Catalinbread Formula No. 5 Foundation Overdrive Guitar Effects PedalSKU: CFORMULA5-P
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The Catalinbread Formula No. 5 was inspired by old tweed amps, most notably the 5E3 circuit. The character of the 5E3 is very unique. It has very minimal power filtering, low plate voltages, elemental tone stack, and does next to nothing to control the low end between gain stages, not to mention the under-rated output transformer and speaker. The entire system runs inefficiently resulting in a loose bass, greasy mids, cutting treble, and incredible grit – none of these qualities were ideal or intentional back in the day. In spite of this, over the past five decades the amp inspired some of the coolest, most sought after guitar tones ever recorded.
Catalinbread has captured the unique qualities of these amps in the Formula No. 5. For this circuit Catalinbread felt cascaded JFET gainstages yielded the best result. They have a softer sound than MOSFETs. JFETs also have much more natural attack/decay than diode clipped rigs which are pingy on the attack and fizzy on the decay. We chose capacitor types that enhanced the midrange and burnished the treble.
Handbuilt in beautiful Portland, Oregon by a mostly caffeine-fueled staff of musicians, gear heads, and artists.
- The famous Tweed amp sound in pedal form
- Goes from sweet and singing to ragged and raging
- Tone circuit functions as a bright cap or treble rolloff depending on Gain
- Great foundation for fuzzes and boosts
- Specially Selected Components
- True Bypass Switching
- Battery operation or 9v-18v DC (not included)
- 2 mA draw
- 2.34" x 4.39" pedal
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- Killer Tones
- Well built
Comments about Catalinbread Formula No. 5 Foundation Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:
This thing really provides that fat sag and overdrive of a 50's era tweed amp. Gorgeous sounding and just killer all the way round.
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Series . Model Formula No. 5 Foundation Overdrive
3 Years Parts and Labor
Catalinbread LLC will repair or replace this unit if it fails to operate due to defects in materials and/or workmanship for a period of 3 years to the date purchased by the original owner. This warranty does not cover misuse or neglect by the user. Nor does it cover cosmetic damage to the finish and external hardware. To qualify the unit must have been purchased by an authorized Catalinbread dealer in the country of the original owner.
To qualify, simply fill out the warranty form and return to manufacturer within 10 days of purchase including a copy of the purchase receipt.