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Catalinbread Royal Albert Hall WIIO (RAH Hiwatt Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal

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This overdrive effects pedal features the specific three-knob tone circuit straight from the custom "Jimmy Page" model Hiwatt. Like most traditional ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A royal recreation of Jimmy Page's Royal Albert Hall Hiwatt tone.

This overdrive effects pedal features the specific three-knob tone circuit straight from the custom "Jimmy Page" model Hiwatt. Like most traditional amp EQ circuits, the knobs are interactive, meaning turning one can alter the behavior of the other. The magic is getting the Mid and Bass controls dialed in together. Tweak those until you get the right tone for your guitar and amp. You'll notice that the Treble knob is fairly subtle, adding a bit of bite as it is turned up. If you scoop the Mid and turn up the Bass however, the Treble knob will seem a lot more active.

The RAH is designed to deliver guitarists an incredible dynamic range that responds to picking hand and/or volume knob. Like a good amplifier the RAH is very uncompressed, which means there is little to "hide behind". This pedal is for players who appreciate the rewards and experience of a wide dynamic response. Plug the RAH into a clean(ish) tube amplifer, leave the pedal on all the time accessing clean tones by rolling back your guitar's volume knob, or turn it on and off as your "gain channel".

FEATURES
  • Interactive controls to let you find the perfect sonic combination
  • A wide dynamic range with lots of response
  • Works great as a gain channel for the foundation of your sound.

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CatalinbreadRoyal Albert Hall WIIO (RAH Hiwatt Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 6 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Accurate Recreation of 1970 era tone

By jabrams

from Massachussetts

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Catalinbread Royal Albert Hall WIIO (RAH Hiwatt Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Simply put, the best amp-in-a-box pedal I have ever used. Even though I use a fender American Standard HSS strat through a limited edition black and red blues junior III, I still get the Page live tone on a dime. Would highly recommend this pedal to any Zeppelin fan.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent overdrive...

    By Sunking420

    from The Space Coast....

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Catalinbread Royal Albert Hall WIIO (RAH Hiwatt Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Just got this today. I was looking for an overdrive to replace my Ibanez TS-5 tube screamer as it wasn't adding much with my new boost pedal. Ran my R8 Lester into my Fender American Made (Y2K?) Tweed Blues Deluxe Reissue. We're talking Jimmy Page all day long. Had to put the guitar down after an hour as my mind was being blown in how good this amp modeler of an overdrive is. I previously bought the Belle Epoch "Echoplex EP-3 in a pedal", and still can't believe how authentic that thing sounds, being a former Echoplex user. Seems everything Howard Gee sells is incredible in quality and design. Thinking about buying the Dirty Little Secret next, as that would give me yet another amp model... Try the RAH and I'm sure you'll like it a bunch if you're into Page-like dirt. I should have waited to run the guitar and pedal into my Marshall set up as that may sound even better. Just couldn't wait to rave about this phenomenal piece of gear.. If you have a Fender or Fenderish type amp, buy this right now.. Go, right now. Go, pull the trigger, break out that credit card. Right now.....

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pretty good for a HiWatt fan

        By Blues 90

        from Near Sacramento, CA

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        Pros

        • Accurate Sound
        • Compact Design
        • Well Built

        Cons

        • Limited Selection Of Effects
        • One Trick Pony
        • Rather Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Big Sound - Small Room
        • Going Into A Board
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Catalinbread Royal Albert Hall WIIO (RAH Hiwatt Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I am a Page fan from seeing Zep from the 2nd row in '69, so I am always trying to get that overdrive sound, rather than fuzz tone. I have a Jimmy Page Les Paul and a Marshall 100w stack, but it is not often convenient to take that out to a mere jam session. So this pedal helps fill the gap. I would say it has a nice very bright red LED so you can see it in the sun outdoors, and it's very solidly built. The tone advantage may be a bit subtle for some, but it does what it says it does - makes a clean amp sound like a Big, Pretty Clean amp. It's a toss up at the price whether it's a must-have item for a Page fan, but I can afford it and will keep it - it's a good pedal for playing with a big sound where you absolutely CANNOT crank your amp to get the tone.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is my main drive pedal

        By Chromaesthesia

        from The deserts of Utah

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Dynamic and Open
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Catalinbread Royal Albert Hall WIIO (RAH Hiwatt Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I love the Rah, if you play at a really low volume it doesn't shine as much but when you are playing live and in a band context this pedal is amazing. It does everything it is advertised to do, you have a massive dynamic range with it and it gets dirty. I love to run a boost in front of it to get almost fuzz like tones at full volume.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Ok, but not worth the money

          By Mike

          from New York

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design

          Cons

          • Limited Selection Of Effects
          • Not Versatile
          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Catalinbread Royal Albert Hall WIIO (RAH Hiwatt Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I ran this pedal through the clean channel on my Fender SuperSonic 22. I have a couple of Les Pauls, Strats, Teles and an SG. This pedal is designed to get that low gain crunch with a hint of fuzz tone from the early Zep days, specifically Jimmy's custom Hiwatt rig from the 1970 RAH concert. I totally get it's intent, which I like, but the tone itself is lacking in a few aspects. First, it sounds very "small", giving almost a "mono-like" effect, whereas some of my other pedals have a much fuller presence to them. Also, when using my Les Pauls I like to roll off the volume to clean it up, which it does nicely except for a "woofy fuzz" that still comes through and makes your speakers sound a little crackly. Only when using single coil guitars was I able to reduce this.
            The other drawback was that it only really does what it's intended for with high output pups. When used with some of my Strats or Teles I could hardly tell that it was on.
            It sounded best with my Les Paul with the gain at about one o'clock.
            After a good week or so of playing around with it I finally decided to return it. Cool idea and cool looking graphics, but it doesn't do anything that some of my other pedals can't already do or even my amp's gain channel.

             
            5.0

            Turns your amp into the amp you wish you had!

            By Fritzo

            from NW Ohio

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Great tone control
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Catalinbread Royal Albert Hall WIIO (RAH Hiwatt Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

                You can use the pedal to completely replace the overdrive channel of your amp- the creamy tone of this thing is simply fantastic! I've never used anything like it. Light strums on your guitar give a half-clean tone, hard hits give a very satisfying distorted tone, and cranking up the volume will let you rock out without oversaturation.

                I'm going to go as far to say that the RAH is eventually going to become a classic once the word gets out. It simply makes your guitar sound exactly like the sound you have in your head.

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