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The Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal is the world's first compact pedal with true polyphonic octave effects! With Polyphonic Octave mode, drive mode with distortion, and the original OC-2 mode, this is th... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal is the world's first compact pedal with true polyphonic octave effects! With Polyphonic Octave mode, drive mode with distortion, and the original OC-2 mode, this is the most versatile octave stompbox ever.

Features
  • World's first compact pedal with true polyphonic octave effects
  • Separate inputs for both guitar and bass
  • Drive mode adds distortion to octave notes for a fatter, more aggressive tone
  • Includes the original OC-2 mode, capable of producing notes one and 2 octaves down
  • Poly Octave effect adjustable to play within a specific note range
  • Tracks clean on low notes
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BossOC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (3)
  • Responsive (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wow.

I orginally saw this pedal on the Dave Navarro guitar dvd. I had to get this pedal. I'm glad I did, this thing is sick. I use it on my Fender Super Champ...Read complete review

I orginally saw this pedal on the Dave Navarro guitar dvd. I had to get this pedal. I'm glad I did, this thing is sick. I use it on my Fender Super Champ tube amp, and when its on drive with the dirty channel, I'm ready to blow the windows out. Your guitar sounds out of this world when you use this. It's so worth the cost. Get it and you won't put it down.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good, but try it!!!!

I use this with my Tele through an AC-15 and a TNT-130 simultaneously using the Direct/Mono outputs on Poly Mode. I started to use this setup when I realised that the...Read complete review

I use this with my Tele through an AC-15 and a TNT-130 simultaneously using the Direct/Mono outputs on Poly Mode. I started to use this setup when I realised that the lower octave was bound to destroy my lovely AC-15's speaker.

I play in a trio and with this we actually don't need a bass player. The OC-3 is the bass player.
One thing you realize when you isolate the actual effect (using only mono out on poly mode wich is the "wet" output) is that the pedal's interpretation of the notes is not at all spot on and the sound itself is sort of useless unless you mix it with the direct out. It doesn't really detune, but it seems to reinforce the octave with some sort of overtone, sounds like a fifth or third at times. This is ok, except when playing chords that do not include these overtones (which might make it sound a bit weird), although generally the OC-3 behaves decently even considering it's characteristic quirkiness - it is quirky.

The volume of the octave is not proportional across the scale, churning out massively powerful bass on a drop-D for instance while other notes may have lower volumes. I suppose this has a lot to do with your gear and how it reacts to the pedal so really, really try it before you get it.
I am actually thinking about getting an ABY to use before the OC-3 so that I can route the full signal to both amps instead of splitting it on the OC-3. It sounds much better when mixed with the direct out through a bass amp.

The thing about this pedal is that you have to learn to play it.
You'll soon realise that single notes are much clearer and more powerful than chords unless you "edit" the chords to make the pedal sing. You can do this by simplifying chords and by avoiding close proximity harmonization. Consider that if you go up an octave on any specific note the pedal will try to octave it, so you can use this in your favour.
It does sound much more digital than it's predecessor the OC-2 which has a much more natural sound to it but also less features... I like the drive although I hardly ever use it and the "classic" two octave configuration is... meh... worse than the OC-2.

So yeah, great little tool if you are willing to forgive it's shortcomings and learn to be it's friend. If you can, it will reward you with durability, good tone when you know how to get it and a massively punchy low end that turns a guitar into a bazooka.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

A very average octaver, at best

By Western PA stud amateur

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Built well

Cons

  • Digital sounding
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Useless options

Best Uses

  • Making noises

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

I had this pedal for a couple years, after my old DOD octaver finally passed on. It's a very average octaver, and it has functions that are poor enough to be useless. The drive is extremely synthetic, and you have minimal control over it. The polyharmonic function does not work well. Overall tracking is a little shoddy, and the sound of the octave is not natural with added overtones. While I had it, I just kept it on the OCT 2 setting, with the second octave down in the mix and the focus on a good mix of the dry tone and 1st octave. I have since replaced this with a Mooer Tender Octaver, which does one octave below and one octave up (fully mixable), much more natural sound, much better on the polyharmonics, and cheaper too.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good, but try it!!!!

By Onun

from Barcelona

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Construction
  • Construction Quality
  • Punchy
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not Responsive
  • Sounds Digital
  • Switch Interrupts Sound

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

I use this with my Tele through an AC-15 and a TNT-130 simultaneously using the Direct/Mono outputs on Poly Mode. I started to use this setup when I realised that the lower octave was bound to destroy my lovely AC-15's speaker.

I play in a trio and with this we actually don't need a bass player. The OC-3 is the bass player.
One thing you realize when you isolate the actual effect (using only mono out on poly mode wich is the "wet" output) is that the pedal's interpretation of the notes is not at all spot on and the sound itself is sort of useless unless you mix it with the direct out. It doesn't really detune, but it seems to reinforce the octave with some sort of overtone, sounds like a fifth or third at times. This is ok, except when playing chords that do not include these overtones (which might make it sound a bit weird), although generally the OC-3 behaves decently even considering it's characteristic quirkiness - it is quirky.

The volume of the octave is not proportional across the scale, churning out massively powerful bass on a drop-D for instance while other notes may have lower volumes. I suppose this has a lot to do with your gear and how it reacts to the pedal so really, really try it before you get it.
I am actually thinking about getting an ABY to use before the OC-3 so that I can route the full signal to both amps instead of splitting it on the OC-3. It sounds much better when mixed with the direct out through a bass amp.

The thing about this pedal is that you have to learn to play it.
You'll soon realise that single notes are much clearer and more powerful than chords unless you "edit" the chords to make the pedal sing. You can do this by simplifying chords and by avoiding close proximity harmonization. Consider that if you go up an octave on any specific note the pedal will try to octave it, so you can use this in your favour.
It does sound much more digital than it's predecessor the OC-2 which has a much more natural sound to it but also less features... I like the drive although I hardly ever use it and the "classic" two octave configuration is... meh... worse than the OC-2.

So yeah, great little tool if you are willing to forgive it's shortcomings and learn to be it's friend. If you can, it will reward you with durability, good tone when you know how to get it and a massively punchy low end that turns a guitar into a bazooka.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Making the ground QUAKE on Bass!!

By Szabo

from Washington, DC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Limited Selection Of Effects

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Performances

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

As a Bass player I was initially not convinced I would ever need an Octave pedal. Dear sweet Jeebus, I was so wrong.

Crank the DIRECT amount to 100%; Oct 1 to about 60%; and Oct 2 to 20% and FEEL THE GROUND SHAKE. I keep this pedal active for nearly my entire live set at this point.

CONS: It is rather limited, at least on Bass. The DRIVE function is pretty weak. The POLY function is really only for Guitar. Stick to the OCT 2 setting and ignore the rest.

Also, it's a pretty digital sounding effect all around. If you're looking for a more analog tone, keep shopping. If you're looking to sound like a TECHNO DEMON from DIGI-Hell, look no further.

(3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wow.

By Colin MacKenzie

from Dogeville Shibeston

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

such octave. many bass. very cool. shibe approved.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this thing!

By louis mosley

from san diego ,ca

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

Been wanted this pedal for quite a while now, I've been putting off buying one for a couple years. I actually just recently bought this pedal as a BDAY present to my self haha! I've been using the oc3 with a boss digital delay dd6, I've tweaked them both to get the weirdest sounds and tones, it awesome. I've done some weird recording with it and it sounds awesome, you can be very creative with this pedal. I would highly suggest buying it if you've been looking into it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"Awesome Pedal"

By David P. Makowski

from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Experimentation
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Practice
  • Professional Recording
  • Rehearsal

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

The Boss OC-3 Super Octave is a fantastic guitar pedal for creating unique/different/interesting lead tones. I personally like mine set Level 04:00, Oct Level 1 03:00, Oct Level 2 (dimed) full on, and mode set to Drive. This works with my Gibson Les Paul Standard to achieve that Led Zepplin/Jimmy Page "Fool in the Rain" solo tone. If you are looking for a different sound this is a good choice. The OC-3 is capable of so much more too. Boss pedals really are the best. I have been playing guitar for over 34 years and have been through tons of gear. Boss pedals sound great, are reliable, and are easy to replace especially if you travel as every music store carries them. Please remember this is just my opinion as sound is very subjective.

 
4.0

Boss OC-3. Good but not Super

By Jonny

from Chandler AZ

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Ease of Use
  • Overdrive Built In
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Tracking

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

This pedal isn't amazing. What it does it does well though. For bass I can get a nice fuzzy fat grind out of it, but the OC-2 function is next to worthless and so is the poly function. I will say that i bought it for bass specifically to use the drive function with a small amount of octave. It does this feature very well, but with alot of octive it gets muddy and the tracking gets poor quickly.

I compared it to the MXR Super octave deluxe and the boss was a better pedal all around, except for in the tracking dept. The tracking on the MXR SOD is better. I went with the boss though because i wanted a grindy distorted octave tone. Some say the tracking is better if you run through the guitar input but i just found that to be different sounding. Not better. Anyway its a good pedal and Boss always seems solid.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love it

By Terry Alexander

from Albany,Or.

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

This pedal is very cool. Love Boss pedals and this one is a keeper. I own a couple of different octave pedas. I have a MXR Bluebox and its fun too. But the Boss oc-3, I have a lot more control and more options. Works really good with loop stations. Makes it easy to drop a bass line with your guitar and then play right with it.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A good bass octave pedal as well

By Ethan Levine

from Winnetka, Ca.

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

This pedal is fun to have when you playing bass when you switch the mode to drive it will just blow your mine if you want that sick vintage '70s sound great pedal absolutely worth it

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

BE CAREFUL!

By Adam Scalici

from Virginia

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

This pedal is certainly a powerful sound tool. I use it on my bass guitar, and on it's own the OC-3 has given me some really cool sounds. My only problems with it is that when I go to play with my band, I rarely run into a real occasion where I can use it and have it still sit in the mix well without muddying everything up, and that the distortion setting is almost useless (cannot get a good sound out of it). I have done some noise rock experiments with some friends, and this pedal really helped in those situations. But in a normal "rock & roll," or even metal, if I use this pedal at all, it's only VERY subtly. If you're wanting to buy this to make your bass "fatter, rounder, etc.," I'd hold off on this purchase. Otherwise, it's a fun pedal that I continue to experiment with constantly.

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