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Electro-Harmonix Epitome Multi-effects Pedal Reviews

4.5 stars based on 7 customer reviews
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  • from Hesperia California March 1, 2016Music Background:
    Retired Semi Pro


    This is my first purchase of anything by EHX, Being 67 I guess I missed the boat many years ago... I plan on buying at least 4 more pedals that they make as I imagine they will all be as professional sounding and easy to use... Fact is with some of these pedals it forces you to think beyond chords and fretting and picking. They actually make you listen to what they are doing to your sound. And THEN you get to jump in and control them to bring it back to you.... As a songwriter it has opened up so many avenues, once that just were in my head but now are coming out of my Fender Dual Showman and Fender 65 Twin Custom 15. You really just have to play this Epitome to understand. And as this was my first purchase from Sweetwater ever, I have to say they were excellent with the deal. The free shipping, no taxes, AND the extra year of warranty has sealed the deal with me to make them my go to store.

  • from Louisville, KY January 15, 2016Music Background:
    Lifetime musician

    New Era Effects Pedal

    As an old-timer, this pedal has opened up a whole new world of quality sound coming right out of the amplifier. This is more than a pedal - it is an audio engineering miracle. I will always sound like a pro with this pedal - very amazed by this tool! I was also glad to get a 3-month payment window from Sweetwater - this is a no loser deal!

  • from Tacoma WA May 16, 2015Music Background:
    Studio musician, Producer

    Exactly what I wanted

    Not only do you get the three effects but with the shimmer control it changes the order of the effects. Soft clickless switches stereo in and out.....this thing can be subtle or a crazy out of control monster! I love it!!! and as always Sweetwater's customer service and selection keep me coming back

  • from california April 8, 2013Music Background:
    Long time gigging guitarist.

    Makes the list of the "Gotta Haves"

    Fantastic unit, takes the place of at least 6 separate pedals. Not all that difficult to learn to use, and it does so many things, it's not just 3 in one!
    All sounds are usable due to the ability to tweak and combine.

  • from Sao Paulo, SP November 14, 2013Music Background:
    Musician, Producer, Recording Engineer

    Great Pedal

    This is a great pedal, the effects are awesome, but the controls are very sensitive, I mean, if you move a knob just a liiiiitle bit, the sound may change drastically.

  • from Hawaii July 9, 2013Music Background:
    Worship, Rock, Blues

    Sweet Pedal

    This pedal is great for me. I replaced four pedals. Space on the board is critical. The tone is very good. Using the reverb with amps that need it is great. The reverb is very big and I find myself trimming more than adding. The POG is great for pad sounds or a Lesile if Trem is added. The Chorus/Flange combo is very cool for clean effects. EH had scored with this one.

  • from Tennessee, USA March 29, 2013Music Background:
    Weekend Gigmeister

    Careful with the axe, Eugene!

    After watching the excellent EHX product video several times over, I just had to have this pedal: The three indivudal effects of the Epitome can be used separately, but also interact to create out-of this world soundscapes.
    Used individually, the built-in Holy Grail Plus reverb section of the Epitome is now replacing my old Holy Grail pedal, but also adds more control options: The old pedal only has an intensity "Reverb" control, which isnow labeled "Amount" on the new pedal. The additional "Blend" control works as advertised, but a new push button "Shimmer" has been added on the Epitome. And does it ever shimmer! More later on this one.
    Next in line is the Electric Mistress section (Flanger and Chorus). I thought they were just icing on the cake, since I mostly play Blues and Americana -we don't wear Spandex and compared to me, Eddie VH is a youngster anyway and I already gave a 'Hendrix' style swooshy pedal on my board. But behold, the Epitome Chorus and Flanger sections do come in handy occasionally. In this respect, the Epitome was able to teach an old dog some new tricks, mainly because of the incredible range and excellent sound qualities of these effects.
    The third section is the micro-POG and honestly this was the main reason for me to shell out the money for the Epitome: The dry signal from the guitar, plus the Octave down and Octave up can be adjusted (mixed) in many useful ways: a few tunes I love to play actually call for a 12-string guitar and now I can approximate that sound on stage. For recording, you are well advised to at least rent a Rickenbacker 360-12. Even the smart Epitome can't beat the real thing, but it is polyphonic and the tracking is excellent. That's it? No way!
    Mix and match all the settings on these three built-in modules and you're not far from Pink Floyd, Frippertronics, or an 18 string guitar, or an (so-so) organ sound. Maybe I have to tweek the Eitome some more to get better sounding organ sounds from my Strat and Tele, but it's always been next to impossible to beat a Hammond anyway.
    The good, the bad and the ugly about the Epitome:
    It's a tone experimenter playground with a compact footprint, has excellent effects-shaping capabiliites and with the help of the "Shimmer: button you have several routing otions, the pedal replaces three larger pedals, but you cannot save any of the settings... Bummer. EXH includes a badly printed little manual and a few blank templates that you can mark with your own settings, but give me a break! This is the digital age and the omission of just a little memory would have made this ingenius pedal a true winner. No, it doesn't help that the manual is printed on red paper: The templates in the manual can't be photocopied well enough -red originals always come out dark-grey (remember high school?). Unless you have a technician on stage twiddling the Epitome knobs, you look like you're taking a big bow after each song (while you are really only adjusting the settings...)
    If you are crazy like me, you'll like the cool Epitome wedge panel graphics, start tweaking and put it on your pedal board. If you're into ready made factory presets you will ask for your money back!

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