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Overview

  • Attack control
  • Two sub-octaves
  • 2-pole resonant low-pass filter
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Everything from the surreal jangle of an 18-string guitar, to rich, thick walls of symphonic sound.

The Electro-Harmonix POG2 effect pedal is a polyphonic octave generator that lets you conjure up everything from the surreal jangle of an 18-string guitar to rich, thick walls of symphonic sound. It features an Attack control that enables you to fade in lush, smooth swells. It also features a second sub-octave to reach deeper than ever before, a 2-pole resonant low-pass filter that includes two additional Q modes, and an enhanced detune to refine your sound even further. The POG 2lets you save your favorite settings and recall them with a single click. Its enhanced algorithm delivers a focused and in-the-pocket harmonic performance. All this is packed into the Electro-Harmonix POG2's rugged and pedalboard-friendly die-cast chassis.

Features

  • Attack control
  • Two sub-octaves
  • 2-pole resonant low-pass filter
  • Enhanced detune
  • Saves your favorite settings with a click
  • Enhanced algorithm
 
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Electro-HarmonixPOG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

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    (15)

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    (1)

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    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (3)
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      • Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    S. Carlton, St. Louis, Mo

    This pedal is great once you realize that all four octaves will be running through the effects part of the pedal all the time, and the direct signal will go through some or all...Read complete review

    This pedal is great once you realize that all four octaves will be running through the effects part of the pedal all the time, and the direct signal will go through some or all of the effects if you choose it to. It's also great if you are looking to fill out some harmonic space with organ and/or horn sounds. The organ sounds can get pretty authentic, and with the direct signal pushed up you can get a nice boost in volume for horn stabs or lines. This pedal can be as subtle or as over the top as you want it to be.
    The only reason I don't give this a ten, is because the preset button only cycles in one direction. So if you have a couple of presets you would like go between it is very impractical to do so in a live situation. So you just have to pick your spots in the song where you want this pedal to shine.
    The features all function great. The sliders have just the right amount of resistance. Setting presets is really easy. I just wish there were somehow three foot switches on here, so that you could go up or down through the presets.
    You couldn't ask for much more though when it comes to shaping your sound. The Q control is a nice feature when it comes to how much high end you want to hear in the upper octaves, and the ability to preserve your original guitar signal, or having it go through some or all the effects, is great for really dialing in your sound.
    Quality seems solid, but I have only had this pedal for about a month. I am only slightly concerned about the sliders over time on my pedal board. Since I use only my presets, I just push all the sliders up and out of the way to avoid any accidents while stomping around onstage. Also this pedal tracks the notes awsomely. So if you hear any weird out of tuneness in the octaves it is really just your guitar and possibly your intonation.
    While we all wish we could get stuff cheaper, it's just not going to happen in this case. Once you acquire this pedal though, you will be happy that you did. Also, this is an American Company. How rare is that?

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Reliability Issues: BROKE AT A JOB!!

    I got this pedal hoping that my cello would sound like an upright bass. On the plus side, it did sound pretty close at the rehearsal. Unfortunately it stopped working at a gig....Read complete review

    I got this pedal hoping that my cello would sound like an upright bass. On the plus side, it did sound pretty close at the rehearsal. Unfortunately it stopped working at a gig. OUCH!
    The client was not happy. I was not happy.
    I wish I had done more research before buying the POG2. Turns out Electro-Harmonix has reliability issues. Especially with their newer products.
    I don't mind spending money on useful equipment.
    But I can't afford for it to break at a job!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Reliability Issues: BROKE AT A JOB!!

    By Loopcat

    from San Antonio Tx.

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I got this pedal hoping that my cello would sound like an upright bass. On the plus side, it did sound pretty close at the rehearsal. Unfortunately it stopped working at a gig. OUCH!
    The client was not happy. I was not happy.
    I wish I had done more research before buying the POG2. Turns out Electro-Harmonix has reliability issues. Especially with their newer products.
    I don't mind spending money on useful equipment.
    But I can't afford for it to break at a job!

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    5.0

    Love this Pedal!@!

    By TonyBologna

    from Denver, CO

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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 POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal is useful in a variety of applications. The presets are what really make this pedal useful for me. From incredible octaves above and below your tone, this pedal delivers. From ambient swelling organ tones to blow-your-head-off octaves, this pedal has a large range of applications. The tracking is spot on. Love this pedal!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pricey, but flawless octave tracking

      By Hag

      from NE PA

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          Comments about Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I've probably bought a dozen octave pedals over the years, and this is the only one that has absolute flawless tracking. All the others will "warble" between an octave when two strings an octave apart are plucked. The POG2 is rock steady.

          I shied away from the POG2 for years because I had tried the micro POG, and it had tracking problems with the one octave down, and had a tinny sound, and I figured the POG2 would be the same. After going through a dozen pedals, I figured I'd try the POG2, figuring I'd be returning it. But it tracks perfectly, and the tone is very smooth.

          The bad news is that it's expensive, and I don't use *any* of the other features. But hey, it's the best octave pedal I've ever used.

          I play a standard six string, and have a special pickup that only grabs the to lowest strings - I funnel this through the pedal for a one octave down bass line.

          If you're looking for fancy options and all the other stuff this pedal does, can't help you - I don't use it. But if you're looking for the best 1 octave down pedal for a standard 6 string, this pedal's the best

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Icing

          By coltonius

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This isn't a pedal you just BUY. If you're looking at a POG2, you've got all the essentials (Compressor, Drives, Delays, etc...) and want to maximize your tonal capabilities.

            I bought this pedal primarily to generate organ sounds; instead, I fell in love with everything else it can do. My favorite presets include the cello, the viola, and the shimmer effect (all provided on the EHX website)- perfect for creating ambient swells and mellow runs.

            Bottom Line: This thing is on my board to stay.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            excellent product!

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal:

            use the pog2 in my pedal board. its a great piece to run through my loop pedal to get organ like sounds. debated between the pog2 and the hog for a while but in the end even though the hog can do more and is probably alittle better sounding and versatile its too expensive and takes up WAY TOO MUCH REAL ESTATE! the pog2 is a great buy!

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Pog2 cool toy

            By Greg123

            from Florida

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I bought it to make my guitar sound like a bass and also to sound like a 12 string. I goofed around with it quite a bit and didn't get a sound that was satisfactory to me. I then found help on the EH web site and tried the settings that they recomend with only slightly better results (very digital/fake sounding). However, I did find it very easy to get an amazing organ sound from this pedal. I ended up returning it.
            Several features to mess with.
            I've heard of the sliders breaking after much use. They seem ok to me if you are not hard on them.
            I bit on the pricey side.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            S. Carlton, St. Louis, Mo

            By Steve Carlton

            from St. Louis

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal is great once you realize that all four octaves will be running through the effects part of the pedal all the time, and the direct signal will go through some or all of the effects if you choose it to. It's also great if you are looking to fill out some harmonic space with organ and/or horn sounds. The organ sounds can get pretty authentic, and with the direct signal pushed up you can get a nice boost in volume for horn stabs or lines. This pedal can be as subtle or as over the top as you want it to be.
            The only reason I don't give this a ten, is because the preset button only cycles in one direction. So if you have a couple of presets you would like go between it is very impractical to do so in a live situation. So you just have to pick your spots in the song where you want this pedal to shine.
            The features all function great. The sliders have just the right amount of resistance. Setting presets is really easy. I just wish there were somehow three foot switches on here, so that you could go up or down through the presets.
            You couldn't ask for much more though when it comes to shaping your sound. The Q control is a nice feature when it comes to how much high end you want to hear in the upper octaves, and the ability to preserve your original guitar signal, or having it go through some or all the effects, is great for really dialing in your sound.
            Quality seems solid, but I have only had this pedal for about a month. I am only slightly concerned about the sliders over time on my pedal board. Since I use only my presets, I just push all the sliders up and out of the way to avoid any accidents while stomping around onstage. Also this pedal tracks the notes awsomely. So if you hear any weird out of tuneness in the octaves it is really just your guitar and possibly your intonation.
            While we all wish we could get stuff cheaper, it's just not going to happen in this case. Once you acquire this pedal though, you will be happy that you did. Also, this is an American Company. How rare is that?

            Comment on this review

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Need Octave? GET THIS NOW!

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I love the versitility of this pedal. From a simple added octave down to an organ and soooo much in between.

            I've got 40+ hours using this pedal and I'm still finding new sounds I can tweak out it.

            It sounds great when it's running, and it's invisible when it's off.

            I couldn't be happier with this purchase.
            A pleathera of sounds at your finger/foot tips!

            You can mix a combination of your direct signal, 2 octaves down, 1 octave down, 1 octave up, and two octaves up. As well, you can put your direct signal and/or the octave signals thru a combination of 3 different filters: attack, lo pass and detune. you can also add 3 different levels of Q to the lo pass filter, giving you a bit of envelope filter type of sound.

            You can store 8 different presets of your own design, this was one of the biggest selling points for me.

            The only disappointment I have with this pedal is that it's not stereo.
            It looks and feels well built; it's hard to judge quality until you see it last a few years, but it's quiet, sounds amazing, and looks great.
            This pedal is flat out expensive. I think it's worth it; but $300 for a single pedal is very hard to swallow.

            What adds to the value is the fact that you can recall 8 different stored settings... this is like having 8 different pedals in one, 9 when you cound the manual setting.

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Unexpected bliss

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Versatile, usable in many different musical situations, and you can spend hours entertaining yourself using this pedal. I particularly like the dry signal knob where you determine how wet your guitar signal will be. This pedal will provide a myriad of possibilities.
            Purchased this to experiment with and it is unbelievable. All sorts of sonic possibilities from high shimmering octaves, deep bass White Stripes sounding guitar tones, to a full on organ sound.
            I believe that it is true bypass and all analog. Definitely fat and warm sounding. Phenomenal sound quality.
            This is an expensive pedal but I think that it is worth the buy. An effect like this is serendipitous in that you do not naturally seek it out but stumble upon it like a lost treasure.

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            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Shim me

            By Scoobiess

            from australia

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal:

            the shimmer tone on this unit is amazing. I like to leave it on with just a hint of shimmer in the background. gives you that real U2 edge sort of feel. the organ sounds are fun but a bit of a novalety

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