Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys Octavia pedal sells for $70,400 at auction

Hendrix's Band of Gypsys Octavia sold at auction
(Image credit: Julien's Auctions)

Three Eddie Van Halen electric guitars weren’t the only big sellers at Julien’s Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘n’ Roll auction on December 1 and 2: the Octavia effect pedal Jimi Hendrix used on the iconic Band of Gypsys album was auctioned for $70,400.

The gray painted wedge-shaped metal box made by electronics engineer Roger Mayer boasts two inputs labeled with a handwritten sticker on the base reading IN/ VOLUME/ ON/OFF and OUT/OCTAVE.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.