BJFe Honey Bee OD Retro 3k
hand wired by Bjorn Juhl (BJFe)
BJFe Honey Bee OD 3K (Retro)
Honey Bee OD Retro 3K (HBR3K) - Warm dynamic overdrive, like an old Supro tube amp. Bjorn's hand wired masterpiece since 2002. Retro's are tuned like the original 2002 first edition HB's up to serial #186 with original gain structure, same EQ control with less upper mids than the ODS Standard.. A classic.
Honey Bee OD Retro is a pedal that reproduces the sound of the original HBOD released in 2002.
There are plenty of warm, mild overdrive pedals out there, but few that sound like HBOD.
Works great with other effects and distorted amps to create a fat, warm overdrive character.
Dynamics that can be easily adjusted from clean to overdrive with the touch of your hand is also a major feature.
HBOD is an overdrive that features an overwhelmingly dynamic response even in a pedal system. With the headroom and frequency response of a small old amp, even a big amp sounds like it was recorded with a small amp. In addition, it can be operated optimally in any position in a complex pedal system.
The Drive knob may feel like it has little effect on its own. Set it to 12 o'clock and pluck the strings hard to feel the dynamics.
The Nature knob is an adjustment of the frequency range of the distortion. Counter-clockwise increases lows and low-mids, while clockwise provides a softer output. Try setting this control around 12 o'clock. Normally, turning it slightly counterclockwise from there will give you a well-balanced guitar sound.
The Vol knob adjusts the volume balance when the effect is ON/OFF. Start by setting it at 12 o'clock and adjust the tone from there.
An example of using HBOD is to connect it to a clean amp and add clarity and distortion to the tone depending on how hard you pick. Flat guitar strings produce a mellow tone, while round strings produce an old-style light distortion.
Placing the HBOD last in the pedal system gives it a softer response and a little boost in the low-mids. It is also ideal for correcting bright amps and tones that have a "ceiling effect" in the high range.
When combined with a compressor, connecting HBOD before the compressor provides distortion that expands the dynamics of the tone without changing the level, and placing HBOD after the compressor allows the compressor to keep the HBOD input level constant. . You can use this to adjust the sustain of HBOD with the compressor.
HBOD's dynamic performance makes it feel like it sustains longer, and works well in combination with other effects.
HBOD has a high input impedance that matches guitar pickups, and the output is set to a maximum value of about 50K, matching guitar amps, many effectors, and tape echoes.
Honey Bee OD Retro runs on a 9V battery or a standard 2.1mm barrel type center minus DC9V adapter. Current consumption is about 3.9mA (2.8mA when the effect is off). When the supply voltage drops to 6V, the tone becomes muffled and the LED becomes dim. In that case, replace the battery or check the connected adapter.
Z in at 1kHz: app
. 370K Pout 1kHz in 50k: app. 28uW RMS
Max load: app. 50K
Max output: 0V8 peak
Max current consumption: 3mA95 at 10V
Max gain at 1KHz: app. 40dB
Max inputsignal: 3V peak
Supply Voltagerange : 6-12V