Octave Pedals

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About Octave Pedals

Octave Pedals add a pitch-shifted signal on top of your normal signal; in an octave interval. Combining your guitar signal with an octave up imitates the sound of a twelve-string guitar; whereas combining your guitar signal with an octave down gives the impression of a bass playing in perfect time with you. You can also remove your dry signal so that you can create whacky high-pitched guitar solos or play a bass part when you don’t have a bass guitar.

Octave pedals are not just for electric guitar players though! Bass players have adopted them. Adding an octave down to a bass part gives it an incredible sub-bass fullness whereas an octave up during a riff or solo helps players cut through a mix. Octave pedals are especially popular - almost as a necessity - among two-piece rock bands where there is a single guitarist or bassist with a drummer. The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Royal Blood, and Death From Above 1979 all rely on octave pedals to fill out their sound.

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Why Should I Choose an Octave Pedal?

  • Guitar octave pedals fill out your sound
  • Mimic a twelve string guitar or a bass
  • Octave guitar pedals are great for bassists

Frequently Asked Questions about Octave Pedals

Question: What do octave pedals do?
They pitch shift your guitar signal up or down octaves. This can either replace your original signal or combine with it.
Question: What type of guitar player needs an octave pedal?
Guitar players - and bass players, for that matter - love octave pedals to fatten their tone. They can be used subtly, to add a natural richness, or artificially, to create whacky, slightly digital, tones.
Question: Where should octave pedals be placed?
Octave effect pedals should typically be placed before or after gain pedals. They sound slightly different depending on where in the chain they go so it’s just a matter of experimenting!