Which generation of the Catalinbread SFT is the way to go? Or alternative?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by fasto, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. fasto


    Mar 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    I kind of lost track of all the Catalinbread SFT versions and want to know the differences or summarized: which one is/was the best?

    I used to have SFT v1 but sold it and might regret it now. My old SFT didn´t like my active basses, even with powering it with 18 volts, but now i mostly play passive basses in C-standard tuning (stonerrock).

    Or should i better aim for an SFT alternative? Most important for me is touch sensitivity: as harder you hit the strings, as more dirt comes out.
  2. I never liked the SFT, too darn compressed.

    Go for a Barbershop, an Azure Drive, a Valvecaster, or something like that. Some people get good results out of the Beta, but again IMO/IME it was too compressed.
  3. MGR

    MGR Inactive

    Jan 18, 2015
    Bronx, NY
    I kinda agree with Blindrabbit. The SFT never sounded all that good. Too furry and not much articulation or definition. At least with the one I had about 4 years ago.
  4. fasto


    Mar 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    more opinions please ... i want to re-buy the SFT, but don´t know which generation, thx!
  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Creation Audio Grizzly sounds exactly like I always wished the SFT could sound like.
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  6. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    The Southampton Fifth Gear v2 is one for that as far as I am concerned.
  7. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    v1 has the big white knobs, v2 has smaller black knobs, or silver knobs. v3 has a switch to go between two gain settings 'stones' and 'stoner'.

    18V is definitely the way to go, especially if you have a high output bass.

    V1 has less low end and top end, but fatter lower mids that really fill out the mix. I had both for a while and thought I preferred the deeper lows and extended highs of the V2 at first, but with the band at volume, the V1 had more low mid grunt.

    I eventually replaced it with a Bearfoot Blueberry though. It sounds more tube like and responds better when digging in really hard. Fast forward several years and I am using a Solidgoldfx Beta as a dirty boost instead. Sounds very much like a tubescreamer but with massive lows and low mids, and not much top end!
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