Catalinbread Formula 5F6 *Free Shipping in the USA*
The Formula 5F6 adds vintage tweed Bassman response to our range of
Foundation Overdrives, giving you the awesome characteristics of this
classic amp into any clean amp.
The tweed Bassman may be the most influential *guitar* amp of all
time. Although it was marketed as a bass amp, its treble, middle, bass
and presence controls and 4 x 10 configuration were perfect for guitar,
as guitarists soon figured out. How influential was the Bassman? Look up
the schematic and compare its preamp to that of a Marshall or Vox and
When a tweed Bassman is set at low to medium volumes, you get a
sparkling, harmonically rich tone. Turned up a bit more and it delivers
that famous on-edge-of-breakup character that is responsive to your
picking attack, a sound so craved by guitarists. Play a ringing open
chord and you'll be rewarded with lush harmonic swirl. And then crank
the volume up to 12 and you'll get a thick, creamy, meaty crunch - the
original genesis for all heavy guitar sounds to come. And if you hit it
really hard, you’re rewarded with a slight compression, a slight sag in
the response, that feels so good to play. The tweed Bassman is so
touch-sensitive and responds beautifully across the frequency spectrum.
If you play a Strat, this is a match made in heaven. Gibson style
guitars sound great too and will overdrive the preamp sooner and you’ll
start to recognize those tones you heard on famous records.
And with the Formula 5F6 you'll get that entire range of
response! It does that quick compression on the initial attack that
'exhales' quickly into a wide clean with lots of glassy chime on top and
a tight full low end.
But wait, there’s more! After we got the Formula 5F6 circuit
dialed in to reproduce the beautiful vintage tweed Bassman response, we
asked: “Hey what if we supercharged and gained this thing up but
pretended we had never heard of a Marshall?” Some tweaking to the gain
structure and tone circuit and boom! we got a great new voicing - much
higher gain, a bright attack, and as full as you want it. It was so cool
we decided to build it into the pedal, accessible through an internal
The Formula 5F6 lends itself to almost any musical style, from
the classic Strat - Bassman blues tones of Buddy Guy and Otis Rush to
artists like Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robbie Robertson, Robben
Ford, all the way to heavier styles by stacking boost, overdrive, or
fuzz pedals into it. Don’t worry, the Formula 5F6 won’t just make you
play old music! It will take you where your imagination takes you!