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« on: November 30, 2010, 05:47:26 PM »

As promised on my very poorly written post about my new guitar... My review of the pigtronix mothership synth.

I went to the guitar store to pick up my pigtronic echolution pedal that was ordered for me back in october. I figured while i was there i would check out both the Micro snyth from electro harmonix (I'm a huge EHX fan... most my pedals are EHX or Old Ibanez effects) and the Mothership guitar syth from pigtronix. once there, and Just looking at both pedals, the Mothership seems more "easy" to operate, while the micro synth seems very techincal... I this this has to do with the knobs verse sliders... I have used EHX pedals for a lot of the weird sounds in my "Homemade" guitar synth (more on that later) and thought that the EHX synth would be the right choice. I was wrong. First the EHX synth is noisy!! very noisy. and even bypassed... like most EHX... is is tone sucker. The sliders on the exh were hard to adjust... and most of the sounds it produced would only sound good in the middle of a space jam.
The pigtronix on the other had... very little noise... the knobs are very easy to adjust and the sounds are great.... not really much in the way of the "roland gr-20" organ and string stuff... but it sounds like my guitar is running a Moog, which is what i wanted. Needless to say... i bought the pigtronix synth on the spot.  it mixes well with the other pedals in that chain which include in this order: Pigtronix mothership>Ehx Flanger hoax>pigtronix echolution> boss Giga delay. so this isnt really an in depth review... just food for thought i guess. I'll have some sound demos up soon and pictures and a review of the pigtronix echolution.
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2010, 08:38:18 PM »

Yep I saw some YouTube demos. Very cool.
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2010, 11:03:10 PM »

I've had one for about 8 months now and I have to say it is a nice option to have in your arsenal of wacky, but useable, sounds.  I will say this about it.  An expression pedal is a must.  I use an RV-5 with it and it works great.  You are right dbb it does sound like your guitar running thru a moog.  You can dial in Page's (Winter's) keytar on Frankenstien for sure.  I love the sub octave myself.  Pisses my bass player off!!! 
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2010, 03:11:11 PM »

I've had one for about 8 months now and I have to say it is a nice option to have in your arsenal of wacky, but useable, sounds.  I will say this about it.  An expression pedal is a must.  I use an RV-5 with it and it works great.  You are right dbb it does sound like your guitar running thru a moog.  You can dial in Page's (Winter's) keytar on Frankenstien for sure.  I love the sub octave myself.  Pisses my bass player off!!!  

you are right about the expression pedal... It really opens up a whole new side of the pedal... it is fun to use the pedal without it... but i don't think that you really start to tap into all the features that make it so great, and   and as for the moog sounds... my keyboard player was ready to walk out last night at practice, really these pigtronix pedals are amazing. I have to say they complement my current pedals very nicely, they arent like a lot of boutique pedals that wont mix in well with pedals that arent of the same company. never thought i could love a brand of pedals as much as EHX... but pigtronix is kicking the EHX stuff out of my rig. The echolution (review pending haha) replaced my deluxe memory boy and my #1 echo pedal. so right now the only three EHX products in my rig are my russian big muff, my flanger hoax (another great pedal), and my micro Qtron. I have a feeling the qtron is the next to go though...
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2010, 01:37:22 PM »

It loves keyboards
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2011, 08:11:34 PM »

Funny you mentioned that... I picked up an old Fender rhodes piano at an estate sale a few weeks ago and have been running an A/B  switch to use the pedalboard with the rhodes and my guitar. love the mothership with heavy delay from the echolution with the rhodes... very moog sounding...
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2011, 12:41:32 PM »

Sounds like a sweet pedal (just watched some youtube clips) but geez is it pricey at $479!
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2014, 03:31:10 PM »

Hate to bump a real oldie, but I have the option to pick one of these up for $250, would be fun to have one in the arsenal. I had a Whammy and really enjoyed it. Should I?
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2019, 10:48:22 AM »

Hate to bump a real oldie, but I have the option to pick one of these up for $250, would be fun to have one in the arsenal. I had a Whammy and really enjoyed it. Should I?

 Of course not. Your supposed to practice everyday, and come up with something more interesting to do in the time you had planned on making whacky noises. If you need to be on acid to really enjoy it, it just plain sucks man. What does the song need your taking your time up to play. Play the fucking song but do so respectfully. 

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