Black Ice

Black Ice

Black Ice

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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!

  • 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.



WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


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Black Ice Wiring Diagrams

Manufacturer's installation instructions.

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3.0

Not quite as much fuzz as I wanted

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I got this with a $10 credit and $9.99 out of my account or I would not have purchased it. I set it up on a toggle switch and wired it on the "Hot" diagram and it is in a strat-like body with a Select bridge humbucker and a hot-rail neck pickup both on a coil split toggle switch with a regular strat single coil in middle position. There is no difference on the middle position pickup: the bridge pickup gets a little more than the rail. It is a good way to sneak a little fuzz into my playing at church but I would have liked a little more.

5.0

Les Paul Jr really rocks.

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I bought a LesPaul Jr several years ago from a guy who needed money to pay rent maybe, I put a nice pickgaurd on it and its a nice little guitar with a single hum bucker. Nice fat frets and a solid neck. So I have started working on electronics for my guitars, when I saw the Black Ice I knew they belonged together. So got a push pull tone pot and a new volume pot, set the BI up as the medium set up not full but one step down. Added a tone capacitor and a treble bleed on the volume pot. Its not supper heavy but if your playing clean you just pull the tone knob out and you get just enough edge and the pot adjust the amount of fuzz. You just need to remember that when you push it in the tone may be different than where you started in the clean mode so there may be a tweak there. I am glade I got two of these so I can sneak one in on my next tele build, with a 5 way Jersey Shore switch and a push pull tone or vol pot.

5.0

Nice ice

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Verified Buyer


Just installed on a Peavey 5-string jazz bass, stock pickups. Wired for industrial. Has definite overdrive sound. Very nice added sound option for cheap and passive.

1.0

Demo vidio is appalling, wrong demonstrater for product!

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As soon as I see a guy with a strat demonstrating overdrive, I switch off the video.
All that country plucking junk? I wanna hear power chords from humbuckers!
Get a punk/metal guy for the video!

4.0

Versatile upgrade

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Verified Buyer


Read all the advise but had to prove it. single coil, humbucker and so on.
After the experiments I then
Installed on my jamming acoustic rancher with the std fidelitron pickup and made it very versatile.
Industrial mode to the output jack with a stewmac mini switch.
Plays through a normal guitar amp and goes from clean to acoustic rock ballads with attitude.
It's pretty cool!

1.0

Not worth getting

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Verified Buyer


I installed the Black Ice in one of my Tele's using a mini-toggle switch to be able to switch from regular Tele tone to Black Ice distortion and found that it doesn't add any distortion at all. I used the Hot wiring option and I could not tell any difference between the regular Tele tone and the Black Ice Tele tone. I DO NOT recommend this item at all.

1.0

Can't notice any sound alteration

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Verified Buyer


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.

2.0

Neat, but overpriced

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Verified Buyer


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. . .

5.0

BlackICE "BOX" !

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Verified Buyer


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 ! ;)

4.0

Black Ice

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Verified Buyer


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....

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