Descended from the Honey Bee, this one is capable of more dynamic dirt and quicker and thicker honey. If that’s what you’re after, the Beest can help.
Voltage Range 5V-15V.
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The Honey Beest is an extension of the classic Honey Bee, adding saturation and treble to a much loved design. The heart of the Beest is the addition of a pregain booster controlled by the Pregain knob. The pregain booster is not a simple linear booster, but has an intentional upper mid and treble accent that lets you mix the two gain stages to get just the right saturation and treble. The Nature and Pregain knobs make a wide-ranging EQ section. The Drive and Pregain knobs give full control of the distortion saturation and compression. This also makes the “big bottom” part of the Nature control more useful. Turning the Nature knob full left and the Pregain full right creates a full range overdrive…sort of like if you’ve got a 50-watt 4×12 Supro.
SHOOTOUT (Honey Beest vs. Über Bee!!!)
Lance Seymour – BEE OD Comparison
Full Throttle Demos
Mike Hermans (Medium to High Gain Shootout)
Reviews from TGP BearFoot FX Tourbox Participants
1) Sherlock Vintage Reverb 30 > Fender 62 HotRod strat + Reverend Jetstream 390
“Honey Beest Aaah, now this I love. I could use this as a one pedal rig. I remember the Honey Bee as being wonderfully touch sensitive. This retains some of that but the pre-gain is a great addition and can cover a huge range. I’d pair this with a Bee for low gain and kick this in for some crunch. Sweeeet. I will be making a purchase in the Bee/st area soon. Very decent at low gain and deliciously juicy at full gain; Perfect for me.” (Australia, October 2012)
2) VHT Special 6 head set clean, no break up + Blackheart 1×10 cabinet with standard speaker and Epi Jr 1×12 cabinet with Tone Tubby 40/40 Ceramic installed.
Fender Road Worn 50 Telecaster -> singles
Gibson Les Paul Junior -> P90
Hamer USA Studio Custom -> humbuckers
“…Beest is plain FANTASTIC Pregain control added so much to Bee that this pedal is IMO many times more versatile than tha Bee. Beest worked nice with all guitars and cabinets. I love the gritty, cutting higher-gain rhythm tones from this pedal. I couldn’t stop loughing…It sounding very nice through all available gain range….Which is not typical for many pedals. It became my favourite Bearfoot pedal, pushing off 3-knob Model H from the throne.” (Germany, February 2012)
3) Princeton Reverb reissue with a Telecaster and Strat
“Honey Beest…This was the biggest surprise for me. The Honey Bee did not work with my amp last time…at all. Probably not helped by the fact that I was unable to run the amp louder.
The Honey Beest was like night and day – LOVED IT!! The pre-amp control really helped this to work with my set-up. The nature knob is very versatile and great at getting all those tweedy nuances.
I’m a big alt-country / Americana fan and this pedal fits very well for that style. I am definitely lining up one of these for the near future!” (UK, June 2012)
4) GEAR [unknown]
“The Beest – Back to an old friend! I’ve had the Beest on my board for a couple of years now and it’s one of my absolute favourites. The Beest is the Twin Reverb of the line. 2 x 6L6’s, 2 x 12″ speakers. It’s big, round, warm and fat. There is a smoothness to the Beest that I love, along with a great deal of harmonic clarity. In fact, it’s very Tweed-Like in some ways, but the balance of the tone is different. It has a wide gain range, but I nearly
always set it just below 9 for it’s ‘Pushed’ clean and the sweetest honk you could find. There is something really natural feeling with the Beest at this gain range. It just transmits so much of the ‘good’ information from your guitar and playing. I have not found a more ‘Amp-Like’ drive pedal, and again, that’s saying something!
It’s not without it’s idiosyncracies, though. The interaction of the N and Pre-Gain controls is finiky. No matter the amp, each has to be set to exactly the right place (12.15 for me) as they are very sensitive IME. The controls are very broad, but unlike say the G, seem to me to ‘Hone-In’ on the ‘right’ setting much the same way an amps controls do. There is a sweet spot where it all comes together and you set it and forget it! Of course, this may be differnt for everyone, but it’s remained very consistant for me across different amplifiers.
The Beest also has been frustrating to use with differnt guitars. Where it shined absolute with tele’s and strats single coils, for the longest time I just couldn’t make it sing with my Les Paul. Until that is I discoverd it needs taming in the bass. The Fromell Shape EQ is one of my most used and loved pedals! The Beest has this big, fat and clear bass that’s beautiful, but for Humbuckers it needs you to knock it down some, which is what I think is the trick with dialing in Humbuckers with most gear. Instant sweet soul! I’m in Freddie King heaven! There isn’t, for me, any way to do this on the Beest itself, as like I say, it just has this sweet spot I don’t deviate from.
So, which Bee do I love the most? It would take a lot to knock the Beest off my board! In fact, it’s not gonna happen. Yet I don’t think I use it like many do either, so the Uber is very interesting to me and I would like to spend more time exploring it. I’ve also come away with a new appreciation for the Bee too, and could easily see any of them making a permanant place on my board next to the Beest, as they each have a unique personality. I think most players on these tours will just ‘get’ one of them the most, as there could be a Bee for everyone.” (UK, June 2014)