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Octave pedal for fretless

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by TenaciousE, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. I'm getting more into playing fretless, and was thinking about trying an octave pedal. Unfortunately I won't have the opportunity to try one out, so I was looking for some recommendations or to hear other people's experiences using octave pedals with fretless basses. I've heard that Jaco use the Boss OC-2.

  2. rcubed


    May 8, 2008
    Vista, CA
    You need to figure out if you want digital or analog.
  3. tom5string


    Jul 14, 2006
    Not sure know about Jaco - but Pino surely did.

    I tried both OC-2 and OctaBass with my fretless Status - my personal favorite is the Boss.

  4. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I use an old Octoplus from DOD with my fretless... I love the tone, but hate the tracking. I'm gonna ditch for a new one soon... I'm thinking the Foxrox or new MXR will be on my short list of pedals to try.
  5. IMHO, EBS OctaBass (black version) all the way.
  6. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    The OC-2 was on all those fretless-featuring hits in the '80s. I'm thinking of having two on my board. :)
  7. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
  8. julo


    Jan 18, 2005
    Boulder, CO
    Does anybody have a good example of Fretless+OC2?

  9. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    a TBO post From the Boss OC-2 Club thread. Click on the Pino Palladino link.

    The Jaun Nelson clip is good too....but fretted.
  10. comingxcurse


    Apr 8, 2009
    Largo, FL
    Turn your bass into an 8-string and then get an OC-2 :D

    I was close enough to see the pedals when I saw Porcupine Tree and it looked like he had a Boss Octave pedal. I'd go with that one.
  11. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    +1. Also, do you want octave up or down?
  12. UncleBalsamic


    Jul 8, 2007
    How good would a Micro POG be?
  13. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    For what?

    It's quite a unique effect. It's more like a feature-limited digital harmoniser than an octave pedal, really. Sounds a bit thin but the tracking is amazing.
  14. julo


    Jan 18, 2005
    Boulder, CO
  15. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    That's what I ended up getting. I wanted something that sounded closer to natural and tracked really well, so I bought Jauqo III-X's Micro Pog and I should get it this week. Never got to try out the Octabass or Bass Octave Deluxe, but I've played an OC-2 many times in the past, and it's a classic sound but the Micro Pog is way cleaner, so I think it'll be better suited for my needs.

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