Catalinbread Debuts New Epoch Boost Preamp, Buffer

Catalinbread Epoch Boost
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Catalinbread has debuted its new Epoch Boost preamp/buffer pedal.

Modeled after the preamp found on the beloved Maestro Echoplex EP-3 - even using the same circuitry - the Epoch Boost is designed to be used as a "mastering pedal," taking guitarists' base tones and outputting more constructed, complex sounds.

For those who wish to use the Epoch Boost as a stompbox only, the pedal features a switchable hi-Z input buffer. The pedal draws 2mA of power at 9V, and is upped to 22V internally to capture the original EP-3's headroom.

Catalinbread Epoch Boost

(Image credit: Catalinbread)

When cranked up, the pedal's boost control offers 20dB of boost. When rolled off, users can simply enjoy the tone offered by the original EP-3.

The Catalinbread Epoch Boost preamp/buffer pedal can be preordered now for $149, and will be fully available on September 23.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at and He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.