Roger Mayer on making the Purple Haze Octavia, a faithful recreation of the iconic pedal made famous by Jimi Hendrix

Roger Mayer Purple Haze Octavia
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As Jimi Hendrix’s right-hand man in the studio during the recording of 1967’s Axis: Bold As Love, Roger Mayer knows what it means to be at the cutting edge of studio effects. 

Shortly after Roger’s 21st birthday, the pair hit it off while discussing guitar pedals. “I introduced the Octavia to Jimi back in early 1967,” recalls Roger. “We were both into new and innovative sounds and I mentioned I’d helped out Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page with some of my stuff for their hit records. Jimi asked me if I had anything new and I told him about this new pedal – the Octavia. 

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Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.