The new Electro-Harmonix Octavix Octave Fuzz will give guitarists a true taste of vintage-style fuzz, as used by Jimi Hendrix in the sixties. The Octavix is inspired by the legendary Octavia pedal designed for hendrix by his sound technician, Roger Meyer. The new Electro-Harmonix pedal, however, is much more affordable - and versatile!
Octave up pedals, inspired by the original Octavia (also known as "Octavio"), are usually rare and expensive. For no particular reason, other than it being very much a "connoisseur" effect not very popular, so only "boutique" brands make - very expensive - copies.
Here's a clip of Hendrix using the original Octavia on the guitar solo, about 1min20secs in:
But as good as the original Octavia pedal was, it wasn't very versatile. This new Octavix efefct pedal take its cue from the classic Roger Mayer effect, but updates and upgrades the concept, by incorporating some very nice new features.
The first demo, to be honest, doesn't do the effect justice, but gives a very good idea about the versatility of the pedal, which allows the player to roll off the octave effect:
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.
Like any vintage fuzz (such as a Tone Bender or Fuzztone) the fuzz effect of this Octavix is raw, gritty and demands a player who knows what they're doing - it's not as "usable" as a Big Muff - or who want their guitar to sound dirty & mean!
MORE NEW EHX PEDALS COMING SOON...
Also showcased at NAMM 2015, three other new Electro-Harmonix effects pedals will be officially announced soon.
We don't have all the details yet, but as with the Octavix, it looks like EHX is going for a more traditional, retro vibe!
The Bad Stone Phase Shifter is an update on the old Bad Stone phaser, basically a Small Stone with more features. The new version will be housed, however, on the usual compact-size of Electro-Harmonix's newer pedals.
The Holy Grail Neo is another compact pedal, that simply replaces the Flerb effect of the traditional Holy Grail and replaces it with a Plate reverb.
Finally, the Good Vibes Modulator is another version of the classic Uni-Vibe effect from the sixties. There are quite a few new "uni-vibey" pedals available at the moment, but the Electro-Harmonix version seems to have a good edge, in terms of size, price and versatility, as it has an expression pedal input which allows you to control either rate or intensity of the effect, selectable via a toggle switch.
By Ivan Silva