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Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret Red Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal

Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret Red Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal, Two Distinct "Super Lead" & "Super Bass" Voicings, 3-Band EQ, True Bypass, Handmade in Portland, Oregon


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If the classic Dirty Little Secret MKIII is your war-tested Marshall Plexi sidearm, Catalinbread's DLS Red is a finely-tuned and well-oiled (figuratively, of course) gain machine that they distilled into a more potent and volatile formula. Featuring a more refined set of gain stages that cuts through the low-mids of the original and brings you an extended barrage of punch and clarity, the DLS Red calls shotgun in the truck that is your pedalboard's dirt section. Catalinbread's flagship DLS circuitry has been modified to give you more of everything you love about the original with a touch more blistering, amp-smashing gain across both modes, as well as a more hi-fi EQ section and a fully-balanced - yet still very much Marshall - tonal profile.

Two Distinct Voicings: "Super Lead" and "Super Bass" Switchable via an Internal Slider Switch
The "Super Lead" mode gives you the great rock sound of a Marshall Super Lead amp with awesome harmonics, touch sensitivity, cab thumb, and kerrang. Higher gain than the Super Bass mode, Super Lead mode is perfect for use with humbucker-equipped guitars. It's gain range goes from classic plexi all the way to modi#ed JCM800 levels. And, just like a great Plexi, you can go from clean to scream with just a twist of your guitar's volume knob. Like a Super Lead, it's voice is all about thump and upper-midrange kerrang. This is THE rock sound!  

The "Super Bass" mode gives you the tone and gain structure of a Marshall Super Bass (which is very similar to a JTM45, JTM50/100, or very early Plexi). This mode was voiced to really hone in on that elusive in-between "not quite clean, not quite dirty" response that old tube amps were so good at getting. And it was specifically voiced to make fuzz pedals sound great (especially two-transistor based fuzzes like the fuzz face). Plug a Strat into a Fuzz Face into the new DLS in SB mode and you'll see what we mean! It's voice is deeper bass, and an emphasis on the lower midrange band (in contrast to the Super Lead mode's upper mid-range emphasis) and sounds especially great with Fender style guitars. (And basses too!)  

Controls the higher frequencies: Clockwise for more, counter-clockwise for less. Treble acts like a "mixer" control between the treble side and the middle/bass side.  

Controls the overall volume of the pedal: Clockwise for more. counter-clockwise for less. For the best response out of your DLS, you should set the Master volume so that the sound with the DLS engaged is a bit louder than your bypassed sound.

Controls the lower frequencies. Clockwise for more bass, counter-clockwise for less. Don't feel like you're doing something wrong if you find yourself wanting to run the Bass control at a very low setting as there is plenty of low-end on tap.

Determines how much gain or overdrive. Clockwise for more; counter-clockwise for less. The lower you have the Pre-Amp knob, the higher you'll want to have the Master control, and the higher you'll be able to get away with setting the Bass knob.

Controls the mid frequencies. Clockwise for more; counter-clockwise for less. This frequency gives energy to the guitar’s sound.

Presence Trimpot (Internal Control)
There is a trimpot (accessible by removing the bottom plate) that allows you to fine-tune the amount of presence or high treble frequencies that the pedal produces. It is factory set to provide the best tone in most circumstances.


  • SL/SB Mode Switch: Two Distinct "Super Lead" & "Super Bass" Voicings
  • Presence Trimpot to Fine-Tune Presence or High Treble Frequencies
  • Treble, Middle, & Bass Tone Controls
  • Pre-Amp Controls Amount of Gain or Overdrive
  • True Bypass
  • Handmade in Portland, Oregon
  • Power Supply Not Included

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Things You Will Get:

  • Guitar Effect Pedal


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Effect Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
True Bypass Yes
Control Layout Master Knob, Treble Knob, Middle Knob, Bass Knob, Pre-Amp Knob, On/Off Footswitch, Presence Trimpot (Internal Control), SL/SB Mode Switch (Internal Control)
Battery Power Yes
Battery Type 9V
Power Supply Type 9v-18v DC Power Supply
Power Supply Included No
Weight 0.40 lbs.
Dimensions 1.96 x 2.36 x 4.33 inches (WxHxD)
Model Dirty Little Secret Red
Warranty Info:

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.

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