The Cat Tail is a low to high gain distortion with overdrive capabilities (some even say at high gain settings, it sounds like a fuzz). This circuit is based on a well-loved, classic distortion that make a clean amp dirty and a dirty amp disgusting. We have tweaked the original circuit to better meet the needs of guitarists and bassists alike. With the addition of a diode toggle for extra tweakability for clipping options, we have added to the modifications the Beavis double resistor mod (Clipping 1 and 2 pots) to allow the user to subtly fine tune how the signal clips on the highs and lows.
2nd DISTORTION MOD
via a latching footswitch, one can switch back and forth between two (2) distortion pots. Think of it like having two distortion presets and using a footswitch to move back and forth between the two. Please note that 2nd Distortion is not stacking
VOLUME: makes the output of the circuit louder or quieter.
TONE FILTER: moves from treble to bass when turned clockwise. There is a general high mids presence in most tone settings with little to no bass loss.
DISTORTION: moves from a little to no drive/distortion to high distortion when turned clockwise.
CLIPPING 1 & 2 POTS: fine tunes how the signal clips on the highs and lows. To start, roll them both back, then slowly roll them clockwise to find your personal taste in clipping of your signal.
DIODE TOGGLE: changes the clipping diodes from 1n914 silicon to no diodes to LEDs.