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Catalinbread Formula 5F6 (Tweed Bassman Amp) Guitar Effects Pedal   

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The Formula 5F6 adds vintage tweed Bassman response to Catalinbread's range of Foundation Overdrives, giving you the awesome characteristics of this ...Read More

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An authentic recreation of classic Bassman tone and response.

The Formula 5F6 adds vintage tweed Bassman response to Catalinbread's range of Foundation Overdrives, giving you the awesome characteristics of this classic amp into any clean amp.

The tweed Bassman may be the most influential *guitar* amp of all time. Although it was marketed as a bass amp, its treble, middle, bass and presence controls and 4 x 10 configuration were perfect for guitar, as guitarists soon figured out. How influential was the Bassman? Look up the schematic and compare its preamp to that of a Marshall or Vox and you'll see!

When a tweed Bassman is set at low to medium volumes, you get a sparkling, harmonically rich tone. Turned up a bit more and it delivers that famous on-edge-of-breakup character that is responsive to your picking attack, a sound so craved by guitarists. Play a ringing open chord and you'll be rewarded with lush harmonic swirl. And then crank the volume up to 12 and you'll get a thick, creamy, meaty crunch - the original genesis for all heavy guitar sounds to come. And if you hit it really hard, you're rewarded with a slight compression, a slight sag in the response, that feels so good to play. The tweed Bassman is so touch-sensitive and responds beautifully across the frequency spectrum. If you play a Strat, this is a match made in heaven. Gibson style guitars sound great too and will overdrive the preamp sooner and you'll start to recognize those tones you heard on famous records.

And with the Formula 5F6 you'll get that entire range of response! It does that quick compression on the initial attack that "exhales" quickly into a wide clean with lots of glassy chime on top and a tight full low end.

After Catalinbread got the Formula 5F6 circuit dialed in to reproduce the beautiful vintage tweed Bassman response, they asked: "Hey what if we supercharged and gained this thing up but pretended we had never heard of a Marshall?" Some tweaking to the gain structure and tone circuit and boom! they got a great new voicing - much higher gain, a bright attack, and as full as you want it. It was so cool Catalinbread decided to build it into the pedal, accessible through an internal switch.

The Formula 5F6 lends itself to almost any musical style, from the classic Strat - Bassman blues tones of Buddy Guy and Otis Rush to artists like Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robbie Robertson, Robben Ford, all the way to heavier styles by stacking boost, overdrive, or fuzz pedals into it. Don't worry, the Formula 5F6 won't just make you play old music! It will take you where your imagination takes you!

FEATURES
  • Authentic tweed Bassman tone and response
  • Amazing dynamics via touch or guitar volume control
  • Ideal for stacking with fuzzes, ODs, and boosts.
  • Exact three knob tonestack circuitry reproduced from the 5F6 amp

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5.0

My new favorite

By Tony

from Lancaster pa

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Comments about Catalinbread Formula 5F6 (Tweed Bassman Amp) Guitar Effects Pedal:

I love this pedal. Run at 18 volts supplies a huge amount of headroom. My amp is a hughes and Kettner tubemeister 18. Works awsome on a slightly darker amp.

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5.0

Time Machine

By Sunny

from Florida

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Comments about Catalinbread Formula 5F6 (Tweed Bassman Amp) Guitar Effects Pedal:

Took me back to the first Church basement I played in. It sounds and responds just like my 59" Tweed Bassman. But so much lighter.

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5.0

Receieved earlier than expected

By Gator Skynard

from Mosquitoville

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Comments about Catalinbread Formula 5F6 (Tweed Bassman Amp) Guitar Effects Pedal:

This pedal works good for country in the style of Marty Stuart or or an early Bob Wooten with Johnny Cash.
Don't think it would work for metal though.

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5.0

Great low gain overdrive/clean boost

By Curtis

from undisclosed

Pros

  • 3 Band Interactive Eq
  • Low noise
  • Selectable Gain Options
  • Small profile

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Stage and Studio

Comments about Catalinbread Formula 5F6 (Tweed Bassman Amp) Guitar Effects Pedal:

I am using this pedal with my blackface Fender amps(Twin Reverb, Deluxe Reverb, Princeton Reverb) and a Strat. Sounds great with all three, especially the Twin for some authentic Bassman style grind.

The 3 band eq and the vol and gain knobs are very interactive. Also the pedal has low noise with my rig even at higher gain settings.

Makes a great clean boost with the gain at minimum.

The internal switch turns the pedal into a higher gain configuration. Also the pedal can be run at 18 vdc for increased headroom.

If you are a blues player you will like this pedal.

The pedal seems to be built well. I don't abuse my gear, so no concerns.

I plan on keeping this pedal on my board.

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5.0

Tone King

By Tyler

from Salt Lake City, UT

Pros

  • Great sound
  • Lots of options
  • Variable Voltage

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Foundation Overdrive
    • Live Shows
    • Pushing A Clean Amp
    • Recording

    Comments about Catalinbread Formula 5F6 (Tweed Bassman Amp) Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is my favorite overdrive pedal, at a low setting it really makes your set up feel big. If you open it up there is an internal switch. Once switched into the lead mode this will drive your amp like crazy without sounding harsh. I usually leave the three band eq at 12 o clock but if you amp is a lacking a bass or mid it will help you dial in the perfect tone.

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