Catalinbread Formula No. 55

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Excellent Product  (By TonyD)
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This pedal really nails the sound of a tweed deluxe. Of course the closer the amp you are using is to a deluxe, open back etc and a P90 guitar the closer the tone is going to be. I have searched for years trying to find a tweed deluxe that is loud enough to gig, and does not require a PA and will not turn to mud when pushed really hard.

I bought several deluxe models from Fender including a custom shop but they were not loud enough an open stage and got all muddy. With the CB 55 you can get the clean/slightly distorted tones from NY Zuma or the heavy distorted tones of Rocking in the Free World. the CB 55 can even go back to the After the Gold Rush era sound. And you can use your amp for the final volume.

Fantastic pedal if you are searching for a Neil Young tone. Boost function, master volumes allow for adjustments. (Posted on 3/30/17)
Catalinbread does it again!  (By Jim)
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I recently bought the Catalinbread Formula No. 55 to add to my current collection of pedals. In particular, it complements my Catalinbread DLS MKIII and 5F6 and my BJFE Honey Bee.

Although Andy's demos are great, I think the pedal actually sounds better "in person" than it does in the demo.

I play Strats through a Fender Deluxe, Single Chanel, 25W amp set very clean.

I use the Formula No. 55 at 9VDC (I tried up to 18VDC). It has the most beautiful "just before break-up" sound I've heard yet.

I am also using the Formula No. 55 in HI mode. At first, I was sure I would be using the LO mode but by using the HI mode with the Volume (drive) set low (around 9:00), it sounds stunning.

It also cleans up nicely with volume knob.

Thank you Catalinbread and proguitarshop.com! (Posted on 3/8/17)

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Catalinbread Formula No. 55

Catalinbread is the name that comes to mind when one thinks of the term “foundation overdrive,” in fact, Catalinbread coined the term. When the company comes out with a pedal that it says sounds like a 100-watt Tweed amp, you had best believe it does.

We played it. Believe it.

Let’s just get this out of the way: the gain range on the Formula 55 is incredible. In fact, there was so much range, it couldn’t fit on one knob. A pushbutton switch in the center of the pedal switches from Lo[w] to Hi[gh] gain modes, with Hi beginning where Lo leaves off. In short, that’s double the gain. Let’s talk about that gain for a second.

The Tweed Deluxe is a versatile amp. It was designed by Leo Fender to NOT distort. He even warned about how to combat distortion should the amp run too hot. Because aspiring rockers gave that warning the middle finger, we have rock ‘n’ roll. A cranked Tweed Deluxe may very well be the sound of rock ‘n’ roll—just ask Neil Young.

Fortunately, the Lo mode gives us those eggshell-walkin’ crystal clean tones—the kind of spanky, whistle-clean sounds that Leo Fender dreamed about when he laid down for bed. Pushing that switch in gives some grimy, greasy rock foundation that is the stuff of legends. Control both with the Volume knob.

Catalinbread has included two tone knobs: an overall Tone knob with whose function you’re familiar, and a Presence control that is centered at around 5kHz, which adds bite or smoothness to the pedal’s character. The Volume knob act as the gain control with the Master dial controlling the output level.

If that’s not enough, the Formula 55 can be powered by 18 volts, for those of you running pedals in front. This opens up the headroom dramatically, much like a real amp, and processes other effects or hotter pickups seamlessly. There’s a lot to love about the Formula 55, and we think you’ll find it compliments your other pedals nicely, but it packs enough of a wallop to use as someone’s only stompbox as well.

Catalinbread Formula No. 55 Features:

 

  • Hi-Lo pushbutton supercharges the gain level with a ton of versatility
  • Presence knob throws your signal to the front of the mix
  • Made in USA
  • Standard 9v center-negative power operation (can be powered by 18v, adapter not included)

 

warranty

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  • We kick them, stomp on them, toss them and play them hard. They can take it. But on occassion a pedal may break down on us. PGS offers a One-Year Platinum Replacement Warranty that covers all new pedals purchased with us from manufacturer defects. Any manufacturer's defect in your pedal within one year of purchase will result in the replacement of that pedal free of charge. Units returned defective due to user error or incorrect powering resulting in a non-functioning pedal are not covered under our replacement policy.  In this case please contact the manufacturer for repair.

    Please contact us for more details on this policy or if you would like to use this policy on an item your purchase with us in the last year. (503) 670-4949.

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  • Buy with confidence.
  • Hassle-free warranty replacement.
  • Fast turnaround.
  • We kick them, stomp on them, toss them and play them hard. They can take it. But on occassion a pedal may break down on us. PGS offers a One-Year Platinum Replacement Warranty that covers all new pedals purchased with us from manufacturer defects. Any manufacturer's defect in your pedal within one year of purchase will result in the replacement of that pedal free of charge. Units returned defective due to user error or incorrect powering resulting in a non-functioning pedal are not covered under our replacement policy.  In this case please contact the manufacturer for repair.

    Please contact us for more details on this policy or if you would like to use this policy on an item your purchase with us in the last year. (503) 670-4949.

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