Bearfoot FX Honey Bee X OD Flame Top

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For BearFoots 10th Anniversary, we put together the Honey Bees greatest hits into a new model... Introducing the Honey Bee X in Flame Top finish.
Volume and Nature are standard Honey Bee controls. The Drive and Treble are from the Uber Bee which allows more AND less dirt and active Treble that goes from warm retro to clear treble boost.
And we added a special mids control borrowed from the Gee Willikers OD. It adds mids into the clipping section that increases upper mids, dirt and compression about as much as the difference between a single coil and humbucker. And its interactive with the Drive and Nature control to give the HBX some great new sounds from the classic Bearfoot Honey Bee OD. 5-15v. Happy Anniversary!

The Honey Bee X will cover the earliest warm, retro Honey Bee tones to modern, increased dirt and EQ options. And it will do the 'Honey Boost' - with the drive below 9 oclock it gives a wonderful 'klonish' translucent preamp/boost that is really useful in many situations. You can run it up to 15v for more headroom if needed.

"I think that the Honey Bee X is absolutely a worthy successor to the Honey Bee and is absolutely worth owning. If you are dedicated to the Gee Willikers territory which is similar but a bit tighter sounding, you might want to stick with that, but they are different beasts and both will take you from a warm, clean sound to an amazingly tasty dirt experience."

"Hello Don, just wanted to let you know I received the HoneyBee X yesterday, and played it all night! It is awesome-great job!"

"I have a BJFe Honey Bee and that thing is just MAGIC. Super touch responsive, cleans up well with the volume knob, very amplike feel. My only complaints with the BJFe is that I wish it had amore output volume and more treble or presence. I've had another Bearfoot HBOD in the past (can't remember which model) but it was not as smokey as my BJFe.
The HBOD - X fixes both my issues with the BJf AND can cop all the smokey tones of my original HBOD. I'm very pleased with this version."

"This is my favorite version of the honey bee i have played, its less compressed and clear without losing the honey bee tone. Its an excellent low to mid gainer and perfect as a base tone to get vintage soundd. Its sticky and sweet and does the supro thing very well. Do yourself a favor and stack it with the copper topper dm"

"My introduction to Bearfoot pedals was the Honey Bee that my wife got me several years ago. It proved to be a perfect overdrive for me providing warmth with an option of a bit of sparkle. I tended to run it with the drive and nature knobs both around 9pm. Since that time, I or my wife on my behalf has picked up a Honey Bair, a Honey Bee Plus, an Uber Bee, and a Honey Badger. (Excessive, I know. The Honey Bair was a surprise driven by her liking the artwork. She got it for me around the same time I got the Uber or the Plus.) Anyway, I of course was excited by the Honey Bee X even if I didn't really need another member of this family.

With treble set around 2pm and the mids dialed down and the gain set low, it really is in essentially the same sweet spot as the Honey Bee.

The payoff of the treble knob is that it extends the viable downward range for the nature knob because it adds enough high-end to keep the pedal out of the muck. This is true of the other pedals in the family as well, but sentimental reasons and an appreciation for 3-knob simplicity had kept me using my original HBOD more than its successors.

For someone who mostly uses the HBOD for lower gain coloration, the extended drive range inherited from the Uber is a bit of a mixed blessing. Yes, it gets cleaner on the low end which is nice but it also can be subtle. By the time we get to 10pm or so on the drive, the Uber and the X start overtaking the HBOD on dirt which means that the extended clean range is somewhat limited on knob range. That said, doing the tourbox got me to push into the higher gain ranges. If the nature knob is left low, my HBOD can get a bit sludgy at the top of its drive range, but the treble knob the HBX takes care of that and makes cranking the gain attractive. The distortion is very "musical" and there is a lot to discover by trading off the nature and treble controls.

Finally, we come to the mids control. This one is subtle, particularly if the gain is relatively low. Too much delay or reverb tended to obscure it. The SBEQ could also obscure it. But with less other stuff going on and the gain knob anywhere past 10pm or so, it clearly starts adding some upper mids and boosting the dirt. (Don says it adds mids ahead of the clipping, so that would be why.) I suspect if I spent more time with it, I would get a better sense for her best to use it, but what I found was that setting it around 2pm provided some nice definition that often let me dial back the treble a bit. (I'm now wondering whether a preference for lower gain was why I was always questioning myself on the Model G+ about whether the compression knob was doing anything or whether it was just my imagination.)

The net on the HBX is that it's more complicated than the classic HBOD, but it's got all of the HBOD tones with really useful extensions to what it can do inherited from the Uber Bee and in detailed settings or with more experience I suspect the mids knob pays off as well. Unless the 5 knobs really are overwhelming, I would wholeheartedly endorse using the X instead of the classic HBOD. (Now, I just have to deal with my personal sentimentality issues.)

One more thing on the HBX... stacking. It loves having pedals in front of it. The Spanish Inquisition into the HBX is a perfect example of using the Spanish Inquisition for the power and the HBX for the flavor. The HBX takes the output from RazzBerry and shapes it. The HBX into the Copper Topper DM also works really well."

(this is from a couple of posts answering questions elsewhere) The HBX is a combination of features from the BearFoot Bee family over the last 10 years. The Honey Bee X is a new combination of the Uber Bee but with the Honey Bees Nature control (the Ubers is centered higher and you cant quite get the full Honey Bee lows) and the G+ Willikers comp control and over all a little juicier drive.
The Uber Bee was the expansion of the Honey Bee... More and Less Dirt and More and Less Treble. ... and then the M control to add some mids without messing up the classic Bee sounds. This came from me working on the Uber reissue looking for some useful expansions. The quickest HBX description would be: Uber Bee with Honey Bee nature and Gee Willikers M/comp+. There is the whole range of Honey /Beeatch/Bair/Uber/ tones with thte option for adding mids/comp/saturation. AND most important: cool new paintjobs ; ) !! The Honey Badger and Silver Lynx and Queen Beest are Dumble types for different ranges. The HBX is for all the Honey Bee tones.... at least in my head! Yeah The HBX doesnt completely replace the Uber or the Gee Willikers ... just gives some more options to the basic Honey Bee sound. The Uber and the Honey Beest were both made with medium to higher gain settings in mind, so the low end was tightened up a bit for clarity at higher gain ranges. But that sacrificed being able to also get a straight Honey Bee tone, though some prefer those changes. And the Honey Beeatch/ Bair are straight Honey Bees with a treble control. So the HBX lets you get the lower gain Honey Bee sounds and then you can lessen the Nature bass and add the mids in for higher gain with the extra gain range on the Uber style drive section. The Honey Beest/Badger range is too different to get into the 5knob HBX, so we will make the Honey Bee X and Honey Badger and Gee Willikers. I might make another batch of Uber Bees for those that want just what the Uber does. I just wanted some thing cool and fun for our Anniversary and this is my favorite Honey Bee to date. The Badger does the 'Cooder' Dumble Bee higher gain stuff real well. This project started with putting the Nature differences on a switch on an Uber. And I also had a setting that included the HoMey Beeatch (1 limited batch long ago) setting that made the Nature control into a Mids control. But then you lose some of the Honey bloated bottom. So this way you still get the Honey bloat AND can push some HoMey mids when needed. The M control is like a Nature control for the Drive control. Anyway I worked on this for quite awhile and circled around a few rounds of tailchasing... but Im very happy with the result and this will be our Honey Bee expansion for this year..... and the 'Flame Top' was my original name for what became the Honey Bee OD so it ties that in as well as I bring back some of those more labor intensive paint jobs I used to do.
Donner Rusk

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