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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.



CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
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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5.0

Great for what it is!

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Verified Buyer


I wired it into a 250k pot with the “Standard Gibson LP” wiring they suggested. I rearranged some things and moved it into the selector cavity and it fit in well. It requires the gains ALL the way up to really kick in. I wired it for the Industrial Strength setting and it and it can go from just heating up the tone a little to full on crunchy fuzz depending on volume, gain, and how much you turn it up. More than anything, it’s a fun way to switch things up; Use it with your pedal set up to roll in a little more distortion at your fingertips. It delivers what they promise so I’ll give it a 5

5.0

Hard to Review, but Great.

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Verified Buyer


This is a very difficult item to review as I love it, but also understand why most people dislike it and can see it's shortcomings. It definitely isn't for everyone, but if you have a specific use for it, it will rock your world. I bought it to get the tone of "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers and this thing nails it. Hence my five star rating as it accomplished exactly what I wanted it to do. Please see my pros and cons below:

Cons:
It's big. (My control cavity is small and it was a tight fit.
It's gimmicky.
It's overpriced. (I've heard that you can create the same circuit with cheaper parts on your own, but I don't know how to do that.)
It isn't as hot as advertised. Plan on wiring it for hotter than you think you need.
It sounds more synthetic and compressed than a pedal, but that's to be expected. It almost has a slight bitcrusher sound to it.

Pros:
Gave me the exact tone that I was looking for.
Super easy installation.
Plenty of wiring options to use.
Makes my tone knob more useful.
Creates unique colors in conjunction with pedals.
Has a coolness factor and mystique about it when playing with others.

I found a couple demo videos of this on the web and they were pretty off-putting. I'm happy to say that my guitar sounds so much better than the tone qualify of those clips. If you are on the fence, I would recommend that you avoid those demos as they make the product sound far worse than it is.

5.0

Warm and Heavy

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Verified Buyer


Was going to hook this up to the tone pot, then changed my mind to connect it to its own pot and control it with an extra knob, but there were virtually no room for the mod in the guitar.

So I ended up soldering the Black Ice to the output jack in the "Warm" diagram setting. Man, it was the best and simple thing. I get a nice warm distortion over my melodies. The fuzz really kicks in when I crank the volume pot up to its maximum. Minimum positions prove the Black Ice is off. I'm using a pair of P90s so your experience may differ.

3.0

Not quite as much fuzz as I wanted

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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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.

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