Black Arts Toneworks Black Sheep
In all of it’s throwback glory, here is the Black Arts Toneworks Black Sheep.
Dirty, mean spirited and a blast to hang around with, but you can’t help but feeling a bit dirty when you plug in.
Just look at the graphic because they tell you a lot about the 1960/70s style classic stinging fuzz.
It is based on the the 1974 Roland Bee Baa, but with BAT magic breathed into it, and simplifying the circuitry. The original unit is a dual fuzz unit and so BAT have made this more dynamic and responsive.
The original unit was criticised by some for being brittle which BAT have now fixed with the implementation of a variable input selector, the same as in the Black Forest. The harshness of the fuzz effect itself has also been tamed by using more modern transistors and some component tweaks.
Firstly raspiness and, secondly, brittleness are the two main characteristics of the Bee Baa that Black Arts fixed by removing the polarity from the original unit and turning it into a fuzz that everyone can enjoy.
What’s it like
The Blacksheep sound is quite distinctive in that the fuzz is thick and heavy. With Big Muff style wall of sound, this pedal is great for heavy doom laden riffing. It has been described as great controlled aggression.
Bass frequencies are well handled and the Black Sheep is therefore suitable for bass guitar
Sets output volume level.
Controls the amount of treble. At 7 o’clock the sound is extremely dark, it gets brighter towards 5 o’clock.
Four-position switch for controlling the depth. At down position you will have the most bass at the upmost position you will get the tightest sound. With cooperation of Tone and Depth controls you will get loads of great sounds out of this pedal.
Sets gain level, sounds best at 5 o’clock.
- True bypass
- Power requirements: 2.1mm 9V DC centre negative power supply. About 10 mA current draw.