Maxon CS-550 Stereo Chorus Guitar Pedal

Maxon CS-550 Stereo Chorus Pedal

The Maxon CS-550 Stereo Chorus Guitar Pedal is the relaunched 1979 version of the original vintage Maxon guitar pedal with true bypass switching added. With a circuit based around the Panasonic MN3207 Bucket Brigade IC, the Maxon CS-550 chorus guitar pedal effect is bold and resonant without sounding harsh.  Unlike the sterile chorus sounds of the 80’s, the Maxon CS-550 has an edgy, almost grainy quality that keeps your tone articulate and prevents wash-out. The custom-tuned oscillator circuit provides enough speed for authentic rotary speaker simulation, and just the right amount of modulation for a lush vibrato that won’t leave you feeling queasy. With its Delay Time control the Maxon CS550 can venture into Flanger territory, adding a resonant, hollow quality to the effect that’s great for solos. A rear-mounted Blend control allows you to adjust the level of the Chorus effect to set it back in the mix against your dry signal.

A unique feature of the Maxon CS-550 Stereo Chorus Guitar Pedal is its ability to create spatial effects that add dimension to your guitar tone without the traditional Chorus wobble.  With Speed and Depth set low and the Delay Time at max, the 550 thickens your sound much in the manner of a double-tracked guitar, adding girth and life without excessive modulation. The CS550 features stereo outputs for mono, stereo, or inverted mono signal routing. Review the product details, compare prices and suppliers for the Maxon CS-550 Stereo Chorus Guitar Pedal below.

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About Maxon Guitar Effect Pedals

The Maxon CS-550 Stereo Chorus Guitar Pedal is one of many types of Maxon guitar pedals that are currently available to buy online from a number of websites like Amazon, Ebay and others. The Nisshin Onpa Company (Maxon) is an audio electronics manufacturer that has been in business since around 1965. In the early 70s Maxon developed a line of compact guitar effect pedal units and marketed them in Japan only (these are now available again as the Maxon Reissue Series). Once these first Maxon pedals hit the market Ibanez contacted Maxon and licensed the designs from Maxon for distribution around the globe under the Ibanez brand name. This is why you will see many of the 70s, vintage guitar pedals from Maxon and Ibanez that are practically identical.

From the 70s to 2002 the Maxon company was responsible for the design and manufacture of many of the Ibanez guitar pedal products, including the TS808 Tubescreamer pedal and the TS-9 Tubescreamer pedal that have now reached an iconic, and sought after, status with guitar players around the World. Also included in this production were the collectible Ibanez Flying Pan pedal, and the popular Ibanez SoundTank series. Despite this long running relationship between the two Companies over the years they drifted apart. In 2002 Maxon began producing their own reissues of the original pedals, called the Maxon Nine Series, and these had the Maxon brand name. Despite Ibanex pedals being more noticeable it should not be forgotten that the original design concept behind these legendary pedals came from the people at Maxon. You can view the complete range buy using the Maxon guitar effects links.

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Boutique pedals generally are made with studio quality circuitry, use top quality components, are designed to be reliable and survive a life on the road, and have unique effect features. Boutique guitar pedals, and also boutique guitar amps are the choice of many famous guitar players who need noiseless effects that are reliable, and reproduce the same sounds week after week.

Boutique pedals are not cheap, that is not the reason why these companies invest the money, and time, into designing the unique pedals that they make, they are made with quality and reliability as the main factors. They are more expensive than mass-produced pedals due to the hand made manufacturing process, higher-quality components, innovative design process and hand-painted artwork or etching. Boutique guitar effect pedals are mainly sold online on websites like Amazon and Ebay, via mail-order, or sold in a few music stores.

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