Catalinbread Formula 5F6 Tweed Bassman Overdrive Effects Pedal
Squeezing the famously big sounds of an infamously big amp into a fantastic little pedal, the Catalinbread Formula 5F6 brings the Tweed tones of the Fender Bassman to your pedalboard! Covering all the basses, it can be used as a sparkling clean boost, rich overdrive or soaring solo lead tones!
- Tweed Bassman Tone
- Treble, Middle and Bass Controls for Enhanced Tone-Shaping
- Internal Switch for Bassman or Secret Lead Modes
- Hand-Built in Portland, Oregon USA
- Rugged and Durable Lightweight Enclosure
- 9-18 Volt DC power supply or Battery Operational (Not Included)
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The Formula 5F6 adds vintage tweed Bassman response to Catalinbreads range of Foundation Overdrives, giving you the awesome characteristics of this classic Fender Bassman into any clean amp!
The controls reproduce exactly, part-for-part, the tone circuit ('Tone stack') of the tweed Bassman. If you're familiar with the tone controls on that amp, you'll already know how these work! The circuit was carefully tuned around this tone stack to give great tones, no matter how the tone knobs are set. You'll find a huge universe of useful tones to make your part stand out in the mix!
The Formula 5F6 was tuned to give useful and compelling tones all the way throughout the sweep of the gain control! Spend time finding the sweet spot for your guitar! The gain, circuit-wise, works in the same way as the 'Bright Volume' control on a Bassman. So, turned down low, you'll get those great sparkly cleans, turned up midway or so and
you'll get that elusive touch-sensitive response where you can play clean or dirty just by varying your picking attack. Crank it all the way up you'll get the gain structure of a Bassman on 12, thick and overdriven, but still sounding very California.
The Formula 5F6 has 2 internal controls, there's a switch to change between Stock Bassman (S. Bass) and Secret Lead (S. Lead) mode! It will transform the Formula 5F6 from vintage low-gain goodness into a fire-breathing monster from California! The gain gets pushed way up and the tone stack is reconfigured to a new voice that has a bright edge with plenty of fullness. The second control is trimpot which dials in the level of presence, if you find that you need a bit more brightness to cut through your band and the drummer's cymbals, go ahead and adjust the presence trimpot to be a bit brighter. The factory setting is exactly halfway on the trimpot.
The Formula 5F6 can operate from 9 to 18 Volts so if you want more volume, headroom, and percussive attack, try running an 18 volt power supply. A 9 volt power supply will have a slightly softer sound that saturates more easily. the F56 LOVES being hit by fuzzes and boosts! Just like the amp that inspired it! With some good fuzzes and boosts, you'll be able to take the 5F6 from vintage roots sounds all the way to metal - at any volume!
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