Beetronics Octahive V2 review: a sonically striking octave fuzz with some notable upgrades

Beetronics presents a vintage octave fuzz with all the modern benefits of convenient switching technology

Beetronics Octahive V2
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

The Octahive V2 would be a great buy for the sound alone, but that clever switching really gives this Beetronics pedal an edge. Playing through the fuzz sound and just bringing the octave in momentarily for single notes or a whole passage is a joy. We urge you to give it a try.


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    Compact size.

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    Really flexible switching options.

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    Cool fuzz and octave fuzz sounds.


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    Awkwardly situated knobs.

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The original Octahive, with its blue distressed finish, was one of Beetronics’ earliest pedals and, according to the company, the “high gain fuzz with a well-pronounced high-pitch octave” was based on the '70s Tycobrahe Octavia. 

That version has now been superseded with a refreshed V2 design that Beetronics says retains the circuitry and sonic qualities of the original, while adding new features.

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.