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MXR Slash Octave Fuzz

NHBluesMan

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i was excited when i saw the post title, but pretty disappointed with the video/sound. I like the tone on my Angry Fuzz alot better
 
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I was interested in the octave up sound but I didn't care for it in the clip. Even if I did I don't think I could bring myself to buy a pedal with slash logos all over it...
 

NHBluesMan

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i feel like the video would've been better if they actually used Slash in it... instead of some guy wearing a leather jacket, playing a Les Paul into a Marshall and trying (and failing) to sound like Slash
 

sahhas

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this:
"i feel like the video would've been better if they actually used Slash in it... instead of some guy wearing a leather jacket, playing a Les Paul into a Marshall and trying (and failing) to sound like Slash"

i thought the same thing!
i kept thinking, do they think i'm fooled?
funny.
pedal does seem interesting to me......
 

AXXA

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Well I very well may buy it. It looks like it has some excellent potential, as there are very few other octave pedals with this feature set available. Those demos sounded weak, the playing wasn't suited for this type of pedal whatsoever, IMO. Hopefully it will be pretty cheap since its MXR.

I am not a fan of Slash at all, or 'signature' gear either. And I don't keep up with Slash's gear, but I thought he just used an Octavia for octave stuff (which would be the blue box referred to).
 

wingwalker

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I was excited when I saw the ad on the back cover of the latest GW yesterday not because of Slash but because I'm a fuzz/octave junkie however the clip sucked out loud IMHO...

Dunlop/MXR has been on a roll for a while now but this is a fail IMHO.
 
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I was excited when I saw the ad on the back cover of the latest GW yesterday not because of Slash but because I'm a fuzz/octave junkie however the clip sucked out loud IMHO...

Dunlop/MXR has been on a roll for a while now but this is a fail IMHO.
They have been. The Classic OD, The 78 distortion and that Modified OD they released not too long ago were all fantastic. They really raised their game on those. This one doesn't sound good at all to me and seems way out of place being tied to Slash. I think a nice octavia type pedal would be a great add to the MXR line but this isn't it
 

skunx

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Well I very well may buy it. It looks like it has some excellent potential, as there are very few other octave pedals with this feature set available. Those demos sounded weak, the playing wasn't suited for this type of pedal whatsoever, IMO. Hopefully it will be pretty cheap since its MXR.

I am not a fan of Slash at all, or 'signature' gear either. And I don't keep up with Slash's gear, but I thought he just used an Octavia for octave stuff (which would be the blue box referred to).
Didn't know a blue box was an Octavia. Thought it had its own thing going on.
 

phazersonstun

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Didn't know a blue box was an Octavia. Thought it had its own thing going on.
You're right.

A Blue Box is an MXR 2 octave down fuzz.
An Octavia is a fuzz with one octave up overtones.
If I'm not mistaken, the original Tycobrahe Octavia had a blue paint job though
so it depends on if that poster meant a box that was blue, or a Blue Box.
:argue
 

skunx

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Slash has previously used an MXR Blue Box at least since RnR was released.
 

megaboogie

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Anybody tried one yet?
My GC had them in stock along with the new slash wah.
They were about to close so I didn't bother them.
 
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I bought one this afternoon, but haven't tried it yet. I'll play around with it over the weekend, and post an early report on Monday. I was mainly attracted to the feature set, which is somewhat unique. I thought the U-tube videos pretty much sucked, because the playing was all wrong for the typical use of an octave fuzz. I'll be looking for more classic tones. If I don't like it, I'll return it to GC and get a Fulltone Octafuzz II. But since this unit has both octave up and sub octave, I thought it was worth a try. Stay tuned.......
 
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OK, I've now spent some time with this pedal (MXR Slash Fuzz Octave), and can offer some review comments. Firstly, it takes some time to understand what the controls are doing, and how they interact. The pedal does several things, but it's not laid out in an intuitive manner. It basically provides 3 different effects, which can be used in various combinations. It can be simply a sub-octave effect, or a standard fuzz, or an octave-up fuzz. It can also combine these effects in various ways.

There are two footswitches, several knobs, and a small push switch. I didn't find the switching to be very logical, but it is what it is. The left footswitch simply turns the unit off and on. The right footswitch is dedicated to the octave-up fuzz, but it does nothing unless the left footswitch is on. So, the octave-up effect is always "added" to whatever you have going on the left side. The left side of the unit, has the sub-octave effect, and the "normal" fuzz circuit. The key to the left side is the push button switch, labeled "sub into fuzz". The label of this switch was confusing to me. Basically, this switch toggles between the "normal" fuzz being either on or off. The sub-octave effect is always on, whether the "normal" fuzz is on or not. However, there is a knob for the sub-octave level, which can be turned off if you don't want the sub-octave. This knob is useful, because you can adjust the level of the sub-octave with the "normal" fuzz. The sub-octave effect actually sounds pretty good, and tracks well. It reminds me of my Boss OC-2 pedal. The "normal" fuzz is also pretty good, and really nails the "ripped speaker" fuzz sound of the 60s. Think "Satisfaction". The "normal" fuzz is gets very loud, very quick, so you have to adjust the volume level to suit. One complaint here is the huge volume disparity when you use the "sub into fuzz" switch, going from sub-octave only, to fuzz plus sub-octave. You have to make a large adjustment to the level knob, because the fuzz is so loud. With sub-octave only, I found myself setting the level knob quite high to get a nice sound (3:00). But when you switch the normal fuzz on, you need to turn the level knob back down to well below half. Separate volume controls for each effect would have been better.

The other element of this unit is the octave-up fuzz, which is added with the right footswitch. Aside from the footswitch, there is only one knob that controls this effect, which is the octace-up fuzz level knob. You cannot use the octave-up without fuzz, and you cannot adjust the blend of the octave-up and it's conjoined fuzz. What you can do is blend the main fuzz lavel (which may or may not contain the sub-octave) with the octave-up fuzz. This is cool, because most octave-up fuzz pedals sort of lose bottom end, and can sound thin. Of course, if that's what you're after, you can turn the "normal" fuzz level down to zero, and just get the octave-up fuzz effect. But you also have the option of blending in the normal fuzz and sub-octave with the octave-up fuzz. This really thickens up the tone.

Overall, this unit has some great tones, once you figure out what controls what. The octave-up fuzz works as expected, sounding better on the neck pickup, tone rolled down on the guitar, and playing single notes above the 12th fret. It seems more "predictable" that some octave-up fuzz pedals, which is a good thing. The "normal" fuzz is very good, assuming you want a 60s type of fuzz. I really like it. The sub-octave by itself is pretty good, and I found that it really sounded great feeding into my Crunchbox. I also found that I liked the octave-up fuzz better when driving the lead channel of my SD-18, as opposed to the clean channel.

I'm pretty impressed with what this unit can do, and think it's well worth the $130 price tag. I'll be keeping it, and it may find a permanent spot on my pedalboard.
 




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