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Catalinbread Elements Series

Catalinbread Elements Series  ·  Source: Catalinbread

Catalinbread Elements Series

Catalinbread Elements Series  ·  Source: Catalinbread

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Catalinbread Elements Series is a new range of one-knobbed pedals. Each one is priced at $150 and was designed as a minimalist, no-fuss pedal. This new range launches with a Fuzz, Overdrive and Distortion circuit.

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Catalinbread Elements Series

The new Elements Series from Catalinbread is going to draw obvious comparisons with the JHS 3 Series. Whereas the 3 Series are all priced at €99 each, the new Elements Series are all $150 a piece instead. Also, the Mr Black series of mini-pedals is another boutique brand making well-priced high-quality designs.

So what has Catalinbread got to offer us for $150?

Catalinbread Elememts Fuzz, Overdrive and Distortion pedals

Three pedals at $150 each

Budget Boutique?

Billed as ‘Maximum Tone for the Minimalist’ by Catalinbread, each pedal is based around a simple-to-use one-knob design. A design that was created to be as flexible as possible for this format. The company also states that they have used ‘high-quality through-hole parts’ throughout the builds. What we have here then is another boutique brand offering high quality on a budget.

Each pedal comes housed in a black paint job with ‘Catalinbread’ emblazoned across each in a bold white font, along with the name of the specific pedal itself. I think it looks a bit headache-inducing though and the Fuzz, Overdrive and Distortion names really don’t stand out very well. Each has a different coloured LED to indicate which one it is with Red for Distortion, Blue for Fuzz and Green for Overdrive. The input and output jacks are all top-mounted along with the power supply input.

Fuzz

A silicon-based fuzz is what you get with the Elements Fuzz and it is described as being perfectly balanced.

Elements Fuzz

Elements Fuzz

Distortion

The Elements Distortion is described as “a no-nonsense thick and meaty distortion”.  I guess it will go from low gain to full-on with a twist of the knob.

Elements Distortion

Elements Distortion

Overdrive

Last up, is the Elements Overdrive and this design offers “amp-like breakup regardless of where the volume is set”. Which is a very broad statement and so could be good, or could be just unusable.

Elements Overdrive

Elements Overdrive

One-Knob

Having a single-knob design to control a pedal is not a bad thing. I just think that perhaps at this $150 price point Catalinbread could have offered designs that are a little more flexible. Plus, I really do not like that paint job, as it looks way too busy, makes it look crowded and it could have been a lot simpler and easier on the eye.

They sound pretty decent though from what I have heard in the video demos. I still think they are a little underwhelming overall and none of the designs is what I call a standout must-have design.

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MSRP – USD 150 each

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  • Three pedals at $150 each: Catalinbread
  • Elements Fuzz: Catalinbread
  • Elements Distortion: Caralinbread
  • Elements Overdrive: Catalinbread
Catalinbread Elements Series

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