NAMM 2020: Catalinbread gets monstrous with the Giygas fuzz and Epoch Boost

Featuring a fuzz-EQ pedal and a 22V Echoplex preamp.

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NAMM 2020: Portland-based pedal builders Catalinbread Effects has revealed the Giygas fuzz/EQ and the Epoch Boost as the latest effects to join their stompbox lineupup.


The Giygas is a hybrid pedal that pairs a fuzz circuit with an EQ feature for added versatility. The stock sound of the fuzz is “brawny and fierce”, the brand claims, while providing plenty of sustain and articulation. A gyrator-based mids boost and a tilt EQ circuit round up the rest of the features of the Giygas, wiring-wise. Aside from the Loud, Fuzz, EQ and Mids knobs, an additional Blend knob allows users to controls the clean signal’s presence in the effect. The wide sweep of the Blend control allows the Giygas to work across a variety of guitars, including basses.

Epoch Boost

Meanwhile, Catalinbread has built on the success of its Epoch Pre with the more pedalboard-friendly Epoch Boost. Instead of merely being voiced after the legendary Echoplex EP-3, the Epoch Boost’s enclosure contains the entire preamp of the EP-3, including the mixer stage. Furthermore, it features an internal voltage amplifier that runs the pedal at the original 22 volts, without the need of specialised power supplies. The Epoch Boost also features a switchable JFET buffer circuit which helps to preserve the guitar’s output impedance, which can prove useful when running a guitar signal through a long line of true-bypass pedals.

Pricing and availability of the Catalinbread Giygas and Epoch Boost TBC. For more information, click here.

Find out more about NAMM 2020 here.

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