Caline has been around since 2010, and until now, this modest Asian company offers a full line of budget friendly pedals, their latest addition is the CP-30 Red Devil metal distortion. At the Musikmesse I stumbled into the Caline booth to check it out and I noticed the CP-26 Snake Bite reverb. I figured I’d give it a try. Well, first impression was that it sounded surprisingly good. First impressions can be misleading, so I did get another opportunity to give it another try. Here’s my review.
Well, Caline has this no nonsense standardized and uniform approach towards their line of pedals, low profile marketing, plain cardboard box, a uniform pedal housing, plain colors, classic knobs … Spartan looks.
The Snake Bite is a bit different, it still has the standard aluminum cast housing, and it’s a plain black pedal with white lettering, actually a stylish look, 2 rows of 3 controls each, white fluted knobs with black markers. The pots feel solid, just enough stiffness for finetuning the controls.
9V DC adapter socket on top, in- and output on the sides. Status LED.
It looks expensive.
Inside, it looks clean, jacks and pots are soldered onto the main PCB, whereas the switch is soldered onto a separate PCB, there is no battery clip.