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Overview

  • 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
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Outrageous octaves with a single stomp!

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

The easiest way to go deep in polyphonic style. Order today.

 
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BossOC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 34 reviews)

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RAWK!

I purchased this pedal to run create the low end for my trio. I quickly realized that I could easily damage my guitar amp if I kept this thing going all the time. With...Read complete review

I purchased this pedal to run create the low end for my trio. I quickly realized that I could easily damage my guitar amp if I kept this thing going all the time. With a little experimentation I realized that if I run the Direct Out to my guitar amp and the Output to my bass rig, I have the ultimate weapon. I originally started as a bass player so I love that low end, but with it backed note for note with rockin' guitar it sounds sick.Try it!

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Pedal me back...

Well, I got this pedal thinking that I would be able to use it with my bass to cut through the mix when it was my 30 seconds to solo for the night. I...Read complete review

Well, I got this pedal thinking that I would be able to use it with my bass to cut through the mix when it was my 30 seconds to solo for the night. I thought it would create an octave above the pitch. The octave, for bass at least, was real muddy and sounded to be a bit out of tune. It created a little bit of a wave in the sound. Some of the notes, like the midrange notes, sounded alright. It is not very responsive for fast playing, but for a pulsing bass line that is very slow, it sounds great. Not really what I was expecting so I sent it back... but this might be what you are looking for.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"Awesome Pedal"

By David P. Makowski

from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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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.

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4.0

Boss OC-3. Good but not Super

By Jonny

from Chandler AZ

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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.

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(2 of 5 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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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fired my bass player...

By blayneak

from Hawaii

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

I used to run a quartet, but with the OC-3 we are down to a trio. I play heavy on the E and A strings so with the pedal I didn't need a bass man anymore. I run the RC-2 loop and the octave with a jazz piano and a cajon percussionist. Real fat sounds and a tight groove. That's just one way to run it.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

RAWK!

By pseudoboss

from Corvallis, OR

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

I purchased this pedal to run create the low end for my trio. I quickly realized that I could easily damage my guitar amp if I kept this thing going all the time. With a little experimentation I realized that if I run the Direct Out to my guitar amp and the Output to my bass rig, I have the ultimate weapon. I originally started as a bass player so I love that low end, but with it backed note for note with rockin' guitar it sounds sick.Try it!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's great!

By kenhymes

from Virginia

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

I don't know what the issue people are having with tone and tracking is, perhaps different guitars give different results. All I know is, my Reverend guitar sounded great on all settings. Of course, care in blending makes a huge difference. If you just push the effected sound way out front, it will sound more artificial, but if you want the original sound blended with an octave, this works wonderfully. Full triad chords are a teensy bit shaky, but power fifths are no problem. The distortion option seems unnecessary, as a decent amp will have that part covered. It's a hugely useful addition to a power trio, as the guitar can break into single notes or double stops without losing too much body. Love it myself, I think some problems might come from unrealistic expectations.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

CKY sound

By C-Shreddz

from Cali

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

i use this pedal while playing CKY because thats how they get their tone. This pedal does exactly what its meant to do, add a lower octave to every note played which can give a very cool sound if used correctly.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No Middle Ground !!

By Guitar4Blues

from Grover Beach, CA

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

Let me preface by saying that this is not a pedal for everyone. The OC-3 is not something that you can step on and leave on for the entire gig...just not designed for that. If you think about it, no pedal is. There is no "magic tone box".For me, the OC-3 is a dynamite addition to my pedal board and my performing rig. I particularly like the poly setting and the space that the octave lines create. You need to spend a little time WORKING with the pedal to learn the limits of each setting; the payoff will be a unique little "something" that adds extra texture to your sound.

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4.0

Very Good, But Not Amazing

By joco127

from Kansas

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

I upgraded from the OC-2 to this to add Howie Day-type bass lines to my loops. I thought the poly function would track better, which it does. However, since the poly function is designed to add bass notes while you play chords, even with the range set at max, the higher the bass note is, the lower volume it comes out (just going from a G to a D, there's a big drop-off). Your low E's will be booming and your C's will be just noticeable.Thing is, poly mode isn't even that great for playing chords, because the range either has to be too small to pick up all the notes in your song or it will pick up too many in a barre chord and try to play them all at once. That aside, the original OC-2 mode is there, which I've never been a fan of; the tracking always causes notes to jump in and out. I can't see the sub-octave being anything more than a toy unless you're really big into weird experimentation stuff. The drive function is fun and cool and offers a unique tone, but again, so unwieldy I think it would only lend itself to odd experimentation.It's a quality unit that's well-built, but I can't really recommend it for somebody who's trying to do anything like what I'm trying to do.

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4.0

Difficult Little Pedal To Describe

By Romo Goetzman

from Deep South

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

The OC-3 is a difficult little pedal to describe. It doesn't quite do what I wanted it to do and takes a little experimentation before it makes a sound that's quite natural (not digitized) sounding.In the wrong hands, this pedal can make horrible noises. The 2 octave down setting makes your guitar sound almost like an organ. The drive setting is inferior to putting a fuzz or distortion pedal in front of it. Use either and you forfeit the polyphonic feature. The thing goes haywire when you even let two notes ring simultaneously on either setting.Still, in the right configuration, it adds a lot to both my clean and dirty tones. There's really no way to describe it. It just adds a certain intangible SOMETHING. And in a world where everyone plays guitar, it's nice to think there's a way to find your own signature tone.Unless you're going for some radical sound, the OC-2 is best applied as a subtle note on a sound you sculpt with your main effects (for me they're reverb, tremolo, slap back echo, fuzz - in different combinations). Should be the fourth or fifth pedal you buy, not the first or second.

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