This little monster is all about gain, body and tone! The Capricorn can be tamed to
produce a nice fat bark or cranked to provide searing fuzzy overdrive tones with massive
amounts of gain! Two settable gain stages define the amount of power you crave and a bit of clean keeps
the Capricorn grounded and very definitive all without a tone control.
The Capricorn Rock Distortion is a very versatile boost/overdrive/distortion effect. It can deliver anything from sweet creamy boost tones to gut wrenching all out, nearly uncontrollable distortion. Built like a tank using the best components available, including an aluminum powder coated enclosure, CTS pots and Neutrik jacks. Totally hand built, this pedal will keep you rocking for many years to come.
The Capricorn is a true bypass pedal and uses no buffers or inline tone circuits in its design. It features two independently controllable gain stages. The first section is a transistor based gain stage, similar to most fuzz type effects. This section's overall gain is controlled by the LIMIT knob on the front panel. This stage can be set from a one to one gain of your guitar signal to a ten to one gain. There is enough power in the section alone to push tube amps into overdrive by it's self. The tone developed in this transistor stage is bright and edgy with a hint of fuzz.
The second gain stage is achieved using single paralleled priority high fidelity opamp amplifier. This gain of this stage is controlled by the GAIN and EDGE knobs. This opamp section is darker and smoother sounding than the transistor gain section. The Capricorn does not take over your tone but enhances it transparently. With the gain set one to one of your guitar signal, you will notice a fuller, clearer tone. With all the controls set to 10, a crunchy, edgy, harmonically rich tone with violin like singing sustain is produced. Rolling back the EDGE control will smooth out the tone to your exact preference.
There is very little noise filtering in the circuit which allows your guitar's entire signal to come through. The Capricorn is extremely touch sensitive and responds beautifully to every nuance of your guitar playing. The Capricorn also cleans up nicely when you roll back the volume on your guitar.
The Capricorn features a clipping diode selector switch for immense versatility. Set to the left, symmetrical silicon diodes are placed in circuit which gives a nice smooth compressed tone with slightly less volume. Set the switch to the right for an asymmetrical MOSFET feature which produces a very nice crunchy tone. Place the switch in the middle to remove all diodes and let all the tone come through unclipped for a larger, more open and vocal tone.
Celestial Effects recommends the use of a HIGH QUALITY 9 VDC regulated power adapter with the Capricorn Rock Distortion pedal like the Carl Martin Powerjack 9VDC power supply or similar. This power supply is capable of providing 1000 mA of power and is noise free. The more the capacity of the power supply, the less chance of noise and hum due to a power supply being pushed to its current capability limits.
All Celestial Effects pedals are hand built and individually hand tested in Hudson, MA by a company that cares about quality, durability and value. We back all our products with our stellar 5 YEAR WARRANTY & 30 DAY NO QUESTIONS ASKED MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
Listen to tracks recorded with the Capricorn Rock Distortion >>
View and download the Capricorn User Manual
Capricorn Rock Distortion Demo
Jet City Music
Gear used in demo:
1974 Princeton Reverb
Fuzz Box Girl
Gear used in demo:
Vox AC30 combo
Potvin Killer Bee with Lollar P90s
Vanilla Caucasian with a Cherry Boost
• True bypass switching via high grade 3PDT footswitch
• High grade Panasonic ECQ series capacitors
• CTS high grade potentiometers
• Neutrik input and output jacks
• C&K clipping diode selector switch
• Wide 2oz. copper PC board circuit etch-line in the signal paths
• PC Board ground plane for superior stray noise reduction
• Battery or +9vdc (only) power jack (Boss type - center negative)
• Controls are Volume, Limit, Edge and Gain
• 3 Position switch for different diode clipping options
• Clipping options include:
• Left: Symmetrical silicon rectifier diodes
• Right: Asymmetrical MOSFET diodes
• Middle: No Clipping diodes
• Ultra-bright hyper orange indicator LED
• Extremely tone transparent, organic and touch sensitive
• Input impedance: 1 Meg Ohms
• Output impedance: 10K Ohms
• Current draw: Approximately 10 mA at full ON
• Max gain: Approximately 17.6 dB of gain
• Dimm: 4.85"d x 3.88"w x 1.98"h (including switches and knobs)
• Weight: 12.1 oz. (Not including battery)
"I use a volume pedal in front of my Celestial Effects Overdrives and Distortions ... What a winning combo....! nice n clean at low volumes...
a little more accelerator and you gotcher crunch... and variable stages of "forcefield distortion from there to the kitchen!"
They are low noise compared to anything else I've ever tried and are the fucking WHIP! You're a bad-ass brother Dom and I just wanted U to know!
American ingenuity! Yea they'll be ROCKN' UR ASS!!!"
"Mark Farner - American Rock Legend"
"I like the Capricorn the best for it's overall control and it has more than enough
gain and balls to get the shit-kickin' out of about any tube amp set
up I can think of. This is the one if I had to pick just one."
"Mark Farner - American Rock Legend"
"The Capricorn distortion is a KILLER distortion for anyone looking for versatility and tonal perfection."
"Anthony Santoro - Novation"
"The Capricorn rock distortion is my favorite Celestial Effects pedal so far, but I really like the
versatility of them all.."
"Nikki Sinn - Vampire Paradise"
"My wah into the Capricorn Rock Distortion = TONE HEAVEN."
"Kyle Frederick - BoomTemple"
"I love the Capricorn Rock
Distortion pedal. I use it for a crunch rhythm sound and slight distortion lead tones."
"Sal DiFusco - The Sal DiFusco Project"
"The Capricorn Rock Distortion pedal is my MAIN dirt pedal. So versatile, I need
"John Nickerson - FingerCuff"
"I love the tone shaping controls such as edge and the mosfet toggle switch on Capricorn. It's very smooth and dynamic and holds it's own with any other top boutique pedals . I will not need my Fulltone and Tonebone anymore."
"Craig Hlady - Craig Hlady Group"