If like me your a guitar effects geek – you’ll love nothing better than an afternoon of guitar pedal tweaking generating some weird and wonderful tones sometimes producing something that sounds more synth like than guitar.

One tone that I’ve always loved is the “shimmer” sound employed by U2′s The Edge – he uses it an awful lot both in recordings and live (check out live recordings of “Still havent found what im looking for” as an example).

Whilst Edge uses a variety of hard to get equipment to generate his shimmer – U2 fans/guitarists often look for an “off the shelf” alternative – Line 6′s Verbzilla was always a good one to try – it’s octo-reverb can produce some great tones – but what if you want to try something else?

Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal

Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal

Well Electro Harmonix have a great solution – as demonstrated in this fantastic Youtube Vid linked to at the foot of this article

Using a channel splitter a POG2 and a delay they’ve created some fantastic string like tones which could be put to a multitude of uses.

The POG2

Electro-Harmonix have this to say about the POG2

Back in 2005, Electro-Harmonix unveiled the original POG, a polyphonic octave generator that enabled guitarists to conjure everything from the surreal jangle of an 18-string guitar, to rich, thick walls of symphonic sound.

The POG2 will take you even higher. Use the new attack control to fade in lush, smooth swells. Tune in the new second sub-octave to reach deeper than ever before. The 2-pole resonant low-pass filter now includes two additional Q modes. Slide in the newly enhanced detune to further refine your sound.

The POG2 delivers unrivaled tonal variations—and now you can save your favorite settings, and recall them with a click. The POG2 just plain sounds better, thanks to an enhanced algorithm that delivers a more focused and in-the-pocket harmonic performance. And all this is now packed into our rugged and pedalboard-friendly diecast chassis.

Here’s the fantastic vid – (be sure to check the others out in the EHX series).