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Black Ice

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Battery-free onboard overdrive! Dial in some gritty fun: Black Ice features four different overdrive wiring options. Put your 250K guitar or bass tone control to better use!

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  • Compact encapsulated 1/2" cube needs no batteries.
  • Works with practically any passive guitar or bass pickups.

Now with 4 different overdrive options.
Black Ice circuitry is encapsulated in a compact 1/2" cube that requires no batteries to power its nastiness. Installation can be as simple as replacing your 250K tone control's capacitor. You can wire it for just a little grit, a more aggressive grind, or to border on a raw '60s fuzz.

Black Ice works with practically any passive guitar or bass single-coil, humbucker, P-90 or lipstick pickups. Wiring instructions included.

Black Ice features 4 different wiring configurations:

Polite: A little grit for single-coils; mild distortion for humbuckers and P-90s.
Warm: Mild distortion for single-coils; a little more for humbuckers and P-90s.
Hot: Medium distortion for single-coils; aggressively raw for humbuckers and P-90s; subtle growl for basses.
Industrial Strength: Nasty with hotter pickups; slightly more growl for basses. The best wiring option for weak pickups.

Note: Use a 250K pot as your Black Ice control. The instructions also include diagrams for wiring your Black Ice in a stomp box, and for using a push-pull pot to switch between the Black Ice and your tone control.

Black Ice isn't designed to replace your favorite distortion pedal. It won't make your amp a fire-breather, and it won't boost your volume or sustain. In fact, you may notice a subtle volume drop with the Hot and Industrial Strength wirings and high output pickups. Black Ice is not designed for use with active pickups.

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Black Ice
Black Ice
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1 3-04-2014
Can't notice any sound alteration

No difference to the output. I initially went with "Hot" but went to "Industrial Strength" to get some teeth in it. It doesn't give me any real boost that I can tell. Maybe I'm immune to it but I can't notice any change to the tone at all.

Palaver  MetroWest MA - USA Read my reviews (13)
2 6-19-2013
Neat, but overpriced

When I first got this little gizmo, I thought it sounded cool and offered a new range of tones when added with a push-pull pot. After significant research, I bought 2 diodes, twisted them together in opposite directions, and acheived the same sound for much less. Hard to justify $20.00 plus shipping. . .

Thompson Guitars  Hermosa Beach, CA Read my reviews (2)
5 2-10-2013
BlackICE "BOX" !

I've made a box using a simple rotary switch, three "on-off-on" mini-switches and one 250k pot. It's working very very well ! ;)

Valerio Antonelli  Ladispoli (RM), Italy Read my reviews (3)
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1 1-08-2013
no good for bass

Installed this in a J-Bass on the "Industrial Strength" mode - which is the one recommended for bass - and the effect is far too subtle... nearly impossible to notice. Not worth the money or effort for a bass guitar (haven't tried it yet on a regular guitar). However, the drop in volume is quite noticeable (the instructions do say that with the industrial setting there will be a "subtle" drop in volume, which would be fine if the distortion effect was present, but with no noticeable distortion and a 20% drop in volume...). Don't buy it for bass - zero stars.

Kristopher  NY
4 12-19-2012
Black Ice

this item does exactly what it was designed to do. it is however a bit pricey. but then, i've bought two of 'em! go figure....

LDT  Southaven, MS Read my reviews (10)
5 10-14-2012
Black Ice

I'm so glad they upgraded the Black Ice so I can now use it on my strat loaded with Lindy Fralin Pickups. When dialed in just right my guitar drips SRV. I love it. Thanks Stewmac.

Rave On Guitar Works  Rouses Point, New York Read my reviews (3)
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1 10-06-2012
a serious letdown

I used the old 2-wire black ice a while back. That thing worked great. The new one offers a really weak output. I ended up taking it off because it was ruining the tone. Bring back the old one, but keep the new price.

the axeman  Texas Read my reviews (10)
5 4-06-2011

Worked better than expected. Gives a sweet overdrive that's perfect for blues. I wasn't sure how it would sound, but it put my doubts to rest when i turned it up. Its a gain control on the guitar. Best part, no batteries! Super product, super trick on any guitar. Thanks for selling this little jem.

socket  new jersey Read my reviews (2)
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