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Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal 

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The Sabbra Cadabra is a custom-tuned Rangemaster-based booster combined with the pre-amp section of a Laney Supergroup. The two circuits are carefull...Click To Read More About This Product

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Transform any guitar rig into a rig of doom with the Sabbra Cadabra.

The Sabbra Cadabra is a custom-tuned Rangemaster-based booster combined with the pre-amp section of a Laney Supergroup. The two circuits are carefully voiced together to achieve the riffs of doom tone that Tony Iommi is so well known for. Four controls (RANGE, GAIN, PRESENCE, and VOL 4) allow you to fine-tune the response to your guitar and rig. If you'e familiar with Sabbath' live album, ˜Past Lives™, then you™ll understand where Catalinbread were going with this pedal - huge, raw, responsive!

The Sabbra Cadabra' circuit is optimized for drop-tuning but works equally well for standard tuning thanks to the RANGE control, which allows you to œcustomize the treble-booster section of the circuit and adjust it anywhere from treble-boost to full-range boost. According to Mr. Iommi, someone modded his Dallas Rangemaster. Based on their experience, it was most likely changing it to be more of a full-range boost and possibly re-biasing it. That' what's meant by a œcustomizable treble-boost section with the RANGE knob - you can continuously adjust it to any input frequency response and feel that you want.

The Sabbra Cadabra was designed to give players that sonic experience, re-contextualized for today' approach where players tend to use amps solely within their clean range at more mortal volume levels.

FEATURES
  • Based on classic tones from legendary Toni Iommi
  • "Customizable" tone; adjust to any input frequency response

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CatalinbreadSabbra Cadabra Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (3)
  • Excellent sound quality (3)

Cons

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4.0

adds a lot of noise

By M

from Longmont

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Pros

  • Compact Design

Cons

  • Noisy

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I won't say that I suddenly found that I was taken over by the spirit of Tony, but it does have some of the same tones that I hear coming from him. If you watch any of the videos out there about this pedal, you can clearly hear the extra noise that is produced when the pedal is on. I don't mind this, but some may find it distracting.
I personally think this is a good distortion pedal, but it probably won't be the only one to own for most, it is a good addition to the kit for anyone who wants to rock. It did not play well with my other pedals at first, I spent quite a bit of time trying it in different positions in the chain.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tony Iommi Has to Be Inside!

By Bluesolution

from Detroit

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Great Customer Service
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I've been looking for that perfect Black Sabbath tone since seeing them in 1974. This pedal gets the job done and hands down blows away the 15w Laney effort. Save yourself the cash and just plug this thing into your current amp. Sounds best when the amp has some headroom and really shines with vintage single coils, P90's or strat. The nice thing is you can really get some great tone without disturbing the neighbors or blowing out your eardrums, whichever comes first. I opened it up just to make sure Tony wasn't in there.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sabbath is in here

By Dalton

from Pennsylvania

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Comments about Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I bought this in June of 2015 and I love it for not only Sabbath tones but just a general overdrive pedal with or without a tubescreamer before it, boosting it. I like the gain low & the Range & Presence high! The Range control is where the magic is! Crank up the Range knob to get Tony Iommi to come out of this pedal & show you how it's done! He used a Dallas Rangemaster treble booster to get that fuzzy, pointy, almost uncontrollable loud and in your face tone that we've all tried to emulate forever! And this pedal has that treble booster circuit under the "Range" knob! It's so loud that I keep the pedal's volume knob around a quarter of the way up, and the volume knob is labeled VOL.4 ,how awesome is that? Use this pedal at your own risk!

(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Really disappointed, wanted to love it based on the demos

By trafficlightblue

from Toms River, NJ

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Pros

  • Appeared to be well made

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Limited Selection Of Effects
  • Not Responsive
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Many folks have recommended Catalinbread pedals across the communities I encounter. I have watched many of their demo videos and have always been thoroughly impressed. Most recently I came across their demo video for the Sabbra Cadabra pedal and I was blown away. I'm a huge Tony Iommmi fan and I really enjoy his tone. It also turns out their demo setup was almost identical to my setup (They played an LPJ with P90s through a Fender Princeton - I play an ES-339 with P90s through a Fender Deluxe). I was prepared to order one online based on the demo video alone but fortunately I found a local store that had one in stock. I spent thirty minutes with it earlier today (and the Catalin RAH pedal) and here are my thoughts:

    I picked up a Gibson Les Paul Junior with P90s and plugged the Sabbra Cadabra into the front of a Fender Deluxe. I plugged into the Vibrato channel of the Deluxe with Treble and Bass at 6, Reverb at 2, Vibrato Speed/intensity at 1, volume at ~3-4. I set all controls on the Sabbra Cadabra to 12 o'clock to start.

    With all pedal controls at 12 there was certainly a distinctive tone shift and volume boost when activating the pedal. My initial impression was very muddy and fuzzy, but I figured I needed to do some tweaking at this point.

    This is where my confusion set in - there was such a small margin of error to achieve a good sound with this pedal. At one point I finally stumbled into a 'mediocre' sound, but every other setting I dialed in was just extremely underwhelming based on the hype and price tag. I was extremely disappointed because the demo videos for this pedal imply this pedal is a monster of tone, but I felt competitor pedals at half the price do much better. I even tried switching to lower wattage amps to give the pedal the benefit of the doubt to push some more volume (I really WANTED to love it).

    Save your money and look elsewhere, there are better ODs at half the price and better Fuzzes at half the price, this does neither well.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sabbath in a box. A very unique drive pedal.

    By Jack

    from New York

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I have a Laney amp and this pedal (which is designed to mimic a Laney preamp) is all that and more. It has the unique quality of being very clear even on chords like augmented 5ths that usually throw heavier dirt pedals off. Some pedals sound better in the high range than low ot vis versa but much like Iommi's sound, this one screams in every range. I wish the jacks were top mounted (though I could say that about most pedals.) I was a bit disappointed with the treblebooster function. It does alter the tone but not much. On the whole though, a great pedal if you want something compact that rocks.

         
        5.0

        Great pedal just what I was looking for

        By JKWentzel

        from Houston, TX

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

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            Comments about Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Practicing at home, durable enough to be used anywhere

             
            5.0

            kiss

            By scott

            from georgia

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            Comments about Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            great distoratin for heavy metal with a low sound i like it

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            amazing product

            By Sabbath Worship

            from Santa Rosa, CA

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            Comments about Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Couldn't be happier!

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