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Black Cat Pedals To Release The 'Black Cat Vibe'

The Black Cat Vibe was the flagship of the original Black Cat product line. It garnered a reputation among many as the bestBlacksamll Univibe recreation ever made, and can still be found in the rigs of many well-known players. Now Black Cat tell us a new version called the 'Back Cat Vibe' is on it's way. Watch the demo below

Black Cat Pedals say:

We've taken every measure to ensure that the new Black Cat Vibe will sound identical to its legendary predecessor. In addition, we've incorporated some improvements that will allow each unit to be more durable, reliable and consistently produced than the originals. 

How much does it cost?
The new Black Cat Vibe will retail for $334.95 USD. The original sold for $399 (plus $50 to add an expression jack). So the new Black Cat Vibe actually costs $64.05 less than the original and comes already equipped with the expression jack to control the speed. (You can use a standard expression pedal, such as Roland EV-5 or Moog EP-2).

Does it have the flashing light thingy inside?
Yes, the Black Cat Vibe is a real authentic vibe, based on the original Univibe made famous by Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, and David Gilmour. It uses a flashing lamp and four photocells to create its distinctive sound. The Black Cat Vibe also uses another lamp for the indicator, whereas most other Univibe based effects use an LED.

Is this the same as the original Black Cat Vibe made by Fred Bonte?
Well, obviously it looks different. But yes, the circuit is the same as the original Black Cat Vibe. In fact, we auditioned several original Black Cat Vibes, picked the sweetest sounding one and reverse engineered it to create the new Black Cat Vibe. And it uses a 12V AC power supply, just like the original. The new Black Cat Vibe ships with its own 12V AC adapter (USA 120V AC only at this time).

Are there any demos of the new Black Cat Vibe?
Well, we do have this (very) rough demo we made on YouTube. It's just a quick, off-the-cuff clip that shows a working prototype in the new enclosure. We'll do a nice video presentation as soon as we can, but this should help give a general idea of what the new Black Cat Vibe will be like.

I just sent an email, how will I know I got on the list?
You can expect a confirmation reply from us within 48 hours after we receive your request with an ETA for when your pedal will be ready. Then we'll contact you again when your pedal is ready to ship. You can check for period updates on our Facebook page. Remember, there's no obligation, so if you think you may be interested in getting the new Black Cat Vibe then you'll definitely want to go ahead and get on the list.

For more information visit the Black Cat website here





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