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The Black Cat Bee Buzz is their 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 their Japanese distributor, who preordered twenty pedals. Their first prototype turned out so well, they decided to extend the run and made a total of fifty Black Cat Custom Bee Buzz pedals.
They started by examining an original Roland Bee Baa, to be sure they would have an accurate reference for the original circuit. But they quickly noted 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 they decided to make the Bee Buzz a permanent part of their 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.