When Little Walter (or Snoonky Pryor or Sonny Boy II) first plugged in a cheap taxi dispatcher’s microphone into a guitar amp and cupped it to his harp, he invented one of of the great sounds of modern music. Great as it sounds, cupping a mic to amplify harp limits your ability to shape your tone after it leaves your lips. To begin with there can be impedance matching issues between the mic and the amplifiers, which typically are designed to work best with inductive pickups, not microphones. As a result, harp players have typically used only a limited number of pedals and effects, usually some slapback echo and chorus.
Since the HarmonicasterTM uses what are essentially electric guitar electronics, it is compatible with any kind of effects device or pedal that will work with an electric guitar or bass, including loopers and drum pedals. It will also work with amp modelers. Want to play with a clean tone, or just use your amp’s overdrive? The Harmonicaster is happy with that. Want to experiment with a pedal board filled with gizmos? The Harmonicaster is happy with that too. Not only does the HarmonicasterTM give you a new ability to shape your tone, the possibilities are almost endless. You want to make your harmonica sound like Jimi, Jimmy or Jerry? That’s up to you to experiment, or maybe even better, find an entirely new sound and make it yours.
If you want to, and have an amp with two inputs, because of the Harmonicaster’sTM front grip, you can even cup a mic to the front of the Harmonicaster and play with two completely different tones at the same time.
Although it’s compatible with any effects device, we have started discussions with a respected harmonica pedal manufacturer about the possibility of making pedals specific for the Harmonicaster.