Catalinbread Super Chili Picoso
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Catalinbread Super Chili Picoso

Super Chili Picoso, Guitar/Bass booster from Catalinbread.

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denied 31/07/2011

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"Last clean boost you’ll buy"
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- One simple control for volume boost
- Additional toggle between clean and fat boost
- True Bypass
- Handwired Catalinbread construction
- Compact
- Powered by 9v battery or boss style adapter (negative tip)
- Awesome graphics


UTILIZATION

Pretty much everything you’d need out of a boost pedal. You have one knob to set for the desired decibel bump. This is really convenient as it can be easily adjusted by foot without fear of changing any other knobs. The toggle switch is spaced well enough that it can also be adjusted by foot pretty easily. It is nice and compact, easily dropped onto any board.
My one complaint with the Super Chili Picoso is that the engaging it for the first time sends a really loud click through your amp. I understand that the true bypass setup means there isn’t a whole lot you can do about it, but none of my other TB pedals do this. I just make sure to engage it once at every gig before firing my amp up, to avoid sending the click through the PA.


SOUND QUALITY

This isn’t a treble boost, and it isn’t going to add any clipping to your setup. You get your exact tone reproduced at a louder volume. It functions pretty much perfectly. I tend to leave mine on the clean boost setting for simplicities sake. On the fat setting, you get a little bit of sparkle added to the top end of your signal. It is a little difficult to describe, you really have to hear it for yourself, but sounds fantastic.
A really cool feature is that by running it with the volume knob at 0, it can be used as a signal buffer. Yes, if you are using an all true bypass chain, you really want a buffer or you’ll end up losing a lot of high end.


OVERALL OPINION

This is pretty much all I could possibly want out of a clean boost. Functions perfectly, easily adjustable on the fly, and extra features like the fat setting or buffer mode are just a gigantic plus. I use it regularly so that I’m not relying on front of house guys to control my levels and bring me up for leads. Much simpler this way. Remember, the FOH guy (or girl) controls how good you are going to sound, and anything you can do to make him/her happier, the better you’re going to be treated. I know some people use volume pedals or the guitar volume knob, but that can pull some of the higher end from your signal, and at higher gain setups, is going to completely change your tone. A good clean boost is essential to any gigging board in my experience. There are plenty of options out there, so shop around, but this is the one I recommend.

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