Black Cat releases the Wee Buzz based on a Roland Bee Baa 25-Jan-12
The Black Cat Wee Buzz is a slimmed down, more affordable version of their Bee Buzz. Both pedals are based on the original Roland Bee Baa. While the Bee Buzz is still very popular, Black Cat tells us that they wanted to create a pedal for players who just want a little fuzz without all the fancy features.
The Black Cat Wee Buzz employs the same circuitry as its big brother Buzz, but comes in a smaller, more "pedalboard-friendly" size. It has only the basic features, and a finish that more closely resembles Black Cat's other pedals. But the biggest difference between the Wee and the Bee is the absence of the Boost channel. A Black Cat spokesperson told us...
"Fuzz! That's what made the original Roland Bee Baa AF-100 a vintage icon. With its two switchable and distinctly different tone settings, the Bee Baa produced a roaring wall of fuzz that was unmistakably unique. That same fuzz is featured in both the Bee Buzz and Wee Buzz. While the Boost is quite a useful effect (and we worked hard to make ours sound great), it's not essential for every player, so we made the Wee Buzz without it. That means the Wee Buzz is 100% Pure Fuzz! It doesn't even have a control to dial in the fuzz because the fuzz is hardwired to be totally maxed out all the time. Then we took it a step further by using a higher gain transistor in the first gain stage of the Wee Buzz, giving it a bit more of an edge than the big Bee Buzz." Features:
Based on original Roland Bee Baa design
Slightly more gain the the Bee Buzz
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
Hand-wired, Boutique quality, Made in USA
Pricing and Availability:
The retail price of the new Black Cat Wee Buzz will be $175.