My new Mayer/Wyllie/DIY octavia - pics and video

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My new Mayer/Wyllie/DIY octavia - pics and video

Post by chatmatt » Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:19 am

So a few months ago I picked up a broken Roger Mayer rocket pedal on eBay for cheap - no guts at all, just the shell. I sent it off to my friend Rob in Florida (who makes the Fool guitars) and told him to go nuts. Make me something cool that only needs 2 knobs and isn't a fuzz I already have. Challenge!! He said that it felt like the right thing to do was to make an octavia, which I honestly wasn't too thrilled about. Holy shit was I wrong. He worked with Russ Rutledge (cozybuilder) on making an octavia based on the old Wyllie Moonstone that would fit in the tight confines of a Mayer enclosure. This meant building a daughter-board for the transformer to fit on and a few other 'creative' liberties. The end result is a retardedly dynamic and touch-sensitive fuzz that goes from complete squash and smash to sublime and perfect octaves. A keeper!

Side view of board:
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Tight fit:
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Nice knobs:
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And lastly, recorded a quick sound test before running out to dinner tonight. I got a new SG in the mail today with action high enough to drive a truck under and the oldest strings in the world, but it kinda sounded good through the pedal, so.. SG -> Octavia -> Echorec -> 18watt -> v30
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Re: My new Mayer/Wyllie/DIY octavia - pics and video

Post by innerflight » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:26 am

can't see the pictures, sounds great though :tu:
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Re: My new Mayer/Wyllie/DIY octavia - pics and video

Post by dronevil » Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:40 pm

Ditto!
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Re: My new Mayer/Wyllie/DIY octavia - pics and video

Post by Ben Lyman » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:42 pm

Sounds great, Russ is a great guy, he has helped me out with a lot of stuff and I've learned so much from him.
Umm... have you tried the Wyllie with the Fuzz control all the way to the left? I think you might get the "swell" effect
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Re: My new Mayer/Wyllie/DIY octavia - pics and video

Post by chatmatt » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:37 pm

Dang. My pictures never work any more! Ill figure out a better post method.
Ben - yes - it does swell big time! It actually does a ton of stuff with the gain knob in different positions. This video was just the first spot I landed on. What a versatile pedal with basically just volume and gain.
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