Listen to the Weirdest and Most Wonderful Effects From the World’s Largest Electro-Harmonix Collection
JHS's Josh Scott visits fellow pedalhead Daniel Danger's "private Batcave lair of madness.”
JHS Pedals head honcho Josh Scott is no stranger to rare effects pedals. So when he says fellow collector Daniel Danger has a problem, we know it’s serious.
Indeed, Danger has literally dug through trash in order to amass what may be the largest collection of Electro-Harmonix pedals in the entire world.
Hunting high and low for the past 20 years, the stompbox connoisseur admits, “Electro-Harmonix is my heart and soul.”
Kindred spirits of the guitar pedal world, Scott and Danger first crossed paths during their collaboration with Eilon Paz, creator of the excellent Stompbox: 100 Pedals of the World’s Greatest Guitarists (opens in new tab) and Vintage & Rarities: 333 Cool, Crazy and Hard to Find Guitar Pedals.
Founded by electronics engineer and musician Mike Matthews in 1968, Electro-Harmonix’s first product was the LPB-1 Linear Power Booster (opens in new tab).
The following year, EHX released their iconic fuzz/distortion unit, the Big Muff Pi (opens in new tab) – a best-seller to this day.
Throughout the ‘70s and early ‘80s, Matthews’ experimental, open-minded approach to pedal building yielded a plethora of unique designs.
“Mike supported really weird visions,” says Danger. “And the result is some amazingly strange stuff.”
Today, EHX’s range (opens in new tab) numbers over 150 designs, including preamps, delay, reverb, gain/distortion, dynamics, filtering, wah wahs, loopers, modulation, pitch shifting, synthesis and more.
And while the firm’s current array of pedals comprises pedalboard staples, a good number of the more “exotic” stompboxes are also available – something Danger says has long been the case.
“The fun thing about Electro-Harmonix is that the tree never ends,” he explains. “There are variations and weirdness and things that shouldn’t exist. That’s all my favorite stuff.
“They’re the weirdest pedal line.”
During this epic show and tell, viewers are treated to a dazzling display of “noise Lego."
Rarities include the rackmount Guitar Synthesizer; the “Sabbath rock in a box” Deluxe Octave Multiplexer; a signature Mogwai promo Big Muff Pi; a prototype Sovtek Electric Mistress; and Danger’s desert island stompbox, the Reverb.
Browse through the Electro-Harmonix range here (opens in new tab).
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab), Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.