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Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal

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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 letter...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

FEATURES
  • 1/4" input
  • 1/4" output
  • On/off switch
  • Level knob
  • Fuzz knob

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DunlopJH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

freak

definitive stoner rock and funky pedal
i have to be honest and say it took a little while to get used to this pedal. it is a very simple layout of just a...Read complete review

definitive stoner rock and funky pedal
i have to be honest and say it took a little while to get used to this pedal. it is a very simple layout of just a volume and fuzz control. i bought this thinking it would be used more for just a straight up fuzz tone but there really isn't a whole lot of fuzz for it to be a true fuzz...this is all about being an octave fuzz. depending on your settings, the sound is huge. the most bizarre thing about this pedal is it knocks out noise like you can't believe. i can have my amp cranked with this thing on, and the amp is dead silent....you hit the strings and bam, wicked volume. i still don't understand what is happening but i can have my 20 watt jet city on full volume, and it's tons of feedback and noise....hit the switch to this thing, and it cuts it all out..and the volume SIGNIFICANTLY increases from the amp. i still don't get it but all i know is, it sounds killer. not to mention, it looks cool as hell in its minimalist form. only drawback is it is a bit large, and it runs on a 9 volt, no ac adapter. if i can figure out how to bypass the battery power, this will be plugged in the pedal chain all the time. try it, you will dig it for sure!
built solid, simple and it looks great.
pretty pricey for such a simple design

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Am I missing something??

I am really disappointed with my recent purchase of this effect - unless of course I am overlooking something important. I am willing to admit that either (1) I haven't figured out the...Read complete review

I am really disappointed with my recent purchase of this effect - unless of course I am overlooking something important. I am willing to admit that either (1) I haven't figured out the various 'nuances' of using this effect yet, or (2) I may have purchased one that is broken. I don't know for sure, yet!! I will continue to try various combinations of other effects, guitars and amp settings but I cannot say I've achieved anything close to Hendrix' octave-overdrive sounds from the first album or two... It only seems to work in the area between the 12th and 16th frets (!!) and then, only in a subtle way. PLEASE, someone tell me what I'm missing here. For the money, it just didn't seem to be a good deal. Thanks!

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This thing. . .

By Strat Lover-3mUEM

from Mount Vernon

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Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

Cool stuff. However, for those of you expecting to hook this up to a clean solid state amp and sound like Jimi, you may be dissapointed. Hendrix would crank his Marshalls to a natural overdrive (think "Hey Joe" drive levels), run his Fuzz Face cranked ("Fire" or "Voodoo Chile" territory) then have this thing in front of the fuzz with the fuzz set low and the level high, to get as pronounced an octave as possible. Using this by itself isn't going to get you that "Purple Haze" solo tone.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

octavio is special

By Wurmzo

from KS

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      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      I see people commenting on this octavio pedal, but I can tell some of them dont know how to make this pedal work. Try this folks: toggle your pickup to the neck position and turn your treble or high tone pot off. Once your in the bass tone mode using the neck pickup, turn this baby on and cut. It will slice your brain!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      freak

      By eric stathis

      from upstate NY

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      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      definitive stoner rock and funky pedal
      i have to be honest and say it took a little while to get used to this pedal. it is a very simple layout of just a volume and fuzz control. i bought this thinking it would be used more for just a straight up fuzz tone but there really isn't a whole lot of fuzz for it to be a true fuzz...this is all about being an octave fuzz. depending on your settings, the sound is huge. the most bizarre thing about this pedal is it knocks out noise like you can't believe. i can have my amp cranked with this thing on, and the amp is dead silent....you hit the strings and bam, wicked volume. i still don't understand what is happening but i can have my 20 watt jet city on full volume, and it's tons of feedback and noise....hit the switch to this thing, and it cuts it all out..and the volume SIGNIFICANTLY increases from the amp. i still don't get it but all i know is, it sounds killer. not to mention, it looks cool as hell in its minimalist form. only drawback is it is a bit large, and it runs on a 9 volt, no ac adapter. if i can figure out how to bypass the battery power, this will be plugged in the pedal chain all the time. try it, you will dig it for sure!
      built solid, simple and it looks great.
      pretty pricey for such a simple design

      (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Exactly the Opposite of what I had expected.

      By Steve Walker

      from Metro Detroit, MI

      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      I am a Jimi Hendrix fan, absolutely LOVE tunes like "Who Knows", "Machine Gun", and all the Experience classics. I've found that I can better match the tone with my presets on my VoxAD30VT, along with the addition of my Dunlop Crybaby, and a simple fuzz analog pedal. I was expecting to plug in, hit the level on the Octavio, and take it on back to 1970. I was very wrong. Could have been my luck, as I've heard of other users complaining the device was faulty. I have yet to find an Octave up that will deliver. I am tempted to try the Fulltone Ultimate Octave. I read that some of the users include Billy Gibbons.
      This was intended to provide an octave up with fuzz, if so desired. The Octave Up was sub-par at best. I attempted several times to find that "band of gypsys" sound, and nothing doing.
      The thing is built like a tank. I would not knock it for sturdiness. The fact that there is no 9-volt DC-Direct, I think is a big "turn-off" for those of you who rely on a central power supply.
      I think for the price, and the fact that with my wah, fuzz, and vibe, (same setup as Hendrix on New Year's '70), I was not able to reproduce that same tone....complete waste of money. Actually, I was thinking to myself last night, that it sounded much better OFF! I could hear the effect up around the 10th to 15th fret, however the high tones would offer almost zero sustain, in contrast to what some have noted. The low tones almost seemed to have the complete opposite effect, at times, even sounded like a weak version of a "Big Muff". It was very inconsistent, I should add. Different days, different tones, (to a subtle extent).

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      HOOKED!!!

      By WolfgangConvert

      from Tennessee

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      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      Got one of these pedals as a Christmas gift. Here's the deal: I can't stop playing Hendrix riffs! I'm running a Peavey Wolfgang into a Marshall Vintage Modern combo. The magic tone comes when you switch on the neck pickup, ease off the volume and play around the 12th fret. It just sounds VINTAGE! It's an addictive effect!

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Vintage!!!!!!!

      By edgeofgreen222

      from New Brunswick Canada

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      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      This pedal screems vintage, it's very warm and really gives a hendrix tone. If cranked up it turns into a fuzz monster but retaines tone and dosen't cause hi pitched tones. The only worry I have for the pedal is the battery clip which is two prongs for a 9 volt battery but the clips atach to a peace of cardboard. Hopfully this will last.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Fuzz!

      By the king-vYAKs

      from Chicago

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      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      This is a good pedal.I've had it for a day now and I can barely stop playing. This pedal is very responsive to different settings, guitars, and amp settings, It sounds equally good with single coils and humbuckers. The thing to remember is the octave tone becomes more pronounced when playing past the 12th fret or when playing chords and double stops. The best setting I found is the fuzz rolled all the way down and level all the way up. It does not have as much sustain with the fuzz rolled all the way down and a clean amp, but an overdrive, compressor, or distortion pedal cures that.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Buy this pedal

      By Cody Newberger

      from Fredericksburg, Virginia

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      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      To start out I want to say that I have finally recieved this in the mail today and I have been using it for about four hours straight now. I have to say this pedal is awesome. It is definaly that sound Hendrix had for Band of Gypsys, same exact to the T. And I've even discovered that with the bypass switch on, you get that beautiful clean tone hendrix used on so many songs. Take it from me, I've been playing 8 years and was inspired soley by Jimi Hendrix so I am a fanatic and I say that this Pedal is definatly worth it. If you like to play real music like 60's and 70's Blues Rock and Roll this has to be your pedal. I play it with my Boss DD7 and it's even more amazing.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      How to use this pedal

      By Brain Maggot-yE4ij

      from Nashville

      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      The Octavio works best with a single coil pickup in the neck position. The effect only works primarily between the 9th and 17th frets. To make this pedal come alive, place it before an OD or Fuzz pedal with the level and fuzz halfway up. That's the sound you're looking for.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      purple haze all in your brain

      By Funkatronic Rex

      from Boston, MA

      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      The Dunlop Octavio is an absolutely fantastic piece of gear. I use mine with maple neck Fender Strats, a vox wah, a DOD overdrive/preamp reissue, run through a Fender Blues Deluxe. I had been looking for that screaming "octave up" sound in many other pedals, but I hadn't found it until I bought the Octavio. It's much better than other octave/fuzz pedals in that, while the octave effect is heard the most prominently when playing between the 10th and 17th frets, the effect doesn't dissappear when you stray from that zone (If you've ever owned the Voodoo Lab Proctavia, then you know what I'm talking about). However, there is a catch here: If you want the octave effect to be more prominent in the tone of the pedal, then you've gotta dial down some of the fuzz. With the fuzz on 0 and the octave on 10 you'll nail that "Purple Haze" solo, but if you turn the fuzz all the way up, the octave effect completley dissapears (even if its turned to 10). It works perfectly for me because I mostly use a clean sound, and the slight bit of overdrive this pedal provides with the fuzz on O is perfect for me. If you really want to make the Octavio scream, turn the fuzz to 0 and the octave to 10 and add color and girth with a fully cranked Tubescreamer Turbo DX.The Octavio is sturdily built, easy to use, and sounds fantastic. The only drawback that I can find is that this thing EATS batteries faster than any pedal I've ever owned, and there is no AC power. Other than that this is a fantastic pedal. Excellent for funk soloing a'la Eddie Hazel and Parliament, and a MUST HAVE for those still piecing together that Hendrix tone puzzle.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Hendrix Octavio Pedal...

      By sopop22

      from Minneapolis, MN

      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      The JH-OC1 pedal is a awesome fuzz pedal for all those who love vintage sound. This thing is built like a tank and has a really has everything you need, fuzz and volume!!! A true must have for anybody who loves the Band of Gypsys sound.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      the numb fuzz octave up sound your looking for

      By jimilover

      from south carolina

      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      when i first got this pedal, i got one that didnt work. so i finally got one that worked and this pedel is amazing. palm mute bending is amazing, so is the sustained vibratos. this produces that bassy vumb sound just as well with the octave up. If your a fan of Jimi this is a must have.

       
      4.0

      The real deal.

      By fuzzface79

      from watertown s.d.

      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      I play a Strat through a 70 Super Reverb, with a Crybaby and a Tubescreamer. The Octavio is a great pedal. It really does get those vintage octave tones that you hear from Jimi. It does take a few minutes to figure out the fuzz control, because if you turn it up to ten, the octave effect dissapears all together. but if you turn it to 0-2, the octave up is very prominent. Dont be alarmed if it farts out a little when you pick really lightly, the original ones did that to. The fuzz sounds alot like the Vox Tonebender Clapton used with Cream or Mayall, its bright and kinda buzzy, but not harsh. I would buy it again I if I had to.

       
      3.0

      Am I missing something??

      By The New Standard

      from Washington DC

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      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      I am really disappointed with my recent purchase of this effect - unless of course I am overlooking something important. I am willing to admit that either (1) I haven't figured out the various 'nuances' of using this effect yet, or (2) I may have purchased one that is broken. I don't know for sure, yet!! I will continue to try various combinations of other effects, guitars and amp settings but I cannot say I've achieved anything close to Hendrix' octave-overdrive sounds from the first album or two... It only seems to work in the area between the 12th and 16th frets (!!) and then, only in a subtle way. PLEASE, someone tell me what I'm missing here. For the money, it just didn't seem to be a good deal. Thanks!

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is pretty nice...

      By mando-band44

      from CT

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio Pedal:

      I got this a few days ago and am liking it. It takes a while to fiddle around with at first to get the right sound. I am playing a Strat into a Spider Line 6 Combo and it sounds really cool. The only thing is I can't really seem to get the octave "up" sound that Hendrix plays in the Purple Haze solo but I like the sound enough to keep it. But the weird thing is that it picks up radio frequencies which is odd because that is not a feature on my amp, sometimes I will hear radiomercials or some french lady talking. This may be because its analog but whatever it makes me laugh. All around its a cool pedal, you just have to mess with it to get it right.

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