Black Cat is one of those boutique pedal companies that we almost ended up without, but which created some of the best effects pedals on the market. Their Super Fuzz is a rather interesting fuzz pedal likes of which you simply don't see every day.
The whole point about this model is in its dual nature. Black Cat Super Fuzz offers a great fuzz effect that includes an octave component. The result is something that can only be described as awesome. Compared to a lot of the most popular fuzz pedals on the market, Bad Cat Super Fuzz can definitely compete.
All things considered, this is a fairly simple pedal. Format matches nicely with most modern effects pedals, so installing this one on the pedalboard is not a problem at all. The graphic design Black Cat went with is a very vintage '50s style theme, giving this pedal a unique appearance.
As you've probably noticed, this fuzz box is not that cheap at all. That is mostly due to it packing two pretty rare NOS germanium diodes. On a similar note, the rest of the electronic components are high-quality stuff as well. This pedal comes with true bypass and is completely hand wired in the USA.
In terms of controls, you are looking at two knobs and a single switch. The knobs, named Balance and Expander, are pretty straight forward. Former is used to adjust the amount of fuzz you want to apply to your signal, and the latter is your volume knob. That switch in the middle is what really defines this pedal. It's named Tone, and once it's this feature that introduces the Octavia type component to your tone.
The type of fuzz effect you can count on hearing once you plug the Black Cat Super Fuzz into your signal chain is very smooth and wholesome. It has a lot of the '70s vibe to it. Once you start playing around with the Tone switch, you can get some pretty interesting results. Granted, adding some Octavia (and it does sound like original Octavia) might not be for everyone, but it's a great thing to have in terms of non-linear effects pedals.
We wanted to show you this Super Fuzz because it has all the qualities necessary, but just isn't all that prolific among the community. If you want a bit of an unusual fuzz effect with a twist, Black Cat Super Fuzz is something you should definitely check out.
Overall, Black Cat Super Fuzz deserves a lot more popularity than it enjoys at the moment. One reason for this is the fairly high price. However, Bad Cat did go above and beyond when they were designing this thing, making sure that all of the components are top quality, and finally hand wiring the whole thing together.
That is the type of craftsmanship that comes at a price, there’s no way around it. With that said, Super Fuzz is among the more expensive models, and that simply doesn't sit well with the majority of its potential users. We would love to see this hot box come down in price, at least a little.