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Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by MarkM, Mar 10, 2020.

  1. MarkM

    MarkM Gold Member

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    I have a Chinese Plexi pedal that I like the sound but it's really noisy.

    I have been looking at options and have an opportunity to pick up a a DLS, I have also Google boxed the hell out of a Carl Martin Plexitone. I dig that pedal but it's not readily available around here.

    Anyone using the DLS or Plexitone?

    What say you?
     
  2. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    DLS has been around a long time now, and for a reason. I'm a little out of touch, but owned one and a buddy had a different version back in the day 7-8 years ago. They were great, Marshall In A Box, I forget if it was an original circuit or which old one it was based around, but they were really well loved.....like anything, not for everybody and had some non-fans, but way more ++ opinions than not.
     
  3. troyhead

    troyhead Gold Member

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    Best Marshall-in-a-box pedal I ever played was a Bogner La Grange. The various modes cover a lot of ground. It also cleans up well when rolling off the guitar volume, allowing you to go from crunch to solo just by turning up.
     
  4. reckless toboggan

    reckless toboggan

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    I've said it before....it may always be my answer.

    Best MIAB ever. They sound almost perfectly like my Studio Vintage (Plexi) and my Studio Classic (JCM800).

    The real sounds, not goosed a bit, or a modded amp, or a boosted amp, or what people remember thinking the Plexi and 800 sounded like,...

    There are Version 2's available, which I haven't played, but I am ecstatic with the versions that I have.

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  5. MarkM

    MarkM Gold Member

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    I checked this out and it seemed cool, price is out of my range though. Hard to justify for a guy that plays with a looper for himself!
     
  6. MarkM

    MarkM Gold Member

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    That looks like a great pedal,matched Andy on Reverb play it, great player and sound.

    Doesn't seem available in Canada?
     
  7. MarkM

    MarkM Gold Member

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    I found a Marshall Guv'nor GV-2 Plus locally, he wants $110 for it and although they are out of stock at L&M they list for $77.

    Seemed cool on YouTube, anyone have any insight on price?
     
  8. Budda

    Budda Gold Member

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    If l&m has it for $77, take 25% off and offer that.
     
  9. reckless toboggan

    reckless toboggan

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    I ordered them on Reverb.

    I messaged them and then they send an invoice. They shipped to me in Canada.

    The pedals (when I bought them) were built to order, and only a few pedals were available each week. So message PedalPal on Reverb and they'll get you set up.

    The shipping was fast. From order to receiving was about 2 weeks.

    I was a bit sketched out at first with the process that's different from the normal "plop it in your Reverb cart and go", but PedalPal has great communication and everything is very smooth.

    Really, really good pedals.

    ***Though, as I noted, they have the actual gain structure and amount of a Plexi or an 800. Not to suped-up gain of a Canatlinbread DLS, or Fulltone OCD, or Lovepedal Purple Plexi, etc. (I find that the pedals that most people closely associate with a Plexi or 800 actually have gobs more gain that the real amps ever had.)***

    But throw a MXR distortion +, or LPB-1, or DS-1 in front on them and they really, really sing, just like the real amps do.
     
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  10. mhammer

    mhammer

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    Got a note this morning that Catalinbread is offering a discount on B-stock pedals. These are fully functional warrantied new pedals, but they have cosmetic blemishes. The DLS is going for $125USD.
     
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  11. Cardamonfrost

    Cardamonfrost Gold Member

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    I use a DLS V3 (newest) and it is amazing. I have always been a TS9 guy. I still use one on my board, but it has changed roles. I used to use the TS9 as my always on effect to shape the tone from my Princeton (and Deluxe and Twin before that). Now my DLS is always on, and what it does for the amp is nothing short of miraculous. The ability to control mids, and the over all boost in, I dunno, clarity? cut? cleanness? tone-going-through-that-I-didn't-know-was-there-beforeity? Truly amazing, that and it has a great level of adjustability for the level of distortion.

    I don't know if its tone controls are active? feels like they are all individual amps and can add volume to certain ranges, not just take away like some tone controls.

    I have never used a Marshal amp, but that DLS is the best I have tried yet. Made my entire rig sound better in a way I do not have applicable adjective for. I didn't realize how much of a wet blanket my TS9 was. And I have Analog Man ones, stock ones, vintage ones, etc. Now they just feed the DLS when I want a boost for solo time.

    I have run the DLS on 9,12 and 18V and they are all nice, but 9 allows me to keep the volume in check easier. I haven't played with the internal switches, it was brilliant out of the box. Bought it on Reverb for 150$ shipped.

    I also have used the Keely 1962x and its neat, but no DLS.

    C
     
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  12. Dorian2

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    Not sure if the Xotic SL drive is part of this family of pedals. I'd think so as I've seen it compared to Plexi style pedals before. Really like what I get out of mine.
     
  13. reckless toboggan

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    I think someone's a closet Marshall guy...

     
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  14. Cardamonfrost

    Cardamonfrost Gold Member

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    Honestly, if a Marshal sounds like my 68 CPRRI with a DLS, it may be my next amp. However the Fender 'looks' like an amp should, to me anyways.

    C
     
  15. reckless toboggan

    reckless toboggan

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    I'd suggest trying a Marshall Studio Vintage. Drive is fat, warm, crunchy, and super saturated, unreal harmonics...the cleans are fat, warm, punchy, chewy, saturated, and sparkling.

    I effing love mine. (SV20 head)

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    I have Marshalls, Fenders, and Traynors. So I'm not a this or that type of guy.

    I'm polyamperous.

    I love a wide variety of amps.

    But man that little Plexi is just something else.
     
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