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Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal   

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With nine presets that were finely tuned to emulate the most legendary organs from the ˜60s and beyond, the B9 Organ Machine will transform your guit...Read More

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With nine presets that were finely tuned to emulate the most legendary organs from the ˜60s and beyond, the B9 Organ Machine will transform your guitar or keyboard. Control the instrument's signature percussive click and sweet modulation. Blend your dry signal to create lush layers. Enough tonewheel and combo organ inspiration to light your fire and cook up some green onions.

Preset Descriptions
Fat & Full: This sound adds an extra octave below and above to make your guitar sound twice as big. Fills out any band in an instant. MOD Type: Chorus.
Jazz: This preset has the cool, smooth jazz tone reminiscent of the late great organist Jimmy Smith. MOD Type: Chorus.
Gospel: This preset has the upper octave drawbars added to capture that great soulful organ tone. MOD Type: Chorus.
Classic Rock: This preset captures the classic rock sound of songs like Procal Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale." Add a touch of distortion for a classic dirty organ. MOD Type: Chorus.
Bottom End: This preset has the lower draw bar sound. Perfect for adding bottom to your guitar or playing B3 bass sounds. With the CLICK control up you can lay down a bass line like the one on Sugarloaf's "Green Eyed Lady." MOD Type: Chorus.
Octaves: This preset uses the fundamental tone plus one octave above. This sound is great for songs like Led Zeppelin's "Your Time is Going to Come." MOD Type: Chorus. CLICK control adds not only key click, but higher harmonics.
Cathedral: Turn up the reverb and you are at the seat of a giant cathedral organ! Psychedelic rock tones easily pour out. MOD Type: Tremolo. CLICK adjusts the tremolo depth.
Continental: This is the classic combo organ sound similar to classic songs "96 Tears," "Woolly Bully" and "House of the Rising Sun." MOD Type: Vibrato. CLICK controls vibrato depth.
Bell Organ: If you crossed an electric piano with an organ this is it. MOD Type: Tremolo. CLICK adjusts the amount of bell or chime added to the sound.

Transforms the tone of a guitar and/or keyboard into that of a convincing full-body electric organ.

FEATURES
  • Transform the tone of a guitar or keyboard into that of a convincing full body, electric organ
  • Nine presets that were finely tuned to emulate some of the most popular and classic electric organ tones
  • Control over percussive attack level, modulation speed, organ and dry volume
  • Rugged and easy to use
  • Bypass Footswitch
  • Dy Output Jack
  • Organ Output Jack
  • EHX 9.6DC-200 PSU included

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Electro-HarmonixB9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.2

(based on 47 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (32)
  • Compact (27)
  • Excellent sound quality (27)
  • Responsive (24)
  • Versatile (19)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (32)
  • Home studio (21)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
  • Professional recording (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (24), Experienced (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing, but not without quirks

EHX continues its legacy of producing amazing, innovative and unique effects. I had been using multiple pedals over the years to approximate an organ sound for my guitar with ok results. Then the...Read complete review

EHX continues its legacy of producing amazing, innovative and unique effects. I had been using multiple pedals over the years to approximate an organ sound for my guitar with ok results. Then the B9 was released. I found one through a small retailer that had them in stock while everyone else waited. I'm reviewing on MF because its my go-to for research and main retailer for 20 years. Although there is a similar product available, this one is far better at its mission. The 9 presets are all very usable and sound very convincing. If you are even thinking about buying this, do it. It's a blast.

For as much as I love it, I must forewarn; it's bright. The lack of EQ is a bit frustrating. If you are running the effect out to another amp while the dry signal goes to your primary amp, you'll be fine. But using the wet/dry Organ out, you will encounter a lot of harsh top end. I ended up buying a cheap EQ to tame and my old ABY to switch between "off and on". This is a long way around what should have been a simple add-on feature or in leu of the click knob. My other gripe is the Planet Waves patch cables I use constantly slip out of the in/outs. This has me using cheaper blue end cables that actually stay secure. I do not have that problem with other EHX pedals.

All in all, I love it. But I'm fortunate to have a few extra cables and some money to throw at the shortcomings. I hope that EHX listens to concerns and issues an update down the road. For now, I will be having a lot of fun on stage and on record.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

has bugs - wait for updated version

volume is unstable. its great for chordal work, but lets be honest. alot of people want to do the funky organ riffs/runs and solos. to do this, you have to play...Read complete review

volume is unstable. its great for chordal work, but lets be honest. alot of people want to do the funky organ riffs/runs and solos. to do this, you have to play very,very hard to keep the organ tone when playing solo. any slight change in picking dynamics causes the drop/gain in volume and thus will cause you to sound like you are missing notes if not picked very hard. its like riding a wave, and its hard to keep consistent in volume when playing solo. compressor helps, but doesnt cure it.
EHX website acknowledges this volume problem but actually blames the amps, and players picking dynamics as fault. EHX website and company quote "some guitar amps have an uneven peak frequency response that may cause sounds to be over accentuated". i own a 1976 fender super reverb, a fender blues deluxe, a fender deluxe reverb, a marshall SLP100 plexi stack, a marshall 50watt blues breaker, a vox ac-4 and ac-30 to name a few. to say the amps are at fault i simply dont believe that. as far as the players dynamics are involved, they quote using a compressor to "help for the guitar player whos playing is less than desirable in the dynamics department" - EXH website. little low blow to their customers, but truth told to them, this pedal makes you have to play very hard and actually long term may cause one to have a less than 'desirable in the dynamics department' style. last, the modulation is 'thin' in sound and not a true rotary speaker sound. the organ tone is 'there' but the rotary backbone of the organ is not. i actually turn off the pedals modulation and combat this with the use of an old univibe, and the difference is night and day in a better, deeper and more true rotary sound, plus the univibe adds the expression pedal to get the slow to fast warbles that organs are known for. i have to use an EQ pedal to smooth highs/lows/mids. i have to use a compressor to help with the volume, etc. BOTTOM LINE - EHX made a GREAT product. its tone is great! but simply put it has bugs. its not perfect. and thats inevitable with a game changing pedal like this, but they are blaming our gear and ability not their product. i would like to see EHX take it back to the boards admit its 'okay' and listen to our complaints and improve for us! last, i would wait, for them to come out with an improved and updated model and buy that one. you may find yourself having to use a lot of other pedals to make this one useful live, as i am.

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5.0

The product does very well what I neede it to do.

By Stacky

from Sebring, Fl

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

    How you use the product. Things that are great about it. Things that aren't great about it.

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    3.0

    Good sounds, but pooly designed for live use

    By Picker13

    from SE Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Good Tracking
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Not Designed Well For Live Use

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The B9 has good sounds and tracking, with decent ability to modify the sounds (mostly click/percussion and speed of vibrato). It's a fairly large pedal. At home, I liked the sound. However, it is difficult to use as is for live performances. If you want good tracking, you'll need to have your guitar volume up, and I found that it is insensitive to volume changes on the guitar. It is not true bypass, and EH recommends that you have it in front of your other pedals. I wanted to use it live, and I found the only way to make it work for me was to place an A/B switch in front of it. I leave the pedal on all the time on the second tier of my pedal board. Then I use the A/B switch to direct the signal to my regular guitar pedals or the B9. I also found that I needed to add a volume pedal after the B9 so I could control the volume of the unit without bending over to adjust the knobs on the box. The effect would be better with a built in A/B (and maybe Y) switches and the ability to add an expressoin pedal to control effect volume. EH also recommends a compressor before the unit, but I found I didn't really need it. If you have trouble controling your dynamics, you may need that as well. In the end, the sounds and tracking are good, but for live use it's poorly designed. I said I would recommend if, but as long as the guitarist understands and can live with or work through its limitations.

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    5.0

    Very cool

    By Slackjaw

    from Boston MA

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Great organ sounds, allows expanded repertoire of set lists to include songs that have keyboard parts.

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      3.0

      B9 Organ

      By The Mighty YH

      from Grand Forks, ND

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is an amazing machine. The sounds that can be achieved in this device are incredible and actually sound like a real organ. The only drawback, and this is from a personal point of view, if you are going to buy this, brainstorm what you are going to do with it. I bought this pedal to increase our bands list of covers but it's more limited then one would think.

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        4.0

        Maybe

        By Frank-O

        from Rhode Island

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        Pros

        • Good Selection Of Effects

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

          very impressive, works well. There is a few settings that I could live with out, but it is what it is.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a sound

          By Torch

          from Pottsville, Pa.

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

            When I plugged it in I tried it dry first to test the volume then when I stepped on the pedal I couldn't believe what I was hearing, Played "Walk of life" and the sound was unbelieveable, I am definitely satisfied, I don't normally give anything 5 stars but this deserves it.

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AWSOME product, sounds Great

            By Blue Lou

            from Chicaco, Il

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Solo's, Fills.....

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Discover Guitar Playing All Over Again

              By 0isez

              from Minneapolis, MN

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              Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I thought about giving this pedal just four stars, but then I remembered how it enhanced my many straight guitar songs. To me, the real joy of this pedal is not playing organ music like Green Onions, or Hold Your Head Up, or Whiter Shade of Pale. The real joy is playing stuff like When Man Loves a Woman or Let It Be or My Woman From Tokyo or Blue Collar Man. The B9 really fills in the spaces between the stripped guitar sound. Play around with it, learn what to dial in to what song. Infinite possibilities. Pure genius this little pedal.

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              5.0

              Works for free.....

              By Rand

              from Monterey Bay

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                When I play solo, I use an ES-345 and use one stereo channel for the rhythm pickup and one for the B9. I use two amps and eq the B9 so that the bass is dominant, the guitar amp is neutral...I get asked "where's that B3 sound coming from several times a night........ I keep it below the guitar in volume and it adds a nice extra to the mix. Especially nice on percussive passages and held notes/chords....

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                B-9 Rocks

                By Sundance106

                from Yorba Linda, CA

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Electro-Harmonix has outdone itself (again). Whether your playing at home or playing a gig, the sound quaulity of this pedal is AMAZING !!!

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