MXR ZW38 Black Label Chorus
MXR ZW38 Black Label Chorus

ZW38 Black Label Chorus, Chorus for Guitar from MXR.

yoTrakkz 02/23/2012

MXR ZW38 Black Label Chorus : yoTrakkz's user review

« ok, but just wasnt for me »

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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.