Catalinbread RAH - great for bass/unsung hero

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by davexpert, Jan 12, 2014.


  1. davexpert

    davexpert

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    Hi,

    I wanted to post about an unsung hero in the bass pedal world, IMO... and my secret weapon: the Catalinbread RAH.

    I know the SFT gets all the attention because it does the cool classic SVT tube overdrive sound perfectly. But the RAH - which you may remember is the "Royal Albert Hall" overdrive, meant to simulate Jimmy Page's tone at Zeppelin's infamous Royal Albert Hall concert, where he used a wall of Hiwatts, really performs well for bass (as well as for guitar).
    Especially if you're going for a John Entwistle Leeds/Isle of Wight tone (which I am).

    It does not lose the "bass boom" at all, and adds that Hiwatt sizzle to the upper notes. I imagine the WIIO (Catalinbread's more popular Hiwatt-in-pedal-form) probably does the same thing, as the RAH is essentially a hot-rodded version of the WIIO... but anyway, thought I'd share.

    I hope to have a board recording soon of my band's gig last week - where I used this pedal. If it turns up/turns out, I'll post a sample.
     
  2. Michedelic

    Michedelic

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    Can anyone report on how the RAH compares to the Tech 21 Leeds pedal(for either guitar or bass)?
     
  3. davexpert

    davexpert

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    Don't know how it compares to the Leeds, but like the SFT, it is an overdrive rather than an amp sim
     
  4. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut

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    I agree. the RAH is a great sounding pedal for bass. I love mine, and the catalinbread WIIO is another great one.
     
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  6. Buchada Azeda

    Buchada Azeda

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    Can it do John Wetton's tone on King Crimson's LTIA and Red era?
     

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