Bjorn Juhl’s sweet Supro-inspired circuit evolves again, with options to make it more open and aggressive.
Clip 2 — Modern Mode: DeArmond Jet Star with DeArmond USA Gold Tone humbuckers. Rhythm track played with Drive at 8 o'clock, Nature at noon and Volume at Noon. L Lead track played with drive and nature controls at 12 o'clock, 2 o'clock, and maximum levels consecutively.
Beautiful combination of oxygen and compression. Useful variations in vintage and modern mode. Makes a fantastic low-gain boost.
Compression at highest gain levels in modern mode sucks air and dynamic range.
One Control Honey Bee
Ease of Use:
Bjorn Juhl built the original BJF Honey Bee with the sound of a crunchy Supro amp as his guiding light. Since the coveted 2002 debut version, the Honey Bee has moved through many iterations. This new edition, built by Japan’s One Control (and redesigned with Juhl) is the most versatile—gathering most of the many improvements Juhl made to the pedal, including the +6 dB boost in modern mode, and a more wide-ranging EQ control.
The Honey Bee’s most striking attribute across most settings is a near perfect blend of oxygen and compression—especially in modern mode. Compared to most popular overdrive types, the Honey Bee seems to dovetail more seamlessly with a given guitar’s voice. That doesn’t mean it’s transparent—Honey Bee is very colorful, with a distortion signature that lives in that perfect space between a silky purr and a throaty growl. To my ears, the closest equivalent in sound and function is a Klon. But Honey Bee has a slightly rawer, leather-tough personality that can make a Klon-style pedal feel uptight and clinical by comparison. Sure, it’s expensive. On the other hand, you get a well-built pedal, derived from a truly great design that could relegate all your other low- to mid-gain pedals to the shelf.
Test gear: Fender Telecaster Deluxe with Curtis Novak Widerange pickups, Fender Jazzmaster, ’68 Fender Bassman, Fender Vibro Champ
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Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters are designed to offer a fat midrange and a smooth top end.
Billy Corgan was looking for something for heavier Smashing Pumpkins songs, so Joe Naylor designed the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One pickup. Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters have a fat midrange and a smooth top end. This pickup combines the drive and sustain of a humbucker with the percussive attack and string clarity of a P90. Get beefy P90 tone plus amp-pummeling output with the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One.
Patented Railhammer Pickups take passive guitar pickups to a new level with rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows, and poles under the plain strings offer fatter heights. With increased clarity, the passive pickup’s tone is never sterile.
Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Z-One Pickup Demo
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Mojotone will manufacture and market over 60 of their speaker cabinets and amp kits as “Licensed by Fender.”
This partnership marks Fender's recognition of Mojotone’s dedication to its craft, quality of products, and dependability of knowledge. Beginning November 29th and ranging from $327 - $1,016.
Amplifiers were among the first products to wear the official Fender seal. A qualified electronics technician by trade, Leo Fender developed his iconic amplifiers during the mid-1940s putting innovation at the forefront. To this day, Leo’s influence and innovative spirit can still be heard in today’s amps, as that same iconic, clean Fender tone continues to color new music around the world. As a result, the process for completing the exclusive licensing deal required Fender to carefully audit Mojotone’s amplifier kits, wiring diagrams, electronics, hardware, construction methods, and more to ensure this innovation carried on through the partnership. Mojotone’s many years of intense research, quality production, and favorable reputation solidified the deal.
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