BFJE Baby Blue Overdrive or Honeybee?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by johnsfore, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. johnsfore

    johnsfore Member

    Feb 12, 2008
    Hi. I'm trying to decide whether to fork out the cash for a BJFE Baby Blue Overdrive or a BJFE Honeybee. I certainly can't affort both but am prepared for lay down the $400+ it will most likely cost me to get my hands on one of these two highly coveted gems. I am looking for a low-to-mid gain overdrive pedal which will be going into a Fender Princeton Reverb 2 amp and a Blues Junior from time to time, as well as a Headstrong Lil King amp. My main guitar is a PRS McCarty Blackburst with Lollar Imperial humbuckers. I also have a '57 medium relic'd Nash Stratocaster with loller single coils. Like everyone else out there - am looking for the holy grail of warm, smooth, and rich overdrive sounds and have been convinced that one of these two pedals will help me to get there. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. SunnyRollins

    SunnyRollins Member

    Jan 15, 2008
    the lone star country
    the BBOD is out of production so maybe it'll be "easier" and "cheaper" to get a HB (which also seems to fit your description).
  3. DocRock

    DocRock Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    The Caves of Altamira
    Both amazing pedals for sure, and for different reasons.

    Honeybee is very amp-like, touch sensitive, etc. (I hate using all those buzzwords, but it is the truth.) Pretty low to mid-gain. Nice grind to it, and excels at pushing other pedals.

    BBOD shares some qualities, but will give you fatter, richer, smoother tones. They are really two different animals, and it's hard to advise you on which one to get. BBOD will give you more sustain for your leads without being overly gainy. You really have to "play" a Honeybee, if that makes any sense.

    Doc :)
  4. Rock72

    Rock72 Member

    Jul 22, 2007
    I've had my Honeybee for a week now, and used it through various amps with EL84s. Guitars are Strat (Texas Special PUPs) and PRS Custom 22 (Dragon IIs), and it works really well with both. The more I play, the more I like it. I never thought I would fork out $400 to get one, but I don't regret doing it. Excellent pedal.
  5. flyingvees

    flyingvees Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    West Memphis Arkansas
    Try the sky blue...I am getting one as soon as they get released...I think it covers some of the baby blue territory but has more eq. I really think that this with my eternity may be the ticket...
  6. Stressfest

    Stressfest Member

    Mar 14, 2006
    Perth, West Australia
    The BBOD sounds great on its own but i had clipping issues when stacking. The HBOD is worth it's weight in gold both as a drive and stacker IMHO. I'd go the HBOD :D
  7. Hoffe_68

    Hoffe_68 Member

    Oct 29, 2007
    Karlstad Sweden
    I play a BBOD through a "Dumblified" Princeton Reverb 2 with a ToneTubby Alnico speaker.
    And it's really sweet. Very dynamic, organic and touchsensitive.
    But it's also sensitive in what order I put it in the pedalstack. I have to put it first, before compressor to get the most out of it. It really doesn't matter since I only use the Comp for clean stuff.

    But I might sell it though, since I could get 3 reasonable priced pedals for the same price:)

  8. godotzilla

    godotzilla Member

    Mar 28, 2005
    Motor City
    Where are you guys even finding BJF pedals, other than eBay? I don't know of any dealers who have new pedals in stock.
  9. nibus

    nibus Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2007
    I should have a BBOD arriving soon, I will try to get some clips up and my impressions.
  10. I'm Incinerator

    I'm Incinerator Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    Omaha, NE
    BJF's find me...j/k

    I would try Harri is the main (only as far as I know) distributer of BJFE/MP products

    I feel the HB works best when being goosed by something...since I use a tele, maybe higher output pups/fatter pups will make the magic :) Once I hit the "spot" for me on my HB....I heard what everyone was talking about
  11. Craise

    Craise Member

    Sep 16, 2005
    I dug out my BBOD the other night...god I forgot how buttery it makes my Princton Reverb!
    Exactly like you discribe Dynamic, Organic, Touchsensitive...I'll also add..not TS...
    It's got a springiness too it..a snap but can also crunch at higher gain settings....phatens up fenders like no other pedal I've heard.
    Will it work for you? not sure...depends on your ear.
    I've found it stacks great with my other BJFs...want dummble? BBOD>Honey Bee!

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