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Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret (Marshall Amp Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The Dirty Little Secret has earned itself a well-deserved reputation for replicating the sound and feel of a classic-era Marshall amplifier, supplying one of the most iconic guitar sounds in music. Wh... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Dirty Little Secret has earned itself a well-deserved reputation for replicating the sound and feel of a classic-era Marshall amplifier, supplying one of the most iconic guitar sounds in music. When the JFETs used as the base for the Dirty Little Secret were discontinued, and as the designers' stock of them began to dwindle they knew they had to find ones still being manufactured. However, rather than simply re-voicing around these new JFETs, we decided to push the envelope and provide an amazingly robust feature-set, from ever evolving listening and circuit skills, and pure power of intention. This isn't just "a" Marshall in a box, it's the most versatile and dynamic Marshall-style overdrive out there!

The "Super Lead" mode expands the range of the DLS MkII with more gain available and more control over your tone sculpting with the addition of the midrange control while still enhancing the touch-sensitive dynamic qualities that make the DLS so great to play. The gain range now goes from classic plexi all the way to modified JCM800 levels and can get even more raw and open than any previous DLS.

The "Super Bass" mode is a new voicing that gives you the tone and gain structure of a Marshall Super Bass (which is very similar to a JTM45 or JTM50/100). This mode was voiced to really hone in on that elusive in-between "not quite clean, not quite dirty" response that old tube amps were so good at getting. And it was specifically voiced to make fuzz pedals sound great.

The Dirty Little Secret (DLS) is an overdrive pedal designed to bring you the sound and response of a classic Marshall amplifier. It, like the other pedals in Catalinbread's Foundation Overdrive range of pedals, is designed to be a "foundation" pedal - it is your "always on" pedal that forms the core of your guitar sound which you can enhance and embellish by adding boosters, fuzzes, filters, and other overdrives in front of it - just like you would in front of a real amp. And the reason you can leave it always-on is that you can get a great clean sound just by rolling your guitar's volume knob back! That's the way the old school Marshall players did things!

Features
  • Complete redesign with two Marshall modes
  • Super Lead and Super Bass to suit your sound
  • Fantastic cleanup with your guitar's volume control
  • Ideal for stacking with fuzzes, ODs and boosts
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CatalinbreadDirty Little Secret (Marshall Amp Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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5.0

THIS IS IT !!!!!

By TOM

from CAPRON, VIRGINIA

Comments about Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret (Marshall Amp Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

i AM A FAIRLY NEW GUITAR PLAYER AT 52 YEARS OF AGE. I HAVE ONLY BEEN PLAYING FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS NOW. BUT IN THESE PAST 5 YEARS I HAVE BEEN IN PURSUIT OF THE TONE I HEAR IN MY HEAD. WELL I THINK MY PURSUIT MAY BE OVER. I HAVE TRIED QUITE A FEW DIFFERENT AMPS, PEDAL,S GUITARS AND COMBINATIONS OF GUITARS,PEDALS AND AMPS. I USUALLY PLAY A FENDER OF SOME SORT (STRAT OR TELE) JUST BOUGHT MY DREAM AMP 3 MONTHS AGO ("65 DELUXE REVERB REISSUE) WHICH SOUNDED GOOD. BUT I WAS NOT INTERESTED IN JUST GOOD I WANTED MY TONE. A WEEK AGO I BOUGHT THE CATALINBREAD DLS. NOW THE TONE I ONLY HEARD IN MY HEAD IS EMANATING FROM MY AMP. IF YOU WANT A MARSHALL LIKE TONE YOU CAN DIAL IN OR MANIPULATE. THIS IS THE PEDAL YOU HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR. I FIRST SAW THIS PEDAL ON YOUTUBE 2 YEARS AGO BUT WAITED TIL NOW TO BUY IT. MY ONLY REGRET......... I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT IT WHEN I FIRST SAW A DEMO OF IT ON YOUTUBE. BUY IT NOW!!!! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. ONE BIT OF ADVICE, IF YOU HAVE A SOLID STATE AMP OR MODELLING AMP IT MAY NOT SOUND AS GOOD BUT THEN I AM NOT SURE. IF YOU HAVE A TUBE AMP? BUY IT!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More than just "A Marshall in a box"

By carlos spiceyweiner

from oregon

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Realistic tone.
  • Responsive
  • rugged

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    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret (Marshall Amp Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal is almost always on. Very transparent and responds well to player dynamics. I like to use it with 18volts which gives more headroom and slightly more gain. Pedal also gets along well with others. I have had this for about a year and it has never given me any problems.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Delivers DSL Tone

    By Steve

    from Fort Kent, ME

    Comments about Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret (Marshall Amp Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I used to buy different amps for my different genre bands but since I usually gravitate toward "boutique" amps this quickly got out of control. Now in my mid-40's, I have come to realize that simplicity and efficiency can go a long way with gear and the pocket book. I now own only one amp, the Tone King Imperial (20th Anni.). I now use pedals for different tone-chasing quests. During my search for a pedal that does a good Marshall tone, I discovered the Catalinbread DLS. It captures those crunchy rhythm tones and searing leads that sustain infinitely when cascaded with my Tubescreamer. For more vintage Marshall JCM 800 tones I prefer my Fulltone OCD, but I LOVE the Dirty Little Secret for the Marshall Dual Super Lead tones. I tested the Super Bass option by flipping the internal dipswitch on the DLS. It wasn't feeling that tone. It's fun for maybe a few Hendrix songs and stuff but got old quickly for me. I highly recommend this version of the Dirty Little Secret. It got me excited to play certain songs in my setlist that were sounding flat to me. The DLS definitely gives me the extra overdrive I was yearning for.

     
    5.0

    Where have you been all my life?

    By Mark.B

    from New Castle, PA

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    Pros

    • Awesöme
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Nada

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret (Marshall Amp Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is really the best overdrive I've ever tried. I can't say enough good things about it.

    It really does sound and feel like an old Marshall. My plan was to use a Fender Twin for the cleans and a Marshall Super Lead for the dirt but now I don't have to tote two amps or even a stack. I'm just going to run this into the Fender Deluxe Reverb and call it a day.

    It really sounds amazing.

     
    5.0

    Where have you been all my life?

    By Mark.B

    from New Castle, PA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Awesöme
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Nada

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    • Not Toting A
    • Performances

    Comments about Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret (Marshall Amp Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is honestly the best overdrive pedal I've ever tried. It really does sound like my old 1972 Marshall that I lent to my brother and he sold. My dream setup was to have a Fender Twin for my clean sound and a Marshall for dirt. Now I don't need the huge stack or even the big Fender amp. I'm going to put this through my Deluxe Reverb and call it a day. It really sounds amazing.

    This is my favorite purchase for my guitar rig so far.

     
    5.0

    Fits My Needs Perfectly

    By Bobby

    from Asheville NC

    Site Member

    Comments about Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret (Marshall Amp Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I love this pedal!.. it's exactly what I'd been looking for.. and all the reviews and YT videos about it really helped me make up my mind. I use this pedal in the SL mode to get that coveted single volume knob Marshall overdrive sound that rocked the 70s/80s.. there are many pedals out there that aim for this sound from some great companies.. but Catalinbread is a super cool company and the price for the DLS is great. I have a Mesa Boogie Mark II-B setup very clean on the rhythm channel and I use the DLS as my hard rock/metal foundation pedal.. the Xotic EP booster is after the DLS to give a clean boost for solos.. before the DLS is my AMT R2.. these 2 pedals work well together but usually I run the R2 alone.. believe it or not I no longer use the lead channel of my Boogie.. using dirt pedals has turned out to be a better option for me since I'm doing covers as far apart as Good Times and Rock You Like A Hurricane.. and now with the DLS I can get a very authentic AC/DC sound. The DLS will stay right where it is on my pedalboard.. it fits my needs perfectly!

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