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Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal   (Open Box)
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Product# J12047
OVERVIEW

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

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.

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 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (25)
  • Compact (22)
  • Excellent sound quality (22)
  • Responsive (20)
  • Versatile (17)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (27)
  • Home studio (16)
  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
  • Professional recording (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (21), Experienced (18)

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

Discover Guitar Playing All Over Again

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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.....

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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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    5.0

    B-9 Rocks

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    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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      4.0

      Probably best Jazz organ effect as of 2015.

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      from Toledo, OH

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      Pros

      • Chords Sound Great
      • Simple Controls

      Cons

      • Tracking Isn't Perfect
      • Upper Register Leads

      Best Uses

      • Guitar and Bass

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

      I used this on my classical guitar, 7 string electric guitar, and electric bass with good results. Didn't track well with keyboard, possibly too many notes or sustain issues.
      Upper register leads are too percussive, even with key click off.
      All in all, well worth the price though.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Wanted a hammond sound on a keyboard.

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      from pennsylvania

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

            I wanted my keyboard to mimic the hammond/leslie sound in our 60's themed rock band. The instructions said it will work with both guitar and keyboard. I tried it on the keyboard hoping to do John Lord like riffs and It just didn't happen. The pedal is isolated to work only on a small low end octaves of the keyboard. Not very happy.

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            (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Sorry I paid for this!

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            from Portland, Oregon

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            Pros

            • Compact Design

            Cons

            • Limited Selection Of Effects

            Best Uses

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

              Do yourself a favor and get the C9 instead. I feel like I've been scammed by EHX. Had I known that they were gonna release a better unit for the same price only a very short time later I would have saved my hard earned money. So benefit from my experience and get a C9 instead as it's a much more usable unit...Or even better just boycott EHX and their predatory practices entirely! I had been a loyal EHX user with a Deluxe Memory Man, Q=Tron, Small Stone, Soul Food etc... But the stunt they pulled with the B9 has lost them any future support from me...Way to go EHX!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Tons of fun

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              from Oconomowoc Wisconsin

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

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

                This is one of the most interesting effects I have purchased. It works well as both lead organ and background fill for your guitar playing. The possibilities are endless.
                This was by far the most I have spent for a pedal effect but it was well worth it.
                For those of you who think this may not be for you, I think this is designed with easy to use controls, I had it working well doing just what I wanted in just a few minutes.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Great idea but needs improving

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                from United Kingdom

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Great Idea

                Cons

                • Not Responsive
                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

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

                Potentially a very useful effect to enhance the overall sound of a band needing authentic keyboard tones based upon a variety of recognisable organ tones.
                The first two units I tried had major tracking issues, the third was better and was therefore purchased and added to my pedal board. Sadly, after only one month's ownership, the click control now refuses to alter the click sound at all and only works as a depth control for the modulation. It has also developed an annoying 'quacking' sound on triggering certain notes. An email to EHX asking for their help and advice was met by a rather abrupt and disinterested reply telling me to send it to an authorised service agent. Thanks EHX for your commitment!
                It appears to me that there are some real quality issues here and EHX won't own up to them, however the overall idea is great and some of the sounds are very authentic and useable.
                EHX need to admit that they have some quality issues with this pedal and rectify them quickly. Also a better communication with the end users (their lifeblood customers) wouldn't go amiss.
                Would recommend (with caution), but beware of the issues mentioned.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                B9 Organ Machine

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                from Montana

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use
                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

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

                    Two stars for a great idea, but that's about it!

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Hubby's Christmas present

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                    from SC

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Performances

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

                      I thought I had changed the name on the person this was to be addressed but I had not. My husband got it 2 weeks before Christmas and opened it. We shop here for many musical needs so his name was the default name. He has played guitar for years. He started using as soon as he got it. THERE ARE SOME AWESOME SOUNDS and he is still finding new sounds. We agree with many of the reviewers. You really need two amps to get the most out of this pedal. The company has been around for years and has a very good reputation with musicians around here.

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