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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.4

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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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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5.0

Boss super octave is the correct name.

By Philbo

from Ireland

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

    I use this with acoustic guitar fishman rare earth pickup into a Avalon preamp then into boss in poly mode with great results tracking and sound is great .

     
    5.0

    this is a red hot box

    By morkan,vladeslas

    from now Arlington,Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

      gig and recording hot sound perfect

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      A very average octaver, at best

      By Western PA Funk-o-meister

      from Pittsburgh PA

      About Me Experienced

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      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

      See all my reviews

      Verified Reviewer

      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 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      "Awesome Pedal"

      By Ove - "The Friendly Hippie"

      from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      About Me Experienced

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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.

       
      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.

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      BE CAREFUL!

      By Adam Scalici

      from Virginia

      See all my reviews

      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.

      (4 of 6 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.

      (9 of 10 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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