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Electro-Harmonix XO Holystain


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  • Effect Type: Multi-Effects
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Item Weight885 g
Product Dimensions20.3 x 8.9 x 17.8 cm
Item model numberHoly Stain
  
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ASINB000YQ8UW0
Best Sellers Rank 14,904 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 Kg
Date First Available18 Mar 2010
  
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Multi-effect, Reverb, Pitch Shift and Tremolo can blend with the Stain's unique analog, gilded distortion. Plutonic, interaction of the controls, creates ultra novel effects, incl. Power Supply, incl. power supply 96 DC-200 BI

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wade on 1 Sep 2011
This is a great sounding re verb with the added bonus of a distortion and a tremolo and a pitch shifter check out the EH website for a great demo Vid has a place of honour in my pedal board But then i love EH pedals
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mad Saro on 24 Feb 2014
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- played through a 30 watt Orange valve amp - no reverb on amp - pedal's reverb sounds great, both settings. There is also a fuzz/distortion function - i don't plan on using it and it also seems to kick the volume up .... i'll stick to the amps dirty channel or my big muff for the added ooomph. Reverb sounds great
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A J Kay on 24 Jan 2014
I bought one of these purely because I wanted a decent reverb pedal, and have played with a guitarist who used the Holy Grail. The bonus is the other effects which, whilst aren't amazing in their own right, can be combined to create some really decent sounds. The reverb is a beast! The extreme of the reverb effect can be almost keyboard/synth like. I've had several really positive comments when I've used the reverb either live or in home recording. Comes with its own power supply too. Well worth the money.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Fowler on 23 July 2011
THIS PEDAL IS SUPERB.IT HAS A FREE MAINS ADAPTOR WITH IT-REVERB SUCKS POWER,SO NO BATTERY OPTION. IT IS BUILT LIKE A TANK.THE REVERB HAS ROOM OR HALL,AND LENGTH,MIX/AMMOUNT,TONE,COLOUR ! IT IS SUPERB,BETTER THAN THE BOSS RV5 BY FAR.IT IS MONO.IT ALSO HAS OVERDRIVE AND FUZZ.THESE SOUND SUPERB,BUT DONT HAVE LEVEL ADJUSTMENT SO ARE A BIT HEAVY FOR ME SO I BYPASS THEM VIA THE SECOND FOOTSWITCH.IT ALSO HAS TREMELO,PITCH SHIFT WHICH ARE PRETTY BASIC AND I WILL NEVER USE THEM,BUT THE REVERB IS SO GOOD ITS WORTH IT JUST FOR THAT.IF YOU ARE ABOUT TO BUY A BIG MUFF OR A HOLY GRAIL,I WOULD DEFIANTELY GET THIS INSTEAD AS THIS IS LIKE A MUFF AND A GRAIL WITH OTHER BONUSES ALL IN ONE BUT MUCH CHEAPER THAN 2 PEDALS..IT DOES NOT BUZZ EITHER,EVEN WITH THE DRIVE ON.10/10 AMAZON PRICE IS GOOD TOO.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
There are better options out there, makes a good Reverb pedal 22 Mar 2010
By Hunter Hadlock - Published on Amazon.com
I've had this for about a year. Since then I've bought separate pedals to replace each of it's functionalities. With this pedal you can only do Tremolo, Reverb, or Pitch Shift seperately, you can't stack them like a modern multi-effects (which is what EHX bills this as). There's no way to completely bypass the distorion+tone circuit and use say, the tremolo or reverb without having the tone shaped by the distortion. This pedal would almost be useful if it had a good distortion circuit. It IS an ANALOG distortion circuit, but without a gain control (yes, really, double check this before you buy it, since you have to use the distortion circuit to use the reverb/tremolo/pitch shift functionality, there is NO GAIN KNOB). You are stuck with the awful death metal "Dirt" and crunchy sounding "Drive". There is a mix knob, but the wet signal you're mixing into say, the reverb, has already been contaminated by the drive circuit's tone knob. The tone knob has a "clean" setting, but it's almost impossible to tune out.

That said, it has two really fantastic reverb settings, Hall and Room, which are fully adjustable. This is a pretty versatile reverb pedal, and if I'm not mistaken, the cheapest reverb EHX sells (as of this writing), if you can look past the distortion circuit's shortcomings. EHX makes great reverb pedals.

If you're just looking for a multi effects pedal, look elsewhere, you can buy this same functionality by buying economy pedals that do these functions separately for about the same price. This pedal does not get a lot of use from me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This pedal rewards experimentation 4 Dec 2012
By Antonio - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok, so I bought this pedal knowing what to expect, but I will admit that the description on EHX site might fool some customers. First of all, a lot of people think of this as primarily a reverb pedal. Maybe it's because of the name, which makes people think of the Holy Grail reverb. Although the reverb is great, there's much more to this pedal and I probably wouldn't buy it just for the reverb. Another misconception is about the "multi-effect" thing. This is technically true, because it has three dirt settings (more on that later) and four digital effects, but it doesn't work like, say, a Boss Gt10. What you get is dirt plus one digital effect on top. Or just dirt, if you get the Mix knob all the way counter-clockwise. Which brings me to the last confusing aspect of this box: the way the dirt knob is labeled. The "clean" is not really clean, it's kinda crunchy; the "drive" is pretty fuzzy; and the "fuzz" is all out insane! Since there's no gain knob, you have to use the volume on your guitar to clean up the sound. It works wonderfully when you get the hang of it, but it's far from intuitive. You never get a sparkly clean sound.
So, to get the most from this pedal and avoid disappointment, you have to think of it as a fuzz pedal with some DSP on top. It sounds awesome on the right settings, but it takes some trial and error. The best sounds appear when you combine the dirt with the DSP. I like the lowest setting on the pitch shift with the mix at 12 o'clock and some warm fuzz, for instance. The sooner you start thinking about this as a fuzz box, the sooner you fall in love with it, because the dirt circuit is really versatile, even withouth a gain knob. Just know that you can't use the digital effects independently and that you don't have a gain knob. If you can live with that, buy it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not just another pretty face... 2 Aug 2011
By indylite - Published on Amazon.com
Do you routinely use an old-school fuzz box? If you used to, you probably have two or three good reasons for not having one in your current setup.
If that's you, and you have an old single-stage amp that you'd love to use; doesn't have reverb, but nothing else sounds like it- this could really be for you. Ya like reverb? Yeah? Tell you what: pack your other setup, too. Get an A/B switch, maybe an expression pedal. (1/4"- will accept several popular ones) This could be really useful and cool.
Electro-Harmonix has been around since back-in-the-day, and they offer Holy Stain as their first foray into the multi-effects market. They chose a true-bypass platform. In theory, if you have it off, it will not change your signal.
I see that they put a great deal of thought into the design of this unit. The result is a responsive effects palette, and they have made some real effort to make it user-friendly.
Left Side- short version: You will find that the left-hand pot (Mix) is critical to setting up the reverb & tremolo to your taste. Subtle tailoring of attack and shape of any of the three analog signal models, too.
The Tremolo setting has the most understated of the reverbs. You don't have to have an audible Tremolo in order to use this to your advantage, which is brilliant. (Amount) controls Trem speed and reverb strength here.
The left side of the unit has four digital effects. room reverb, hall reverb, pitch-shift, and tremolo. Toggle through these via the footswitch on the left bank. (Mix) pot controls the saturation of the tremelo. The reverb signal attack is controlled by the Amount pot, so at it's maximum setting on either reverb, there is a slight delay in your signal. In a little box?! I don't remember hearing that anywhere else. On Pitch-Shift, the Amount pot controls the pitch, relative to the note you are playing, all-the-way-down being (minus a fourth), center is (your pitch), All-the-way is (plus one fifth) Mix, in this case, blends your original signal on the left with the effected signal on the right, which you can isolate. There is not a reverb option for this setting.
Right Side- short version: Best surf-sound-in-a- box I ever could have imagined. You could set it on Warm (Color) + Clean (Dirt), turn the Volume up, and leave it. It just paid for itself. Add a good compressor between it and the amp~ it sounds angelic. A tear! Take a bow, you guys!
Volume & Tone , Three general color palettes, and three analog signal models. To select these two parameters, each has a three-way rotary pot.
The Clean is my favorite of the three. I've had some luck using the unit as a reverb effect as described in the third paragraph. I might be asking too much of this unit putting a modulation effect before it in the signal chain. The Tremolo keeps surprising me, though.
The Drive seems to be a wonderful model. The Bright and Warm (Color) are just fine for me, the Tone is narrow in its trim band.
I would compare this purchase to - going into a funky bistro (in the cool part of town) ; it's not for everyone, but you're there, huh? You're ordering the sampler platter.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Endless Possibilities Once You Figure It Out 19 Mar 2012
By Dumb - Published on Amazon.com
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This pedal was frustrating to use at first, especially the distortion circuit. However, it's just a matter of learning how to tweak your settings; once you get the hang of it, it's amazing how much you can do with the Holy Stain.

Fuzz, Drive - Just make sure your guitar's volume knob isn't at 10. If you're playing on a single coil pickup, you can get away with about a 5 or a 6, maybe a 7; if you're on a humbucker pickup, keep it down to 1, maybe 2.

Reverb - Very versatile reverb pedal, and perhaps the most useful function on this thing. Since the reverb is so easy to use, I won't go into more detail beyond pointing out: two modes! Room and hall! Yay!

Pitch Shift - I've been able to do two things with the pitch shift, actually. Bear in mind that on pitch shift mode, the knob labeled "Amount" bends your note downward when you turn counter-clockwise, and bends your note upward when you turn clockwise.

Therefore, if you set the "amount" knob ever so slightly either left or right (not even 11 o'clock or 1 o'clock - I'm talking about 11:45, 12:15), you get a note that is very subtly bent off from your original note. Set the mix knob to 12 o'clock, and boom! You have a chorus effect!

Keep the mix at 12 o'clock, set the amount to 9 or 10 o'clock, and you get a sort of whammy effect. It sounds kind of weird on riffs or single notes, but works very well on chords.

Tremolo - Very simple and easy to use. Set the mix to 12 o'clock or less, and set the amount close to max.
Great for weirdos, learning to let go 16 Mar 2014
By Kevin Kyyro - Published on Amazon.com
So, my relationship with playing the guitar is a bit strange. I often find it boring and will go long periods of time in between sessions, so I don't have a lot of pedals and I don't have a pedalboard -- all my guitar gear goes in and out of a box in between sessions.

However, I have been playing more and acquiring more pedals lately and this pedal fits into my set nicely because it's extremely _convenient_. I actually already had reverb and fuzz pedals that I liked a lot, but the value I saw in this pedal is that I can set up fewer pedals and get a wider range of sounds more easily if I don't know ahead of time what sound I want.

An important factor in this is that I played with the pedal and liked all the sounds, so to me it's worth the money as a tremelo and pitch shifter alone (although I'd expect more control if it only did those things) and the convenience sealed the deal. (I am averse to a conventional multi-effects pedal, like a digitech rp-series, due to underwhelming experiences with them, though they are technically even more convenient in a sense.)

So I like that I can place this fella after my dedicated reverb to chop it up, or use it in place of both my dedicated reverb and fuzz, or make bizarre dissonant squelches with the pitch shift.

I would appreciate more controls, but I also appreciate that the holy stain taught me I don't always need more controls.
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