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5/5 * Rating for Elite Tone’s Fillmore Thunder $177 Octave Fuzz Guitar Pedal, According To Premier Guitar Magazine - Dual Fully Independent Channels


In the last six months there has been quite a buzz surrounding Elite Tone’s Fillmore Thunder Octave & Fuzz Pedal. The pedal is designed to achieve the absolute best fidelity and fill a need a for a quality Jimi Hendrix fuzz and Octavia sound.

From the beginning to the end of Jimi’s career these two were essential equipment, from ’Are You Experienced’ to the grand Finale the Band of Gypsy’s ’Live at the Fillmore East’. Songs such as Purple haze through the track ’Who Knows?’ have been meticulously recreated and increased the features.

The magazine article starts off by stating, “For decades, guitar players have sought some of the sacred tones of their icons. There is an unfathomable number of fuzz and overdrive circuits based on old pedals such as Stevie Ray’s TS-808 Ibanez Tube Screamer and Jimi Hendrix’s Fuzz Face. Some of the most chased tones are the ones produced by Jimi Hendrix. Although his distortion tone and use of Wah-Wah are highly recognized, it his introduction of the Octavia pedal that stands out for many players. Although used on songs like “Purple Haze,” one of the best examples of this pedal can be heard on the song “Who Knows” from the Band of Gypsy’s album.”

The real marvel of the Fillmore Thunder is it’s outstanding octave tones, pinpointing the pinnacle of the Jimi Hendrix’s octave sound. The review picks up mentioning the Octavia part of the pedal.

"I have often said that Octavia’s are instruments unto themselves. Backing down the volume creates a ring-modulated sound and picking adjacent strings produces an octave-down. The right balance of distortion-to-octave effect is sometimes hard to achieve.

With modern amps that have distortion channels, it is not always a good thing to add more distortion to the sound. With vintage, non-master volume amps it is a must. This Octavia section is a thing of beauty. For the modern players, the octave switch may be turned on with the clean octave setting resulting in the most screaming Octavia sound your Soldano, Diezel, Bogner, etc has ever produced. With the fuzz engaged, vintage amps sound amazing as well. This is the most controllable Octavia I’ve ever played. Usually Octavias are used on the neck pickup and above the seventh fret; this one tracks well throughout the fingerboard and even works well on the bridge pickup.

The Final Mojo
I found the Elite Tone Fillmore Thunder pedal to be a great, warm fuzz with a killer Octavia section. It compared very favorably against all original units I compared it to, and the construction seems solid. The pedal is a great tool for a Jimi-inspired guitarist to have in his arsenal of tone"

* All double quotes reference Premier Guitar’s article, and is under their respective copyright.


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