Catalinbread unveils the Echoplex EP-3-emulating Epoch Boost preamp/buffer

Catalinbread Epoch Boost
(Image credit: Catalinbread)

Following up the Belle Epoch, a faithful recreation of the Maestro Echoplex EP-3, Catalinbread has announced the Epoch Boost, a preamp/buffer pedal modeled on the classic tape delay unit's highly regarded preamp.

Employing the same circuitry as the EP-3 itself - from its NOS Orange Drop capacitors to the output mixer stage that acts as a rudimentary frequency selector - Catalinbread says the Epoch Boost acts as a "mastering pedal", taking guitarists' base tones and outputting more sculpted versions. Just like a certain Eddie Van Halen used to do…

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.