“A fully customizable amp-in-a-box experience”: Has Catalinbread’s Dirty Little Secret Deluxe just redefined amp-like overdrive pedals?

Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret Deluxe
(Image credit: Catalinbread)

Catalinbread has supersized its venerable Plexi-in-a-box drive pedal and launched a Deluxe version of its Dirty Little Secret – “The ultimate Marshall Plexi emulation and fully customizable amp-in-a-box experience”, according to the company.

You think you know an overdrive pedal and then you check back in on it and the thing has grown, acquired new features, and then makes an even more persuasive case that it should be added to the pedalboard, stat. This looks to be one of those occasions.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.