Electro Harmonix POG Review & Demo
Continuing my search for a simple synth sound to be able to have in my rig when necessary. And by simple, I mean, I don’t need another amp to run synth into and then having a stereo rig plus the ‘pads’ amp. Wanting another amp…well, that’s different. The moment you cease to ‘want’ another amp, is the moment you cease to be a guitarist. And I’ll leave that up to you to decide whether or not I’m kidding.
But the Verbzilla just didn’t do it for me. That was the most simplistic route…it’s got the reverb, octave up, and pre-delay all in one pedal. But I’m a snob (or so I’ve been told…and every time someone says that, I try desperately to pull my old junky Arion SAD-1 off my board and hold it up in triump……but I’m either too late, or no one cares, or they just continue to stare at my other gear……I’m working really hard to get a good-sounding Boss pedal, or Ibanez, or something, to show people I’m really not a tone snob……it’s just hard because even the good-sounding Boss pedals don’t have blue led’s, true bypass, killer paint jobs, and even better bragging rights…so……hehe ), and didn’t like the digitally tone. So then I decided to go the all-analog route, and get the POG.
It’s an octave generator, complete with a couple detuned (adding modulation) octaves. Has a sub-octave, and both one and two octaves up. And it’s all analog. So, add some delay, and you pretty much have a ’70′s or ’80′s analog synth. And all the wondrous warmth that goes with it. And, unfortunately, the noise. And the unpredictability. And the overdrive when you don’t want overdrive. Aech. So here’s the demo.
Prairiewood Les Paul with Wolfetone Dr. Vintage pickups–>
Loop-Master bypass box–>
Loop-Master bypass box–>
(–>Electro Harmonix POG–>)
65 Amps birch cab with Celestion Blue and Celestion G12H-30
You’ll notice that I did run through my whole pedalboard this time so that I could demonstrate how the POG reacts with delay and reverb both before it and after it. Also, I did power it through the courtesy outlet on the PP2+, but it was still a bit noisy. (Understandable, as it is actually creating fully trackable octaves completely analog and without fuzz.) And please note the awkwardness when I try to show the first upper octave, and there is no upper octave, so I really hit a couple high notes to make the upper octave sound, and there’s still no upper octave, and then I remember that the filter mix has to be up for the upper octaves to sound, and then I unsuccessfully try to pass it off as ‘demo-ing’ what the filter mix slider does. Very sad.
Here’s the POG:
Some pretty cool sounds, and amazing that all this is happening in the analog realm. The tracking of the octaves to what I’m playing dry, is incredible. If you want an octave pedal, or a complete organ synth sound, I’m not sure there’s a better pedal for it.
But you can tell it probably wasn’t meant to be used as a synth low in the mix underneath the guitar. It still does it quite well, but it’ll start to overdrive itself. Which is a really cool feature of some of the old analog synths, and one we’ve come to love and expect. However, when putting that sound underneath what you’re already doing with the guitar sound, it takes away clarity. So perhaps a little too warm to be following the same notes as the guitar sound. Might be back to digital synth for that. Not the Verbzilla. hehe Or maybe the POG also needs a second amp for it to come out of. And I’m not going to go there until Coldplay calls. (And if you’re new to this blog, that sounds like I’m on the backup list for when Johnny Buckland gets sick or something. And that’s how I want it to sound. Makes me appear ‘cool.’ But in reality……well, let’s just put it this way: I’m not.)
Overall, a great sounding pedal that is still tripping me out as to how it does what it does so well. It’s just that I’m looking for something different. Plus, it is big and it takes up my whole pedalboard. No. That last part was a lie. But it’s looking more and more as if my snobbery is going to cause me to never get my synth effect without getting a completely separate rig dedicated to it split from an ABY box. However, on the plus side, this does give me the chance to try out the Boss PS3; and if I like it, then good-bye tone snobbery! I’ve got a Boss pedal on my board. How do you like them apples? Which is of course, exactly what I will say. Unfortunately, that quote is from ‘Good Will Hunting’, which is a good film, and rather difficult to find anything to make fun of in it. Hence, the unfortunateness as it relates to the way my mind usually works in these posts.
………..Okay, I just can’t seem to help myself.
How did an actor who started here…
…end up here…
…oh ya…and here…
If it’s from the director of Mission Impossible II and Face/Off, you know it’s good.