POG2 vs a piccolo or 8 string bass
I've been considering spending some of my tax return on a piccolo bass or an 8 string coursed bass for playing more solo or lead stuff. I'd considered a pedal but a lot of people had said that the pedals tend to clip when using the octave down or sound artificial when using the octave up.
However, someone recently told me about the POG2 and the videos make it seem like it's a lot better than the alternatives.
What do you guys think? Does the POG2 work well enough to replicated an 8 string bass (essentially the bass equivalent of a 12 string guitar)? Can you mix out the dry signal and just use the octave up for a piccolo bass effect without it sounding artificial? Are there any real downsides to using a pedal for these purposes? I'm not much for effects so I don't have very much experience with them.
POG2 vs a piccolo or 8 string bass
The POG2 makes an excellent 8-string,piccolo bass or even 12-string bass in a box. I owned one for a while and had my first 3 presets as the aforementioned. Since I've moved up to a EHX H.O.G. which can do all that and a whole lot more. Was considering an 8-string bass a couple years back but got the POG2 and never looked back.
They're two different things. They can produce similar sounds. Do you want another instrument or do you want a pedal that you can turn off and on with a tap of your foot? I'd bet an 8 string or a piccolo would sound much more natural and open the door for a whole new vocabulary. On the other hand, a POG will do a number of things that a single inst won't and it's easier to carry and switch.
I would get a piccolo setup bass but that's just because I want one too and I don't like EHX very much.:) Also I don't think a POG would sound anything like actual piccolo strings. It might reproduce the pitches but not the sound of a string. Too be clear I don't think the POG sounds bad I just don't think it would be a great substitute for actual strings. Plus every EHX pedal I have tried has felt like it was rendered of poor quality.
I spend a lot of time playing solo by myself, so I'm always looking for more ways to fill out the sound and make one instrument sound bigger, fuller, richer, etc. I have two six string basses right now that get a lot of love because of the extended low and high ends and the ability to play chords and melodies, but I saw a few videos on youtube that inspired me to look into piccolo and 8 string basses:
Garth Fielding 8 string bass solo: http://youtu.be/Q_nMSvIjugg
Diminished Second - The First Movement: http://youtu.be/H_h8L7eMfUI
Miguel Falcao - New Pictures: http://youtu.be/9LxcwOs3qj8
Andy Irvine - 12 string bass: http://youtu.be/xDKa_UG7sCk
Zander Zon - Linkin Park's Numb: http://youtu.be/li3JEcaP4k8
MarloweDK - Dorian Jam: http://youtu.be/ImmE1nGclaU
Jeff Schmidt - Apotheosis: http://youtu.be/TF4sJHBIYEo
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I play with just me and drummer so I've been thinking about trying piccolo just for something different. I also want a fretless pretty bad. Thinking about trying piccolo fretless.
The POG would probably be great for filling up some space I just don't think it would be quite the same as a different set off strings/instrument. It would probable sound really cool on a piccolo or an 8 string.
I just bought a Micro POG and I play in a blues acoustic Duet with a guitar player... I needed something to fill out the overall sound of the "Band" when the guitarist goes into a lead... The POG worked great... I just use the dry signal with a 1 octave up added.... fills out real nicely... I set the dry to full on and the octave up at 12 noon.... Sounds like a guitar player following me as I walk.... JMHO
I would buy the Micro POG and experiment for a while. The worst case scenario is that you sell it used here and lose $50 on it. You will take a much bigger hit if you buy an 8 string bass and decide you don't like it.
The piccolo sounds like fun but the 8/12 string sound isn't something I would want to spend too much $ on. I don't see myself using it that much. I like the flexibility of effects and the ability to switch it up mid song.
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