New Overdrive by Catalinbread Allows Versatile Tone-Shaping Through Its One-Band Parametric EQ, Here’s What It Sounds Like

Catalinbread have released a brand new overdrive pedal, featuring a one-band parametric EQ, reports Premier Guitar. Although bearing a simple control layout, the pedal allows for some advanced tone-shaping features, giving you complete control over your distortion.

Called The Tribute, we’re looking at an all-analog circuit and four controls. We have volume, drive, tone, and frequency. The frequency knob gives you the option to choose the peak frequency. It goes anywhere between 70 Hz and 1.4 kHz. This one works hand-in-hand with the tone control which sets its level.

Now, what’s awesome about The Tribute is that you can boost or cut the set frequency. It offers anything between -12 and +12 dB. So you can either push the bottom ends, completely cut them off, or shape the mids to your liking. This obviously comes in handy for some heavy riffing or soaring leads, especially if you’re playing through a tube-driven amp.

Another thing to note is that the pedal also offers a clean boost. This pedal is modeled after Catalinbread’s VariOboost. So it has a high-headroom section and an EQ section. If you dial in the drive knob at a lower setting, you can use it as a clean boost pedal with a simplified parametric EQ. But push it higher, and you’ve got yourself a pretty responsive and versatile overdrive.

Overall, it’s a pretty simple yet incredibly versatile solution. This also comes with Catalinbread’s neat aesthetic features. The pedal is available now at our favorite music store Sweetwater, priced at is $179.99. You can check it out here.

Of course, a few pretty detailed reviews and demos have emerged on YouTube. You can check them out below and see what the fuss is all about.

Catalinbread Tribute Guitar Pedal Demo
Catalinbread Tribute- Parametric Overdrive
Catalinbread Tribute


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