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How can I electrify/modify a harmonica so that I can connect it to effects pedals? Answered

I have a harmonica at home and am curious to find out what kind of crazy sounds I can come up with. Any suggestions on how I could modify my existing harmonica so that I could plug it in to some effects pedals? Thanks!!

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DELETED_GuardianFox (author)2009-07-30

Plain and simple you use a microphone, the same as if you were singing. You could try guitar FX pedals, but to be honest you'd be happier with a digital multi-FX box... specifically one designed for vocals.

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You could attach a transducer directly to the harmonica, but then you would loose any effects you would do with your hands. Just plug a mic into a re-amper or a mic pre, then run those through any effects you have. If you're starting from scratch there are, as GuardianFox said, 'digital multi-FX' boxes out there that have microphone inputs, so that makes it all the easier. Have fun.

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tiltmonkey (author)2009-07-30

A D.I.Y. job will be difficult if not impossible.
Harmonix will do it for you. http://electric-harmonica.com/.
Turboharp do an amped harmonica. http://www.turboharp.com/ELX/ELXIndex.asp.
Check out Adam Gussow on Youtube, he discusses his electric set up.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDKbqacmPyw.
Also check out Jason Ricci, he uses a lot of effects. Sounds like he's playing an electric guitar at times.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdUkGV7pGzg
Hope this helps.

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