Catalinbread SFT

CharlieK

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Just got this for Christmas. This thing sounds amazing. I've only had a chance to briefly run my LP and LP Jr. through it. Into my DRRI, it's incredible, even at lower volumes.
 

B_of_H

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nice, i'm really interested in this pedal.

does it give a fender amp more of a vox chime and breakup? how would you describe the sound?
 

whateverdude

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i'm waiting for mine to arrive tomorrow, i can't believe that i'm actually getting what i asked for this year....:banana
 
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Broke down and ordered mine from Tonefactor before they sold out. I'm excited to hear if it can replace my Toadworks Death Rattle Tweed channel and/or my Death by Audio Interstellar Overdriver as my touch sensitive Faces/Stonesy cranked small amp sound.

If it does, the dirt section of my board is complete. It'll sit nicely next to my WIIO, and if its half as good, won't lose that spot.

Plus it sounds like it can do amazing highgain from what BobbyD's demo showed... I mean from Keith to Nugent is pretty versatile.
 

coldfingaz

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Man, I'm really wanting one of these. In an odd twist of Catalinbread fate, think I'm gonna sell my DLS to fund one. The DLS is awesome, but I've got Marshall terrain well covered with a BJFE DRD.

How close is the SFT to a Honeybee? I know they do lots of different things, but I think they both do gritty rhythm very well.

I'm considering carving out a space on a PT mini either between a Screwdriver & Timmy (or after the Timmy)...
 

62Tele

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So are we looking at an overdrive or a fuzz here? Love old Ampegs so my curiosity is peaked, but I'm not entirely sure where this one falls.
 

erksin

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So are we looking at an overdrive or a fuzz here? Love old Ampegs so my curiosity is peaked, but I'm not entirely sure where this one falls.
Its an overdrive designed for bass and guitar - quite a lot of gain on tap, but I don't think it quite makes it to fuzzland.
 

62Tele

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Its an overdrive designed for bass and guitar - quite a lot of gain on tap, but I don't think it quite makes it to fuzzland.
Thanks - now THAT'S customer service. I actually have a Semaphore coming from a dealer in the next couple of days - first Catlinbread for me. Look forward to hearing it.
 

TMock

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Both pedals are highly input sensitive and have a great feel. The SFT's EQ has great versatility, and it has a huge gain range. The HBOD has far, far less gain and a versatile, yet unconventional tone control (the nature knob).

To my ears, the SFT has a much more muscular, aggressive tone than the HBOD, even at low gain levels. The HBOD has a sweet rounded tone, even at full grind, where the SFT has a bit more of an edge, especially with the treble dialed up.

If you want sweet, syrupy tweed grind, it doesn't get much better than the HBOD. But if you want rock and roll, the SFT is a much better choice.
 

coldfingaz

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Both pedals are highly input sensitive and have a great feel. The SFT's EQ has great versatility, and it has a huge gain range. The HBOD has far, far less gain and a versatile, yet unconventional tone control (the nature knob).

To my ears, the SFT has a much more muscular, aggressive tone than the HBOD, even at low gain levels. The HBOD has a sweet rounded tone, even at full grind, where the SFT has a bit more of an edge, especially with the treble dialed up.

If you want sweet, syrupy tweed grind, it doesn't get much better than the HBOD. But if you want rock and roll, the SFT is a much better choice.


Perfect. Thanks so much. I have a HBOD that I'll never part with, but that is it's own thing. What you've described gives me much more of a reason to go for a SFT. Only reason I asked is some of the descriptions from Catalinbread's site gave me the impression that there could be some similarities. Thanks again!
 

TMock

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I think there definitely are some very general similarities that people are right to mention: like the pedals' input sensitivity, amplike feel, EQ versatility, etc. But I think the tones are very different. I could definitely see having a use for both.
 






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