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    I was watching a Tim Pierce video yesterday in which he talks about how he really likes his Boss Super Octave OC-3 pedal. Uses it to work out bass lines for tunes he is writing, among other things. (around 8:33)


    I thought that sounded a little interesting. I'd like to have a way to get some vaguely bass-like tones to mess around with.

    Does anybody here like the OC-3? How about the Electro-Harmonix POG or nanoPOG? Anybody have another octave pedal they really like?

    I'm mostly interested in generating tones an octave or two below my guitar lines. Simple and easy-to-use is a big plus.

    Any recommendations?

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    Have an old OC-3. Does not track well. Have a POG. Tracks better. Still sounds like an octave pedal rather than a bass. Sorry to be negative.. wanted it to work and didn't. Ended up with a Kala U-Bass that sounds better than the pedal.

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    No worries, Spook. That kind of straight-up info is extremely valuable to me.

    I was first thinking of a MIM jazz bass or something. Then I thought...hmmm, maybe just-a-guitar-player like me might take more easily to a short scale bass, like a Hofner Beatle Bass or the Kala U-Bass.

    Then I saw Tim's video and thought I could scratch this itch for $100 bucks. But I have a feeling you're right. Excellent to know you're liking your U-Bass. They look like a lot of fun!

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    I got rid of my OC-3. I use a 3Leaf Octavbre now and like it much better.

    I also got a short-scale MIM Mustang bass for when I want to play a real bass.

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    I have both the POG and the POG2. I don't think you'll find a unit that tracks better. They will even accurately track chords.


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    No personal experience, but Gilad Hekselman does neat things with the OC-3:


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    I like the OC3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morroben
    ...I also got a short-scale MIM Mustang bass for when I want to play a real bass.
    Me too!

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    I am useing a Pitch Fork. It will do a very good one octave down or up. But if you go to Two octaves it starts to sound synth'y and at three octaves it really sounds like a synth. So with this pedal I can get a sound like a Hammond if I run it in both Low and High octaves together and adjust the mix to blend in some clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeezebox
    No personal experience, but Gilad Hekselman does neat things with the OC-3
    I know Gilad has a whole lot going on to get that tone--a great guitar, other processing, a world-class touch--but man oh man that split bass-treble stuff sounds heavenly!

    Thanks, Squeezebox!

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    I have an OC-2 that tracks very, very well. The POG tracks ok but it's noticeably worse than the OC-2.

    Oddly, the best tracking octave pedal I've ever used is a Danelectro chili dog. the build quality was terrible, but wow did it track super well.

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    I enjoy playing the bass, so having a bass guitar would be my first choice. I have two and like my Ibanez SDR505 best. Planing on selling my Fender Jazz bass (American made).

    That said, I have a tc electronic Subnup pedal, an octave pedal. I never knew tracking was an issue so I guess it tracks really well. I like the sound of the Q tron (an envelope filter pedal) with the octave pedal, which is one of the Jerry Garcia signature sounds.

    There's more to consider than I was aware of...

    Last edited by fep; 07-15-2020 at 08:26 PM.

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    I use a Boss Harmonist pedal for octave effects. Mine is the older HR-2 model but here's the latest iteration...

    BOSS - PS-6 | Harmonist

    Last edited by Gitfiddler; 07-15-2020 at 02:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat
    I know Gilad has a whole lot going on to get that tone--a great guitar, other processing, a world-class touch--but man oh man that split bass-treble stuff sounds heavenly!

    Thanks, Squeezebox!
    I think one of the things that makes that sound good is that the octave down signal is sent to a bass amp.

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    The Boss OC3 is great if you are going to use it like Gilad, in poly mode, so you're fretting chords and bass notes/lines at the same time. I have some stuff recorded, which I could post, too. The ideal thing here is to split the direct and effected outs into different amps and maybe put a bit of compression on the bass signal to stabilize it a tad.

    If you just want a straight ahead octave pedal to play separate bass parts there are probably better and cheaper options. Or just get a bass guitar.

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    Yeah, thanks for the insights, BigDaddy and Peter, and everybody!

    I agree that the way Gilad has it rigged is part of what makes his sound so expansive and deep. I have two amps: a Carr Mercury and a 15" Polytone, which is not bad as a bedroom bass amp. So maybe I'll give that a try. Compression on the bass path. (Thanks, Peter.)

    Beats watching Netflix during another Cali lockdown.

    And I think eventually I'll get a short-scale bass. I used to have a Carvin LB70, but maybe next time it will be that Hofner or a Mustang. The Gibson LP Jr Tribute DC also sounds interesting -- and affordable.

    This guy gives a nice demo of 7 short-scale basses, in case anyone else is ever interested.

    Last edited by Flat; 07-16-2020 at 01:23 AM.