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Catalinbread SFT Ampeg-Style Overdrive

Catalinbread SFT Ampeg-Style Overdrive

Item ID: 33013
When Catalinbread originally set out on their quest to make the best Bass overdrive ever, they never imagined that it could also sound so amazing with guitar – but then they got to thinking about some of the classic late ‘60s/early ‘70s "Ya-Yas" era tones and thought they should take a stab at them.

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Catalinbread SFT Ampeg-Style Overdrive

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When Catalinbread originally set out on their quest to make the best Bass overdrive ever, they never imagined that it could also sound so amazing with guitar – but then they got to thinking about some of the classic late ‘60s/early ‘70s "Ya-Yas" era tones and thought they should take a stab at them. And heck while Catalinbread was at it, it would be really cool if it worked for the more modern drop tuned heavy stuff too. Made sense since those tones were due in large part to guitars being played through amps designed for bass, right?

And what about the Bass tones? They wanted a pedal that finally let you control the amount of grind solely based on your finger attack. You know the feeling - full and rich and clean when you brush lightly and some nice wooly edge when you dig in. At the other end of the sonic spectrum they wanted a drive pedal that could deliver bone-crunching grind and still hold together without sounding thin or turning into a sludgy mess no matter how hard you hit it.

The volume controls the overall output volume. Unity gain will differ depending on where the EQ levels are set, and the gain setting. However, there is still plenty of volume on tap no matter where the other controls are set.

The gain control ranges from a full clean sound to edge of growl to modern grind. The SFT is an overdrive that respects your instrument and your playing dynamics, so humbuckers will drive it more than single-coils, and playing hard will make the overdrive bloom, and will clean up just by playing softer.

The tone controls are a Baxandall EQ arrangement. A multitude of tones are available with just a treble and bass control, because the mids shift depending on where these two controls are set. Turning the treble and bass high scoops mids for an aggressive pick attack and growly lows. Setting the treble and bass low brings up the mid content. Park the treble and roll back the bass and the midrange scoop frequency shifts downward so you have complete control over which frequencies you are cutting. Roll the bass below noon and you start to add a bump to your midrange which is great for running into a hot amp.

Catalinbread had to get the drive character right as well – meaning that it had so be clean but really full sounding when you picked lightly, and blossom into that huge rich grind when you hit it harder. It had to decay in a certain way, no fizzy stuff as the notes or chords die off. It needed to respond in a very dynamic way just like the amps do – no generic smothering of the transients, it needed to breathe.

So after months of listening, testing, listening some more, and fine-tuning these are the results. The SFT was a real labor of love for Catalinbread – they wanted a killer, super-versatile bass pedal the likes of which nobody has heard before, and for guitar they wanted a faithful recreation of those classic Taylor-era tones with the ability to morph into more modern heavy sounds and we feel they nailed it.

Features

  • Famous Ampeg amp tones in pedal form
  • Equally powerful on bass or guitar
  • Utilizes powerful Baxandall EQ controls
  • Go from classic Taylor-era tones to modern heavy sounds

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