Boss CE-5

Chorus Ensemble Pedal

A truly pleasant Chorus, even its name is reminiscent of the BOSS classics. Let us remind ourselves: with the Roland Jazz Chorus Amp and the BOSS CE 1, Roland/BOSS built the very first Chorus effects. Nowadays this effect can be considered indispensable since there are people who simply do not know any more, what a Clean sound without a Chorus actually sounds like. Alongside the usual Rate, Depth and Level controls there is also a filter control, which allows a fine tuning of the effects characteristics.

  • Mild, natural stereo chorus
  • High and low-cut filter
  • Level, Rate, Depth and Filter controls
  • Battery operation possible
  • Power adaptor optional (Thomann NT AC/PSA # 409939)
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  • E-Piano Off-On
  • Funk Bass Off-On
  • Funk Off-On
  • Indie Off-On
  • Jazz Off-On
  • Prog Off-On

Further Information

Chorus Yes
Flanger No
Phaser No
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Excellent!
Br7ian, 03.06.2013
The pedal is quite simple to use, once you expirement with it for a short while. The Pedal has an E. Level (Wet/Dry signal), Rate (Vibrato effect), Depth (Level of Chorus), and a Filter. The unique thing about this chorus, over the Boss Super Chorus, is its Filter. Its a two-stage filter, so basicly you can filter your Hi's and Lo's (Bass & Treble). The filter is really the reason i chose this pedal, because you can achieve alot more sounds w/ it. This pedal can make a large variaty of sounds. I can tweak this pedal to perfection at times. Currently I'm playing a MIM Stratocaster along w/ a Peavey Classic 30, and the pedal can achieve the sound of my favorite artists like RHCP, Janes Addiction, and Jimi Hendrix. This is my personal favorite Chorus pedal, and I've owned a EHX small clone, and I think its a great pedal as well, but I prefer this over it, simply because you can tweak this Boss to sound exactly how you like.
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Perfect all-round chorus
Dan Monaghan, 28.12.2019
I use this pedal primarily for bass, and honestly this is better than the specific BOSS bass chorus. The low/high filter gives you so much more tonal variety, which is lacking on the CEB-3. Aside from that, it's typical BOSS design: easy to understand for beginners, durable, reliable, and has a great distinct sound. This thing is perfect both for post-punk twangy strums and for fretless jazz playing with plenty of harmonics. Cannot recommend enough.
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A subtle, smooth chorus for guitar and bass alike
Notae, 04.02.2018
I use the CE-5 mainly on my bass pedalboard. it gives that nice shimmer without taking over the sound. The reason this works as a bass chorus particularly well is the filter option to limit the effect to the highs (or the lows if you'd so prefer, but on a bass the lows become quite muddy). It makes those runs to the upper register of your bass shine and ring out nicely, all in all it can be very subtle -
you might be the only one that actually knows its there but its still there, enhancing the the colour of your sound.
I believe Duff McKagan from Guns N' Roses used this pedal to get that liquid, sparkling clear sound that the bass has on Use Your Illusion albums.
Of course this pedal works wonders on guitar as well, again I prefer the subtle nature that this pedal can give but you can go all out if you so desire, just experiment with the depth and rate knobs to get the sound you're looking for. Compared to some other chorus pedals, it might not be so instantly recognizable or as unique in sound but you can switch it on without noticing a radical change in sound or an audible "click" sound, that is sometimes an unfortunate by product of an effect.

Sturdy as they are, Boss pedals are built to last and are user friendly, not too complicated but get the job done. Great option for smooth natural effect to give your clean sound the character it might lack.
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Boss CE-5, for bass and guitar!
Maxk92, 02.12.2019
Nice pedal from Boss, the Chorus Ensemble CE-5.

Clear indication of control by knobs and interface.
E. level, rate, depth of the tone, and a dual high and low filter knob.
Can be used in either single (mono) or dual set-up.

Used on my pedal board amongst other (Boss) pedals. Generally, this pedal is used for guitarists but even though I am a bass player, the quality of the chorus does not seem to fail (it is impacted by the state, and quality, of your amp either combo or stack).

So far, no negative points from my side.
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