Is there a pedal made that can get close to the sound of a harmonica?

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  1. Curt

    Curt Member

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    Question.

    Is there a pedal made that will get close to the sound of a harmonica?
    I know, I know, but I'd buy one if it existed.
     
  2. kipknee

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    Interesting question. Wouldn't a wah pedal get you a harmonica-like tone? I'd think it would partly be the voicings you played on the guitar. I guess it depends on the kind of harmonica tone you're shooting for.
     
  3. Unburst

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    Wah-wah, neck pup, distortion and a slide will get you in the ball park.
     
  4. Sub-D

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    I don't know about a pedal, but HarryJ nails that sound on some clips he has posted here.
    Worth doing a search for or checking his site, it is
    uncanny! I am sure it is his fingers and ears that are getting the
    sound though, but try to check it out....definitely the best at that I have
    ever heard at that in a completely musical (not novelty) way.......
     
  5. slipbeer

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    I heard somebody get a amazingly blues harp like tone out of one of those old talk boxes (Heil?) made famous by Joe Walsh but I have no idea how they managed to pull it off.

    Me, I got a harp player.
     
  6. deluxemeat

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    fuzz+ if there was a way to manipulate wah and tremolo or vibrato, you could get those tones and w/ the right modulation replicate the nuance of the hand vibrato.
     
  7. GuitslingerTim

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    Try an Ebow--with some practice it make all kinds of sounds, including harmonica, flute, and horns.
     
  8. waxnsteel

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    Slide+wah combo sounds like it might get you there. Look up Robert Randolph - pedal steel player. Half the time it sounds like harp. While you're at it, just buy the Crossroads music festival DVD. Robert's all over it, and it has some great stuff on it.
     
  9. StompBoxBlues

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    EXACTLY...

    That was what I was going to say. Actually, just slide with the right amp can get you damned close too, but the wah (BUT...you have to learn to use it...not the whole travel all the time, and have to slide down, in conjunction with wah-ing) ought to really get you there.

    I have been revisiting my youth, listening lately to a helluva lot of Allman Brothers, and even on the old standard "Fillmore East" album...my gawd, there are times when I could swear it was a harmonica, but it was Duane.
     
  10. moodog

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    Just about any fulltone pedal...

    :jo
     
  11. Kelsey

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    There is a BB King DVD (Live by Request?) with Jeff Beck as a guest. I swear that Beck's Strat sounds like a blues harp at several points -- only better. :cool:
     
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    The Roland guitar synths pull it off nicely. I haven't gotten all of the eBow tricks down beyond strings, synthy sounds and the easiest- infinite sustain (not really a trick).
     
  13. drbob1

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    I was going to mention the guitar synth-GR1 with pickup runs about $250 or so, install on a strat style guitar (easy to mount on the pickguard, plus the trem works well for those little bends) and you're golden. Plus you can sound like a tuba, and a banjo, and an organ but not a guitar :)
     
  14. nashvillesteve

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    I wonder sometimes about running a guitar synth pickup into one of those hammond-emulation boxes made for keyboards instead of a GR-1 box... I bet it would sound pretty good, or is there more processing required than the pickup that is in the actual GR1 box?
     
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    God I hope not.
     
  16. Brett Valentine

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    Interesting project. . .

    Well, a good wah is a start, also an octave up pedal, probably more like a clean one, a smooth OD, neck pickup. From there, E Bow, slide, whatever you need to get that articulation, overblowing/flattened pitch thing.

    Brett
     
  17. Brooks

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    i had a gr-33 mounted on a fernandes (w/ a sustainer),
    great for B3 / moog / sax / harmonica.
     
  18. gez

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    In the back of my mind I recall my old flat mate playing some Dregs stuff where the guitarist occasionally sounded (uncannily) like a harp. No idea how he did it (slide was probably part of the deal).

    Hazy memory, might have dreamt it...
     
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