Everything from the surreal jangle of an 18-string guitar, to rich, thick walls of symphonic sound.
The Electro-Harmonix POG2 effect pedal is a polyphonic octave generator that lets you conjure up everything from the surreal jangle of an 18-str...
"Sometimes, I use a POG pedal. I think I was the first person to record with one on the White Stripes song “Blue Orchid.” Electro-Harmonix sent me one as a present when we were recording Get Behind Me Satan. “Blue Orchid” came out two weeks after the session, so it had to be the first song to feature the POG. I use it to add the first and second octaves below, and one octave above the root note. It’s four of the same note simultaneously. It’s just so heavy. The riff is actually pretty simple, but it’s all about the one. It’s a funk-based idea." The pedal was mentioned in the [2019 Premier Guitar interview.](https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/28930-the-raconteurs-jack-white-and-brendan-benson?page=3)more
In this Instagram posted by customaudioeletronics, one of John Mayer's pedalboards (the one on the right in the photo) has an Electro-Harmonix POG2 pedal on it. > Brand new #johnmayer rig heading to #Albany for production rehearsals! #customaudioeletronics #bobbradshaw #thinkloudstudiosmore
In an interview with NPR, DeMarco explains the sounds featured in his song Without Me. He says, "[I tried out] this really weird, strange, warpy octave pedal on this song. It just kind of makes your guitar sound like a weird church organ or something strange. It's a cool thing. It's a weird, weird sound." This particular pedal was spotted onstage during the 2016 North American tour as part of Andy White's setup, and used for the song Without Me.more
"The thing I’ve been really excited about lately that I saw the guys in Soundgarden using at their rehearsal is the POG2—the Poly Octave Generator. I’ve been doing a little bit of scoring and I worked on an episode of Shameless and did this movie Fat Kid Rules the World and ended up using the POG on a few things because it makes the guitar not sound like a guitar. It makes it sound like a weird calliope or an organ—kind of makes some cool sounds."more
J Mascis talks about his POG2 pedal in this video interview. At 16:16, he says, “I just got that for this tour to try to replicate sort of some of the sounds I had on the records. I played organ on one song and guitar synth, kind of melatron flute, on another song and I can get kind of close to those two sounds with that pedal.” J demonstrates the POG at 23:26.more
Besides the POG and Fulltone, do you have a palette of go-to effects? There were just a couple of effects that were used a ton on Dodge and Burn. The EarthQuaker Devices Bit Commander, which is an octave pedal, saw a lot of light for these sessions. And the Fulltone Tube Tape Echo. They make guitars sound big.more
Paul Banks’ pedalboard can be seen in this photo. The Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator effects pedal can be seen on the lower left of the board (from his point of view). This photo is of Paul Banks performing under his solo name “Julian Plenty,” from a November 2009 show at Chop Suey in Seattle, WA.more
Here’s some shots of a board we did for @jeffloomis1 last year. This one had some cool LEDs on it. With the @bossfx_us ES-8s versatility it is easily able to be used in stereo or mono amps, with or without effects loops. The Bigsky is also MIDI programmed to be turned on/off via the ES-8 without being in one of its’ loops. #RigsByBTPAmore
In this photo from a performance at the Crystal Ballroom, in Portland, OR, the Electro-Harmonix POG2 Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal can be seen on Jimmy Smith's pedal board. via [effectsbay.com](http://www.effectsbay.com/2013/06/jimmy-smith-pedal-board-breakdown-foals-holy-fire-tour/)more
In the description of this video, Andy lists the pedals that he uses for this song: Matchless Clubman Matchless Chieftain Marshall JMP Hohner Pianet T Strymon Bigsky Strymon Timeline Eventide Space El Capistan Naunaber Slate Stereo Wet Electro Harmonix EHX POG2 Earthquaker Devices Afterneath Echo Park Telecastermore
“I haven’t used it before this record, but it’s on a lot of the kind of lead stuff; it’s just in there a little bit, so the main riff on Hurricane, it’s on there, and it’s on the guitar in the verses of Stay With Me. So, it’s in there pretty subtly, but it adds a thickness and dimension to some of that stuff.”more
"my pedalboard, which changes quite regularly as I come across some other new bit of kit. It is largely TC, though. I currently have a TC Corona chorus, Hall of Fame reverb, Flashback Delay and looper, Dark Matter overdrive, Helix phaser, ElectroHarmonix POG2, Radial Design Big Shot ABY amp switcher, Line 6 Relay G50 wireless system going into a TC Electronic Blacksmith 1600w head, and two 4×10 cabs."more
Here's a rig I did for guitarist Dann Huff. My buddy Tom Bukovac has been a long time friend and go-to session man for Dann at his recording studio in Nashville. Dann noticed Tom's rigs and really liked how they sounded and wanted to get something for himself along those lines with a few changes.more
> "Then I have an Electro-Harmonix Micro POG and a POG 2. The Micro POG is set for one octave down, while the POG 2 I use strictly for my octave up. I stack them. That’s the holy grail of kick-you-in-your-face tone. When I want to get heavy and knock someone’s balls off, I put that Fuzz Factory on with that sub-octave from my POG." - Chris Bishop; [Vintage Guitar Magazine](http://www.vintageguitar.com/22147/chris-bishop/) interview In a second interview later on with [Ultimate Guitar](https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/interviews/interviews/crobot_feel_playing_is_about_not_trying_to_play_notes_but_playing_noises.html), Chris says that he stopped using this pedal later on due it breaking multiple times. It's possible that sometime before May of 2015, he stopped using this pedal.more
Robert Randolph talks about the POG2 in this video interview from Premier Guitar. At 6:55, he says “Over here we got the POG2. It only sounds great with pedal steels. Ever since I’ve been using all these other guitar players try to get it and I’m like ‘hey man, it ain’t it’…it’s the combination.”more
Muse On Muse : Please tell us about your gear. What guitars, amps, effectors, foot pedals did you use for this recording? Pete Lesparance : I used a Koch Powertone 2 for the amp through a 2×12 Mesa-boogie cabinet. My pedal board consists of: -Pigtronix-Philosopher’s Tone compressor -Love Pedal Kanji overdrive -Keeler Push overdrive -SubDecay Prometheus filter pedal -Whetstone Phaser -Electro-Harmonix-POG 2 -Empress Temolo -Malekko spring chicken reverb -Boss Giga-Delay -ernie ball volume pedalmore
Rhydian told Bass Player, "I use delay on top of octaves generated by an Electro-Harmonix POG manipulated with a volume pedal to sound like a string section on the intro of “The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie.” The POG helps me fill up space in our trio. When Ritzy goes high on guitar, I might add a low octave effect on bass. You get an open, organ-like sound when you’ve got a bunch of octaves going."more
My pedalboard is pretty simple and that’s how I like it. I’ve got a Fulltone OCD for added dirt—I really like this dirtbox because it’s transparent, very dynamic, and really enhances the harmonics from my guitar. The MXR Micro Amp is almost goose’d to 10 for an extra volume boost in my solos. I use the Electro-Harmonix POG for an octave effect on our more riff-y songs. It gives my tone a little more thickness. And I have a Cry Baby wah. My amp of choice is a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Special Edition that features brown tolex and a Jensen P12N alnico speaker. I love that thing and it’s never let me down yet [knocks on amp].”more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has used a POG 2 Polyphonic Octave Generator since early 2019 regularly. However he did borrow one to use on a couple songs on “The Black and White Album” (2017). “The new album (2019) you will really hear some of these POG2 sounds, and they will not be subtle at all”more
Everything from the surreal jangle of an 18-string guitar, to rich, thick walls of symphonic sound.
The Electro-Harmonix POG2 effect pedal is a polyphonic octave generator that lets you conjure up everything from the surreal jangle of an 18-string guitar to rich, thick walls of symphonic sound. It features an Attack control that enables you to fade in lush, smooth swells. It also features a second sub-octave to reach deeper than ever before, a 2-pole resonant low-pass filter that includes two additional Q modes, and an enhanced detune to refine your sound even further. The POG 2lets you save your favorite settings and recall them with a single click. Its enhanced algorithm delivers a focused and in-the-pocket harmonic performance. All this is packed into the Electro-Harmonix POG2's rugged and pedal board-friendly die-cast chassis.
I've used POG2's for guitar and bass. On guitar, I tend to use them for volume swells and choruses in combination with additionals pedals (Phase 90s and various delays to create the Mike Einziger wall of effects). In recent times, I've been using them more on bass (in fact, two of them) to creat sub octaves, or fake guitar sounds. I have posted various youtube covers of songs by Royal Blood showing what fun you can have, search for me and you'll find them! Overall, great fun and a great pedal to expand any musician's sound.
Looking for an octaver? Looking for some synth-like swells blended to your clean signal? Or looking for a organ simulator? For all the three questions the answer is POG 2. It's incredibly versatile and accuratte in its polyphonic octave generation.
I received my POG2 as a birthday present, however after a trip to Guitar Center I found its retail price to be about $250.00 U.S. The POG2 can make a variety of sounds, and can make your guitar almost identical in sound to an organ. Overall, the POG2 by Electro-Harmonix is a very nice pedal that can provide a variety of sounds.
The POG 2 by Electro-Harmonix is a fantastic octave pedal. Giving you control over -2, -1, +1 and +2 octaves, plus the direct signal, you can create a whole slew of amazing sounds. Throw in controls for a filter, attack and detune, and you can create amazing effects. The tracking is top notch. To put this in perspective, I had an Eventide PitchFactor (simply amazing pedal), yet I was mostly after octave pitch effects, and I think the POG 2 does a better job. You can even save presets, and there is a mod from www.microdesignum.cz that gives you MIDI control as well!
Although I mostly use this pedal as a straight octave up/down, it does so much more. I've used it for a 12-string effect, and also for making my guitar sound like a synthesizer (I think I used the Mellotron Flutes or Celeste preset)--when I play the recording, no one believes me that I did that with a strat and a POG 2... The problem with these pedals is that they can way more than you will ever need. Even if you use a preset or two, you inevitably never touch about 90% of the functionality. But I guess that can be a good problem to have.
I love this thing. Super solid tracking. I use the attack feature to create organ-like swells that are great for ambient stuff. Pairs great with other effects, and features a good amount of parameter control.
One of the best pedals that I own which when used on guitar, I've used for octaves, volume swells, organs, chorus effects etc. plenty of things for fattened up the song. However, most recently I've been using two of them when playing bass guitar, demonstrating the 'Out of the Black' by Royal Blood and how the band achieve the sound they create. On my board, I use one for bass processing (octaves mainly) and the second one is a split signal from a Boss LS-2 which is used to make the RH fake guitar sound. Enjoy!
I love this pedal... you can create so many sounds. I love creating a cello and organ like sound. It is easy to use and set up. If you want an Octaver - this is the only one you should consider!
very nice and mechanical sound. we are planning to use this for more songs on the upcoming album that is in the works. great pedal.