Cut through the mix with authority!
The Catalinbread Karma Suture line was inspired by the rare Harmonic Percolator™. Not just a clone, we’ve expanded the potential by adding the exclusive Density and Diodes controls coupled with months of fine-tuning to get everything just right. You’ll find great sounds through the rotation of all the controls. No matter how you have the pedal set, the tone and response is always alive, sensitive to your every playing nuance.
Silicon Karma Suture ups the gain, output, and brightness with two silicon transistors, still in PNP/NPN configuration, along with a pair of silicon diodes, configured for asymmetrical clipping.
Whether you’re using the Karma Suture as your standalone dirt box into your amp or you’re using it to boost, overdrive, and enhance your existing dirt pedals, you’ll be greeted with harmonic distortion laden with even-order harmonics – sweet and musical, even with complex chord voicings. Both models provide you with amazing even-order harmonic distortion with distinct personalities. If you’re familiar with the difference between a germanium and silicon fuzz face, then those qualities apply to the Karma Suture as well – germanium gives you a thick, sweet response with a softer picking attack. Silicon provides a more immediate picking attack with a more aggressive tone.
So, you’re thinking, is it a fuzz? Yes! Is it an overdrive? Yes! Is it a sparkly boost? Yes, again! Karma Suture’s four control layout allows you to dial in a huge range of harmonically rich tones that sound great into clean amps and as well as overdriven amps. Or into a foundation overdrive, such as the Dirty Little Secret. It can work equally well with vintage single coils and hot humbuckers.
Because Karma Suture generates predominantly even-order harmonic distortion, you will notice amazing clarity even with extreme settings. You can even play complex chord voicings and yet every note rings through clear! Try that with your average fuzz or distortion pedal! And even at maximum settings, the Karma Suture retains an open and responsive character unlike a lot of fuzzes and distortion pedals. Even though it has an open character, you can get amazing sustain with the Karma Suture on, especially if you’re hitting a cranked up amp with it. Harmonics come in waves, undulating in and out as you hold that epic power chord.
The Density control goes from a thick fuzz tone that can sound like an amp ready to explode all the way to a tight harmonically rich overdrive that screams “rock and roll!”. This control is the key to dialing in the Karma Suture with any rig, allowing you to fine-tune to find the exact sweet spot.
The Diodes control allows you to set the threshold of the diode clipping circuit – from full clipping to get the most distortion and compression all the way to no diode clipping for a wide-open (and LOUD!) sound.
The Input knob controls how much of your guitar signal gets to the harmonic generator. Set it low for a lively boost, laden with even-order harmonic content. Or crank it all the way up to get fuzz blasts!
And Output controls the volume level. This pedal is capable of some serious output in certain settings!
In general, the Karma Suture likes to be up towards the front of your signal chain. Like most fuzz type pedals, Karma Suture does NOT like buffered pedals in front of it. You should only run true-bypass pedals before it. If you put a buffered pedal in front of it the sound will get very bright and harsh, and you will lose touch sensitivity. You should put it before any foundation overdrives (amp-in- the-box type pedals) so that the Karma Suture is boosting the “amp”. If you’re using other boosts and fuzzes, experiment with the stacking order to see where the Karma Suture fits best for you.
The Karma Suture has been designed to be able to work great with a variety of guitars with passive pickups. If you’re running vintage output single coils, you’ll be able to get away with much higher settings of the Density and Input controls. But if you’re running a guitar with hot humbuckers, worry not! With the pedal’s controls set high you’ll get awesome overloaded amp meltdown sounds but you can quickly tighten things up by setting the Density and Input controls lower. With the Density control set low, you’ll slice right through the band mix with authority!