A Look Back At The Best 2013 Releases From Electro-Harmonix!

Before we say goodbye to 2013, let’s check out some of the best releases from the guys over at Electro-Harmonix!


COMING SOON! Electro Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive

Electro-Harmonix announces the latest addition to its expanding range of overdrive and distortion pedals: the Soul Food. This transparent overdrive can fatten a guitarist’s tone in all the right places without compromising or changing it. 

The Soul Food’s unique design features boosted power rails for extra headroom and definition. Uses range from a clean boost all the way to heavy amp saturation—all achieved without adding coloration. This pedal was built for the tone conscious player who needs to cut through a mix without altering the voice of his or her instrument.

The control layout includes Volume, Treble and Drive knobs. Volume sets the overall output level of the pedal while Drive adjusts the saturation and gain. The Treble control seemingly pulls shimmering upper harmonics out of thin air without sounding shrill. With an internal switch, the player can choose to run the Soul Food in high-quality buffered or true bypass modes to help keep a healthy effect chain. The new Soul Food pedal is housed in a compact die-cast package, is shipped with a 9.6-Volt/DC200mA AC adapter and can be powered by a 9-volt battery.


Electro Harmonix OD Glove

With the new OD Glove, Electro-Harmonix expands its range of classic and modern overdrive, distortion and fuzz pedals. The MOSFET based OD Glove possesses a tone that feels and sounds as organic as a venerable EL34-powered British amplifier. It delivers a rich, overtone laden sound that never gets muddy, even with darker settings, plus high touch-sensitivity and an expanded harmonic range.

EHX Founder and President, Mike Matthews, says: “The OD Glove is unlike any of the overdrives we offer and great!”

Advanced features include a Tone Shift switch, selectable 9 or 18V internal voltage and True Bypass switching. Tone Shift controls the mid frequency emphasis of the tone circuit and allows precise tone sculpting. The internal voltage switch changes the pedal’s internal power supply voltage. Operation at 9V results in a tighter sound, and reduces the current draw. Operation at 18V results in a less compressed, more open tone. True bypass preserves signal integrity when the effect is not engaged.

The control layout also includes Volume, Tone and Gain knobs. Volume sets the output level of the pedal and, along with lower Gain settings, can be used to dial in a sweet clean boost. Gain controls the amount of distortion, taking the OD Glove from a natural, smooth overdrive to thick, saturated high-gain sounds. The Tone control helps tame the treble to tailor the tone.

The new OD Glove pedal is housed in a compact die-cast package, equipped with a 9-volt battery, can be powered by an optional standard 9.6-Volt/DC200mA AC adapter. 

Electro-Harmonix Hot Tubes OD

Originally released in 1978, the EHX Hot Tubes was designed to replicate the organic overdrive of a vintage tube amp. The reissue Hot Tubes is a faithful re-creation of the original design, but presented in a compact nano-sized chassis.

The unique CMOS overdrive circuit can deliver a fattened tone at lower gain settings or transform your amp into a dimed vintage model with high sensitivity and a musical feel—all without compromising or coloring the original tone.

EHX Founder and President, Mike Matthews, stated: “With the price of vintage Hot Tubes soaring, countless guitarists requested that we re-issue our 1970s CMOS pedal. We've done this using the exact same design and miniaturized it, too. And the guitarist-friendly price of the new Hot Tubes is only a fraction of the cost of a vintage unit, if you can find one!”

The control layout includes Volume, Tone and Overdrive knobs plus a Tone On/Off switch. Volume sets the overall output level of the pedal while Overdrive adjusts the gain. The Tone control can add extra warmth or sizzle. The player can also disengage the tone circuit for a beefier, more transparent sound. True bypass switching is featured to preserve your signal integrity while the pedal is not in use.

The new Hot Tubes pedal is housed in a compact die-cast package, equipped with a 9-volt battery, can be powered by an optional standard 9.6-Volt/DC200mA AC adapter.


Electro-Harmonix East River Drive Classic OD 

Expanding its range of overdrive, fuzz and distortion pedals that began with the iconic LPB-1 Linear Power Booster and Big Muff Pi, Electro-Harmonix now introduces its first pedal designed around a JRC4558 integrated circuit: the East River Drive. Those in the know about New York City and the NYC-based EHX will recognize that the pedal was named after the river which separates the boroughs of Manhattan and Queens and the eponymously named “Drive” that enables New Yorkers to motor along it.

As bold as New York City, the new East River Driver delivers classic symmetrical overdrive with a natural, transparent quality in a compact road-worthy package. The traditional control layout includes Volume, Tone and Drive knobs to make dialing-in the desired sound quick and easy. Volume sets the overall output level. Drive controls the amount of input gain. As the control is moved clockwise, the overdrive ranges from mild edge to classic distortion. Tone enables the player to tailor his sound regardless of his guitar and amp of choice.

The versatile East River Drive can be used effectively in front of a clean amp or to push an already overdriven amp. True bypass switching is featured to preserve signal path integrity. It comes equipped with a 9-volt battery and can be powered by an optional 9.6-Volt/DC200mA AC adapter.


Electro-Harmonix RTG Random Tone Generator 

The RTG (Random Tone Generator) is a faithful reissue of a rare EHX synthesizer first introduced in 1980. The palm-sized synth produces wild, randomly changing tones over a four-plus octave range. Creates sensational soundscapes, especially when used with other effects!

    Rate knob controls the speed at which the tones are generated

    Glide switch adds portamento or a glide between pitches

    I/O is super simple with just a ¼" output jack

    A footswitch turns the RTG on or off and an indicator LED alerts the user to its status

    Power is through a standard 9Volt power supply or 9Volt battery (included)


Electro-Harmonix HOG2 Harmonic Octave Generator

The award winning HOG (Harmonic Octave Generator) earned kudos from players and reviewers alike because of its ability to generate ten, totally polyphonic and glitch free voices ranging from two octaves below to four above the instrument’s pitch-all without the need for a special pickup or instrument mods of any kind.

Now EHX takes things to the next level with the HOG2 and HOG2 Foot Controller. In addition to all of the great features of the original HOG, it offers:

    Sophisticated new algorithms to improve the quality of the ten generated octaves and harmonics as well as the Freeze function

    Full MIDI control over all parameters and presets

    Master Volume for added control and convenience. Volume levels are saved as part of a preset

    Save and recall up to 100 preset programs with the optional foot controller (versus six with the original HOG)


Of course, it still features:

    Controllable harmonic intervals: -2 octaves, -1 octave, original note, +5th, +1 octave, +1 octave +5th, +2 octaves, +2 octaves +3rd, +3 octaves, + 4 octaves.

    7 Expression Modes

    Freeze expression mode holds a note or chord-play over it or slide to new notes like a keyboardist playing portamento

    Amplitude envelope lengthens a note’s attack for swells or increased decay speed.

    Dedicated resonant filtering with sweepable frequency control

    Separate lower and upper harmonic amplitude envelopes

    External expression pedal included

    Standard 9VDC 200mA power supply included



Electro-Harmonix HOG2 Foot Controller 

Instant Recall! With the HOG2’s myriad sounds, the HOG2 Foot Controller gives you easy access to up to 100 stored presets. Your entire show can be set up at the touch of a button. When recording you have access to complex sound transitions that can give your songs new depth and integrity.

Check out the demo below!


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