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Catalinbread Karma Suture Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal

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What happens if you take a NOS PNP germanium transistor and an NPN silicon transistor, plus a germanium and silicon diode, and throw them into the al...Click To Read More About This Product

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A bubbling cauldron of even-order harmonics that will enhance any guitar rig.

What happens if you take a NOS PNP germanium transistor and an NPN silicon transistor, plus a germanium and silicon diode, and throw them into the alchemist's pot and stir it up with plenty of Catalinbread sauce? You get a bubbling cauldron of even-order harmonics that will enhance any guitar rig! So, you're thinking, is it a fuzz? Yes! Is it an overdrive? Yes! Is it a sparkly boost? Yes, again!

Karma Suture's four control layout allows you to dial in a huge range of harmonically rich tones that sound great into clean amps and into overdriven amps. Or into a foundation overdrive, such as the Dirty Little Secret. It can work equally well with vintage single coils and hot humbuckers. Because Karma Suture generates predominantly even-order harmonic distortion, you will notice amazing clarity even with extreme settings. You can even play complex chord voicings and yet every note rings through clear! Try that with your average fuzz or distortion pedal!

And even at maximum settings, the Karma Suture retains an open and responsive character unlike a lot of fuzzes and distortion pedals. Even though it has an open character, you can get amazing sustain with the Karma Suture on, especially if you're hitting a cranked up amp with it. Harmonics come in waves, undulating in and out as you hold that epic power chord.

Based on the rare Harmonic Percolator circuit, it is not just a clone. Catalinbread has expanded the potential by adding the exclusive Density and Diodes controls coupled with months of fine-tuning to get everything just right. You'll find great sounds throughout the rotation of all the controls. No matter how you have the pedal set, the tone and response is always alive, sensitive to your every playing nuance.

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By Randy

from Rochester, NY

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  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Totally Awesome
  • Versatile


  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
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  • Home Studio
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Comments about Catalinbread Karma Suture Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

This is a fantastic sounding, completely complicated, amazing dirt pedal. Depending on the circumstances this thing can sound very different and will have to be dialed in differently to taste. I don't think I have ever just "set it and left it" for long. It seems if the amp is loud and clean, or loud and dirty, or quiet and clean, you need to adjust it to the circumstances.
There are 4 controls and I wasn't sure at all what they did initially. There is a diode, density, output and input control knob. At first I assumed input to be gain and overall distortion level and output to be like a traditional level control. It works similar to that but not quite. They need to operate simultaneously, to achieve different kinds of distortion. Actually all the knobs need to, which is why its a very complicated pedal. Im not sure what the diode control does on the inside, but all I know is it gets more squashed, compressed, and quieter as you turn it up and I usually like it turned all the way down for the best tone. The density is a simple function for the most part. It gets much warmer and woolier, much thicker as you turn it up. It seems to get a touch more fuzz tone to it when you turn it up.
The pedal is extremely responsive and will easily clean up and meld with your volume knobs on your guitar and interact highly with amplifier settings. It can sound like a clean boost with added sparkle to the natural harmonics of the instrument. It can sound like a good rich overdrive, or some thick fuzz tones. I would not consider it to excell completely in the fuzz department though, which is hard to stand by completely because I have found amazing fuzz tones out of this pedal. It's just not a super high gain pedal for when you want that exploding speaker tone. Its still pretty high gain though...
It has some incredible super rich sustain that just sings and never sounds shrill or bad. Its the even order harmonics they advertise I guess, but it sounds amazing if you just let it ring out...

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