Price paid: $ 70
Purchased from: Pawn Shop
Sound — 8
Currently using it with a Laney LG35R amplifier (not tube, but very nice clean amp), and mainly with a Fender mexican Tele, sometimes with other guitars. It sounds very nice with arpeggios and single notes, and it can be a very discrete chorus in some settings, which I like. With chords, it does sound very well but a little bit low, for chords I would prefer the CE-5 Chorus ensemble. Clean it is not noisy at all. With distortion it sounds really good, I usally put either a MT-2 Metal Zone, DS-2 Turbo Distortion or an OS-2 Overdrive/Distortion. For power chords and solos, it is one of the best chorus out there, although it does become noisy with hard distortion, making the buzzes vibrate. Another important thing, around 2001 Boss changed the circuits in the CH-1 from analog to digital, if you have one with the serial number starting with P1 or earlier, you have the analog version.
Overall Impression — 9
I play mainly Red Hot Chili Peppers stuff, jazz, blues, rock and funk. It is not Frusciante's sound - for that, I need a CE-1, but that's a bit rare to find. For jazz, it is very nice, as it can be discrete on the low freqs and shimmer on the highs, and chord melodies sound great on it. I asked some things before buying, and tried it at the store. It is a good chorus for solos and distortion, as well as a jazz discrete chorus, but if you want vibe and chorus-flanging sounds, you may want to look at another place. I love the stereo outputs, really nice, it is also in my opinion the best chorus to combine with a delay. It has all the feautures you want on a basic chorus, but nothing too loud or radical.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It is a Boss, very sturdy and resistant, mine has already taken a decade of abuse and still sounds perfect. I think I would use it without a backup, but always using the PSA adaptor, I never run on batteries.
Ease of Use — 9
It is a very easy to use chorus, with knobs for Effect Level (how much chorus is added to dry signal), EQ (simple but useful Tone), Rate (speed of the effect) and Depth (how deep is the effect going to be). Very easy to dial your tone, although it does not offer a big variety of sounds. I dont have the manual as I bought it secondhand but Ive read it and it is very easy to understand and has spaces for you to write your settings. Another great thing is that it has Stereo Outputs.