EHX Holy Grail Max

The new EHX Holy Grail Max builds on their classic reverb design by adding plate and the reverse modes.

EHX Holy Grail Max

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This pedal is basically a beefed-up version of the original Holy Grail, carrying the same analog feel and sound while sporting some new features.

EHX did expand on the popular compact reverb pedal before, resulting in the Holy Grail Plus. It features expanded control and a room reverb mode that does not stray to far from the original design. This time, the new Holy Grail Max takes their reverb circuit to a more experimental path.

It starts out with classic Spring and Spatial Hall reverb modes, features that helped popularize the original Holy Grail pedal. It then adds a new Plate reverb mode to complement the first two modes, described as brighter than the hall reverb and allows for some interesting sonic textures.

Interestingly, EHX decided to replace the Flerb mode with a Reverse reverb effect on the Holy Grail Max. This allows adventurous players to create unique sounds and ambient textures that are unavailable from ordinary pedals.

The unit comes housed in a bigger form factor and features more control over the four different types of reverb effect. The Blend knob lets you set the wet/dry mix, while the Time knob lets you adjust the decay time when in Spring, Hall or Plate mode. In Reverse mode, the Time knob lets you set the reverse time. The third knob is a four-position rotary switch that lets pick the reverb mode.

Check out the new Holy Grail Max in action:

Like all their other pedals, this one comes with true bypass switching, a 9.6-Vold/DC200mA AC adapter and a rugged die-cast chassis. The Holy Grail Max has a list price of $214.12. Visit Electro-Harmonix for further details.

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