Price paid: £ 130
Purchased from: GAK
Sound — 8
I'm using this as the second effect in a short chain. My chain is guitar > Boss GE-7 Equaliser > the Micro POG > DigiTech Screamin' Blues Overdrive > Boss DD-7 Delay > amp. I use a variety of guitars, mostly Les Pauls. I use a large range of amps, almost all Fender-brand though. This pedal's pretty decent in terms of basic sound. I believe it does make use of a true bypass, and there's no extra noise or clicking when turning it on, off or while using it. However, do not think that this will actually sound like your guitar is being played higher/lower. It simply generates a second (or third) signal an octave higher/lower, and this in no way will sound like an actual guitar. When using heavy Overdrive or distortion and the original guitar signal louder than the octave this isn't so much of a problem, but playing clean or if you want the lower or higher octaves to be louder than the original signal, it will sound very digital and synthetic. All that said, it is a bit odd to see a pedal like this used without a lot of dirt on the signal so I doubt many people will have a problem with the tone. You can get a wide range of sounds from this, from a Hendrix-like upper octave chorus to an acceptable enough bass tone (when playing dirty at least), and anything in-between. The best tones seem to come between the 7th and 14th frets, on the A, D and G strings and using the neck pickup of the guitar. The big draw of this pedal is it's one of the few octave generator pedals that will track perfectly with full chords. I put an acoustic simulator in my chain after the Micro POG (to counter the Micro POG's very synthetic sound) and got a good 12-string sound then and it really did perform perfectly with full open and barre chords. Basically so long as you don't expect miracles, this pedal delivers.
Overall Impression — 9
I mostly bought this for two reasons only; to simulate a 12-string until I can afford a pretty double neck, and because this is the only -compact- pedal on the market that can generate both a higher and lower octave at the same time as the original dry signal. I play a lot of Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora now uses this pedal himself for the lower/regular/higher triple output effect used at the start of You Give Love A Bad Name. Obviously since it's what he uses himself, this has no problem doing the same! I'd certainly get another if this was lost or broken. I have spent some time with the full POG previously and I would actually advise buying this over that, simply because of how fool-proof and effective this pedal is at just doing what you want it to do when you want it to do so perfectly. If you need to have your original sound plus an octave lower and an octave higher at the same time, this is the pedal to get. I only wish it did have a more Boss or DigiTech-like pedal operation since I do happen to play with bare feet a lot and stamping on the small Switch this has tends to Hurt. I highly doubt this will matter to most people though.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This pedal seems to be the most solidly-built pedal I've ever had. It's housing is all metal, input and output jacks are fit snugly, no build problems. I simply have no problems trusting this pedal to perform. The only thing of note is that if you like to run off batteries, you can can forget about it with this pedal. You're going to need this plugged into the mains, pure and simple.
Ease of Use — 9
This is the smaller, simplified version of EHX's POG. It is used to generate a tone one octave higher and one octave lower than whatever you're playing. With different settings this can make a guitar sound like a bass, a 6 string sound like a 12 string, etc. It's very simple to use; a simple on/off Switch (the small clicky type, not a Boss-like foot pedal - so don't go trying to stamp on this with bare feet! ), and three level/volume controls; one controls how much of your original signal will be heard, one controls the volume of the sub octave (octave lower), one controls the volume of the higher octave. The manual... well, there isn't one unless it is so tiny it fell out of the box when I opened it. You really don't need one though, it is so basic so long as you understand basic English to read the name of each of the three volume controls, that's all you need. It also has two outputs; one for the wet signal, one for the dry signal. This basically means in simple terms if you want you can have the sound of the effect going to one amp and the raw sound of your guitar going to another, and it has certain stereo uses. Most of the time thought his can be ignored and you'll just want to be plugged into the wet (effect) output as this can carry your guitar's raw signal too.