Catalinbread Katzenkonig Distortion Effects Pedal
The Catalinbread Katzenkonig is melting pot of crunchy overdrive, sizzling distortion & ripping fuzz! Taking inspiration from 2 classic stomp-boxes & melding them together to produce some truly beautiful sonic destruction! The Katzenkonig gives you super-rich sustain & thick lead tones you'll find in a great fuzz while chord work & riffs retain the density & response of a brilliant distortion!
- Custom circuit inspired by 2 vintage classics, the RAT and the ToneBender!
- Huge range of versatility, ranging from crunchy Overdrive to total Fuzz meltdown sounds!
- 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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Catalinbread combined the best elements of a Tone Bender MkII fuzz with a Rat distortion to create something that sings like a fuzz but is tight like a distortion. It loves humbuckers and single coils! It loves your cranked amp and your super-clean amp!
KatzenkÖnig. The Cat King. It sings like a fuzz, yet is tight like a distortion. It loves single coils and humbuckers. It sounds great into a clean amp or into an overdriven amp (or pedal). So, is it a fuzztortion? Or is it a distorfuzz? We'll leave the semantics up to you but what we can tell you is that KatzenkÖnig combines the best elements of a Tone Bender MkII fuzz with a Rat distortion. That's right! The circuit is all discrete, using a trio of silicon transistors in a modified Tone Bender MkII arrangement with the output section of a Rat, including its clipping section, filter, and output buffer. KatzenkÖnig was tuned to offer a huge range of response from a really beautiful singing tone, to tight, harmonically rich crunch, all the way to fuzz mayhem!
A simple, four knob control scheme allows you to dial in your sound quickly and without much fuss...
The Input sensitivity control is much like a volume control at the front of the circuit. It attenuates your guitar signal going into the fuzz section. It also has an effect on the input impedance of the circuit, allowing you to better match KatzenkÖnig with pedals plugged in front of it. In particular, you can use Input to tune KatzenkÖnig's response
to a wah pedal plugged in front. A lot of fuzz pedals have a really low input impedance which decreases the range of sweep on a wah pedal. Plug in a wah pedal and then adjust the Input control to hear how it works. When Input is set to maximum, most wah pedals will barely 'wah'. Start dialling Input back and you can hear the wah's sweep range increase! Basically, you can tune your wah's response with it!
The Gain control is really straight forward to use. Crank it up or down to find the response you're after. Don't be afraid to use lower Gain settings. This control was designed to give you great sounds anywhere on its rotation! In general, Gain settings below noon will give you more of a distortion character. Above noon to brings on the fuzz.
The Filter control is at the end of the circuit, after the fuzz section. It allows you to dial in the final tone of KatzenkÖnig. Turning it clockwise results in a darker, creamier sound. Turn it counter clockwise for more brightness. The sweet spot is usually somewhere around noon on the dial!
There's not much to say about the Volume control other than the fact that it uses companderless circuitry. Turn it down for great late night practice tone. Crank it up when it's time to be loud and proud!
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|Customer Comment||Our Response|
|This is a killer fuzz/distortion pedal. I'm using it with a telecaster through a Blues Jnr. It fattens up the single coil bridge pickup to something approximating a humbucker and using different pickup selections I can dial in anything from AC/DC to Hendrix to the Black Keys and everything in between.|
|3.5/5 nice distortion with a fuzz edge, the compression can be a bit over bearing at times and can squash dynamics.|
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