Price paid: $ 450
Purchased from: alpha music virginia beach
Sound — 9
After figuring out all the options, you are free to dial in very lush tones with a staggering amount of control. This pedal is quite capable on it's own, but I find it much easier to use and much more interesting when used with other pedals. Running Overdrive or fuzz before the pedal has little more effect than a bit more volume and sustain(when not blending a dry signal with the wet). My favorite effects to use with the HOG are a chorus, a phaser or delay. These effects can create incredibly ambient and dense sonic landscapes.
Overall Impression — 8
This is a work horse for trippy, psychedelic, keyboard tones from hell. The low pass filter has potential to be absolutely funky and thick tones. The whammies are insanely smooth. The gliss very interesting. The harmonizers are warm smooth. I have owned many such effects, and while this one is quite unique, I feel it sits above the competition in it's niche. Have been playing for 13 years and have to say this is a great find. If lost or stolen, I'd prob have to buy another, because there is nothing else quite like it. Some people may also want a DigiTech Whammy with a HOG or in leu of a HOG.
Reliability & Durability — 5
Analog circuitry with digital controllers lend for good sound and reliability. The pedal is pretty light and doesn't feel overly robust, I can easilty see this thing getting chewed up without some special attention. The labels on the face the pedal are also painted on, this is a fairly big contention with some HOG owners as they don't like thinking their 400+ dollar pedal's labels will wear off. Tracking is top notch though.
Ease of Use — 7
The Electro Harmonix HOG, Harmonic Octave Generator, anything from a octave pedal to a crazy tone factory. It's a fairly large pedal with tons of sliders, lots of potential and one printed page on instructions. It is pretty much up to the user to figure out what's what, but this type pedal should attract the informed buyer and a capable individual should have no problem manipulating these mostly-intuitive controls. On the surface, interfacing with this monstrosity can seem overwhelming, or at least discouraging after finding something you like and realizing you will never remember all the slider settings. This is a problem but it has been addressed with both MIDI capability and/or an optional footswitch which holds 6 programmable presets. Footswitch is highly recommended. The HOG really comes with 3 sections, the harmonizer section is quite intuitive with each optional Harmony assigned to a dedicated slider. A level and mix slider are included in this section. There is also an expression pedal section, where you can assign whammys, volme, wahs, lp filters, and gliss effects to the signal via an expression pedal or onboard switch. The 3rd section is the 'synth' section, wherein you can change the attack, decay, and resonance frequencies of you signal. Don't expect to love every option on this pedal, but be prepared for pedal you may never exhaust it's applications. I must say, the hardest thing to do with this pedal is transition from a HOG signal to clean signal smoothly.