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OC-3: Super Octave


The BOSS OC-3 Super Octave gives guitarists high-quality octave effects with a single stomp. Three modes are provided, including a new Polyphonic Octave mode, a Drive mode with distortion, and the original OC-2 mode. The versatile OC-3 also has separate inputs for both guitar and bass.

Worlds first compact pedal with true Polyphonic Octave effects
New 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 two octaves down
Poly Octave effect adjustable to play within a specific note range
Bass input for adapting octave sound to bass guitars

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Closest StoreWinnipeg (Wall St.), Manitoba
I bought this pedal for one reason only - to add some bass to portions of an all acoustic set (sometimes solo, sometimes as a duo). As such, my assessment of this unit is limited to its ability to fulfill that function. While it took some experimenting to get the unit to respond exactly the way I wanted it to, the results are "hey, where's the bass player?" stunning. You have to adjust your playing of course to isolate bass notes - which is a little easier if finger picking or flat picking. If you are simply strumming chords in standard tuning the effect can be muddy and not all that pleasant, so you have to be deliberate in your playing to realize the full effect. By dropping notes an octave (or two) this unit can effectively turn any guitar into a bass. Of course, an actual bass guitar is a much better choice if you are doing that to any length, but in small doses and to add an unexpected element to your acoustic instrument, its pretty cool. I can't really comment in a meaningful way on other features, but for my purposes it is ideal. A solid, well built, and straightforward unit.
Posted by Thomas on Feb 27, 2020
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Not the best choice for bass0 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreOshawa, Ontario
I got this pedal for my bass guitar because it was cheaper than the MXR pedal and seemed to have a wider rang of sounds. Plus it has inputs for guitar and bass. I can't speak for how this pedal is for playing guitar - but the sound is real muddy across the E string. I plan to return it and get the MXR bass octave pedal.
Posted by Alex R on Dec 8, 2018
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Closest StoreToronto (Long & McQuade Pro), Ontario
This is an octave pedal that does a great job doing octave pedal stuff. The fuzz is fine, I don't use it often, poly can be useful, but (and this is crucial) paired with a compressor, the OC2 mode absolutely smokes, and the tracking is impeccable. There are other 'better' octave pedals out there, but for under $200 I am not looking to replace this one any time any time soon.
Posted by Aiden on Sep 5, 2017
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Closest StoreBrampton, Ontario
Boss pedals are great for durability and price, and there are some cool features on this pedal, but the big one for me is tracking, and on both guitar and bass, I could not find a setting that tracked cleanly. I was a bit let down by this pedal.
Posted by Ryan Hancock on Jun 25, 2014
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Closest StorePort Coquitlam, British Columbia
there are better octave pedals out there
Posted by Martin on Jul 27, 2013
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Closest StoreFredericton, New Brunswick
This pedal gives me the "extra" I have been looking for.
Posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2013
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Closest StoreMississauga, Ontario
The super octave is an amazing little pedal; takes up very little space and like all other Boss pedals they're built to survive anything. Full metal construction and a ton of versatility in this pedal. This octave pedal has 3 modes - Drive, Oct 2, and poly. Drive is an octa-fuzz mode where you use the 1st knob for volume, 2nd for octave mix and 3rd for tone. If you dial back the 2nd knob to 0 you can actually get a really decent fuzz sound. In Oct 2 and poly modes consist of playing 1 octave down or 1 and 2 octaves down simultaneously. Amazing little monster.
Posted by Connor on Apr 26, 2013
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