MXR ZW38 Black Label Chorus

MXR ZW38 Black Label Chorus

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ZW38 Black Label Chorus, Chorus for Guitar from MXR.

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MXR ZW38 Black Label Chorus tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:MXR
  • Model:ZW38 Black Label Chorus
  • Category:Choruses for Guitar
  • Added in our database on: 01/28/2010

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MXR ZW38 Black Label Chorus user reviews


yoTrakkz's review"ok, but just wasnt for me"

MXR ZW38 Black Label Chorus
The MXR ZW39 is a stereo chorus pedal designed for use with electric guitar, but can be used with any electronic instrument.  It has 1/4 inch connections and can be powered either by a nine volt battery or a nine volt power supply.  It is an analog pedal and cannot be rack mounted as it is a stomp box.


The make up of the MXR ZW39 stereo chorus couldn't be any easier to use and follow as it only has three different knobs.  The pedal has parameters for delay time, width, and speed, each on a one to ten scale.  Even if you don't have any experience with guitar pedals, I don't think you'll have any trouble figuring this out as it only takes a little while of playing around with it to see what everything does.  I don't have the manual so I don't know how thorough it is, but it isn't necessary as the pedal is easy enough on its own.


The sounds heard from the MXR ZW39 stereo chorus really aren't all that impressive.  While it certainly gives you a chorus sound that is capable of being manipulated in a number of different ways, the inherent sound isn't that great.  It lacks a certain richness and depth that I look for in a chorus pedal and for this reason isn't suitable for recording and I wouldn't even use it for live shows really.


I've first used the MXR ZW39 stereo chorus a few years ago, but I've only used a few times as I try to stay away from it.  I don't like the sounds you get from this pedal even though it is really easy to use.  There are tons of other chorus pedals out there that I would recommend that are in a similar price range even though they aren't this cheap, like some of the Boss and MXR chorus pedals.  I can't say I would recommend this pedal to anyone and I would recommend looking elsewhere for your chorus tones.

Qill's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Nothing else matter"

MXR ZW38 Black Label Chorus
Chorus pedal by MXR Zakk Wylde Signature
Level 1 button
1 Depth button
1 Hi button
1 Low button
1 Cut button
1 Rate knob
9v battery or power supply sector
True Bypass


I use it in the effects loop of a Mesa Mark V with a Flying V (SH2 & SH4)


The sound is amazing chorus a vintage grain velvety and well he can be returned from the drive and it sounds, mixing the chorus is very satisfying not only food and not eaten by the drive, there are both. .. for the Queen is perfect
After pure Chorus, genre Metallica Nothing else matter, or other Sanitarium Fade to black ... knowing that James Hetfield uses a Boss CH1 and Zakk Wylde was inspired by her Boss CE5 to its signing in model MXR ... it is very close to perfect illusion is fat there is the presence ... really nothing to say


I'm not particularly a fan of Zakk Wylde, on the other hand Chorus worth a visit in its register it is better than the MXR Stereo Chorus I own and Tc Electonic Corona or CFS, drive mode it is already over, and clean fashion was more presence ... given its minimal cost is given limit, test absolutely

BigBen5's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" MXR at its peak with this all-terrain Chorus!"

MXR ZW38 Black Label Chorus
- Analog Chorus
- Connection box with 9V (the MXR)
- Pedal non rackable
- And indeed, a true bypass, a true pure
- Buffer this
- Outputs Out mono and stereo out (I have tested the stereo)
- Look downright flashy decor with Zakk Wylde signature, this hero

In terms of features, it is right in the MXR tradition, so if you know the brand, you know that it is very simple and you do not tighten disappointed!


Usage is very simple, although there have 5 knobs (so a lot of sound possibilities), we quickly found the sound you seek! Personally, I opted for the direct personal control of Mr. Wylde himself (3 presets are given in the instructions, as on many signatures in MXR pedals) and I've never needed to change. This preset is suitable in its clear that its saturated (being a big fan of Zakk and John Sykes, the Chorus distortion, this is important!)

In short, no need for manual if not to see the presets Zakk or drool over the MXR catalog supplied with!


Here we come to the concrete! While this pedal in sound is huge! Why do you say? Well:
- It ensures that both Clean and Crunch in Disto
- The product is Chorus I find Old Scool ', ie round, very soft (not a bit aggressive) and fits squarely in the sound of your guitars (I have tested it on e Les Paul Custom, Jackson Dinky DK2MG and Gibson SG, and believe me, no need to change settings!)

It is awfully surprised by the beast in the first test. I play Marshall 6100 30th Anniversary and sounds of this amp with the Black Label Chorus strongly resemble the sound of Zakk on the album No More Tears! Just that!


I use this pedal for over a week and I played about twenty hours on about. I've tested a few different chorus pedals in the same price range and more upscale, it is obviously the one that was right in my choice!

The big plus of this pedal is its off-road character that allow it to be highly effective on all types of sounds. Its only tiny fault is that guitarists who are not particularly fans of Zakk Wykde or Black Label Society will miss this pedal that would certainly have conquered!

I got it at a price of € 89 on the net, the value for money is exceptional! I remake that choice 1000 times if necessary!

MacB's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" NIRVANA, SMASHING PUMPKINS, SILVERCHAIR, the 90s fan? This analog chorus is for you!"

MXR ZW38 Black Label Chorus
- Chorus
- No rack
- Technology Analog priori
- Connector for 9V transformer, housing opening behind the battery
- Enter "In" "Out Mono" and "Stereo Out" choice then, according to your technical possibilities. I have not been able to test the output stereo.


The configuration is simple, five knobs and turning left, however it will require a little time to adapt to find the sound, the chorus type you want.

3 presets you are offered inside the manual that Zack Wild, another preset called "full chorus" another Wild to use distortion or overdrive. The manual is clear and ample, classic.

A tip: go see the demo videos on youtube, as well as the M234, which is based on Chorus Black Label, unlike the M234 with a circuit to envelloppe priori distortion or overdrive better than the M234. It's videos can give you the tracks so that you do not spend too much time on your settings, this is only the chorus.


The effect or chorus effects are éfficace worthy of a chorus brand shop. We feel that the manufacturer has put some of his expertise.

We will not atarder on any styles on which it can adapt as y'en very little in the end, it's a chorus that is typed, but leaving its neutral, it providing no specific staining while maintaining a warm, not cold.

Styles will therefore, metal, rock years 90/2000 grunge (SMASHING PUMPKINS, SILVERCHAIR, NIRVANA), independent modern British (ARTIC MONKEYS, OASIS, KAISER CHIEF etc.), the ballad folk / rock, and rock years beginning middle and end 70 80, hard & heavy (THIN LIZZY, MAMA's BOY) New Wave (CURE, JOY DIVISION etc).

For blues, jazz, forget even if it is analog, it is not made for that. Only the funk possibly could suit him (even a little funk rock in a spirit Red hot), if you can find the corresponding setting, you have the right configuration etc..

Personally, I rather rock a modern British and American spirit 90-2000, folk rock, the chorus comes into its own on ballads, but also with overdrives, distortions.

However it y 'will a flat, forget fuzz pedals, which did not suit everyone, then it's a choice, either one or the other, the effect is a sort of "vortex sound "strange musically, maybe it could for metalheads agree I do not know, but in any case for the other drop.


I use it for a month and a half now, I have to say that the possibilities of this chorus are numerous.

It is very high quality, boutique écquivalent chorus as those from Red Witch or Tortuga Effect.

Over the side found analog chorus at Electro harmonix, particularly famous for contributed to the sound of a band like Nirvana, but the blower sound at the time.

You play rock or metal it is for you, this is the perfect cut for rock chorus. The only downside so far is that it does not support very well the fuzz type BIG MUFF particular, you should make a choice if you use the BIG MUFF because it is unfortunately magnificent chorus of a view consistent with sound fuzz type MUFF or even Zvex this seems totally impossible for the latter.

I takes only 8 so because of the flat, otherwise the building, the sound is fantastic, go ahead do not look at the brand boutiques is the chorus for you. The price / quality ratio is quite honest, more expensive than a standard pedal brand but it is understandable because it is a very good machine.

To conclude, I would say that the adjectives that could describe as chorus, are: Grace, spatiality, beauty, hovering.

Although y'ai a flat, mentioned previously, I can say that obviously I remake this choice because now found a chorus that is still looking analog sound that is almost impossible task, so a big thank you to MXR and Zack Wilde for this beautiful piece of technology.

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