Bigfoot Engineering Octo Puss review

  • £109

Passive octave pedal

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Our Verdict

Vintage-style octave, but needs thoughtful placement in your chain.

For

  • Works brilliantly with a distortion pedal. Good build quality and value.

Against

  • Needs to be placed after a buffered stompbox.
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Unusual among stompboxes, the Octo Puss from West Sussex-based Bigfoot Engineering is passive, requiring neither battery nor adaptor. This restricts where it can be used in an effects chain, because it has to be plugged in after a buffered pedal.

"Inspired by Josh Homme, the Octo Puss is designed to deliver an octave up in the style of a vintage octave pedal"

It also means that it has no LED. Inspired by Josh Homme, the Octo Puss is designed to deliver an octave up in the style of a vintage octave pedal, with that character recreated by the use of original germanium diodes and a transformer.

Clean, the pedal yields a gritty tone with octave added and you can get a faux sitar sound when playing single notes. But it really comes alive in conjunction with an overdrive, distortion or fuzz pedal or a driven amp, offering an extra dimension to single notes as that octave harmonic comes through, plus a veneer of brightness on chords.

If you already have a favourite fuzz, stick one of these in front of it (but after a buffered pedal) for that vintage octave fuzz sound.

Tech Specs

Available Outputs1/4 Inch Jack
Available Inputs1/4 Inch Jack
Country of OriginUK
FeaturesPassive - requires no batteries