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Electro-Harmonix Guitar Effects
By Don Thompson
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff

What makes an item from our recent past a collectible? It helps if it clearly defines a moment in time like 8 tracks, mood rings, bell bottoms, GI Joes, pet rocks, AM radios, Ford Falcons and poodle skirts. For musicians, especially guitar players, nothing embodies the late '70s like Electro-Harmonix effects. Many companies like DOD and MXR already made the basics - distortion, wah-wah, chorus, phase shifter and EQ but Electro-Harmonix took the same products, gave them trippy, way-out names and made them affordable. Just plug a Big Muff between your guitar and your amp, and suddenly your guitar was making a big, crunchy sound. Pop in a Doctor Q between your bass and the amp and you were George Clinton. Wanna be Peter Frampton? Plug in the Golden Throat pedal.

If you traded your pedals away for drugs in the '80s, don't expect to get them back cheaply today. You can expect to pay at least $50 for most of the pedals and as much as $200 for some of the hard to find or popular issues like the Zipper, Small Clone, Vocoder and the Memory Man. If you are still going to rebuild your collection, make sure that the knobs are there and are original, and that they have all of the rubber feet.

Electro-Harmonix closed shop in the early '80s but is now back and online. They are not only making new effects but they also offer several reissues of the classics.

Partial List of E/H Effects
16 Second Digital Delay (You will pay big $$$ for this one!)
Bad Stone - Phase Shifter
Bassballs - Envelope Filter
Big Muff - Distortion (Earliest release has triangle shaped knobs.)
Big Muff / Crying Tone - Wah Wah
Black Finger - Bass Effect
Clone Theory - Chorus/Vibrato
Crying Tone - Wah
Deluxe Electric Mistress - Flanger/Filter Matrix
Doctor Q - Envelope Follower
EGO - Microphone Booster
Foot Controller - Digital Delay
Freedom Brothers - Portable Guitar Amp
Frequency Analyzer - Modulator
Full Double Tracking - Signal Doubler
Golden Throat - Mouth Tube
Graphic Fuzz
Hogs Foot - Bass Boost
Hot Tubes - Overdrive/Volume Boost
Instant Replay - Digital Recorder
Knock Out - Attack EQ
Little Big Muff - Distortion
LPB-1 Linear Power Booster - Pre-Amp
LPB-2 Linear Power Booster - Pre-Amp
Memory Man - Delay/Chorus
Micro Synth - Synth Triggered by Guitar Signal
Mike Matthew's Soul Kiss - Mouth Filter
Muff Fuzz
Octave Multiplexer
Poly Chorus - Combo of Chorus/Double Tracking/Mistress
Poly Phase - Phase Shifter
Poly Flange
Q-Tron - Filter
Rhythm 12 - Drum Machine
Rocket Attack - Equalizer
Silencer - Noise Reduction
Small Stone - Phase Shifter
Small Clone - Chorus
Soul Preacher - Compression/Sustain
Switch Blade - Switch Between 2 Units
Screaming Tree - Treble Booster
Zipper - Envelope Follower

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