Fender Bubbler Chorus review

Preaching to the choir

  • £119
  • €111
  • $149
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MusicRadar Verdict

It won't get too crazy, but for subtle chorus sounds, this is one of the best analogue pedals you can buy.

Pros

  • +

    Classic BBD tones

  • +

    Speed footswitch

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    Stereo outputs

Cons

  • -

    Excels at subtle rather than more extreme sounds

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The Bubbler Chorus might not be the most exciting pedal in the Fender pedal line-up, but that doesn’t mean it’s without a trick up its sleeve. 

Despite appearances, it’s a fully analogue, bucket-brigade chorus with stereo outs, which means it’s something of a budget alternative to pedals like the excellent Boss DC-2 reissue.

In that vein, it’s got an excellent retro chorus sound, which when pulled back toward something more subtle, and in the triangle rather than sine-wave mode, put us in mind of Alex Lifeson’s guitar sound on The Spirit Of Radio.

It also has two speed settings that you can switch between - a nice touch. 

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.