Two BOSS Classics Reborn in One Premium Analog Stompbox
Forty years ago, BOSS created the world’s first chorus pedal, and this signature effect is still synonymous with the brand in the hearts of many musicians. While chorus pedals have remained in the lineup continuously ever since, many players still seek out the CE-1 Chorus Ensemble and CE-2 Chorus, the first two BOSS chorus pedals. Hot items on the used market, these analog BOSS originals are coveted for their rich, musical tones. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of BOSS effects, the Waza Craft CE-2W recreates these classics with complete sonic accuracy, while also adding some enhanced features not available before.
Video: Waza Craft CE-2W Chorus Pedal
The World’s First Chorus Sounds, Authentically Reproduced in a Modern Pedal
The Waza Craft CE-2W Chorus brings the CE-1 and CE-2 back to life using premium analog components and old-school BBD circuitry. Standard mode delivers the authentic CE-2 sound, which is now available in stereo for the first time ever. CE-1 mode includes both chorus and vibrato, reproducing the two sound modes in the original pedal. While the CE-1 had a single Chorus Intensity knob that increased rate and depth at the same time, the CE-2W’s independent Rate and Depth knobs provide expanded chorus control not previously available.
BOSS Effects: 40 Years of Innovation and Craftsmanship
BOSS’s storied history is connected with the chorus effect from the very beginning. Introduced in 1976, the CE-1 was not only the first chorus effect in pedal form, but also the very first BOSS effects pedal ever produced. In 1979, the CE-2 brought this unique effect to the now-famous compact pedal lineup, which was quickly gaining worldwide popularity after being launched two years before.
The CE-1 and CE-2 represent the early days of BOSS’s continuing dedication to innovation and quality. They brought together the cutting-edge tech of the time with a passion for helping musicians make great music, setting a benchmark that’s been at the heart of every BOSS product since. To commemorate this historic 40th anniversary, the Waza Craft CE-2W Chorus is produced in Japan just like the original pedals, honoring the rich heritage of BOSS effects innovation.
History: The CE-1 Chorus Ensemble and CE-2 Chorus
Roland, the parent company of BOSS, debuted the JC-120 Jazz Chorus amplifier in 1975. Still in production today, this landmark amp introduced the lush “Dimensional Space Chorus” effect to instant acclaim. Released the following year, the CE-1 Chorus Ensemble contained the same analog chorus and vibrato circuitry from the original Jazz Chorus, allowing players to achieve spacious JC-style tones with any setup.
While the CE-1 delivered inspiring, highly musical sounds, it was rather large and heavy, and was powered via an attached AC cord. When the smaller, battery-powered compact series was introduced, guitarists soon started asking for the effect in this more convenient format. Their wishes were granted with the CE-2, which featured a modified version of the CE-1’s chorus sound that was specially tweaked for guitar. This mono-only pedal quickly became a staple effect for guitar players, and was widely used for bass and keyboards as well. Its warm shimmer was a defining tone in ’80s music, and can be heard on countless hit records through the years.
Learn more about the Waza Craft CE-2W Chorus pedal at BossUS.com.