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New Electro-Harmonix Octavix Recreates Classic Octavia Fuzz

Published: Wed January 28, 2015  News Feed
Jimi Hendrix. Fuzz. Vintage. That's the vibe the new Electro-Harmonix Octavix fuzz pedal is going for. Octave-up fuzz pedal give the guitarist a great edge, especially when playing solos. Jimi famously used the Roger Meyer Octavia, a now legendary and highly-collectible pedal. Now, Electro-Harmonix is releasing a new version, which's also much more affordable...

Electro-Harmonix Octavix Octave Up Fuzz
the original Octavia (or Octavio as it is sometimes known) was a fuzz effect designed for Hendrix, by Roger Mayer, his sound technician at the time. It was used for guitar solos such as in Purple Haze. Since then, it's been quite a "connoisseur" fuzz effect, used mostly by Hendrix fans (such as Stevie Ray Vaughan) and for this reason, usually only limited, boutique versions were made - quite restricting its popularity with a wider audience of guitarists.

The new Electro-Harmonix Octavix is not only a more affordable alternative, but actually more versatile than the original Octavia, because you can roll off the octave effect, thus controlling how much of the octave up you hear - which means you can also use it as a vintage-style fuzz.

Octavix delivers the definitive late 1960’s fuzzed out, octave up sound together with modern enhancements that update the classic concept.

Housed in EHX’s rugged nano package, the Octavix features Volume, Boost and Octave knobs. Volume regulates the output level of the pedal. Boost controls the amount of fuzztone and Octave adjusts the volume of the octave above. A mini-toggle lets the player select between 9 or 24 volt power rails and determines the power supply voltage for the entire circuit. At 9V the pedals behaves like the classic, saggy fuzz box. At 24V the Octavix delivers a tighter sound and a richer octave tone. True bypass ensures maximum signal path integrity.

A period-evocative, psychedelic design and blue LED contribute to the pedal’s vintage vibe. Octavix runs on a 9 volt battery or accepts a standard EHX9.6DC power supply.


Other new fx pedals announced by Electro-harmonix, at NAMM 2015, include the Good Vibes Modulator (an Uni-Vibe style pedal), Holy Grail Neo, and a new version of a vintage classic, the Bad Stone Phase Shifter:

New Electro-Harmonix Pedals, coming soon...

We'll post more details as soon as Electro-Harmonix officially launch them, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Electro-Harmonix Octavix Octave Up Fuzz

The new Electro-Harmonix Octavix Octave Fuzz is a new take on the classic Octavia (or "Octavio") fuzz from the sixties, as used by Jimi Hendrix. This pedal is ideal for anyone looking for a gritty vintage-style fuzz, and also allows you to roll off the octave effect, giving you a classic fuzz sound in the style of old the Maestro…

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