The Black Cat Bee Buzz is Black Cat's 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. 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.
They started by examining an original Roland Bee Baa, to be sure we
would have an accurate reference for the original circuit. But we
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 we worked on making a boost mode
that would appeal to the modern guitarist.