The Black Cat OD-1 (a.k.a. Freddie Fuzz) is an original design Fred created based on the unique properties of the OP275, a dual operational amplifier chip made by Analog Devices. The OP275 is a high-quality op-amp that gives a distinctive linear output waveform. The Black Cat OD-1 can go from clean, to slightly crunchy, to all-out saturated distortion. It is unique in that it is extremely sensitive to the guitar; it responds to the player’s pick attack, and like a good Fuzz Face, it cleans up well when you roll back the volume on the guitar. The Black Cat OD-1 has been used by Scott Henderson, Steve Luthaker, Beck, Lyle Workman, Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty), and many others.
Here is the OD-1 with controls at 12:00 with a Les Paul, into a Deluxe Reverb amp (Roger Filgate) BIB11.MP3
Here is the same OD-1 with maximum distortion setting BIB12.MP3
Here is another sample of the OD-1 with maximum distortion setting BIB13.MP3
Black Cat Pedals was founded in the heart of Texas by Fred Bonte in 1993, at the dawn of the boutique pedal era. Black Cat users have included Eric Johnson, Billy F. Gibbons, Trey Anastasio (Phish), Scott Henderson, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, and countless others. Fred Bonte discontinued production of Black Cat in late 2007. The company has since been restructured from the ground up to make way for a newly revamped line of Black Cat Pedals. Using Fred’s same great designs, the next generation of Black Cat Pedals has received a super-boutique makeover, featuring high-quality components and PCBs, top-notch build quality with consistent production, eye-catching graphics and deluxe packaging. Not everything has changed, however – Black Cat Pedals are still individually hand-wired and made in the USA.