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Cheers Mark, and yes, the Uberbee is cool..Alright, I'll have a go at this.
I was able to play all of the pedals through my princeton reverb clone (mercury mag transformers, jupiter red caps, weber 10f50t speaker). I really like this amp and it is now my go to for home use.
I played both a strat and 335 through the pedals, but mainly the strat, as I tend to favour single coils/fender guitars, especially with fuzz.
I compared the pedals to my ptd mini bone, sunface nkt275 and byoc bc108 fuzz face clone.
Candiru - I probably played this one the least. It sort of reminded me of when I turn down the bias knob on my silicon byoc fuzz.... Cool sounds, but not sure how much I would use those sounds.
Candy apple silver - able to get similar sounds to my byoc, but it is quite different at the same time. There is certainly more going on here than a straight up silicone fuzzface. I too preferred the gain knob down a bit (around 1 or 2 o'clock).
In comparison to my silicon fuzzface, the byoc is clearer and retains the guitars natural sound more. Also, the clean up on the byoc gets much cleaner/transparent.
The candy apple is capable of more sounds than a standard fuzz face and the addition of the treble knob is very handy. It has some great sounds and if you are into a higher gain fuzz face type sound with the ability to get the cool octave feature, then you might really like it. I just wouldn't expect the same volume knob interactions as a regular fuzzface.
CAF ge - I liked this one more than the silicon version... Smoother. Very similar to it in other regards - please see above for comparison to the sunface because it is exactly the same type of thing, just germanium. Fwiw - there is just something special about the sunface with nkt275s for me... Just the feel of it is really nice and I actually dig all the shades of dirt with the volume down more than when it's maxed and the fuzz is full on.
BossHorn - definitely my favourite of the bunch. If I did not own the minibone I would be tempted, but there is definitely an overlap and the minibone does appear to have more sounds in it (but maybe I didn't get enough time to fully discover everything the bosshorn had to offer).
I was comparing it to my minibone, just randomly and discovered tonal similarities... After googling the origins of the mini bone, I discovered they are both based on the Jordan Bosstone.
The bosshorn is capable of some of the same sub octavey type sounds you can get with the minibone and they react similar to picking dynamics when set this way. To get to this type of setting, I found that I had to crank the "b" knob and turn the gain up a fair bit. It is a cool sound and fairly controllable.
The bosshorn sounded great with both the strat and 335. In some respects it might cut through the mix on the sub octave stating with 335 better than the minibone due to the treble knob. I find the minibone can get a little drowned out in these type settings, unless eq'd by another boost type of pedal following it (I use a ktr or mythical overdrive) for this type of thing with both the minibone and sunface.
Overall - a great option for someone that wants to give the minibone type of sound a shot and not wait on the 12+ month list for one. The horn sounds are different, however.
I must give the overall nod to the minibone - more sounds and ridiculous clean up and clarity. BossHorn is a great pedal though.
Thanks again for the opportunity to try these out. I think my fav bearfoot fuzz is still the pink purple for its fuzzy od sounds... Still tempted to try one out again.
I really look forward to trying the uberbee in a future tourbox.. Loved the honeybee when I got to try it and I think the uberbee will seal the deal for me.
Got a chance to give these pedals a good tryout over the weekend. Thanks again Bearfoot and Grant, really enjoyed this one. The rig for this one was a Strat Plus Deluxe and Pete Townshend SG into a Sherlock Vintage Reverb. (added effects from Belle Epoch, Teese Picture wah) Burgundy Bosshorn Interesting pedal this one. I haven't heard anyone do a pedal with such a pronounced mid-hump (TS-pedals aren't anywhere near this middy). Like mentioned in other reviews it's pretty much a cocked wah effect. Could be interesting for the odd solo but not really to my taste. I was hoping to enjoy this one more than I did but really appreciate that it occupies a fairly unique space in the fuzz spectrum. Candiru This is a gated/splatty fuzz effect. I like this a lot. This is what I have a fuzz factory for. Consider it a stable, set-and-forget fuzz factory without madness. Again, I couldn't see a permanent place on my boards for this but it was still fun and might find some fans with the Jack White/Black Keys audience. I would still choose a fuzz factory over this for its extra versatility and unpredictability, others would choose the Candiru for almost the same reasons. Candy Apple Fuzz Ge I can't remember exactly which Candy Apple/s featured in previous tour boxes, but this felt like a bit of revelation. This pedal was my standout favourite from this box. Loved it/would buy it. Bearfoot fuzzes have tended to walk a great line between fuzz and distortion and the level of gain on tap is pretty high. This could probably handle stoner rock/metal material easily. It had me swapping the strat for the Pete Townshend SG (P90s) to do some down tuned Sabbathy riffs, which was a lot of fun. The CAF Ge was dark but very useable in a home playing situation (some might find themselves looking for a bit more top end). What I was surprised with was that, for a Ge fuzz face pedal, it didn't have me thinking of Hendrix but suggested heavier styles, which suggests less of a classic fuzz face and more of a distinct place in the fuzz spectrum. This version of the CAF is now on my shopping list. Candy Apple Si The si version was close to the ge version in many ways. Incredibly close. Maybe a little extra cut but not loads. Most of the time I played these pedals I found myself leaning towards the Ge naturally, almost subconsciously. So I spent less time digging into the Si because it was just ever so slightly less inspiring than the Gold/Ge. Thanks again guys. I hope my reviews have been technical enough, it sounds to me like I've been going more on gut feel and instinct than decisive descriptions. Cheers.