Mad Professor Amplification has announced the Super Black, an amp-in-a-box drive pedal that aims to recreate the tone of the 1960s Fender Blackface.
Mad Professor says the “whole amp signal path is replicated” inside the unit, with the pedal delivering “the punchy, mid-scooped and sparkling, chimey clean tone that Fender Blackface amplifiers are known and famous for.”
The extensive controls of the unit allow you to reach the various tones associated with the run of amps: a 3-band EQ is accompanied by gain and presence knobs for fine control of your core sound – as well as independent volume and drive controls for the switchable overdrive that runs in front of the main effect, accessible through a secondary footswitch. Two toggle switches the unit offer further tone shaping, with a bass cut to mitigate low-end flub and optional compression. The overdrive circuit is based on Mad Professor’s own Sweet Honey drive pedal, and lets you push the amp into either on-the-edge breakup or creamy saturation.
The pedal can function either as a standard drive pedal or as a preamp that can run straight into the return of your amplifier’s effects loop for pure, uncoloured vintage tone.
The Super Black lists for €279. More information at mpamp.com.