The Bee Buzz is Black Cats version of the original Roland Bee Baa, one of the classic icons of great vintage fuzz pedals. The Bee Buzz began as a Custom Shop project at the request of Black Cats Japanese distributor, who preordered twenty pedals. The first prototype turned out so well, they decided to extend the run and made a total of fifty Black Cat Custom Bee Buzz pedals.
Black Cat started by examining an original Roland Bee Baa, to be sure they would have an accurate reference for the original circuit. But it was quickly noted that many areas in the Bee Baa that needed improvement, such as excessive noise and lack of balance between the tone settings. In addition, the “Treble Boost” in the original Bee Baa was not a feature that most players found useful – so they worked on making a boost mode that would appeal to the modern guitarist.
The Black Cat Custom Bee Buzz was an instant hit, and sold out without ever being officially announced. So Black Cat decided to make the Bee Buzz a permanent part of the regular Black Cat line, while preserving the expensive custom features of the original Bee Buzz, such as the paint and hardware. The Bee Buzz now comes in a tuxedo gloss black finish with white silkscreen.
Elegant top-grade knobs and hardware Cool black glass epoxy PCB with yellow silkscreen Metal film resistors and audio grade capacitors 3PDT true-bypass switches and Switchcraft jacks Uses 2.1mm Boss style power jack, or internal 9V battery Bi-Color LED to indicate Fuzz/Boost modes Based on original Roland Bee Baa design Hand-wired, Boutique quality, Made in USA