Electro Harmonix pedals (EHX) are some of the oldest and most respected effects for guitar and bass. Founder Mike Matthews is crazy in all the right ways and having come from a keyboard background he has a unique perspective on sound and music that normal guitarists might not think of.
Since EHX made their first release with the LPB-1 in 1969, they have continued to release distinct pedals with signature sounds.
So what’s the catch? EHX releases a LOT of pedals, and sometimes multiple versions with slight changes. I’ve done the work to sort through all that.
Below is my list of the MUST HAVE Electro Harmonix pedals.
These are my top “get ’em while their hot” pedals. This would make a killer pedal board too. Best of all, everything is designed and assembled in New York City. Amazingly, EHX pedals have some of the lowest prices for guitar effects making them an amazing deal.
EHX rewrote the rules when the Micro POG was released. This is the smaller and simplified version of the larger POG2 and the huge HOG, both a crazy pair of powerful guitar synths, the Micro POG creates beautiful glitch free octave down and octave up versions of your guitar tone. This allows you to expand your sound in a way that was previously not attainable. From church organs and celestial choirs to dark metal riffs that burn a hole in your amp, the Micro POG does it all. Users include everyone from Jack White to Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age.
EHX also makes the Nano POG, an even smaller and less expensive version.
This technology has also been used in the recent series of EHX pedals designed to make your guitar sound like dedicated organ or keyboard such as the:
Have you heard of the Klon Centaur? If not, the Klon was/is a guitar overdrive pedal that Bill Finnegan developed and hand built between 1990 and 1994. The Centaur is characterized as a “transparent” overdrive, meaning it adds gain without significantly altering the tone of the guitar. Oh… And they sell on E-Bay for THOUSANDS of dollars.
Hundreds of third party manufactures have tried to clone the original. You often see these “Klones” running $200-$300.
In Classic Mike Mathews fashion, EHX released there own version of this pedal and priced it less that $100.
Oh… and people LOVE it. Enough said. Done. Get one. Enjoy.
If you or someone you know is looking to build a collection of the best guitar effects pedals then let me start by saying, “Welcome to the best club ever.”
I love guitar gear. It’s an obsession for me. I spend so much of my free time researching gear that it only seemed logical that I should start putting some of this passion into a website. So, if you want information, I have already done the research.
Why trust me? I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and I have experimented with tons of pedals. During my lunch breaks, I sneak off to Guitar Center and New York City’s boutique guitar shops to try out all the new (and vintage) toys. I have the product lines practically memorized for all of the major guitar companies. My brother is also a gear head and it’s all we talk about. Did I say that I love gear?
Now is perhaps the best time to buy guitar effects pedals because there are tons of options, quality is at an all time high and prices are cheap.
Below is my list of the five perfect pedals to start with. I tried to keep prices in the $100 range with one pedals as low as $49. (Click on the links to check the prices on Amazon.)
I have strived to suggest pedals that are easy to use, sound amazing (duh) and have stood the test of time.
Anything you pick from the list below will be cool today and something you will still use years later. Many of these pedals appear on the boards of touring rock stars.
I’ll list these in the order I think you should buy them and then I’ll list the order you should connect them once you hook them all up together. Here we go!
1: Tube Screamer – Classic or Mini (click links to see prices):
This is the most famous overdrive pedal and with good reason. The Tube Screamer has managed to remain in constant use by professional guitarists for decades. Everyone from your weekend warrior to Stevie Ray Vaughn have used a Tube Screamer to define their sound.
The Tube Screamer is now available in a less expensive “mini” option, making it easily fit onto a pedal board. Please note that if you buy the Mini you will need an external power supply.
If size isn’t a concern, I would suggest getting the full size Tube Screamer because you can run it off of a battery. You can see the size difference in the video above.