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Boss OC-2 Octave - Or - Octaver (Japan) or OC-3

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BassBeginer64, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. BassBeginer64

    BassBeginer64 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2018
    Riverside Ca
    Looking around for a Boss Octave Pedal, thoughts on the OC-2 or the Japans OC-2 Octaver of just a OC-3

  2. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    I like the tracking of the OC3, but of course the OC2's tone is the daddy. No appreciable difference between Octave and Octaver except for $$$, as far as I've read in these hallowed halls.
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  3. JN8642


    Aug 19, 2015
    I have a MIJ Octave (Late 80s I think before they moved), very musical pedal. It can get very glitchy depending on your finger attack which is useful for me for creativity. Love how it sounds with a pick too. In my opinion the tracking is fine, I play in drop D and it tracks well up to the 5th fret on my low E. The tone of it is phenomenal.
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  4. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    The Boss OC 3 is my digital Octave pedal. Sounds exactly like the Basic Gear Review demo. But also looking for an analog Octave pedal as well.
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  5. Newbilong


    Aug 14, 2018
    The OC-2 Octaver is just the MIJ OC-2 Octave with a different label, isn't it?

    Tone and attack of the OC-2 are truly great, but it is finicky to play, and probably tracks better to some pickups or basses than others. I'm in two minds whether to get rid of my beat-up old MIJ Octave, but i would always keep a polyphonic octave on hand, so if i was in the OP's shoes, i would start with the OC-3 and maybe consider getting an OC-2 as well down the road if i found enough uses for an octave pedal.
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  6. Robertron


    Feb 12, 2010
    NewYork, NY
    This is making me want an OC-3 even more.

    Question for any owners, can you use both inputs at the same time?
  7. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Yet again. OC-2 is the king by far
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  8. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    Yet another OC-2 thread! :meh:

    Boss! Are you paying attention? :mad:

    What's the hold up? :confused:

    We need a WazaCraft OC-2, like yesterday! :banghead:
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  9. BassBeginer64

    BassBeginer64 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2018
    Riverside Ca
    Sorry I did not know that there were many OC-2 Effect questions already posted
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  10. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    There's no limit on OC-2 discussions. I certainly never tire of it. My point is that in the realm of octave down pedals the OC-2 is held in such high regard one would have thought a Waza OC-2 would have already happened. Come on Boss! Get on with it!

    Edit: My reply was completely directed at Boss, not you or any other poster.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2018
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  11. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    Finally somwone else who has experienced the magic super low tracking. I swear mine can do open E or lower on the right tension string. Mine is an MIT.
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  12. Micro Pog anyone?
  13. Newbilong


    Aug 14, 2018
    Yes i can get suboctave on open E. It can track right down there. i get warbling wherever i play and however i play, so i figure that's more about the marriage of my bass and the pedal - it's not a forgiving pedal, and it really needs a clean, stable fundamental otherwise it goes rogue.
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  14. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I’ve tried several octave pedals.

    I bought a MIJ OC-2.

    If you can get used to it’s somewhat quirky tracking and learn to work with it I still think it’s the best sounding octave effect out there.
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  15. CB3000

    CB3000 Supporting Member

    I have a Japanese OC2 and I love it but I have to say the OC3 does a pretty close copy in OC2 mode. I recently sold my OC3 because I didn’t really need it. I used to have a Taiwan made OC2 and I A/B’d it with the Japanese and the Japanese won and I think I know why. The tone of the clean signal when the OC2 Japanese is engaged is really pleasant and clear so when it is mixed with the octave the combo is just beautiful. In fact, I would happily use the Japanese OC2 as a preamp/buffer-just turn the octaves all the way down-it sounds that good. The taiwanese model had a slightly darker clean sound. Of course, it still sounded great. The OC3 is versatile-modern octave tones, classic OC2 tones and drive as well. Just my humble experience
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  16. jonathanhughes

    jonathanhughes Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    I already own an MIJ OC-2, but if Boss pout out a Waza OC-2, I would order one the nanosecond it was available.
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  17. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    As would I! My point exactly.
  18. Whichever one you pick will be the right choice I settled on the 3leaf option, for that sound!
  19. JN8642


    Aug 19, 2015
    That's what I love about it, if you articulate your fingers to make it purposely glitch and turn on a fuzz you can get some awesome unique sounds
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  20. Boss! Are you paying attention? :mad:

    What's the hold up? :confused:

    We need a WazaCraft OC-2, like yesterday! :banghead:[/QUOTE]

    , post: 21976953, member: 11401"]As would I! My point exactly.[/QUOTE]

    Come on Boss just do it already!
    Don't worry, if you build them they will sell better that the other bs you push.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2018
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