Over the last few months, I’ve been dabbling in some solo performances – focusing on real-time loop building creating some ambient songs – similar to Sarah Lipstate of Noveller and Andy Othling, etc. I’ve been having so much fun doing this! When my various bands started closing their chapters, I was left with a guitar void. There was a part of me in panic mode thinking I needed to get into a band ASAP, but then it dawned on me, I can still play guitar, still perform.. and everything will be ‘okay’. And I was right, the solo performance still allowed me to express myself with guitar and strive to practice/perform. Meanwhile, it also allowed me to meet new people and band discussions began percolating again (but I might pass to continue on this road for a bit).
The solo performance has allowed me to drastically change my approach to guitar. For this project, I chose a guitar that normally do not play (Fender Jazzmaster) and use pedals that I definitely don’t use in a band scenarios in the past, so this has really been fun experimenting with new effects. I recently picked up a Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator. This is a pretty crazy and extremely fun pedal to use. I’ve messed with a few octave pedals in the past (primarily Boss OC-2 – which I do NOT like very much), and this one really works well on a variety of levels.
The Polyphonic Octave Generator means you can mess with multiple octaves -2 Octave, -1 Octave, +1 Octave and +2 Octave. These can all be combined or individually selected to give some great harmonics and thickness to your guitar signal. You can also adjust the dry level (output) and apply effects like attack, LFO and detune. This pedal can give you a large variety of sounds from crazy weird to super atmospheric. Want shimmer? Want Fat? Want Chorus, etc. It can provide a large variety.
I found this demo by TheProPedalShop and liked it because he goes through his various presets and shows the wide range of what this pedal is capable of.
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The Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator is available for $328.20 at Amazon. If you’re looking to expand your sonic capabilities, this is a great pedal to have! If you currently own this pedal, please comment below.. let us know what you think!