Ibanez CS9 Stereo Chorus (Vintage)
Ibanez CS9 Stereo Chorus (Vintage)

CS9 Stereo Chorus (Vintage), Chorus for Guitar from Ibanez in the 9 series.

roguewillot63 12/16/2015

Ibanez CS9 Stereo Chorus (Vintage) : roguewillot63's user review

« A great chorus »

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Value For Money : Excellent Audience: Anyone
I own a 1982 Ibanez CS9 - hence Made In Japan.

If you fall for it on the second-hand market, don't hesitate to open it so as to clean it up and use an air spray to get rid of all dust then use it to clean the contacts, pots and jack.

2 setting knobs, 1 battery compartment, 1 9V plug.
1 guitar input
2 outputs: out and inverted out, each to be plugged to a different amp to take full advantage of the chorus effect.

A 100% analog effect: very warm and musical! It sounds very well, I favor it over modern digital chorus effects which often sound colder.

Plugged to the front of an amp, no problem, but used in the effect loop it will sound better with an overdriven sound.

No true bypass or buffer so be careful when using it in a parallel fx loop with digital effects: it can cause real problems! I experiences losses in volume. I managed to get around it by setting my loop 100% wet (it behaves like a serial loop then) and separating the digital and analog pedals in two separate loopsusing the Boss LS-2, but any A/B box could do the same. Now, I keep the full volume.

Once past this generation gap between the 1980s and 2000s, it's all perfect!

In the end, in spite of the simple settings it is easy to find different settings. Ther's even a Leslie mod which allows to get a Vibe sound for those who want to go even further.

A great stompbox, easy to find and not too expensive which will give you 80s-style chorus sounds!