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Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret MKIII

Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret MKIII Overdrive, el. guitar effect pedal, classic british sound and response from plexi to early 70s super lead, the Dirty Little Secret MKIII works great as an "always on" pedal, designed to be the the core of your guitar sound which you can enhance by adding boosters, fuzzes, filters, and other overdrives in front of it, two classic circuits, selectable via an internal slider switch, controls: treble, middle, bass, master & pre-amp, powered by a 9V battery or a 9V DC power supply (barrel type connector - centre negative, not included, Item No. #108096), current draw: 5mA, made in USA

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Overdrive Yes
Distortion No
Fuzz No
Metal No
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Great Secret...

05.12.2016
...and it's little and dirty. Instant Marshall.
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Incredible Marshall-in-a-box

Fernando O., 17.02.2016
The pedal does what it promises and reacts just like a vintage amp.
It has two modes, JCM-800 (Superlead) and JTM-45 (Superbass), both with their own personality and dynamic characteristic.
In the first mode, you get the typical Marshall sound that is so much sought after and not normally found on a pedal, not even on Marshall's pedals, with crunchy and silky distortions, full of mediums and harmonics.
The second mode emulates the typical Hendrix amp, the JTM-45, which was curiously based on the Fender Bassman circuit. For my taste is the best of the two modes, because it is a very difficult sound to get. In fact, it is so well achieved that it surpasses even the original amplifier, with the possibility of achieving more gain than in the JTM-45, which is very interesting. You can check it in a comparison that is on Youtube. This mode works especially well as a basis for fuzzes and wah-wahs, giving them a truly organic character.
Both modes react as an amplifier would, because they are not emulations based on transistors but almost reproductions of the original circuits with FET technology. They emulate perfectly the harmonics and largely the punch of a stack of eight 12 ", with the physical limitations of the amplifier and cabinet that obviously reproduces it. They react very well to volume-cleaning (to achieve a clean sound, without distortion, Only by lowering the volume of the guitar) and the attack of the pick, characteristic of a good valve amplifier.
The controls are clear, a three band equalizer, gain and output, the latter being very practical control to be used as attenuator of a powerful ampli, for example a Deville, without losing too many nuances.
The switch to switch Superlead mode to Superbass is located inside the pedal, a very impractical detail that could have been solved relatively easily. Inside is also a presence control to adapt the definition of the pedal to the sound of our amplifier.
The pedal is built in very resistant metal, without tacos to support it on the ground, so it follows that Catalinbread assumes that it will go directly to our pedalboard.
In short, it's a great pedal that should be banned directly by sounding more like Marshall than Marshall. It is almost sinful not to marry it with a valve amp with a clean channel of category, for example a Hot Rod, although it sounds equally well in a transistor amplifier, endowing this one of an unusually alive character and valvulero.
It is definitely worth paying what it's worth, more than anything if you have a Fender amp, since with this little one you will have the best of both worlds.
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