Catalinbread launches the Blood Donor pedal in aid of the Red Cross

A “revamped and fine-tuned version” of the Katzenkonig pedal

Catalinbread has launched the Blood Donor, a guitar pedal from which proceeds will go towards the American Red Cross.

The Portland-based pedal brand said of the launch: “Here at Catalinbread, we’ve been hard at work coming up with any way we can to help our country’s most vulnerable citizens. Our Blood Donor pedal does just that: we pledge to donate 100 percent of all this pedal’s profits to the American Red Cross, along with a little gentle encouragement to give your own blood to the cause.”

The pedal itself is a reworked version of the Catalinbread Katzenkonig, a fuzz-distortion hybrid pedal. There are a few notable changes, such as a new set of transistors that provide even more saturation and gain on tap. The brand has also reduced the pedal’s noise floor, and increased the width of all of the controls.

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The brand also urged people who could to donate blood, explaining the dire circumstances created by COVD-19: “the American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.”

Catalinbread recently announced that it is under new ownership. The news followed a difficult period for the pedal-maker, after the death of founder Nicholas Harris.

The Blood Donor lists for $179.99, and will be available on 6 April 6th. Pre-order and find out more over at catalinbread.com.

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