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The Catalinbread SFT is one of the Foundation Overdrives – pedals can give you big, cranked up amp response at non-cranked volumes. To use it as intended, you’ll want your amp set to a relatively clean, flat response. In fact, the new SFT is Catalinbread's widest ranging Foundation pedal yet and responds particularly well to fuzzes, boosts, and overdrivers. To get acquainted with your new SFT, let’s plug it in by itself, without your other pedals. Start off with a clean sound from your amp.
This switch completely reconfigures the SFT and makes it become a completely new beast. Think Jekyll and Hyde! Two pedals in one! Stones Mode is super-refined and Stoner Mode is raw and unleashed! If you want the most authentic big Ampeg tube amp response, use Stones Mode. If you want a rippin’ high gain distortion sound that can achieve huge fuzz tones, use Stoner Mode.
Set Treble/Bass knobs to noon for a relatively flat response. Below noon to cut and above noon to boost. These are treble and bass shelving controls and have been carefully voiced for the SFT. In Stones mode, setting all controls at noon will give you a flat response with a slight emphasis on the lower mids to give that big bodied Ampeg sound. To get more of a mid-hump response, try starting with Bass at 9:00 and Treble at noon. The Treble control is voiced to boost not only the highs but the upper mids as well so you can turn the Treble control up a bit to get more mids to crunch through. Try setting the Treble from noon to about 1:30 to boost some upper mids without increasing the treble too much. Also, turning the Gain control up will provide more push in the midrange as well. And if you want to scoop the mids, just turn the Treble and Bass controls up. This is most effective when you run with lower Gain settings.
Turning the Bass control down from noon gives a high-pass shelving response around 200hz. This allows you to tighten up the response and attenuate those woolly and woofy frequencies. Turning up the Bass control boosts all those frequencies. You’ll notice as the Bass control is turned towards maximum, there wi