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Silver Bee Overdrive

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The new Silver Bee OD…with the Snarl of a Silvertone and the Spit of a Silverface!

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The Bee family is welcoming a new member… The Silver Bee Overdrive! We love offering a variety of the best amp-like tones and this one is a two-fer… Two of our most used American amps through the years: Silvertones and Silverfaces. These revered amps have unique responses that we are happy to be adding to the Bee range! The Snarl control is a unique EQ control that emulates the grunt and gristle of the old Silvertone amps, while the Spit control is specifically tailored for presenting the almost fuzz-like grind of overdriven Silverface amps. The Silver Bee allows you to mix up your own combination of these two legendary amp-like tones.

The Silver Bee OD is HERE! 

From Issue 145 (September 16, 2016) of Tone Report…the Silver Bee OD is featured in the article “Overdrive Ennui: Five Pedals To Break Out of the Rut” by Jamie Wolfert!

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Demo

Burgs

Mike Hermans

Jack Fossett

Sean Gibson

Comparison Demo (TGP Silver Bee Tourbox – High Gain)

Sean Gibson

Bearfootage Silver Bee Raw Runthru

Donner

 

Initial Comments/Reviews from TGP Members

“…I’ll say up front that I’m not a believer in “[fill in vintage amp or artist’s name of you choice]-in-a box” pedals, as I think that phrase gets used too much by marketing folks to sell pickers on the notion that “All I need is this pedal and the right haircut and I’ll sound just like [you name it].”There’s also the fact that my rig (Esquire w/ triple-tapped Don Mare 3-speed pickup and Carr Impala) has a pretty unique voice to begin with – so my pedalboard is my spice cabinet rather than an emulation station.

Having said all that, I now gotta admit: Donner’s written reference to and offered-up video clips of the Faces are a great representation of ONE OF THE MANY voices this little silver critter is capable of.

There are always exceptions, but I’m guessing this won’t be most folks’ first Bearfoot pedal. To be honest, maybe it shouldn’t be – and that’s not a negative statement … it’s just acknowledging that the Silver Bee is a feisty thing … an acquired taste for some; perhaps the “AH-HA!” pedal for others. (Me, I’m a believer that everyone should have a crack at a Honey Bee – start with that and go in whatever direction you want from there.)

Most of my initial session with the Silver Bee has been with:

  • Drive flat to the floor – only because it cleans up so well on the Esquire’s volume knob.
  • Snarl about 2 o’clock – big-bottom tone right there with crunch on a tight leash controlled by the guitar volume; no muddiness.
  • Spit between 3 o’clock and wide-open – great clarity, but not at all overly trebly tone … even with the Esquire.

If you’re a Bearfooter already, these comparisons might help (and, of course, these are all based on how I usually have each pedal set):

  • Tighter and more raw than a Honey Bee;
  • Not as much gain on tap as a Beest, but greater clarity for both rhythm work and twangcrunch leads;
  • Much fuller to my ears and with my rig than any SYOD I’ve tried;
  • Maybe closest to the Model G, but more bite without giving up body.

I have only hit it with an MJM RM boost, but the Silver Bee takes it like a champ (or Champ, I suppose), staying tight with an added level of sustain. Letting the Silver Bee bump-and-grind against my Honey Bee, Beest or Model G adds a sheen to the wild side of each of those pedal’s base tones.

And, yeah: if I click the 3-speed Mare to high gear (the 10k “Keefer” tap), well … let’s just say it’s a familiar voicing that’ll make you grin.

Glass raised, Donner – you done done it again.”  (Feb. 29, 2016)

 

“Really spot on review [SEE ABOVE]…that’s pretty much my take as well after messing with it a bit last night…

it’s a super cool pedal and a worthy member of the “Bee” family…I like mine with all the controls around 11:00 or so and then stacking it into my Uber & Model G…great for adding definition to those and they really pop out when you kick in the Silver…

It blends nice with my Swarts…almost like a second channel…I set the Swart just breaking up and the Silver kicks it into the next level very naturally…

Digging it so far…nice work Don…”  (March 1, 2016)

 

“I just set my Uber & Silver the same as  [REVIEWER #1] and went into my Victoria 45410(Tweed Bassman)…with a Tele…

The Silver seems to be voiced a little higher frequency in the top end…less perceived bite than the Uber, which seems to be more of an upper midrange focus (2k?)…that’s possibly what you’re hearing as harsh(it cuts through)…the Silver seems a touch more open due to that highend airiness and is a little flater in the upper mid area…

The Silver lowend seems to be voiced at a lower frequency than the Uber(which is more low mid)…the result is the Silver seems to have a wider range from top to bottom…where the Uber has that narrower, fat, saturated midrange thing going on(small amp)

The Silver is slightly less compressed…both are very responsive to pick attack, dynamics…

Both are awesome…just depends on what you like and you rig…”  (March 1, 2016)

 

“I agree with what has been said so far, [REVIEWER #1] nails it pretty well. I have been playing mine primarily with a R4 into a TopHat Super Deluxe set fairly clean, just around the house so far but have gigs Thursday and Friday to test out in real life. I have been setting Snarl at around noon, gives some fullness without getting into the (cool, but not what I’m after) small amp “bloat” that it is capable of at higher settings. The Spit is what really makes this pedal. I like to set it roughly corresponding with the gain setting. Both around 1:00 seems to be where I leave them.
2 things really stand out for me-the already mentioned and documented clean-up ability with the guitar volume knobs, and the beautiful rawness in the high end. I have been flat out amazed at the variety of USABLE tones available with different volume knob and pickup combinations. I can set both pickups to 7 with the Silver Bee on, and have a nice clean rhythm tone, not too bloated, not too thin. The range of tones between 7 and 10 when you start boosting the volume on one of the pickups goes from crunchy rhythm to a great lead tone.

I get what you are saying about the Uber Bee. I am on my second one, and have no plans to let it go. But it can sound a little harsh as you add in high end, almost like you’re trying to shoehorn in a frequency that doesn’t really belong there. The high end on the Silver Bee is RAW. And beautiful. It is not spikey or harsh, it has bite and presence but it fits in perfectly with the rest of the frequencies. I find it closer to the SYOD v1 than the Honey Bee family, but like Don said in the video, less honk than the SYOD. A buddy of mine has a silverface Princeton (non-reverb) that sounds great when cranked, that was kind of the first amp example that came to mind when I plugged in the Silver Bee. It really makes me want to hammer out the chords to “Stay With Me” by the Faces, as my neighbors can probably attest.
As far as pick attack and bounce, I think the Silver Bee has that, the feel is not overly compressed or mushy because of the range of that Spit control.”  (March 2, 2016)

 

“My Silver Bee arrived this morning. Just got to spend about an hour playing around with it. It really does deliver the tones that Don says it would. Very nice and responsive OD. It definitely has more gain than the honey bee. You can get all the bloat you want out of the snarl knob, but it stays nice and tight still! I like the spit knob turned all the way up. After a while I decided to turn it down and I realized it’s very subtle differences across its entire range, so it’s kind of like fine tuning the high range frequencies where I like them, which happened to still bee all the way up.

Was testing with an ’84 Les Paul studio standard (w/ Tim Shaw pickups) into a very loud 15 watt amp (3-12ax7/2-el84) that I built that’s designed to fall somewhere between a Marsahall (front end) and Vox (back end).

Tones were immediately reminiscent of my little ’68 SF VibroChamp, but with more power since it was going through a bigger amp and 2×12 Mesa road king cab. I even plugged in to the VibroChamp and it actually fit perfectly with it! I definitely need to upgrade its speaker though to really handle the silver bee better, but it’s not the type of amp I’d traditionally use pedals on as it sounds great on its own. But I need to put one of those 8″ Jupiter speakers in it, but that’s all another thread in a different forum.

One more thing about how the Silver Bee fit to my amp. I could hear the coloring that it added to my amp, but it was really easy to dial my amp to sound more like the pedal’s sound (which is so frickin’ cool) and then use it as a mild OD boost without changing the character at all. Amp was set to very slight breakup, so my dynamics could still give me nice cleans while keeping the guitar’s volume knob dimed. Once the pedal was engaged (Vol a smidgen above 9 o’clock, Drive at 10:30, Snarl at 1:45, and Spit all the way up), it would take it up to a nice rich gain tone with good saturation and pleasant bark. Everything retained well, but mind you, I wasn’t playing way loud. Probably too much for an apartment, but a good level for at home playing and practice, and shouldn’t disturb the neighbors.

Essentially I had the amp and pedal interacting in a way so that with the pedal engaged and guitar’s volume knob at 6.5, it gave me the exact same tone as the pedal off and my guitar’s volume knob on 10. So in a way, it’s like with the pedal on, I’m able to turn my guitar’s volume knob up to 13.5, which is 2.5 more than just turning up to 11. Speaking of which, I think this pedal would sound incredible with my JMP 50…

Great job on this Silver Bee Don!”  (March 7, 2016)

 

“I dig the crap out of my Silver Bee…I have it paired with a Model G, HBOD, SBEQ…great stacking options…”  (March 9, 2016)

 

“I was a bit thrown when I heard descriptions of it having more gain than the honey bee, as with the drive all the way up mine does not have as much gain as some other OD pedals I have, but it really does have a fantastic open gain texture that you described well. I have a ’74 Champ and that amp cranked is possibly my favorite sound ever. I’m looking forward to matching it up with some other drives to see how it stacks. This pedal is a keeper.

Edit: … and I just found a patch cable that was in the gain loop I have running out of my Mobius that was sketchy. Once it was replaced the Silver Bee opened up even more and the real sizzle of this pedal came through. Paired it with my Blues Driver and Gain Changer and got FANTASTIC sounds with both. The Silver Bee with the Blues Driver just gets my-amp-is-breaking wonderful mayhem. Love it.”  (March 9, 2016)

 

“…I mostly use fuzz pedals for my dirt sounds, but I also dabble with OD pedals and recently picked up a Silver Bee. The Silver Bee is awesome. I immediately loved it. The “snarl” and “spit” knobs yield a wide variety of sounds ranging from beautiful warm “woman” tones to full on screaming treble assault. Two thumbs up for the new Bearfoot Silver Bee!”  (March 20, 2016)

BearFoot FX Tourbox Reviews (The Gear Page)

“The Silver Bee definitely has more gain available than the Honey Bee has, though it can obviously be dialed back if desired and cleans up very well. It might even offer more gain than the Über Bee, though it’s closer in that respect. Another similarity between the Silver and the Über is the amount of high end available. While the Über can sometimes get a bit spiky toward the end of the Treble dial, I found that the Silver was just fine with me when I rolled the “Spit” control all the way up…in fact, I sometimes preferred it that way! There’s a slight fuzz-like quality to it…and the harmonics are incredible. It really sizzles with “Spit” turned up past noon and I can’t get enough of it! The “Snarl” control offers tons of low end, but the Silver has plenty even with “Snarl” dialed all the way back. I had this pedal set every which way and couldn’t find a tone I didn’t like! And they differed quite a bit. Each of the 4 knobs has a very distinct duty to perform, and they’re all very useful in creating differences in tone.

As for the flavor…I can’t say I’ve played another pedal that sounds anything like this one. It definitely excels at producing Ron Wood tones, but it certainly doesn’t stop there. I found myself playing jazz-type stuff when I rolled the Snarl up to about 2:00 and backed the Spit control down to about noon using my neck pick-up. It’s also great for blues…either hot or not!

I love this pedal so much on its own, I haven’t spent much time stacking it with anything yet. BearFoot pedals are notoriously great for stacking, but I might just love this one all by itself! I’m a fan of pretty much every dirt pedal BearFoot has to offer, but this one’s gonna end up in my Top 3. Definitely!”  (USA, March 2016)

“This was by far the most fun. This just exudes attitude and, if I had had an old Silvertone to compare it to, I would probably easily be able to say that it is a very accurate interpretation. I played this one forever. This one didn’t “feel” like a pedal. It added this awesome sort of swampy fuzziness that made me want to play Roadhouse Blues and some dirty, dirty blues stuff. It could clean up beautifully. My personal favorite setting was volume at 2 o’clock (which, into an already overdriven amp just gives it the extra goose, not really more volume), Drive at 10 o’clock, Snarl at Noon and Spit full tilt. Just a completely inspiring vintage sound that I’ll have a hard time living without until I can save up to actually buy one. Plenty of bottom end without being too flubby, plenty of drive if you need it and just an all around unique sound that I’ve never captured before. Compared to the others, like I said, a bit more amp-like, girthy, and distinct.”  (USA, April 2016)

“The one i was most excited to try. Nails the described “silverface” tone, if by “silverface” you actually mean “pissed off Silverface”!! Love this guy! Big bottom end to it, brighter and more open top end than a regular Bee. I did little bits of knob-twirling, but mostly stuck to the angrier settings. I know there are lots of pedals that get the “amp-like” description, but this one would probably earn it more than most to my ears. Stacked well. I did little bits of recording with the Model G stacked into it for a solo tone on a new song my band’s demoing right now, come to think of it, and it definitely got very snarly. “Very Snarly”, that’s my sum-up review.”  (USA, April 2016)

“The Silver Bee, meanwhile, was love at second or third try…I was trying it with the Snarl and Spit around the noon settings on both, tweaking them a bit and not all that impressed…I finally said the heck with it and cranked them up. Snarl and spit indeed! The gain was moving toward the fuzzy side, tons of sustain…it definitely had the most drive out of the bunch. I should also add that some – actually, most – of the settings I hadn’t been liking sounded much better the second time around after I took a break from playing for a bit, which I now attribute to tired hearing from hours of fiddling with endless variations (morale of the story: give your ears a break every now and then when testing :aok). All in all, it’s a versatile OD with a wide swath of crunch in it, highly responsive to pick attack and guitar volume adjustments (which was true of all the pedals in the tourbox).”  (USA, April 2016)

“I loved this pedal! It offered good note separation and bloom, and the clarity was amazing into a driven amp. The range of gain is low to medium, but it was perfect for pushing a cooking amp. I will definitely be ordering one of these.”  (USA, May 2016)

“The Silver Bee has a clear, bright punchiness that I really like, and you can play single notes that sound really articulate and clean then have power tube type crunch by digging in w your attack.”  (USA, May 2016)

“Man, Donner really knocked it out of the park with this one. Provided a really lively snarly “clean tone extension,” if you will (that’s the best way I could come up with to describe it). The “Spit” and “Snarl” knobs are the most accurately-named knobs in the history of stompboxdom and I spent the better part of an hour just playing an A power chord while fiddling with them. Gain range limited but that’s to be expected with a pedal of this variety. Loud.”  (USA, May 2016)

“The Silver Bee is really it’s own beast in the Bee world. If you play all of the Bee pedals you can definitely hear some overlap but there are heavy shades of EQ differences.

The Silver Bee is brash with an edgy, but warm, smeary chime. There is a steely aspect to the sound like that of a Tele through a Fender Silver Face amp. This seems like a great pedal to have if you want to be able to maintain your own presence in a dense band mix. The Silver Bee really came alive when I cranked the Spit knob to 5 PM and pushed the Snarl up to 3 PM. It’s nice to now have a Fender-flavored option to compliment the various Supro and Vox flavored “overdrives with chimey highs” that I seem to be such a sucker for.”  (USA, May 2016)

“Without a doubt, this is the best Honey Bee variant to date. Why? The Silver Bee delves into sonic territory which is far enough removed from the original Honey Bee sound to warrant being approached by interested guitar players as its own circuit. Here are the differences as I hear them:

– The Silver Bee gives you access to the loose low end of the Honey Bee via the SNARL pot, but the midrange is more “open” and less reminiscent of a small Tweed or Supro combo. Using the amp analogy, the mids of the Silver Bee remind me more of a large open back Fender amp like a Super or Twin.

– The SPIT knob is just so beautifully tuned and effective in bringing out jangle & twang without overpowering you with “ice pick” highs. This really is an incredible overdrive to pair with a Tele…Just as incredible as the Honey Bee, but for opposite reasons. The HBOD gives you the syrupy, gritty, earthy rhythm tones from the Tele bridge position; The Silver Bee brings presence and clarity to help you sit forward in the mix in a completely different way.

– The Silver Pairs WONDERFULLY with brit-voiced speakers which have a strong midrange to begin with. Whereas the HBOD keeps the warm mid presence of a Tweed flavored amp, the Silver lays the mids back a little bit & doesn’t struggle against an amp that already has a bold midrange.

– The Silver Bee has a bit more gain than the Honey Bee, but each feels natural in its range. The onset of breakup is equally gradual with both pedals, and it’s easy to find the level of drive you desire no matter how nuanced the sound you seek.

– Along with the Model G, I feel that the Silver is equal to the original Honey Bee in its ability to clean up from the volume pot of the guitar.”  (USA, May 2016)

“So that brings us to my next Bearfoot purchase. I LOVED the gain structure of the Silver Bee. With the snarl back a bit I could hear the Silvertone comparisons, but at its best the Silver Bee is silverface. Adds a little scoop without disappearing from the mix, the gain structure sounds very cranked Blackface Super swirl mixed with mids that feel a little more Bassman. At lower gain I loved how the Silver Bee made my SGs and LP sparkle and pop with that 6L6 glassiness, while upping the gain was the EXACT sound of Take Care by Copeland- which I then was humming all day. Into my Shiva the mids of the Silver Bee were much more natural than the Model G, which makes it a great alternative to the MG for rigs where the mids of the MG are a bit overbearing. Tonally, I wouldn’t do anything different and was totally blown away in a way that I haven’t experienced in a while. Fitting it on the board might be tricky space wise, but I want to figure out how to fit it.”  (USA, June 2016)

“The way this pedal is made, I would need a month to get to know all the sounds it can create especially with changing the guitar volume and treble knobs. The spit knob is still a bit of a mystery to me, it seemed to affect brightness, presence, compression like qualities in varying degrees depending on the intensity of the other knobs. Snarl to me affected the girth and intensity of the overdrive, and the overdrive knob was very interactive with Snarl knob.

The flavor of the overdrive was very much to my liking. You can get a great variance of low gain sounds yet still max out all the setting and take it to a Fuzz/Muffish sound. Note definition was very good and the pedal excelled at the things I look for. It had its own sound and was amp like. I like the OD to flavor my clean sound, give it unique character, width, and sustain, note definition and guitar volume clean up. I like the way you have the Snarl and OD knobs to get many varieties of od, width, and compression. Great pedal!”  (USA, June 2016)

“The reason we are all here. Now I am using the high gain box, and the Silver was independent of that. It has a little less gain than I would like from one box, but for a low gain overdrive this is one of the more unique pedals I have used. The Spit was really nice is kicking in the highs and gave a fantastic pick accent to the pedal which I love. The Snarl is the deep sound and at high settings almost gave it a doubled, very thick tone. It just so happens that I really like them both at about noon with the drive cranked. I have used a ton of OD’s and this one certainly has a unique vibe to it. Well done especially in this day and age. This is were I loved the pedal the most (V=9, D=5, Snarl=12, Spit=12), but it sounded pretty good everywhere.”  (USA, June 2016)

“I started by plugging this into the Princeton with the Les Paul and by the time I stopped playing my “initial pass,” an hour and a half had gone by. I couldn’t believe the tone I was getting from every setting I tried. Every guitar I tried with it responded slightly differently, like you experience with a good amp. The ‘Snarl’ and ‘Spit’ knobs are highly interactive and lend a flavor to the gain of the pedal I haven’t ever experienced at bedroom levels before. It also performed beautifully when moved over to the Archon. I typically use a Dirty Little Secret, but I suspect once these bad boys are back in stock my pedal board will be seeing a change. Lastly, every pedal I put in front of it responded in the most pleasing way. My Candy Apple Fuzz just loved this thing, as did my EQD Terminal and Archer Ikon.”  (USA, July 2016)

“Really great and chunky overdrive. Sounds like my amp when I have it cranked. Lots of versatile tones from this little silver box. Looks great as well.”  (USA, July 2016)

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