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PG Plays: Catalinbread CB Series Overdrive, Distortion & Fuzz

Catalinbread Element Series Overdrive, Distortion & Fuzz Demos PG Plays

Watch John Bohlinger test out the range and roar of these high-quality, sweet-spot boxes.


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Catalinbread Elements Distortion Pedal

Catalinbread
$150

Everyone remembers this scenario: You’re 14, and no matter what you do, you just can’t muster up convincing hard rock tones out of your tinny practice amp. You’ve pretty much tried every last trick you’ve heard from your friends and classmates that doesn’t involve money, until that fateful day that someone whispers that familiar mantra in your ear. “Something something… distortion pedal.” Your hair stands up as you realize that this is the ticket to the big leagues. You get ahold of one of these mythical creatures and discover that it’s still rather lackluster. The Elements Distortion seeks to avoid this moment, giving you a no-nonsense thick and meaty distortion that you can feel in your gut and satisfy the rabid hunger within you. With just one solitary volume control, you can get burly crunch at low volumes or dime it and use your guitar’s volume control to keep the action even.

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