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  • octave fuzz suggestions

    i think i need one of these to go with my fuzz faces. im looking for octave up, i already have a boss oc2 that does my octave down stuff and i love the synthy quality it has. trying to put together a list of things to try.

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    Re: octave fuzz suggestions

    I've always been happy with my Voodoo Lab Proctavia. I use it so seldomly that it works for me. I'm a little interested in the Fulltone Octafuzz. Also the Earthquaker Tentacle looks like an interesting way to add the transformer octave up to any Fuzz.

    Here's a good comparison I found from TGWIF:
    https://forum.seymourduncan.com/show...=1#post2951305
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      Re: octave fuzz suggestions

      ah nice! thats a great starting place, thanks. i had a proctavia years ago but didnt get along with it, mostly cause i didnt know how to use old school fuzz effects. the fulltone is the one that i was planning on getting but figured id see what other options are available before jumping in

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      • #4
        Re: octave fuzz suggestions

        I haven't tried their octave fuzzes, but I'd definitely dive into Earthquaker - they know their stuff (my main fuzz is one of their Tone Reapers)


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        • #5
          Re: octave fuzz suggestions

          the tentacle is their octave up and they make a hoof reaper which has the hoof+tone reaper+tentacle. not sure i want the tentacle since id like it to be a fuzz as well as octave but the hoof reaper is on the list if i can find one to try

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          • #6
            Re: octave fuzz suggestions

            I like the Black Cat Super Fuzz. But, the octave is pretty subtle and it's not switchable. Still think it's a cool fuzz.

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            • #7
              Re: octave fuzz suggestions

              ive heard of those but never seen one in the wild. ill have to check it out, i dont need the switchable octave especially if its subtle. i have other fuzz pedals if i want straight fuzz

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                Re: octave fuzz suggestions

                I have a Homebrew Electronics UFO on my board. It's similar to a Fulltone Ultimate Octave, but it handles humbuckers better without get too tubby. Compared to the Octafuzz, the UFO has a ton more gain and it tracks far faster. I tried a few Octavia clones like the Proctavia and Octafuzz, but ended up going with the UFO due to the faster tracking. My only complaint is that it gets too thick and congested sounding if you try to play chords with the octave switched off. It should go without saying that chords are out of the question with the octave on.
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                And that's probably because most people with electric guitars seem more interested in their own performance rather than the effect on the listener ... in fact i don't think many people who own electric guitars even give a poop about the effect on a listener. Which is why many people play electric guitars but very very few of them are actually musicians.

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                • #9
                  Re: octave fuzz suggestions

                  how does it clean up when you roll the volume down? im used to fuzzface style fuzz pedals so this is a different beast

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                  • #10
                    Re: octave fuzz suggestions

                    The HomeBrew Electronics UFO is the way to go, if you can find one that is. HBE is no longer in business. Having the octave function switchable if critical for me. The Voodoo Lab and Fulltone octave fuzzes sound good, but the easy switching function is not there.

                    Playing chords? No problem. I use it for lots of Lenny Kravitz stuff and chords sound great. Try a compressor in front of it to smooth it out a little bit.
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                    • #11
                      Re: octave fuzz suggestions

                      a compressor doesnt mess it up? most of my fuzz pedals want to see the guitar and dont act right if there is anything before them.

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                      • #12
                        Re: octave fuzz suggestions

                        I've really liked the 'octava' portion of my Pigtronix disnortion pedal, and it looks like they do it as a stand-alone as well. Responds very well to playing dynamics, neck-bridge pickup changes and gets appropriately ring mod-y with any non-perfect intervals like you would want it to.

                        An interesting feature of the disnortion pedal is that you can run the 'octava' clean with no fuzz or od, not that it is the most usable sound on its own but it makes it easy to pair with any fuzz you want. Not sure if this true across the board, but my unit is a tad noisy.
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                          interesting, ill have to give that a look

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                          • #14
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                            Are the UFO and Ultimate Octave based on the Foxx Tone Machine rather than the Octavia? It would make sense that they are bigger fuzzes than the Octavia based ones. Many people roll the fuzz back on the Octavia to get more octave, then combine with an additional fuzz. The Foxx Tone style you can just rip with just the pedal.
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                            • #15
                              Re: octave fuzz suggestions

                              I have an EHX Octavix--very good for Gary Clark Jr/Hendrix-type tones. Relatively inexpensive, as well

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