used market is the only way to to go at this point. The Japanese version goes for a little more because of the allure to have the first editions. The black label being tom most famous and later moving to the green label.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.

Before_'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent"

Boss CE-3 Chorus (Japan)
Analog chorus from beyond the grave, is no longer produced for a long time, is in taiwan and japan.
3 knobs, Rate, speed and to select which output you want to use.
Two outputs so if you want the sound coming out of the pedal:
- Assigned to the two directions
- Sound chorusé on one, on the crude side.

9V battery or when transformer (ACA PSA not I think from memory), it has a tip, use a string and it will work 100%, if you put a battery or transformer and only recently, the chorus will not be fully effective .
Robust manufacturing a pleasant aquatic blue.


Yes, no need for manual, tweaking knobs What is the speed Rate is sensitive and noticeable, so adjust the depth with Depth.


Yes a very kind chorus 80th Police, I use it to dress discreetly clean sounds, but also distortion, love it or do not like (it can turn old métalleuse well cheesy ballad of 80th or otherwise magnify sound ).
The chorus appears differently if you choose the type I or II (II is to be a non-sinusoidal chorus but more "niche" which is curious but not uninteresting).


I use it for 3 months, it remains attached to the pedalboard next to his sister the modulation BF2.
I prefer to CE5 which seems much colder here either, it spins, the settings are sensitive to what you charge him very aquatic. It's different, more subtle than the EHX Small Clone and the H2O VS (less pronounced).
Yes I would do this choice, between it and the CE5 there's no picture.