The JH-OC1 is a true rock 'n roll artifact like Jimi's original guitar pedal. His chipped, off-white, "cheese wedge" pedal with hand-stenciled lettering is enshrined at the Experience Music Project, S... Read More
The JH-OC1 is a true rock 'n roll artifact like Jimi's original guitar pedal. His chipped, off-white, "cheese wedge" pedal with hand-stenciled lettering is enshrined at the Experience Music Project, Seattle's hallowed rock-and-roll museum. Hendrix's octave dividers don't look like much, but these magic boxes produced the unforgettable fuzzed-out octave tones heard on the legendary Band of Gypsys: Live at the Fillmore East performance.
Recently a team of Dunlop engineers made a pilgrimage to Seattle to examine and document an original Octavio—the holy grail of octave tone. They measured and scoped with loving care. The result? The Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Octavio is an exact clone of the amazing "octave up" pedal that Jimi used to make rock history.
It's all here: every knob and jack, a DPDT on/off switch, and the exact same circuit layout faithfully copied from the original "breadboard," front-panel controls which let you dial in just the right amount of fuzz and adjust overall level. Own a little piece of Jimi—the Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Octavio.
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It's a great pedal and if you're looking for an octafuzz and you know what to do with one then it's perfect. The killer for me is that there is no way to run it off of an adapter it must always run on 9v battery. AND the battery drains as long as an instrument cable is plugged into the pedal so this pedal doesn't really work on a pedal board very well. I realize they wanted an exact replica of the schematics and circuit board that Hendrix had but that's one update that may have been worthwhile.
It took a little while for me to really get used to the sound and the pedal itself, but after a few minutes of tinkering, i was in love. it adds just the right amount of octave tone on high levels, and the Fuzz never gets muddy for me. For those who don't know what an octave pedal does, basically, it doubles the tone of your guitar, and makes the second tone an octave up. Like, for example, you played the open low E string on your guitar while your buddy played the 12th fret low E string on his guitar. The only thing i find to be inconvenient is the fact that there is no LED, so you can never be too sure if the pedal is on, killing your battery. to remedy this, turn the Level knob completely counter-clockwise until you feel and/or hear a click. A word of warning though: The octavio is not a polyphonic pedal, as many octave pedals are. strumming chords will result in a chaotic mess of notes. the only chords you can barely get out are power chords, but only on some notes. because of this, this pedal is strictly for picking solos and lead riffs, with the occasional short strum. nonetheless, however, this pedal can really add a great effect to any solo, and can make your style of play really stand out among other guitarists out there.
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