Catalinbread Manx Loaghtan. The Manx Loaghtan appears to have been available from Catalinbread from 2011 to 2014. It is still not that difficult to find used examples for sale online. After the pedal had been released for a time, Catalinbread changed their pedal graphics from a label to a hard surfaced paint-and-ink coating. As a result, markings on used Manx pedals that you find online today could look distinctly different. The newer pedal markings can also be seen in the Owner's Manual, linked below.
It's pretty clear that Catalinbread took the liberty of naming the pedal "Manx Loaghtan" so as to be able to put the image of a ram's head on it. If the connection still isn't clear, please read on...
The Catalinbread Manx Loaghtan is no longer being made.
- Knob 1 - "Treble": Adjusts the Treble frequencies of the fuzz with fully clockwise being maximum treble.
- Knob 2 - "Bass": Adjusts the Bass frequencies of the fuzz with fully clockwise being maximum bass.
- Knob 3 - "Level": Adjusts the Volume level (output) of the pedal, with fully clockwise being maximum volume.
- Knob 4 - "Sustain": Adjusts the Distortion/Fuzz of the pedal with fully clockwise being maximum distortion/fuzz.
- Footswitch 1 - "On/Off":
The Manx Loaghtan Fuzz employs what is known as a Baxandall tone stack. With a Baxandall, it's possible to dial in a frequency spectrum hump in the midrange, to have a flat EQ response, or to set a moderate scoop in the mids, depending on your settings. The Owner's Manual goes into some detail in explaining the function of a Baxandall tone stack.
The Catalinbread Manx Loaghtan is True Bypass.
A "Manx Loaghtan" is a breed of sheep native to the Isle of Man in Great Britain. Given the "Rams Head" motif of the pedal, it would not be incorrect to conclude that the Manx Loaghtan is Catalinbread's homage to the "Rams Head" Big Muff Pi pedal from Electro Harmonix.
The tone controls are a novel innovation, enabling greater tone variation than what is otherwise usually possible with a conventional Big Muff. A variety of reviews can be found online extolling the virtues of both the pedal, and its reworked tone stack.
Scraped from the original (now gone) Catalinbread Manx Loaghtan product page:
Phase Inversion: No
From our examination of the schematic below, the Manx Loaghtan does not appear to invert phase on the output as compared with the signal that goes into the pedal.
|Schematic ID||Electronic Part||Action||Phase State|
|Q4||2N5457||Does not invert||Inverted|
This will need to be borne out by testing and observation.
We are currently unaware of any artists actively using the pedal now, or who have in the past.
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