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Clad in a stylish, tattooed case, the Tone Tattoo from Electro-Harmonix is something of a Frankenstein multi-effects pedal. It’s a cut-and-pasted amalgamation of three of their best-selling pedals, the Metal Muff distortion, Neo Clone chorus and Memory Toy delay units. It’s all analogue, so you’re getting the real things and not some digital reproduction. The only danger with this formula is that you might only get a lacklustre, stripped-down version of three existing pedals set into one easy-to-sell package.
The Electro-Harmonix Freeze is a sustain pedal, but not a compressor. It is actually a delay-based effect that can be used to create drones or imitate a grand piano’s sostenuto pedal. To my knowledge, the Freeze offers a completely unique effect (though it is included in some of the larger EHX pedals). In most settings, the pedal takes a very short sample of your signal when the foot switch is first depressed. This sample is repeated until the foot switch is released.
Electro-Harmonix’s Holy Grail reverb is easily one of the simplest reverb pedals on the market. With only a single knob and a miniature switch on its face, this pedal is extremely easy to use. The knob is labeled “reverb,” and it seems to function much like the reverb knob on an old Fender amp or the mix knob on a spring reverb unit. Next to the reverb knob is a three-position switch for selecting the different reverb modes. The Holy Grail offers settings meant to emulate spring reverb and the reverb of a large concert hall, and a very strange and idiosyncratic “flerb” setting.
The Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi has been used for years by guitarists for its warm, harmonically rich distortion. It comes in an enormous and fairly sturdy metal housing with good quality external components. Its sound could be described as an extension of its massive physical presence. It has a loud, sometimes overbearing tone with both strong presence and wide spectrum.