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The Epoch Pre employs the exact preamp circuit from the original EP-3. It can be used anywhere in your pedalboard chain but one of the best uses of it is having it as the very last pedal before your amp. When used this way, the Epoch Pre is like a mastering plug-in. It will make your entire pedalboard sound better, at any volume you choose. Many pedals, especially overdrives and fuzzes, sound their best when cranked up but sometimes they hit your amp too hard or you have to play too loud to get the sound. By turning the Balance control down on the Epoch Pre, you’ll get that huge sound even at bedroom volumes. Or, you can boost your amp to the high heavens.

  • Exact preamp circuit from the EP-3 including JFET gain stage, the mixer stage, and the circuit loading from the tape circuitry.

  • Operates on standard 9 volt pedal power supply, internally converted to shunt-regulated 22 volts, just like an EP-3.

  • All-discrete, through-hole construction with orange drop 225P capacitors, carbon composition resistors, and other premium parts.

  • Early or Later preamp voicings switchable from front panel button. Early voicing has tightened bass and upper-midrange boost. Later voicing has extended bass and a broad, creamy response.

  • Balance control replicates EP-3 mixer stage. From minimum to noon it controls the volume. From noon on up, subtle frequency and phase shifts occur.

  • Bias control ranges from EP-3 unity gain response all the way to a huge amount of clean boost.

  • Boost control sets the amount of preset boost activated via the Boost footswitch. The Boost function adds even more boost to wherever the boost level from the Bias control is set.

  • Switchable output buffer via front panel control. When buffer is on, it remains on even when preamp is bypassed. The buffer runs at 22 volts and is an all-discrete silicon transistor based circuit (bootstrapped bipolar emitter follower).

  • Dual outputs to drive two amps or two different signal chains.

Get your Catalinbread Belle Epoch Pre Preamp-Buffer Pedal today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

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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.