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Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret Overdrive Pedal

Meant to be an "always on" overdrive, the Dirty Little Secret channels Marshall Super Lead and Super Bass voicing to disguise your amp as a British stack. (3) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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This Secret Weapon Pedal Turns Your Amp Into a British Stack!

Go from clean to scream with the Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret overdrive pedal. This compact powerhouse dirties up your output with wide-reaching tones, from a classic plexi sound, to that awesome early-'70s Marshall Super Lead or Super Bass sonic force. You have master, treble, middle, bass, and preamp controls at your disposal to craft your sound. Meant to be an "always on" overdrive, this pedal works magic alone, but it's also a great foundational tone-setting companion for axe-slingers with an abundance of hardware on their pedalboards.

The Foundation for Your Tone

Your Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret overdrive pedal works wonderfully as a standalone overdrive pedal, but it shines as a foundation-setting effects pedal that goes hand-in-hand with a whole host of other effects. If you choose to always leave it on and want to get a clean and clear output, simply roll back the volume dial on your guitar. This simple adjustment will go a long way and is easy to manipulate even while you're in the middle of your set.

Two Pedals in One: "Super Lead" and "Super Bass" Circuits

This overdrive pedal acts as two pedals in one, with an internal slider switch. The "Super Lead" circuit functions like a Marshall Super Lead amplifier. This circuit acts as a high gain setting with a breakup range that goes from a classic plexi all the way to modified JCM800 levels. Your axe's volume control works wonders on this circuit. Flip the internal slider switch, and you get the "Super Bass" circuit, which references the early plexi sound of Marshall Super Bass amplifiers. This is that "between dirty and clean" sound that pairs well with fuzz pedals. "Super Lead" mode focuses on those higher midrange frequencies, while the "Super Bass" mode places an emphasis on those lower and low-mid frequencies.

Fashioning Your Sound

To hone in on the sound your ears are thirsty for, the DLS puts a simple set of control dials at your disposal. 3-band EQ controls shape your high, middle, and low frequencies, and the master control sets the master volume level of your output. The pre-amp dial determines how much overdrive you want. Play around with your guitar's volume control to see how dynamic this pedal gets. If you're a pedalboard fanatic, then take some time playing alone with your Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret overdrive pedal to understand its individual nature, and then break it into your arsenal of pedals to explore some seriously vibrant overdrive possibilities!

Get an overview of the Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret Guitar Overdrive Pedal in this video demo:


Features:

- Overdrive pedal with two circuits modeled on classic amps
- One 1/4" instrument input
- One 1/4" output
- Master, treble, middle, bass, and pre-amp controls
- Dynamic gain range
- Two circuits in one -- super bass and super lead
- Circuits are selectable via an internal slider switch
- Compact pedalboard friendly size
- Powered via 9-volt battery or external power supply

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Catalinbread products.
- Power: Can be powered with a standard 9V battery or an external 9V - 18V DC regulated center-negative power supply.
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 0.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Dirty Little Secret

Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret Pedal

The Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret gives you classic plexi to early 70s Marshall Super Lead and Super Bass sound and response. Marshall amps helped supercharge the performance, and shape the sound of rock and roll. When the house lights dimmed, all you could see through the hazy darkness was the array of red pilot lights shining from a backline wall of Marshall stacks. It was the ultimate prelude to the impending rock. In the absence of your own personal wall of Marshalls and the necessary road crew required to lug them around, the Dirty Little Secret (DLS) is the perfect secret weapon in your tone arsenal.

This is your "always on" pedal, designed to be the "foundation" of your pedalboard, transforming any amplifier into those raging British stacks. It forms the core of your guitar sound which you can enhance and embellish by adding boosters, fuzzes, filters, and other overdrives in front of it - just like you would in front of a real amp. And the reason you can leave it always on is that you can get a great clean sound just by rolling back your guitar's volume knob! That's the way the old school Marshall players did things!

Two classic circuits, selectable via an internal slider switch:

- Super Lead: 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. Its gain range goes from classic plexi all the way to modified 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, its voice is all about thump and upper-midrange kerrang. This is THE rock sound!
- Super Bass: 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). Its voice is deeper bass, and an emphasis on the lower midrange band and sounds especially great with Fender style guitars.
- Tone stack: The DLS is two pedals in one. When you switch from SL to SB mode it completely reconfigures the tone stack and key first gain stage parameters to give authentic Super Lead or Super Bass type response. The SL/SB mode switch doesn't just add a bit more bass to make it a "super BASS". The treble-middle-bass tone control complement exactly reproduce the tone stack circuits of the Super Lead and the Super Bass amps. So when you switch from SL to SB mode, the tone circuit gets reconfigured to the Super Bass circuit.
- Mode Switch: The Super Lead and Super Bass are two remarkably different amps, and so the DLS is essentially two pedals in one....not a two channel pedal. You will hear the difference in the way the tone controls work, the way the gain character feels, and the way the overall frequency response sounds.
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "This is the Marshall in a Box pedal for sure"
Overall: This review is for Super Lead mode only as I have not tried the Super Bass mode. In Super Lead, this really does give you access to a range of Marshall amp tones. My target is something from Plexi to JCM800 depending on my needs and this pedal delivers. What you must keep in mind however is that the pedal reacts VERY differently based on input voltage. I honestly was not loving the pedal on 9 volts. It is billed as variac-like, and there may be some truth to that, but for my liking the tone was just way too loose and soupy and not to my ears what I like about the Marshall amps listed above. I decided to try 18 volts and whoa, that was the ticket. Much tighter, more "precise" but still has that tube amp feel. Very reactive with the guitar volume and picking dynamics.I should also mention that this pedal reacts very well with other pedals in front of it. A good screamer variant (I have the Cusack) gives you a fantastic gain boost for super sustaining solos or other work requiring extreme amounts of gain. A clean boost also works well, like the Xotic EP and I particularly love the DLS paired with my Xotic SP Compressor. It is this combination of the DLS and the SP that give me such an outstanding Marshall tone. Balanced, just enough gain, great sustain. Very inspiring and just makes me want to keep playing. Now I have access to all kinds of classic Marshall tones from 70s classic rock to 80s hair metal and everything in between. Works well with all my guitars from Duncan JB and 59 to Gibson 57 Classics to Barden Tele to EMG DG20 set.
Style of Music: Classic, 80s, Modern Christian
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Overall: I tested every OD pedal in my guitar shop and it was clear that the DLS was the winner. While other OD pedals sounded a little tinny or thin, the DLS sound incredibly thick and saturated. Goes great with Gibson SG in Super Lead mode. Super Bass mode sounds great with a Tele. This pedal will make any amp sound like a Marshall
Style of Music: Everything. From Abba to Zeppelin, Led.
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