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A brave new step for the Honey Bee

Postby BJF » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:09 am

Hi There,

So today the launch of One Control Honey Bee.
This was my fourth model added to BJF-line 2002. This is a low gain device designed to do dynamic overdrive and in memory of small amplifiers that neither has relatively enough distortion or treble and that give in to distortion when you strike hard.
The low gain nature of Honey Bee has made it popular partly among jazz musicians becuase of the way distortion can be controlled and be made to mimic small amplifiers similar to early jazz recordings but the Honey Bee has also gain popularity
with many other kinds of musicians and has even been used on snaredrum; while the low gain nature of Honey Bee also lends it self well to stacking with other pedals and for instance to smooth out fuzzes with bright amplifiers.
Honey Bee has been produced by BJF Electronics since its release in December 2002 up until today and it has seen mainly four revisions.
Honey Bee production history
Issue 1 was the lowest gain and also had fairly low output.
Revision 1, increased output level
Intermediate version was made in 14 units using low current green LED’s and some variations were made with a little less bass.
Revision 2 more upper midrange was added
Revision 3 came about as a Rocka-Billy guitarist asked for more ’seethrough treble’ and thus full clockwise rotation of Nature control was changed from mild treblecut to mild treble boost. This revision occoured at approximately serialnumber 147
Revision 4 was added 2017 giving the circuit 6dB more gain-something asked for since the initial release in 2002. This gives Drive control more range same low gain but more gain on tap.

Extended history:
In Februari 2011 the first attempt at wider spreading of Honey Bee begun with launch of Bearfoot and the initial idea was to have as close as possible to BJF Honey Bee made and widening the availability and the last years have shown a fair success at that though and express line was planned in 2016 to make a product better aligned to distribution
Now in October 2017 launch of mass produced Honey Bee commences and I am proud to say that I am very happy with the outcome and the One Control edition combines all three major revisions and so in all modes there’s a gain increase of 6dB and it comes with a toggle that selects Vintage and Modern and in that controls partly what happens at Nature control full rotation and so in Modern mode theres a slight treble boost, in modern mode circuit also has the revision 2 upper midrange; in Vintage mode filtering is as in revision 1 and Nature control on full gives slight treble cut while the OC version has 6dB more gain.
It is my belief that the One Control version captures all major revisions and allows sound from all revision and the One Control edition is made so that it can be distributed worldwide.

Meanwhile back at the Bearfoot plant business continues as usual and production will stay the same and availability be the same through selected dealers.

For BJF the advent of the One Control Honey Bee is major step that not only allows distributed availabilty worldwide of Honey Bee but it also signals a new phase of larger encloser One Control BJF series and a Brave New Future

So today the launch of One Control Honey Bee.
This was my fourth model added to BJF-line 2002. This is a low gain device designed to do dynamic overdrive and in memory of small amplifiers that neither has relatively enough distortion or treble and that give in to distortion when you strike hard.
The low gain nature of Honey Bee has made it popular partly among jazz musicians becuase of the way distortion can be controlled and be made to mimic small amplifiers similar to early jazz recordings but the Honey Bee has also gain popularity
with many other kinds of musicians and has even been used on snaredrum; while the low gain nature of Honey Bee also lends it self well to stacking with other pedals and for instance to smooth out fuzzes with bright amplifiers.
Honey Bee has been produced by BJF Electronics since its release in December 2002 up until today and it has seen mainly four revisions.
Honey Bee production history
Issue 1 was the lowest gain and also had fairly low output.
Revision 1, increased output level
Intermediate version was made in 14 units using low current green LED’s and some variations were made with a little less bass.
Revision 2 more upper midrange was added
Revision 3 came about as a Rocka-Billy guitarist asked for more ’seethrough treble’ and thus full clockwise rotation of Nature control was changed from mild treblecut to mild treble boost. This revision occoured at approximately serialnumber 147
Revision 4 was added 2017 giving the circuit 6dB more gain-something asked for since the initial release in 2002. This gives Drive control more range same low gain but more gain on tap.

Extended history:
In Februari 2011 the first attempt at wider spreading of Honey Bee begun with launch of Bearfoot and the initial idea was to have as close as possible to BJF Honey Bee made and widening the availability and the last years have shown a fair success at that though and express line was planned in 2016 to make a product better aligned to distribution
Now in October 2017 launch of mass produced Honey Bee commences and I am proud to say that I am very happy with the outcome and the One Control edition combines all three major revisions and so in all modes there’s a gain increase of 6dB and it comes with a toggle that selects Vintage and Modern and in that controls partly what happens at Nature control full rotation and so in Modern mode theres a slight treble boost, in modern mode circuit also has the revision 2 upper midrange; in Vintage mode filtering is as in revision 1 and Nature control on full gives slight treble cut while the OC version has 6dB more gain.
It is my belief that the One Control version captures all major revisions and allows sound from all revision and the One Control edition is made so that it can be distributed worldwide.

Meanwhile back at the Bearfoot plant business continues as usual and production will stay the same and availability be the same through selected dealers.

For BJF the advent of the One Control Honey Bee is major step that not only allows distributed availabilty worldwide of Honey Bee but it also signals a new phase of larger encloser One Control BJF series and a Brave New Future

So today the launch of One Control Honey Bee.
This was my fourth model added to BJF-line 2002. This is a low gain device designed to do dynamic overdrive and in memory of small amplifiers that neither has relatively enough distortion or treble and that give in to distortion when you strike hard.
The low gain nature of Honey Bee has made it popular partly among jazz musicians becuase of the way distortion can be controlled and be made to mimic small amplifiers similar to early jazz recordings but the Honey Bee has also gain popularity
with many other kinds of musicians and has even been used on snaredrum; while the low gain nature of Honey Bee also lends it self well to stacking with other pedals and for instance to smooth out fuzzes with bright amplifiers.
Honey Bee has been produced by BJF Electronics since its release in December 2002 up until today and it has seen mainly four revisions.
Honey Bee production history
Issue 1 was the lowest gain and also had fairly low output.
Revision 1, increased output level
Intermediate version was made in 14 units using low current green LED’s and some variations were made with a little less bass.
Revision 2 more upper midrange was added
Revision 3 came about as a Rocka-Billy guitarist asked for more ’seethrough treble’ and thus full clockwise rotation of Nature control was changed from mild treblecut to mild treble boost. This revision occoured at approximately serialnumber 147
Revision 4 was added 2017 giving the circuit 6dB more gain-something asked for since the initial release in 2002. This gives Drive control more range same low gain but more gain on tap.

Extended history:
In Februari 2011 the first attempt at wider spreading of Honey Bee begun with launch of Bearfoot and the initial idea was to have as close as possible to BJF Honey Bee made and widening the availability and the last years have shown a fair success at that though and express line was planned in 2016 to make a product better aligned to distribution
Now in October 2017 launch of mass produced Honey Bee commences and I am proud to say that I am very happy with the outcome and the One Control edition combines all three major revisions and so in all modes there’s a gain increase of 6dB and it comes with a toggle that selects Vintage and Modern and in that controls partly what happens at Nature control full rotation and so in Modern mode theres a slight treble boost, in modern mode circuit also has the revision 2 upper midrange; in Vintage mode filtering is as in revision 1 and Nature control on full gives slight treble cut while the OC version has 6dB more gain.
It is my belief that the One Control version captures all major revisions and allows sound from all revision and the One Control edition is made so that it can be distributed worldwide.

Meanwhile back at the Bearfoot plant business continues as usual and production will stay the same and availability be the same through selected dealers.

For BJF the advent of the One Control Honey Bee is major step that not only allows distributed availabilty worldwide of Honey Bee but it also signals a new phase of larger encloser One Control BJF series and a Brave New Future

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Re: A brave new step for the Honey Bee

Postby cajone5 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:21 pm

Very cool stuff -- thanks for sharing. Congrats! :pedallove
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Re: A brave new step for the Honey Bee

Postby ak47 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:17 pm

Yes!! All hail the bee! :pedallove I have tried this from prototyping to final product and can honestly say it is all you hope it will bee. :music
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Re: A brave new step for the Honey Bee

Postby zhivago » Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:35 pm

This is excellent news!

The Honey Bee is one of the finest circuits ever produced...I love mine to bits! :pedallove
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Re: A brave new step for the Honey Bee

Postby melodichaotic » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:38 am

Most excellent news indeed...a longtime BJF staple design with all the
revisions under one roof....an all encompassing Bee...a Bee than can
be all it can be...that is a Bee-utiful thing....Angus, help...please make
it stop :laughing7
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Re: A brave new step for the Honey Bee

Postby ak47 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:46 pm

melodichaotic wrote:Most excellent news indeed...a longtime BJF staple design with all the
revisions under one roof....an all encompassing Bee...a Bee than can
be all it can be...that is a Bee-utiful thing....Angus, help...please make
it stop :laughing7


:laughing4 haha... I do think we BJFE bee-keepers might be prone to some bee-lligerent bee-haviour when we consume too much beeR and beedazzle people with our beefy BB King licks... :mrgreen:
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Re: A brave new step for the Honey Bee

Postby cajone5 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:48 am

When and where will they be for sale? Gotta say this one intrigues me quite a bit. :love4
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Re: A brave new step for the Honey Bee

Postby BobbyD » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:36 pm

I am really excited for this new Bee to join the hive!

It's amazing that in just a few years, it has become much easier to be a beekeeper - whereas once upon a time it was necessary to order from far, far away and pay shipping and customs and tax and duties, etc - prohibitive for most!

and now, we have the original BJFe Bee.....we still have the MP Sweet Honey....we have a veritable PLETHORA of modified and tweaked Bees from Bearfoot. And now we will have a more "blue collar" version of the Bee from One Control.

these are great times that we live in :music
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Re: A brave new step for the Honey Bee

Postby ak47 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:13 pm

You nailed it Bobby D! :music :pedallove :mrgreen:
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Re: A brave new step for the Honey Bee

Postby BJF » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:37 am

Hi there,

Yes the first batches are sold out and I am not sure when it will be available in USA.
Sadly PGS Pro Guitar Shop that had all OC models in stock is closing their doors. PGS is selling off all stock at reverb.com

Anyway first demo:

Demo by Jake Cloudchair
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyGoVTRulIY

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