The Epitome of EHX Effects
EHX has been edging more and more into the multi-effect pedal territory with one of their newest additions being the Epitome. The Epitome is an appropriately named pedal as it features three of EHX’s flagship effects housed in one pedal. With this one seemingly innocent boutique-sized pedal you get the Micro Pog octave harmonizer, the Electric Mistress flanger/chorus, and the Holy Grail reverb, each with its own footswitch so you can mix and match effects on the fly.
The Micro Pog
The Micro Pog section offers three separate knobs to control the output level of the dry signal, the one octave up, and one octave down. You can use the Micro Pog to give your guitar a nice 12-string sound with the dry and octave up, turn everything down except for the octave down for a good bass effect, or blend all three for an organ-like sound. Being a Micro Pog owner myself I can vouch for the quality. The octaves aren’t kinda sorta close to the original tone. They’re spot on. And I do mean spot on. Even chords come through with minimal warbling from the clashing tones.
The Electric Mistress
The Electric Mistress section is armed with three knobs as well to control the rate, the flange texture, and the chorus texture. With this effect you can control how much of a given modulation effect is glazed over your signal to get as warbly and disconcerting a feeling or a subtle background coloration. I had reviewed a Neo Mistress some time back and since the only difference is that the chorus and flanger are wired into the same knob. Other than that I can again vouch for the quality of the effect.
The Holy Grail
One of EHX’s most revered pedals and one of the most praised reverb pedals, the Holy Grail is the third effect loaded into the Epitome. It’s known for it’s versatile and very realistic reverb that could soak your guitar with its signal drenching powers. You get three knobs to control the amount, the blend, a knob to switch between spring, hall, room, or flerb (flanging reverb) effects, and a shimmer switch and delay mode.
And that’s just an insight on these effects separately. The real magic of a pedal like this comes from the blending of each one together with some fancy pants tweaking to create whole new landscapes. In an instant you get a 12-string guitar with delay, or a swampy flanger that’s echoing from the far end of an auditorium. With a pedal like this the possibilities are only limited by how creative you can get.
Now Some Basic Math
So the Epitome costs $368.88. That’s roughly $122.96 per effect. I took the liberty to look into the price of these three effects as standalone pedals. The Stereo Electric Mistress costs a modest $123.60 while the Holy Grail Plus is $146.70 and the Micro Pog costs $212.70. Those three would total up to $483.
The Video Demo
Speaking of basic math nothing speaks louder than actual audio. Here’s a demo of the pedal in all its glory for you.