Dusky Electronics Augustus Octave Fuzz review

Like an Octavia but different, this octave fuzz is one monster you'd want on your side

Dusky Electronics Augustus
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Guitar World Verdict

A multilayered octave fuzz that can throw your guitar sound into some gnarly post-Octavia shapes, the Augustus is a sea monster stompbox that many a rock player would want on their pedalboard.


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    Capable of some off-the-wall ring mod sounds.

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    Adds texture at milder settings.

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    Works well with chords and single notes.

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    Excellent dynamics.


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    Err, you're allergic to seafood?

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It used to be the octave fuzz effect (also known as the “Octavia,” designed by Roger Mayer) was that one buried pedal you’d break out and blow the dust off when you needed to cover Jimi Hendrix’s solos on Purple Haze and Who Knows

Not any more. Artists from Josh Homme to Kenny Wayne Shepherd have adopted some variation of an octave fuzz as part of their arsenal, not to mention an underground army of indie and alternative rock bands that continually use the octave fuzz to great effect (sorry). 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.