Micro POG review by Electro-Harmonix

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.7 (14 votes)
Electro-Harmonix: Micro POG

Price paid: $ 200

Sound — 10
Currently my setup is as follows: SG Faded Special (500T, bigsby)/Squire Jagmaster - Fender tuner - Danelectro EQ - Soul Preacher comp - Micro POG - Micro Amp Boost - Metal Muff - Big Muff USA - Small Clone - Small Stone - Voodoo Labs Trem - #1 Echo - Valve Junior/Marshall VS100R/some homemade SS Monster (for cleans). Thing is dead silent. Nothing in the circuit dealing with gain or makeup gain really, so nothing to worry about as far as bringing noise to your lineup. Not sure if this box is true bypass or not, but does not suck tone, and the DPDT is easilly modable to TB if neccessary. Effects are full and flavorful on ALL settings. You literally can not find a bad setting on the Micro POG. Great electric organ sounds from the Micro POG, also the best octave down/up in it's price range. Tracks all chords and speed picking, which no octave box can claim. Nice White Stripes tones when accompanied with Big Muff Pi. Works great with other pedals as well. Good early or late in the signal chain. Again, you can't go wrong with this thing.

Overall Impression — 10
Ok, bottom line, this will make crazy noises or just add a little depth to your tone. 12 string. Check. Bass tone. Check. Anything you could want from an octave pedal. Doublecheck. Lives up to it's word completely. If you like original sounds coming from your setup, this is for you. Only downside what'soever is the price tag of 200 bones. I have a feeling this will decrease soon anyway, if EHX has any marketing sense. Only thing I wish it had was an expression pedal, which if you are electronics savy can be arranged. But again, short of the actual POG or HOG, which are huge and pricey but offer more variables, this is the best octave pedal ever made. Period.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Solid rock or it's equivalent. Cast alluminum case, solid jacks. Would gig without a backup for sure, sans worries of theft (be careful, someone will steal this box). Walking up to my appartment right after I bought it, I almost dropped it 20+ feet to solid concrete. If I did, I would have been angry at myself, but not worried. The thing is a tank.

Ease of Use — 10
It's got 3 very user-friendly knobs. Dry signal (input signal) volume, sub octave volume (-1 octave), octave up volume (+1 octave). Mix the three like you would any liquor and soda. No matter where you put them, it's awesome. Two outputs, 1 dry one effect. Dry bypasses effect and sends input through, you can guess what effect does. This is what you plug your output cable into unless you are running a stereo setup. Power input is 9V DC center negative, standard barrel adapter. No battery. Plus, as if the thing wasn't easy enough, electro harmonix has taken the liberty of providing some level suggestiosn for different settings. Really helpful for dialing certain tones exactly. Apparently, this is a new practice on their part, as I got the same treatment with the soul preacher (way more helpful in that case, the Micro POG is pretty much idiot proof).

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    Fast_Fingers wrote: Would this produce the effect from Map of the Problematique?
    For that you'd need some sort of step filter! The one matt uses is very expensive!!!!
    Fast_Fingers wrote: Would this produce the effect from Map of the Problematique?
    If you are referring to the intro of Map of the Problematique this was one chord played with digital effects put over it. I can't remember what program but Belamyexplained this during a jam session.
    sound quality is same as real POG. only thing you lose is the detune option (used for more realistic 12 string simulation) and the extra octave up. and yes, you can only go down one octave.
    does it work good w/ distortion?? cause if it does, i could get this for the same as an octavia...
    How does the sounds differ when you place it before or after your overdrive/dist/fuzz? Where do you prefer it in the signal chain? And, regarding power: Have you tried it with regular Boss-power? Or any type of shared power-supply (with common ground that is)? I've had serious noise-problems before when running EHX-pedals off a shared power supply with other pedals, and if this one suffers from the same problem, I am NOT buying it...
    ExtremeMetalFTW : can you go down an octave only? (as in, w/o any other effects)
    just mix the +octave to zero and you'll get the dry signal and the -octave signal as your output
    The McManus
    This is the coolest sounding pedal I have ever heard... Its really sweet, havent played one but Im looking forward to it
    GummiTZ: I have the Micro POG and I always have it before my Big Muff. It has a completely different sound when the other way round, more than I'd have guessed, so play around with it, I just prefer it before. I use a daisy chained 9v centre-negative adapter for this and two Boss pedals, and I don't have any problems with noise.