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Transforms the tone of a guitar into that of a classic organ.

The C9 Organ Machine springboards off the revolutionary B9 to mine another rich vein of classic gold and provide players with nine more definitive organ and keyboard sounds. The C9 will transform your instrument into a convincing full body, electric organ or vintage electronic keyboard. For each preset chosen, it also provides precise control over important elements of that sound's sonic fingerprint like percussive click, modulation, attack/sustain, drawbar setting or high frequency content. Blend your dry signal to create beautiful layers. This pedal can also be used with keyboards.

FEATURES
9 presets that were finely tuned to emulate some of the most popular and classic organ and keyboard tones ever recorded
Provides control over percussive attack level, modulation speed, organ and dry volume
Rugged and easy to use
Use together with the B9 for dual keyboard possibilities (sold separately)
EHX 9.6DC-200 PSU included

They'll swear you're sitting down in front of a keyboard. Order today!

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Electro-HarmonixC9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (21)
  • Excellent sound quality (20)
  • Compact (18)
  • Responsive (18)
  • Versatile (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (19)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (13), Experienced (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Play it as you would an organ, with deliberation.

Ok, got the C9 pedal yesterday, and last night and played some songs with it, and tried all the different organ sounds.
First thing I had to remember is how to...Read complete review

Ok, got the C9 pedal yesterday, and last night and played some songs with it, and tried all the different organ sounds.
First thing I had to remember is how to play an organ correctly. Organs don't like chords with more than 3 notes, or they get muddy. 2 notes works the best.
You have to play the guitar slowly, deliberately, just as you play an organ.
Organs have a more limited range than guitar, so it sounds best when I play in the middle of the fingerboard. Up the neck and it gets shrill, over on the bass strings it has no highs.
After learning that, I was able to use it with many songs.
For blues songs it works great, solo and background.
It works great as a background in many songs, adds body.
I think I can use it in almost half my songs.
It would be nice if it had the synth string sounds used back in the 80s-90s.
This will really add body to my songs, backgrounds and solos.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Another brand new EHX pedal that just stops working!

I watched the youtube vid and was totally sold. I got the pedal and maybe I didn't spend enough time trying to get it to sound like the video (under an hour).....Read complete review

I watched the youtube vid and was totally sold. I got the pedal and maybe I didn't spend enough time trying to get it to sound like the video (under an hour).. it didn't sound anything like any of the presets I thought at the time. I watched the video again and got re excited now that I really need to use it live and what do I find? even though the pedal is still in absolutely MINT condition, wrapped up brand spanking new in it's box and put away in the drawer... it just stopped working all together! My guitar goes through it when the effect is off but when the red light comes on? NOTHING. And what's more than that is I also bought the green "Bass 3uff" used it twice and it too just stopped working! it's dead mint in it's box too and is totally useless to me now! when I bought the C9 I remembered the Big 3uff lesson but I still went for it. And I never opt for the special coverage but omg I swear it's a conspiracy in cahoots with the retail stores. Now, good luck trying to find the receipt that goes back about 10 months. Does anybody want my 2 mint condition EHX pedals in their respective boxes with all the paperwork? They look great and the videos really sell them, but there is no pride in quality control and my experience is, EHX cannot be trusted. Buyer beware.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works Good

By Leo Saggitarius

from Atlanta

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

    It works like it should, just like with a guitar synth you should play what's appropriate for an organ. A compressor is a good idea to keep levels more even. (at least for chords). I've used it live and you can use one amp for regular guitar and this pedal. Not as versatile as a guitar synth but a lot less trouble. I like it.

    (9 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Don't expect too much

    By spector5

    from hixson, TN

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    • Compact Design

    Cons

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      • Events

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I've played live for 43 years, and have owned 6 other E-H pedals. I bought this because of the mellotron setting. There are no settings in the manual, so you have to go on Youtube to get an inkling. I spoke with E-H twice, and they had no suggestions.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      a blessing for the only guitar player in a small cover band

      By JOSE LOAYZA

      from LIMA, PERU

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

        You are the guitar player in a band with no keyboard player, and sometimes you miss a little keyboard sound here and there in the songs, This is the tool you needed and you didn't know.

        Just one advice: think as a keyboard player: don't strum the strings, use your classical or fingerpicking technique to get the most satisfying sounds from this pedal.

        (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Had to send it back

        By Ethan

        from Norman, Oklahoma

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Playing my Strat through the C9, there was a scratching sound right at the beginning of the plucking of the string. It was something like the sound of a needle going sideways on an LP record. It didn't make any difference if the Click knob was all the way up or all the way off and it occurred on all settings. This makes the C9 not usable. I tried it through two amps and with the Strat tone controls all on and all off. No difference. Also, when playing multiple strings, some will die before others so I would recommend using a compressor with this if you get one that doesn't scratch. I returned the C9 for a refund.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Such a guilty pleasure...

            By J

            from Boston, MA

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This thing is the most fun toy ever! All those late 60's early 70's organ sounds! Yeah, I suppose the ideal user of this is the guitarist that wants to fake some of these specific keyboards but doesn't want to bother learning keyboard technique. But I also play a little keyboard and something about this has made me wanting to mess around with it. It's certainly more compact than a Roland getup and has a bunch of stuff I happen to like. I think even if you are just looking for novel guitar tones, to get the most from it you will want to adjust your technique a bit to optimize to each sound. Slides, for instance, won't sound like an authentic organ, but in some cases I find sliding has interesting results. Keep in mind they seem to have been perfectionists with respect to mimicking these instruments, in that they fake the vintage machine best when played within the pitch range of the original instruments. A boatload of fun this thing.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              So Much Fun !!!

              By Doc Montana

              from Hamilton, Montana

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Great Tracking
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Since the 60's I have always loved the sound of a Hammond organ with the rotating Leslie speakers. But, try to carry a Hammond around??? Now I can carry my Hammond around with ease !!! The sounds are great and very faithful to the organs being emulated. Nice big Hammond sound and I don't have to learn piano. In the bypass mode I notice no degradation of my guitar tone or articulation. The 'dry' output is a super feature, too. The main thing is its so much fun. I love it !!!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Performs Exactly As Described

                By Fender4Ever

                from Bradenton, FL

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  The C9 performs exactly as advertised. It's great getting organ sounds from a guitar for home recording. It's intuitively simple to use and integrated easily into my pedal board set-up.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  great for expanding your sound arsenal

                  By PEPELRH

                  from Lima, PERU

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • requires fine adjustments when changing sounds

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  i play in a cover band with no keyboardist, so this is great for playing keyboard intros and riffs into the songs. As long as you play with keyboard melodies and riffs in mind, and classical or finger picking techniques, it works fine. Sounds are great. it would be great if it had an expression pedal input.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Play it as you would an organ, with deliberation.

                  By Buffalo_BiL

                  from New Buffalo, MI

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    Ok, got the C9 pedal yesterday, and last night and played some songs with it, and tried all the different organ sounds.
                    First thing I had to remember is how to play an organ correctly. Organs don't like chords with more than 3 notes, or they get muddy. 2 notes works the best.
                    You have to play the guitar slowly, deliberately, just as you play an organ.
                    Organs have a more limited range than guitar, so it sounds best when I play in the middle of the fingerboard. Up the neck and it gets shrill, over on the bass strings it has no highs.
                    After learning that, I was able to use it with many songs.
                    For blues songs it works great, solo and background.
                    It works great as a background in many songs, adds body.
                    I think I can use it in almost half my songs.
                    It would be nice if it had the synth string sounds used back in the 80s-90s.
                    This will really add body to my songs, backgrounds and solos.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Nice gadget to have in performances and recordings.

                    By Gman

                    from Centreville, Md

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Good Selection Of Effects
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I use it to enhance some of the tracks that need a fill in to make a recording sound better.
                      Also like to use it for performances in certain situations.

                      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Product didn't work with my instrument

                      By Pickupvibe

                      from Honolulu, HI

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Good Product

                      Cons

                      • No Input Gain Control
                      • Not Responsive

                      Best Uses

                      • For Guitar Players
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I was excited about using this product, as the demos showed nice sounds and possibilities. I play a vibraphone with a pickup system. The pedal couldn't handle the peak amplitude and peaks from the vibes, thus it didn't work. The sound was distorted. An input gain control would have helped this, but again this pedal was not designed for the instrument I was using it with.
                      Great product, just not for my instrument.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Fun Pedal!

                      By cb

                      from Houston, Texas

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                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Good Selection Of Effects
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances

                        Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        I play thru a GR33 and the C9 is nice to have on the fly at the push of a button. I wouldn't use both synth and C9 together tho...too much of a good thing. You do need to have it at a hands reach and arm level to keep from stooping all night, but other than that, it a fun pedal to add to the arsenal of instrument sounds.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Fun - Interesting - But not for every song

                        By Tim

                        from Louisville, KY

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                        Pros

                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Good Selection Of Effects
                        • Great tones for organ
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          This pedal does what it set out to do, turn a guitar into an organ without the need of additional pickups. Just plug it into your amp and guitar and go. It is polyphonic so you can play chords just like on an organ. The sustain is very good and the vibrato is fun to play with and change up. That said, how many songs are you going to use this pedal for? I am having trouble justifying space on the pedal board for a pedal I may use 3 or 4 times. Is it fun? YES. Does it sound great? YES. Is it practical? Not sure. But if you are not a piano or keyboardist, this pedal can help out with arrangements of songs.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Smith

                          By Frank Albert

                          from B-3 Hammond

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                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Good Selection Of Effects
                          • Responsive
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Had to run it's own power suppy.

                          Best Uses

                          • Performances

                          Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          Nice sounding. Best to use bridge pickup only. Could not chain into my boards power supply, had to run its own. made high pitch tone continuously when chained to power supply. No biggie....its worth it.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          GREAT LITTLE ORGAN PEDAL

                          By Thump 54

                          from Chicago

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                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Good Selection Of Effects
                          • Responsive
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            I actually enjoy this pedal more than the B9. The overall organ tones in this are better for recording in my opinion. Out of all of these Electro-Harmonix pedals I use this pedal and the MEL 9 the most. I'd say those two were the best of all of these pedals. It seems to me that Electro-Harmonix could have taken the best two or three sounds from each of these pedals and made one really great pedal. All of these pedals have what I consider a few great sounds...the rest not so much. What is useable is killer however once you learn the nuances of using these pedals.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Pretty Amazing

                            By guitarplayer100

                            from Lockport, IL

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                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Excellent Sound Quality
                            • Good Selection Of Effects
                            • Responsive
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances

                              Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              Emulates that keyboard organ vibe rather well. Being able to mix the guitar and keyboard levels independently really puts this over the top. Nice planning in the development of this peddle.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              VERY COOL

                              By Jimi

                              from Florida

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                              Pros

                              • Excellent Sound Quality
                              • Good Selection Of Effects
                              • Responsive

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                Have a friend with the B9 and he liked a lot so I decided to get the C9 .. been using it in the studio and live for a few weeks .. love it

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great pedal sounds good

                                By Al guitar

                                from Pleasantville, Iowa

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                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Excellent Sound Quality
                                • Good Selection Of Effects
                                • Responsive
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                  Very easy to use. Sounds good. I play in two bands , it really adds the organs sounds are really good.

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  Another brand new EHX pedal that just stops working!

                                  By Twice Bitten

                                  from Tacoma Wa

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Breaks Easily

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                      I watched the youtube vid and was totally sold. I got the pedal and maybe I didn't spend enough time trying to get it to sound like the video (under an hour).. it didn't sound anything like any of the presets I thought at the time. I watched the video again and got re excited now that I really need to use it live and what do I find? even though the pedal is still in absolutely MINT condition, wrapped up brand spanking new in it's box and put away in the drawer... it just stopped working all together! My guitar goes through it when the effect is off but when the red light comes on? NOTHING. And what's more than that is I also bought the green "Bass 3uff" used it twice and it too just stopped working! it's dead mint in it's box too and is totally useless to me now! when I bought the C9 I remembered the Big 3uff lesson but I still went for it. And I never opt for the special coverage but omg I swear it's a conspiracy in cahoots with the retail stores. Now, good luck trying to find the receipt that goes back about 10 months. Does anybody want my 2 mint condition EHX pedals in their respective boxes with all the paperwork? They look great and the videos really sell them, but there is no pride in quality control and my experience is, EHX cannot be trusted. Buyer beware.

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Awesome addition to our band!

                                      By Abbajo

                                      from San Antonio Texas

                                      About Me Professional Musician

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact Design
                                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                                      • Good Selection Of Effects
                                      • Responsive
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Events
                                        • Home Studio
                                        • Performances
                                        • Professional Recording

                                        Comments about Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                        Overall amazing! We sound like we have a Hammond b3 in our 3 piece rock band...

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