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The Electro-Harmonix Holy Stain is a multi-effect pedal that combines room and hall reverb with switchable fuzz and drive. Add pitch shifting, tremolo and tone control and you've got a wildly interact... Read More

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The Electro-Harmonix Holy Stain is a multi-effect pedal that combines room and hall reverb with switchable fuzz and drive. Add pitch shifting, tremolo and tone control and you've got a wildly interactive multi-effect pedal that will inspire any guitar player to make their mark.

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  • Controls: Mix, Amount, Volume, Tone, Color, Distortion.
  • Bypass and Mode Foot Switches.
  • 1/4" input and output
  • DC power input for battery replacement.
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4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

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Not Your Average Pedal

The Holy Stain is a real nice pedal when used tastefully. It's got room and hall reverb that can make you sound like your in a cavernous setting. It sounds really nice when the...Read complete review

The Holy Stain is a real nice pedal when used tastefully. It's got room and hall reverb that can make you sound like your in a cavernous setting. It sounds really nice when the amount of reverb is just right mixed with its two distortion settings and three tone colors. There's a fuzz, and drive that can be mixed w/ dark, bright, and warm. You have to be very careful when using the pitch shifter so that you don't over do it or come out sounding like you've never played the guitar before. It shifts the note up a third or down a fourth and anywhere in b/t. The tremolo is like any other and the rate can be adjusted as well as the depth. It's a drag you can only use an adapter but it comes w/ one so it kinda makes up for it. I recommend getting an expression pedal so you don't have to be turning knobs all the time. This is a great pedal once you learn how far it can go and the subtleties tied w/ in it. It's more for the experimentalist.

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Holy Pain

To start with, I am not a great guitarist, nor do I do any live playing so this review will be based on playing in the home. I recently got the Tone Tattoo...Read complete review

To start with, I am not a great guitarist, nor do I do any live playing so this review will be based on playing in the home. I recently got the Tone Tattoo and the Holy Stain. You can read my review about the Tone Tattoo (it is great!). The Holy Stain, however, was not so good. First, it is noisy. I knew that going in, but I didn't realize what noise was until I got this buzz factory. It is super quiet and clean on the reverbs, pitch shifter, and tremelo. Too quiet even. You have to turn the volume way up to get sound at the same volume your amp was before you engaged the pedal. But if you try to engage the Overdrive or Fuzz at this volume you will be cleaning the blood from your ears off of your equipment. There is no happy middle, it is either too quiet or too loud. And the Fuzz and Overdrive sound like you are trying to play with your amp submerged in mud. I was playing a Fender Telecaster and Mustang through an Ampeg GVT52-112 which has a nice clean channel. Until you add this pedal. My review may be a bit harsh, but I want to prevent hearing damage, frustration, and anger from as many people as I can. Electro Harmonix makes great stuff, just not this pedal.

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5.0

Great pedal! Try one you won't be disappionted!

By DON

from somewhere, OH

I've tried many pedal and love the idea of a multi effects pedal but so many of the sound artificial to me and I HATE having a huge pedal board full of effect you only use once in a while. The Holy Stain has just the right balance and sounds GREAT! Love the reverbs, fuzz and distortion the pitch shift was suprizingly good and although I normally don't like a tremolo effect I found it useful as well. The reverbs are just like the holy grail, the distortion is reminiscent of the Proco Rat and the fuzz is very authentic as well. I love that you can blend the wet and dry signal. I bought mine use at GC and it's great!

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2.0

Holy Pain

By Christopher Hughes

from Dallas, TX

To start with, I am not a great guitarist, nor do I do any live playing so this review will be based on playing in the home. I recently got the Tone Tattoo and the Holy Stain. You can read my review about the Tone Tattoo (it is great!). The Holy Stain, however, was not so good. First, it is noisy. I knew that going in, but I didn't realize what noise was until I got this buzz factory. It is super quiet and clean on the reverbs, pitch shifter, and tremelo. Too quiet even. You have to turn the volume way up to get sound at the same volume your amp was before you engaged the pedal. But if you try to engage the Overdrive or Fuzz at this volume you will be cleaning the blood from your ears off of your equipment. There is no happy middle, it is either too quiet or too loud. And the Fuzz and Overdrive sound like you are trying to play with your amp submerged in mud. I was playing a Fender Telecaster and Mustang through an Ampeg GVT52-112 which has a nice clean channel. Until you add this pedal. My review may be a bit harsh, but I want to prevent hearing damage, frustration, and anger from as many people as I can. Electro Harmonix makes great stuff, just not this pedal.

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(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

noisy

By keith higgins

from darien ,ny

this pedal ruins my mesa dual rec tone so i unplugged it thank god i only spent a 100 on this .very noisy even on clean tone . i think i'm goin to tc electronix nova

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3.0

Cool, but limited

By Andrew Purrott

from Albany, New York

This pedal is very cool. The reverb is some of the best in the business. I recently bought a Vox AC4 and wanted a reverb pedal. The Holy Stain has more than that! Analog distortion is great, but you can't switch between the two distortions with the footswitch. Also, you can't adjust the amount of gain. The tremolo and pitch functions are cool, but the reverb is not available when using either of those two functions. All in all a cool practice pedal with some great sounds, but not something I would intend to use live.

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(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Versatil

By Leidgam17

from Glen Burnie, Maryland

Un Pedal Muy Versatil, Lastima Que Los Cambios De Clean-Fuzz-Drive No Se Pueden Hacer Con Un Switch Como Lo Hacen En Los Efecto De Reverb-Shifter-Tremolo. Muy Bueno Si Es Recomendado, Eso Si, No Tiene Para Bateria PEro Viene Con Su Adaptador De Corriente.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome reverb!

By Helladude

from Saginaw, Michigan

This pedal is awesome on the reverb settings, way better sounding than the grail. The fuzz is ok. I dont use fuzz so im not the best critic. you really have to egnor the person you said not to buy it because when he turned it on and off that there was a difference in volume and couldent "hear the amp" he/she is obviously someone who does not know how to use gear. there are many ways around that problem and who knows, maybe it was faulty? Humans make these things, humans make mistakes. Anyhow, this pedal is great and amazing for the money!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fun Pedal

By southernman

from Poplarville, MS

I did not know this pedal even existed until I was buying a new amp. I bought the Egnater Rebel 20 and it has no reverb. No big deal, I'll buy a reverb unit. At least that's what I told myself. I tried several, including the Holy Grail(Regular and Nano)and the Stain. Well, I left with the Nano and two days later I returned it and swapped it for the Holy Stain. I'm glad I did. I have had a blast with this pedal. Take some time and the fuzz can sound great. The Tremolo sounds good and the reverbs are right on IMHO. The salesman said they were on sale because they are being discontinued. I don't know why, it's a great pedal. Like anything else, play it for yourself and you decide. But if this has some effects you are looking for, it's worth a look that's for sure. BTW, I usually am a Boss fan....Well now I'm a Boss and EH fan.

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5.0

Best multi-effects pedal I've ever bought

By Clint Corey

from Chicago, IL

This pedal was worth every cent. I use this as a reverb unit for recording as well as in my guitar set up. The tremelo on this thing is warm it sounds like the tremolo on a vintage tube amp. You can adjust it easily for a different tone as well. The pedal has a wide array of options and I'm really happy with it. I'm considering buying another one because the one down side to this pedal is that you can't really switch between the different effects within a song while having them adjusted properly, but other than that I use this pedal for just about anything you can imagine.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Holy Stain Was Appropriately Named

By G-Man

from MA

The Holy Stain is truly holy. I am usually not a fan of multi-effects pedals because there are too many options, but the Holy Stain has just enough. The two reverbs are amazing! The pedal lets you control the wet/dry signal and the length of the reverb. The pitch shifting is really cool, the only problem is that it doesn't sound too great in certain circumstances. The tremolo os great too! I love to experiment with it. The cool thing about this pedal it that it allows you to have the fuzz and drive on with any of the effects, but also by themselves. The Holy Stain is basically the Holy Grail, a pitch shifter, a tremolo pedal, a distortion, and a fuzz pedal all in one.

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(36 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not Your Average Pedal

By Luke Lament

from Chicago

The Holy Stain is a real nice pedal when used tastefully. It's got room and hall reverb that can make you sound like your in a cavernous setting. It sounds really nice when the amount of reverb is just right mixed with its two distortion settings and three tone colors. There's a fuzz, and drive that can be mixed w/ dark, bright, and warm. You have to be very careful when using the pitch shifter so that you don't over do it or come out sounding like you've never played the guitar before. It shifts the note up a third or down a fourth and anywhere in b/t. The tremolo is like any other and the rate can be adjusted as well as the depth. It's a drag you can only use an adapter but it comes w/ one so it kinda makes up for it. I recommend getting an expression pedal so you don't have to be turning knobs all the time. This is a great pedal once you learn how far it can go and the subtleties tied w/ in it. It's more for the experimentalist.

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