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The Octave Pedal is a harmonizer of sorts. In the case of classic rock effects, the Octave Pedal harmonizes the note you play with the note one octave above it. Most octave pedals also act as a fuzz pedal to provide a little distortion to what you play and maximize the overtone needed to produce the octave note above. You'll notice that when the octave pedal is used tastefully, it sounds as if a little feedback is helping sustain the note. If you use an octave pedal on lower notes it gives a real dirty grit to the riff.

The octave pedal is the sound of Hendrix. You'll hear it in the solos of Purple Haze and All Along the Watchtower.