That elusive not-clean yet not-dirty sound. A great tube amp does it. You turn it up halfway or so and there it is – not totally clean but not really crunching either. It breathes. It bounces. It responds. Getting a pedal to do that is not easy. Getting a pedal to do that while also making the pedal able to become a pummeling JFET fuzz pedal is eve... Click To Read More About This Product
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That elusive not-clean yet not-dirty sound. A great tube amp does it. You turn it up halfway or so and there it is – not totally clean but not really crunching either. It breathes. It bounces. It responds. Getting a pedal to do that is not easy. Getting a pedal to do that while also making the pedal able to become a pummeling JFET fuzz pedal is even harder.
Turns out that it’s all about gain staging. Finding the right bias points. Tuning the tone stack. Making the circuit resonate just right so the pick attack is right. So the thump of the low E string is right. When you’re finally done it seems obvious. Getting to obvious is not so obvious though!
The SFT is one of Catalin Bread’s Foundation Overdrives – pedals can give you big, cranked up amp response at non-cranked volumes. To use it as intended, you’ll want your amp set to a relatively clean, flat response.
The Catalinbread SFT is an AMPEG® voiced foundation overdrive that bridges the “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!” (Stones) and the Desert Sound (Stoner) eras.
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Comments about Catalinbread SFT Pedal:
OK, so I have only been playing for 1.5 years, and I use a cheap Peavey multi-amp emulation solid state amp. Honestly, this amp provide a lot of the tones I want (and tons that are of no value to me), but some are just not available--notably, the 1969-1972 Rolling Stones and early-mid ZZ Top. I came across this pedal, and based on many videos, it seemed like a good choice to reach these unique tones. This pedal is designed to emulate a particular line of amps that the Stones used during their most productive period, made by Ampeg.
Anyway, it works great, I use it mostly with the Peavey 6534 amp emulation mode on my amp, which is simulating an EL34 tube amp. I can get that gritty bass-heavy tone of "Can't you hear me knocking" and the subtler distortion in "Brown Sugar" and the even milder sound of "Soul Survivor". Turns out it is great for early ZZ Top too, like "Jesus Just Left Chicago" and "Tush". Probably lots more, but this is all I know at this point.
The pedal is very versatile, and has a wide range of adjustments, and of course I can still use the pre-amp controls on my amp and the tone knob on the guitar, just keep the amp pre-gain at minimum. Works well with other emulated amps, like the Twin emulation and the very good Budda emulation, but for my purposes, most stuff gets played via the 6534 mode.
As a newbie to pedals, it would have helped if the thing came with more documentation. Nothing in the box at all. The online information was not helpful. I collect old AC-DC wall transformers, must have 30 of them, tried 3 in the 9-18 volt range, none worked, even though they were putting out voltage. After some head scratching, it turns out that the polarity of the pedal is opposite all other electronic devices in the world that I know of. I checked a dozen of my transformers, ALL have + voltage on the center connector, this pedal requires the opposite. Huh? So I rewired a 15 volt unit, and it works fine, now. Maybe there is a reason for this, not sure.
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