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MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The MXR Black Label Chorus is Zakk's secret weapon to thicken up his wall of distortion and add liquid dimension and texture to clean passages. At the heart of the MXR Black Label Chorus is its bucket... Click To Read More About This Product

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The MXR Black Label Chorus is Zakk's secret weapon to thicken up his wall of distortion and add liquid dimension and texture to clean passages. At the heart of the MXR Black Label Chorus is its bucket brigade circuitry-the only way to get truly rich and warm analog chorusing. The MXR Zakk Wylde Chorus pedal's vintage style tones are dialed in by High and Low cut filters and Level, Rate, and Depth controls. For the ultimate in spatial chorusing, hook up 2 amps via the 2 outputs for a wide and sweeping stereo spread. Like all MXR pedals, the Black Label Chorus comes in a heavy-duty housing with durable jacks and switches for a lifetime on the road.

The MXR Zakk Wylde Chorus guitar pedal can be powered by one 9V battery (accessed by removing the effect pedal's bottom plate), a Dunlop DC810DC brick, or MC403 Power system (sold separately).

Features
  • Level knob
  • Rate knob
  • Depth knob
  • Footswitch for on/bypass
  • High cut filter
  • Low cut filter
  • Bucket brigade circuitry
Specifications
  • Input impedance: 1m Ohm
    Output impedance: 1k Ohm
    Signal to noise: A-weighted (Vref = 1Vrms)
    Level, rate, depth controls @ max CW
    Tone controls @ center position
    Effect on: > 96dBV
    Bypass: > 106dBV
    Frequency Response Bypass: -3dB @ 12kHz 6dB/Octave
    Tone Controls Low: Variable Shelf: 12dB/Octave; 70Hz-800Hz, (center pos: 350kHz); High: variable shelf 6dB/octave; 660Hz-1.2kHz
    Bypass: buffered
    Current draw: 13mA
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All pedals - one year parts and labor warranty.


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MXRZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (39)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (10)
  • Excellent sound quality (10)
  • Good selection of effects (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

MXR Does an Incredible Job with the Zakk Wylde Chorus

I was looking for a pedal to capture some old 80�ۡ���s style rock rhythms, from bands like the Police, Rush, Def Leppard. I started...Read complete review

I was looking for a pedal to capture some old 80�ۡ���s style rock rhythms, from bands like the Police, Rush, Def Leppard. I started looking at the boutique chorus pedals and had a hard time with the $250 price tag. I dug around for 2 weeks, reading reviews, and found the Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus pedal. I couldn�ۡ���t really get a good sound example, and looked all over Houston at different guitar stores but no one had it. I liked the Bucket Brigade chip detail and thought that this might be the best purchase for the money, so I bought it at Musician�ۡ���s Friend. I didn�ۡ���t realize what it would do to my sound. It can be almost transparent, but add dimension, thickness, and a musical way of altering the equalization so that the guitar sounds better than it does without it. It can also sound hauntingly wobbly and wretched. I started digging playing old Ozzie and I�ۡ���m finally feeling like I�ۡ���m nailing every nuance of the sound that Randy was getting with this chorus pedal. But I can really hear a thick Zakk Wylde sound in this pedal. I was looking for a clean sounding chorus and I�ۡ���m ending up using this thing all the time on an all out Marshall distortion sound. That�ۡ���s where it shines. I�ۡ���ve had it for a few months and I�ۡ���ve spent a lot of time listening to it, and I�ۡ���m very happy with it. It�ۡ���s a smooth chorus and it can get somewhat wobbly. It�ۡ���s not a pedal for spaced out sounds, but a pedal to add dimension and real chorusing to your sound. This pedal is a steal for the money, smooth, professional and thick chorusing, and very nicely made. It made me purchase an MXR re-issue Phaser because this pedal performed so well.

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OK, but nothing spectacular

I think this is a decent chorus but there are much better ones on the market for only a little more money (e.g., TC Electronic Corona, etc.). I even think my...Read complete review

I think this is a decent chorus but there are much better ones on the market for only a little more money (e.g., TC Electronic Corona, etc.). I even think my multi-effects pedal (Digitech RP-1000) does a better job with its built in chorus options than this pedal and that is unusual. What I like: good for moody, low-end type chorus with a very clean amp tone. Rings out nice and the filters help shape the sound on the moody stuff. What I don't like: The level needs to be cranked all the way up to get the full effect of the chorus regardless of setting which in turn adds too much gain when combined with other effects such as a reverb. It has very little ring / high tone even with the filters adjusted properly, and when combined with any distorted sounds gets really muddy and robotic sounding (not all chorus effects do this even though they are designed to be used most often used on clean amps). Its not a bad pedal but I also think its a bit overrated.

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2.0

Noisy and harsh

By Tone freak

from U.K.

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Bought this pedal new and was hugely disappointed. As soon as the level knob is at 12 o clock or more it introduces a lot of noise, so much so that in my view it's almost unusable. I run a Les Paul into a dual Rec and have high gain its true but for a pedal made for high gain use this was a surprise and I took the pedal straight back to the store for a refund. I even ran it with a BBE sonic maximiser with noise gate and it didn't help the noise was immediately obvious when the effect was engaged with the level anywhere above about 9 o clock. I guess most people could live with it but I couldn't.

       
      5.0

      My favorite Chorus pedal yet.

      By Eric

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Lots of choral range in this little pedal! I'm still getting used to the modulation provided by the high & low cut features, but this pedal can go from a barely-perceptible, muted washover all the way over to a bright, shimmering choral flood. I love this one!

       
      5.0

      Best One Yet

      By Dugan

      from Western Kansas

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

        It only took 40 years of guitar playing to finally find a chorus pedal that sounded exactly like I wanted it to and this is it. Dead quiet switching; flawless, sweeping chorus, and typical sturdy design from MXR. I have tried and used several over the years but this is the only one that I would recommend to others.

         
        4.0

        Rockin' Chorus

        By Midnight Sun

        from Bonney Lake, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Perfect For High Gain
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Been playing guitar for 30 years. Have tried and owned numerous chorus effects over the years. This one is pretty cool. It's well built and sounds pretty good especially for a chorus in this price range. The control knobs makes this one of the more versatile choruses out there. This chorus was built to sound good with high gain distortion and it delivers. It can also deliver nice deep sounds for arpeggiated playing. Wouldn't use it much for vibrato however. Sounds a bit sterile at certain settings but is quite transparent. If you want to thicken up your high gain lead tone a la Zakk Wylde, this pedal will nail it. For warm, shimmery, organic sounds try something else. But at this price, I can't complain. Another winner from MXR.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          OK, but nothing spectacular

          By Daniel

          from New York

          Site Member

          Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I think this is a decent chorus but there are much better ones on the market for only a little more money (e.g., TC Electronic Corona, etc.). I even think my multi-effects pedal (Digitech RP-1000) does a better job with its built in chorus options than this pedal and that is unusual. What I like: good for moody, low-end type chorus with a very clean amp tone. Rings out nice and the filters help shape the sound on the moody stuff. What I don't like: The level needs to be cranked all the way up to get the full effect of the chorus regardless of setting which in turn adds too much gain when combined with other effects such as a reverb. It has very little ring / high tone even with the filters adjusted properly, and when combined with any distorted sounds gets really muddy and robotic sounding (not all chorus effects do this even though they are designed to be used most often used on clean amps). Its not a bad pedal but I also think its a bit overrated.

           
          5.0

          Game Changer of a pedal.

          By whitebread

          from Tulsa

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Had this pedal before and sold it to find something better, big mistake! Purchased this a 2nd time. Realized that you don't have to be a Zakk fanboy to enjoy this pedal. Back off the gain on your amp a little and you have a Alex Lifeson tone, add delay with this on the clean channel and you got Andy Summers/ The Police. That bright glowing blue light will always be on when my rig is.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Black Label Chorus

              By Jackhammer

              from Somewhere, TX

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This little thing has so many sounds, how did they get them all in there?? Whatever your chorus needs are, this does it without the noise. Being able to fit in your pocket is a plus too.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent.

                By Scott

                from New York

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    Nice chorus. As others have said, it is good for clean or saturated signals. Does not significantly color, boost, or lower your bypassed signal, so far as I can tell.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This is a must have!

                    By Sawyer Smoak

                    from Sanford, North Carolina

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Good Selection Of Effects

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        This pedal is versitile. It sounds awesome on a clean or a distorted channel. I'm a primary metal player and I use this to add some demention instead of having a muddy wall of distortion. I love it. It also is good for clean playing. This is the only chorus pedal i will ever use, kudos to MXR for build yet another great pedal.

                         
                        5.0

                        Black Label Chorus

                        By JCSSRS

                        from New York

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy to use
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Great Sound
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Great For Cleans And Lead

                          Comments about MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          This pedal paired with good amp and a decent guitar has a great sound. Black label chorus is definitely the secret to the Zakk's signature sound.

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