MXR M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe Review

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MXR M83 Bass Chorus

Pedal Info

The MXR M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe is aimed at bassists who require a chorus pedal designed specifically for their needs. While many chorus pedals pull double-duty as both guitar and bass pedals, many bass players rightly prefer pedals designed for their specific needs. With a number of features aimed precisely at bassists, the analog bucket-brigade powered MXR M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe is worth a look.

The M83 isn't just a slight revision of a guitarist's chorus pedal. This true bypass pedal is designed specifically for bassists. There are controls for Bass, Treble, Intensity, Rate, and Width, as well as switches for X-Over (which decreases modulation at 100Hz) and Flanger mode. While it comes from the factory set for mono operation, and internal DIP switch allows you to select stereo operation, using a TRS - TS splitter cable with the output jack for true stereo operation. The X-Over mode is perfect for players who want the chorus effect on higher frequencies while keeping the lower frequencies clear and in tune. As a nice added touch, the LED pulses in time with the rate setting.

User Reviews

User reviews of the MXR M83 Bass Chorus are overwhelmingly positive with no widespread complaints. Users praise the pedal's versatility, especially the X-Over effect that preserves the pure tone of the bottom end as well as the possibility of running the pedal as a flanger if needed. Because of the X-Over control, some users report that they are able to turn the effect itself up without noticeable negative results. While the stereo option is welcome by users, many report their pleasure in such a high quality mono effect. While not cheap, the pedal is praised universally for its performance and wide range of sounds.


Name of Gear: MXR M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe
List Price: $298.68
Street Price: $169.99
Manufacturer Info: Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc.;
Pros: X-Over feature; flanging option; durability; wide range of adjustment
Cons: None

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