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Cool Pedal Alert- Ibanez BC-9 Bi-mode Chorus

Ibanez Bi-Mode Chorus pedal

Ibanex BC9 Bi-Mode Chorus, 1982-1984

I’ve heard guys say “I HATE chorus” or that chorus pedals are the fastest way to sound dated. But, don’t kid yourselves, as soon as Tom Bukovac or Mike Landau use one then everyone will be scrambling for one and the ebay value will go up tenfold. And then everybody will act like chorus is THE pedal to have. hahaha

So, my vote for “Coolest Chorus” is the BC-9, which Ibanez manufactured in Japan from 1982-1984. It’s two independent chorus circuits that are summed together when you use the mono output but can be split into independent choruses with an “inverse output” second jack. Each channel features a Width and a Speed control and the speed controls- at their slowest rates- don’t exactly match up. So you have a gurgling and churning chorus available to you. I’m thinking one of the coolest ways this could be used is by turning the width way down and putting speed at the slowest setting and then running to two independent amps for a freaky sweet stereo spread that gives the impression that the amps are moving closer and further away from you and each other. YES. It’ll sound so freaky, you’ll wanna call the Ghostbusters.

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  • Jay September 30, 2011, 5:51 pm

    I’m so glad I got me a BC-9 long time ago . I might wanna sell it one day .