When they got the idea for this pedal Catalinbread were trying to create a powerful bass overdrive based on the Ampeg flip-top style amplifier. THough during production of the SFT they realized that it works great for bass and guitar tones especially when you drop tune your favourite 6 string.
Simple Controls Incredible Range
The Catalinbread SFT has a simple 4 knob control layout that is easy to learn and under the hood has a lot of small nuances that let you get a wide range of sounds. All four of the controls do as you would expect being labeled Gain, Volume, Treble and Bass so you can instantly pick it up and get playing.
The Ampeg flip-top style amplifiers were well known for being able to deliver some incredible high gain sounds for rock bassists, but over the years guitarists have used them as well for low tuned high gain sounds when they want to keep all the low end in their tone. Although it is known for being able to fill even the biggest mixes with high gain wonder turning down the gain produces a really nice subtle overdrive that many will love.
2016 Version Updates
There has been a small change to the SFT for 2016 that actually adds quite a lot of new tones. The Stones/Stoner switch was designed to take you between two different distortion levels. Think one side is the Rolling Stones and the other is Stone Temple Pilots. Soft vintage clipping to more modern aggressive tones that push through the mix a lot harder.
Here's what Catalinbread say about the STF Overdrive
When we originally set out on our quest to make the best Bass overdrive ever, we never imagined that it could also sound so amazing with guitar - but then we got to thinking about some of the classic late '60s/early '70s 'Ya-Yas' era tones and thought we should take a stab at them. And heck while we're at it, it would be really cool if it worked for the more modern drop tuned heavy stuff too. Made sense since those tones were due in large part to guitars being played through amps designed for bass, right?