OK seriously guitar pedal addiction is a very tragic disease that affects millions of guitarists around the world every year.
Shown here is Incubus' Mike Einziger with his latest incarnation of pedal carnage:
It starts with one pedal, sometimes a tuner, sometimes an overdrive, and then you enjoy having a new effect at your disposal. But soon, you look at the floor wondering if it should plug into something else. And then once you buy one or two more and then you think, "I should really put these things on a small board to keep it organized". And then, that board is not only filled to capacity, it soon gets out of control and before you know it you have pedals piled on top of each other on said small board. So then you build an even bigger board to accommodate even more pedals. THEN, once you fill and overfill the big board, you say to yourself, "OK, I should really put these aux effects on a second pedalboard... but it'll be a smaller side board.... nothing too crazy...." And, THEN you have to find fun new ways to wire a lot of pedals and power them. But then, you have extra plugs on your power block, so you're like, "well, I wouldn't want to waste these extra plugs, so I should probably get some more stuff to make use of them." And on and on it goes until you're staring at something glorious on the floor!
(thank you Premier Guitar for this great shot of Tim Mahoney's awesome board)
Plus with companies like Electro-Harmonix... let's be honest, they JUST aren't helping us poor players conquer this debilitating disease.
The pedal I am about to show you, will unquestionably make you want to drive straight to the store to pick one up! After all it is the holidays, so gift yourself!
We all know that EHX has created one of the most groundbreaking pedals with their B9 Organ Machine pedal- a small stompbox that puts 9 classic organs within easy reach of your six string and amp. No more hiring whiny keyboard players or keytarists (however you spell that), no more buying expensive vintage pianos on eBay, and no more having to lug Leslie speakers around to shows! You can now turn your guitar into an orchestra of keyboards with relative ease and under $200!
Now, EHX is destroying the lives of guitar players everywhere by furthering their pedal addictions with the creation of their latest monster- the C9 Organ Machine. Like its brother, this pedal is the same 5 knob set up, and boasts nine MORE organ models. Seriously, I didn't think you could NEED 18 organ models, but yeah, you kinda do. Organ is such a huge part of 20th century music, it is amazing that players can now easily add these sounds to their tone, especially with the C9!
The C9 offers new models, but also offers a "Sparkle" setting which allows the guitar tone to pair with organ tone, which gives you that polished pop guitar sound! You'll need to hear it to believe it. In addition to nailing the sounds of "Light My Fire", "Smoke on the Water", "Let it Be", "Strawberry Fields", and way more, this pedal also gives you the classic tones from the compact organ to the Clavioline! It's all here!
Here is a quick run down from the mad-scientists of circuitry over at EHX:
The new C9 Organ Machine springboards off the revolutionary B9 to mine another rich vein of classic gold and provide players with nine more definitive organ and keyboard sounds.
The C9 will transform your instrument into a convincing full body, electric organ or vintage electronic keyboard. For each preset chosen, it also provides precise control over important elements of that sound’s sonic fingerprint like percussive click, modulation, attack/sustain, drawbar setting or high frequency content. Blend your dry signal to create beautiful layers. Lovers of classic organ and keyboard rejoice!- Transform the tone of a guitar or keyboard- 9 presets that were finely tuned to emulate some of the most popular and classic organ and keyboard tones ever recorded- Provides control over percussive attack level, modulation speed, organ and dry volume- Rugged and easy to use- Use together with the B9 for dual keyboard possibilities!- EHX 9.6DC-200 PSU included
Get ready, in the video demo below, the amazingly talented Bill Ruppert takes you on a journey back to the 60s and beyond with this unreal pedal. You'll grin, you might hallucinate, you will certainly hear plenty of classic songs that sound so accurate, you'd never believe it was a Charvel strat that was making them!
This pedal will work great if you are a gigging musician, who may or may not have a keys player- especially if you happen to cover songs from the Beatles, The Doors, Deep Purple, Zeppelin, or any other number of classic rock acts that made the electric organ so famous.
But don't freak out, if you already bought a B9, you needn't worry! In conjunction with a switcher pedal, you can use BOTH pedals in stereo, at the same time, or alternating for some truly trippy organ effects. After all what the hell is better than combining the sounds of several organs playing at once!?!
So thank you EHX for coming up with some of the most innovating ways to change the guitar this year! We can't wait to try more!