Squeezing the sound of classic amps into a pedal is an ongoing trend in the guitar pedal universe, from cheaper ones like the Joyo Preamp House to more boutique stuff like the Falcon Overdrive and the Regent 150 amp tone in a pedal. Now comes a new pedal by Mad Professor, the Super Black, recreating a Fender Blackface amp-in-a-box pedal. The aim here is to replicate the classic ’60s amp circuit in an effect pedal format.
A Fender Blackface amp, in a box
Can’t find a 60s Fender Blackface amp but need that tone on tap? Mad Professor’s new Super Black is a recreation of those amp tones. This pedal is designed to be looped in via the return jack of your amp’s FX loop. This allows you to bypass your amp’s own preamp and use the Super Black as its core preamp tone.
Super Black Mini Switches
The pedal has the standard amp controls you’d expect for bass, middle, treble, gain, volume and presence. It should be easy enough to dial in the tones you require. But Mad Professor has added two mini switches, labelled bass cut and compression. These let you adjust these amp characteristics, mirroring, the MP website says, variations in amp sound encountered by the engineers during the development process for this pedal.
Sweet Honey Overdrive
Plus, you get a built-in overdrive pedal. Mad Professor has added the Sweet Honey Overdrive* to boost the front end of the Super Black. That makes this a great way to add boosted tones to your vintage amp sounds. The drive section has its own footswitch and dedicated controls for volume and drive.
If it’s as accurate as the Mad Professor says in modelling the 60s Blackface, it will be a lot cheaper to run and maintain than an old vintage amp! I like the inclusion of the Sweet Honey Overdrive, which makes this a bit of a bargain, in my opinion.
You can hear it in action in the video below or follow my link below to read the full specifications of this new pedal. It’s due out on 15 December, so not long to wait till you can get one.
RRP – EUR 279
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- Mad Professor Super Black: Mad Professor