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The Boss PS-5 SUPER Shifter Pedal does what no other compact pedal has done before: shifting (basic or intelligent), harmonies, de-tuning, and a variety of whammy-type tremolo arm effects. Simple knob-based controls. Can be used with an optional expression pedal to shift pitch in real time.


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4.6

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Great Pedal

This has a bunch of features. Harmonist and Pitch Shifter sounds just brilliant and doesn't sap tone. The T. Arm is much more compact and cheaper alternate to the Digitech Whammy, and the...Read complete review

This has a bunch of features. Harmonist and Pitch Shifter sounds just brilliant and doesn't sap tone. The T. Arm is much more compact and cheaper alternate to the Digitech Whammy, and the detune can take the place of a chorus pedal if you want it to. I love this pedal. It's staying in my chain for a long time to come.
This is an awesome pedal, it's got many features, harmonist, flutter, pitch shifter, t. arm (tremolo arm), and detune.

All the features work and all of them a fairly unique. Harmonist and pitch shifter are different in the way they work, but they try to achieve the same goal of shifting pitch and adding an extra note for a fuller sound (harmony). You'd have to know a bit of music theory to make it work, but it's fairly easy to use.

Detune makes an awesome sound that the untrained ear may think is chorus, but it sounds better than a chorus in my mind. It takes

Flutter seems to have the same effect as a floating tremolo going up and down at a preset speed. It's probably my least used feature. I don't quite get it.

T. Arm tries to mimick a tremolo arm, but it doesn't quite sound like your using one, but that's not a bad thing because this thing is insane. You can pitch shift with this thing. With an expression pedal it sounds better than a Digitech Whammy in IMHO. One word of warning is that it'll suck tone out of your guitar if it's not in use AND in this mode. It's like it needs to be pre-cocked or something.
Sound quality is phenomenal. Built quality is excellent and just like any other expensive Boss pedal. Knobs are solid. Just excellent. But the T.Arm mode does suck a bit of tone out of your
setup. If you don't plan to use it during a song, I would get it out of T.Arm mode.
Yeah, pretty good value.

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Decent effects

I've had this pedal for about 4 months now, and while I'm satisfied with it, I would recommend first looking into the Digitech Whammy pedal.For one thing, I HIGHLY recommend the optional Roland...Read complete review

I've had this pedal for about 4 months now, and while I'm satisfied with it, I would recommend first looking into the Digitech Whammy pedal.For one thing, I HIGHLY recommend the optional Roland EV-5 expression pedal if you plan on making use of the whammy-style pitch shifting. The EV-5 gives you real-time control over the pitch-shifting modes, instead of programming the speed of the shift into the pedal. It's virtually impossible to whammy up or down in tempo without having the optional expression pedal. This may or may not be a problem for different users, but I prefer having the EV-5.The harmonist is dead-on as far as producing the accurate goes, and it sounds fine in a clean channel. However, I don't use the setting much because I play with a decent amount of gain, and the harmonist sounds too muddy. NOTE though, that I haven't been able to try the pedal in an effects loop, and that could very well be the problem. But going straight into the amp, I haven't been able to get a clear harmonist sound on a channel with much gain.The other settings (flutter, detuning) have worked well for me and are nice additions. Overall I think this a really neat pedal to have, but it can ONLY compete with the Digitech Whammy if you buy the EV-5 expression pedal with it.

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5.0

Beware of harmony function

By Rob-mTAnS

from MA

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If you are like me and are interested in this pedal for the harmony function, I'm going to warn you right now: You MUST have two amps/channels for it to sound at all decent. You'll notice that there are two outputs on this pedal. Hook the amp you want to play the lead into output B and another amp into output A to play the harmony. It'll sound just like two guitars.If you try to get a harmony out of one distorted amp, it will sound like crap. I found that out the hard way when I first hooked up the pedal and was extremely disappointed at how awful it sounded. I mean, it sounds decent on the clean channel. But to play those killer Iron Maiden-esque harmonies, you'll need to amps. Trust me that however, once you get both amps hooked up, it sounds AMAZING. After I figured this out, I went from extremely disappointed to unbelievably thrilled about this pedal.I haven't even begun to tap into the other functions of this pedal. I wanted it for the harmony effect and it exceeds my expectations (as long as I have two amps!)

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5.0

Great Pedal

By theahn

from Potomac, MD

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This has a bunch of features. Harmonist and Pitch Shifter sounds just brilliant and doesn't sap tone. The T. Arm is much more compact and cheaper alternate to the Digitech Whammy, and the detune can take the place of a chorus pedal if you want it to. I love this pedal. It's staying in my chain for a long time to come.
This is an awesome pedal, it's got many features, harmonist, flutter, pitch shifter, t. arm (tremolo arm), and detune.

All the features work and all of them a fairly unique. Harmonist and pitch shifter are different in the way they work, but they try to achieve the same goal of shifting pitch and adding an extra note for a fuller sound (harmony). You'd have to know a bit of music theory to make it work, but it's fairly easy to use.

Detune makes an awesome sound that the untrained ear may think is chorus, but it sounds better than a chorus in my mind. It takes

Flutter seems to have the same effect as a floating tremolo going up and down at a preset speed. It's probably my least used feature. I don't quite get it.

T. Arm tries to mimick a tremolo arm, but it doesn't quite sound like your using one, but that's not a bad thing because this thing is insane. You can pitch shift with this thing. With an expression pedal it sounds better than a Digitech Whammy in IMHO. One word of warning is that it'll suck tone out of your guitar if it's not in use AND in this mode. It's like it needs to be pre-cocked or something.
Sound quality is phenomenal. Built quality is excellent and just like any other expensive Boss pedal. Knobs are solid. Just excellent. But the T.Arm mode does suck a bit of tone out of your
setup. If you don't plan to use it during a song, I would get it out of T.Arm mode.
Yeah, pretty good value.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Pedal Ever!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

When we started gigging, I was a simple plug-and-play lead player. I now have 10 stomps in my loop. I still use few effects at a time, but this one takes the cake! You'll have to get the mix right to avoid a "digital" sound, but I'm still constantly amazed at the plethora of options with this pedal. From solo harmonies, to pitch shifting, to whammys, to octave driver, to 12-string, mandolin, and bass simulation, this pedal does it all well! All Boss pedals are built to last. I bought this pedal used (which says a lot, because Boss is the only used equipment I will buy), because Boss will out perform everything in sound quality and craftmanship--hands down.

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5.0

A Solid Pitch Shifter/Whammy

By Garbageman

from IL

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This is great if you are a fan of The White Stripes or Rage or if you'd just like a little bit of whammy action for your hard-tail guitar. The harmonizer is good too, though I don't really use it much. This effect is best put BEFORE your distortion for maximum accuracy. The tones are quite more realistic than the old PS-3 model, though there aren't as many features. It's a nice pedal, and it does what it says it does.

 
5.0

Awesome!!!

By Chileanbacker

from Chile

Why I wait soo long to discover such a gem!!!... The only step you can make after this is an Eventide, trust me, there is NOTHING in between. Well done Boss..

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5.0

Supershifting above the whammy...

By Whoknows

from VA

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Always have been a boss fan.They are put to the test and pass. The ps-5 in my opinion is alittle pricey, but has more functions than the whammy. Aa big step from previous Boss Harmonizers. The whammy is just a "you get what you see" kind of deal. It comes with Five effects: Flutter,detune,harmony,pitch shifter,whammy. I do agree that whammying with this pedal is hard so the expression pedal is recommended. Then again, some people(like me) find it hard to just to buy extras. My main purpose for the pedal was harmonies. I read complaints about the harmony funcion not being accurate. At times it's a little off, but that's ok. I think it sounds good but real good if you do hook two amps up(As someone mentioned prior already). Overall it's worth the money and adds creativity to music, but it does take some time to learn.

 
5.0

Lot's of fun

By PDXguitarlegend (YouTube)

from Portland, OR

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Back in the 80's, I dreamed of being able to afford an Eventide Harmonizer. When this pedal came out in the 90's I was beyond excited. I am really surprised it is not as popular as the Whammy Pedal. I use it mainly for the harmonizing, but after reading these other reviews I should probably go back and experiment more with it. I would definitely recommend buying an expression pedal to use with it (I have the Roland EV-5. When playing really fast passages, I can hear the teeniest slightest delay, but nothing to worry about. Also, when doing slow bends, it sometimes has trouble tracking. That aside, this pedal is the coolest pedal ever.

 
5.0

GREAT PEDAL TO ADD

By drbill51

from Taylor, MI

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Much thanks to the person who wrote what he used to play the ending lead to Hotel California. Having said that, in agreement with another person, you have to know your fretboard theory in order to really get the most out of this pedal. My first purchase was the digitech harmonizer, and it was more than I really wanted, high in prise also. After returning that pedal I read as much as I could and came to the conclusion that the PS-5 was the pedal I needed. While it has so many great sounds, you will be lost without some basic knowledge of which chord your going to select for using with another if your wanting to do harmony. A way that I try to find the note (others may disagree), is by looking at a keyboard keys in my mind. For examply; If I think about where the C note is on a keyboard, then count the the keys that are 3d, 5th, above and below the C it will give me the note I'm looking for on the guitar. I've probably confused more than helped, but my way may help someone else. It is not impossible to use this pedal without being a music major, but it sure will help if you have a basic knowledge of how it works.The first knob to the left as your looking down is a knob within a knob, one being balance. You will be surprised at how much the effects will be changed by this one knob alone when trying to get a 12 string sound. Long story short, and keeping it real from my perspective. A must have pedal for a seasoned player (didn't say pro player), it will take some time learning just the basics of the pedal, and you will still have more to learn as I do. Even though I think the price is too high, I would still replace mine with another one just like it if itcame up missing.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

whammy

By Calaverasgrande

from Oakland Ca

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I got this to emulate an 8 string sound. Like the John Paul Jones/Diamanda Galas stuff that came out a while back. It does do stuff besides harmony! It can be set for a straight pitch shift down or up! (I dont know why so many pitch pedals only do sub octaves! Some of us want to go up!)The harmony settings are okay, but are in pretty standard (boring ) keys. Almost everything I do is minor 7th minor 3rd-ish so it isnt really my cup of tea. Though I suppose I could transpose and find the right key if I did the math. It bugs me that the whammy mode requires you to stand on the pedal while it is engaged. This is hard to do when you have an expression pedal to work with the other foot!

 
5.0

This is a great pedal!

By TigerBotHesh

from Houston

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I think this pedal is amazing! It does exactly what it is supposed to do. I really like the T. Arm feature. The other features take a little practice to use. There is definitely a learning curve with this pedal. I took off half a star on features because it doesn't come with an expression pedal like the digitech. However, I chose this pedal over the digitech because of price. I used to have a Whammy pedal and I would just set it and never used the expression pedal anyway. So, this works just fine. Bottom line, I love this pedal.

 
3.0

Decent effects

By Diesel-_tzdo

from Charleston, WV

I've had this pedal for about 4 months now, and while I'm satisfied with it, I would recommend first looking into the Digitech Whammy pedal.For one thing, I HIGHLY recommend the optional Roland EV-5 expression pedal if you plan on making use of the whammy-style pitch shifting. The EV-5 gives you real-time control over the pitch-shifting modes, instead of programming the speed of the shift into the pedal. It's virtually impossible to whammy up or down in tempo without having the optional expression pedal. This may or may not be a problem for different users, but I prefer having the EV-5.The harmonist is dead-on as far as producing the accurate goes, and it sounds fine in a clean channel. However, I don't use the setting much because I play with a decent amount of gain, and the harmonist sounds too muddy. NOTE though, that I haven't been able to try the pedal in an effects loop, and that could very well be the problem. But going straight into the amp, I haven't been able to get a clear harmonist sound on a channel with much gain.The other settings (flutter, detuning) have worked well for me and are nice additions. Overall I think this a really neat pedal to have, but it can ONLY compete with the Digitech Whammy if you buy the EV-5 expression pedal with it.

 
5.0

Top Notch Pedal in a class by itself

By Pink

from San Francsico

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For size, functions and quality this thing beats any similiar pedals to death. Yes the whammy has a built in expression pedal, BUT the main purpose of this pedal is the intelligent harmonizer which the whammy (or any other pedal out there) doesn't have. Also, it tracks PERFECT for me, unless I'm using TONS of distortion. I put it in the middle of my chain, after my compressor, od and fuzz, but before my modulation effects. Putting it before the distortion yielded a starnge mettalic quality to the harmonized notes. The other features (tremolo, flutter, detune) are nice but more like free extras that had nothing to do with why I bought this pedal. It may be a bit pricey, but for such a small pedal it packs a big punch and simply has no peers in the pedal market. I am not a BOSS fan either. AT ALL. But I love this pedal.

 
1.0

poor harmonizer

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this pedal so that i can create harmonies using the harmonist feature. However, the pedal doesn't seem to produce the correct notes for the harmony. Awful.

 
5.0

its awesome.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Basically, it's everything I want in a shifter pedal. I wish it had the expression pedal built in, but nothing's perfect. Also, it DEVOURS batteries. Two nine-volts in three weeks. Buy the power source, people.

 
2.0

Guitar Invevatore

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Listen, when I first saw this thing I was estatic. Once I got it, I pluged it in then.....pure crap. I really wanted to like this thing, but its just not what your expecting. Features: Detune - Basicly a bad reverb. T Arm - Not even close to a real T Arm Flutter- ok, but not worth the money! Harmonist - DISAPPOINTING! This thing will do ok with the Highs, but don't even be thinking about the lows. Especially for a 12 string sound. Not to mension you HAVE to be PERFECTLY in tune for it to work right in the highs. Pitch Shifter - Now for the reason your buying this thing. This part isn't so bad. It does an ok job changing the pitch, but the downfall is, the higher pitch you go withthe pedal, the more and more digital it sounds. So all in all if you want an ok flutter sound, and harmonies on the higher notes, get this. But is it worth the price? Not even close.

 
4.0

Boss

By Davezilla

from Williams, AZ

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I completely disagree with everyone on the 'better' product being Digitech FOR ANY REASON. Every Digitech product I've owned either mysteriously stopped working for no reason, or the programmable ones ALWAYS lock up and have or be reset frequently, losing hours of programming. Nope. Boss is the stuff. This pedal is NO exception. It does everything it's supposed to and then some. I am currently rebuilding my pedal collection, and this pedal WILL be part of it (tried out a buddy's and it cooks!)

 
4.0

Use it off key!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I played one of these in store and before I realized it had a selector for what key you're playing in I had already begun playing a pretty cool little riff while the harmonies were being produced off key. It can give you some really good tones for a progressive/experimental sound. So if you're clueless on what key you're playing in but still want something to thicken your playing don't be turned away by everyone who says you need to know your key. After all, music is art. Do what you want with it. Overall a really nice pedal. I've owned a few other BOSS pedals and they hold up well.

 
4.0

pretty nice

By Nady rules us all

from Detroit

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I bought this thinking, a great solution to the digitech whammy, right? NOT! i had this for a year or so, then my friend got a whammy, i played that, so i sold my boss and picked up a whammy. SO much BETTER. this pedal does sound ok, don't get me wrong. but save the extra $$ and buy a whammy.

 
5.0

PS-5

By Melodeath1221

from Mi

This is by far the Best pedal i have ever bought. Ive made my share of Mistakes when buying pedals. Normally your either disappointed with a pedals performance, or it just matches your expectations. Though i can tell you this one, shatters expectations. Most of You are probably looking to Create harmonies with this pedal. Word of advice: PUT THIS PEDAL EITHER IN YOUR EFFECTS LOOP, OR BEHIND YOUR DISTORTION PETAL! That is if your interested harmonizing distorted leads. If you dont, when you switch to distortion with the Harmonies on, it will overload the sound of your amp, making it sound Fuzzy. Tho if arranged properly you should be able to get Crystal Clear Spectacular harmonies . This pedal is not for beginners. You NEED to know your key signatures, and know which notes lie with in them to fully take advantage of the brilliance of this pedal.

 
5.0

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By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Like a lot of Boss Pedals, this one has more sounds than you can use. I originally got it so I could do whammy divebombs with my SG, but I've recently really gotten into whammying up too. The harmonist is cool, but it gets a little sloppy sounding sometimes in my experience. Everything on here works well, some better than others, but it's definitely a good pickup.

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