1 Proteus 1 month ago Mike Matthews has to be the once and forever perpetual founding father and reigning patron saint of effects.Other manufacturers, arguably starting with sentimental favorite DeArmond, got there first - but Mike got there pretty early, created a few early iconic designs (not to mention types), and persevered through thick and thin for decades. Since 1968 - that's 52 YEARS - there has never not been an Electro-Harmonix. (Actually, I'm unclear about a few years between the mid-80s when manufacturing in NYC ceased, and the early 90s when the Russian ventures started. But since I'm pretty sure MM never stopped trying to get the train back on the rails, I'm pretending it's a continuous history - same as I do for Gretsch, which had a few technically fallow years till Fred's rebuilding efforts broke the surface.)And no one has blended a durable far-out hippie sensibility with moxie, sales hustle, business acumen, and never-say-die resilience and determination like that beloved white-haired, bearded, cigar-chompin', Russian-collaboratin', Chinese-suin' SOB. I know Mike doesn't design all - if any - of the pedals, and maybe never did. Doesn't matter: his attitude and spirit permeate, and have always permeated everything EHX does. There's "corporate culture," and then there's having the patriarch always at the helm, still crazy after all these years, one of the youngest old men in any business.His has to have been the restless imagination, the wacked-out vision, and the try-anything attitude you get, in some measure, in every product EHX makes. The pedals may not always be successful (a ridiculous number of them are), you may not even be a fan - but they're never generic, and you always get a couple grinny quirks few other builders have so reliably incorporated.And yet, always that duality: the far-out hippie wack coupled with the practical and pragmatic. Lots of companies make pedals that are only weird, and way too many make generics. EHX reliably comes through with pedals that marry both properties.I know Matthews is an amalgam of starry-eyed vision with the ceaselessly promotional energy of the snake-oil medicine-show huckster, all strung together with pure NYC grit. I kinda love him for that. And I'm grateful for the contributions he has made to the world of guitar-playing, to music, and to my own life through those domains. My auditory adventures would have been much less colorful without him, his products, and his influence on the industry. I know he seems immortal, but one day he'll take the psychedelic microbus to that Great Gig in the Sky, and I will mourn him. I'm thinking about EHX today because yesterday they introduced the Oceans 12 stereo dual do-all reverb, to ship in March (and, yes, I've pre-ordered). In trawling the EHX site (a sprawling, dense disaster zone), I also stumbled (or re-stumbled) onto the BASS9, which purports to emulate the tone and articulation of various bass instruments from P-bass to synth bass - from the strings of your guitar - just as well as the other 9 series pedals do keyboards.I might have ignored it but for a linked review from a bass player who wanted to hate it, and to find that it Just Wouldn't Do - and instead found it pretty much does do just what it says.So ... good ol' EHX.In looking around the site, I was daunted (as usual) by the plain ol' breadth and depth of the company's offerings. But nowhere could I find a summary: we make x many dirt pedals, x reverbs, etc. So I copied the entire product list to a spreadsheet and massaged it for long enough that I again asked myself if I don't have anything better to do with my life.But I did get some results. Because I'm pedal-centric, I'm not counting EHX's tubes, speakers, speaker cabs, amp heads, rack-mount effects (there are a few), or a few odd and sundry other odd sundries. Just pedals.As of today, there seems to be 153 pedals in the pedal line, including: • 3 power amps in pedal form • 9 dedicated delays (some combining modulation and/or looping, two do-all multis) • 5 dynamics pedals (compression & envelope) • 6 emulators (the "9" series) • 12 filters (including wahs) • 24 fuzz/distortion boxes (17 variations on the Big Muff!) • 5 loopers (and 2 extension foot controllers) • 19 modulators (phase, flange, chorus, vibe, rotating speaker, and multis) • 5 multi-fx combining 2-3 other pedals • 12 overdrives • 4 preamps • 7 reverbs (including a couple multi do-alls) • 2 ring mods • 22 synth pedals (including pitch/harmony, freeze/hold, vocoder, percussion, and a sitarisizer • 16 utility pedals (expression, switching, mixing, volume control, noise supression).I have no idea what the sales volume might be, either in units or dollars, but I have to think only Boss might be in competition for King of the Pedaleers.Can any other effect maker boast a longer history or a more expansive line-up?