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!
Click HERE to read the article!
Comparison Demo (TGP Silver Bee Tourbox – High Gain)
Bearfootage Silver Bee Raw Runthru
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)
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 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.