The Black Cat Vibe can be ordered directly through Black Cat Pedals. We try to keep them in stock, but there may sometimes be a production delay of 1-2 weeks. Please send us an email to check for availability. You can check for periodic updates on our Facebook page.
The Black Cat Vibe was the flagship of the original Black Cat product line. It garnered a reputation among many as the best Univibe recreation ever made, and can still be found in the rigs of many well-known players. We've taken every measure to ensure that the new Black Cat Vibe will sound identical to its legendary predecessor. In addition, we've incorporated some improvements that will allow each unit to be more durable, reliable and consistently produced than the originals.
Given the amount of interest and number of email inquiries we've received over the past couple of years, we expected the initial demand would exceed the number of units we can build per day. So we decided to start a wait list for the new Black Cat Vibe, since we don't want to accept payments until we actually have products available and ready to ship. The list topped 100 people the day after we announced it to our newsletter subscribers, which confirmed this was the best way to handle it.
To get on the Black Cat Vibe waiting list, simply email us your request to get on the list. Customers will be contacted in the order in which their requests were received. There is no obligation to buy the pedal. You do not have to make payment until your number is up and we let you know your pedal is ready. The Black Cat Vibe will initially be available in a stompbox format. We will also be making the Black Cat Vibe in the original half-rack format very soon. You can specify which version you'd like when your number is up.
The original Black Cat Vibe was produced as a half rack space unit. Fred Bonte made these for Bob Bradshaw, who offered them to his clients as the Custom Audio Electronics (CAE) Black Cat Vibe. The CAE Black Cat Vibe found its way into the rigs of many well-known players, including Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, and Trey Anastasio. Though most players these days seem to prefer the stompbox format, we are also offering the Black Cat Vibe as a half-rack unit.
How much does it cost?
There will be two versions of the new Black Cat Vibe. The stompbox version retails for $299 USD, and the half-rack version will retail for $334. The original Black Cat Vibe sold for $399 (plus $50 to add an expression jack). So the new Black Cat Vibe actually costs less than the original and comes already equipped with the expression jack to control the speed. (You can use a standard expression pedal, such as Roland EV-5 or Moog EP-2).
Are there any demos of the new Black Cat Vibe?
Yes, here's a great demo video of the new Black Cat Vibe by Nick Jaffe (Just Nick).
Here's a another great demo of the Black Cat Vibe by Mike Hermans for Prymaxe Vintage.
And here's one more fantastic Black Cat Vibe video demo by Brett Kingman (Burgs).
Does it have the flashing light thingy inside?
Yes, the Black Cat Vibe is a real authentic vibe, based on the original Univibe made famous by Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, and David Gilmour. It uses a flashing lamp and four photocells to create its distinctive sound. The Black Cat Vibe also uses another lamp for the indicator, whereas most other Univibe based effects use an LED.
Is this the same as the original Black Cat Vibe made by Fred Bonte?
Well, obviously it looks different. But yes, the circuit is the same as the original Black Cat Vibe. In fact, we auditioned several original Black Cat Vibes, picked the sweetest sounding one and reverse engineered it to create the new Black Cat Vibe. And it uses a 12V AC power supply, just like the original. The new Black Cat Vibe ships with its own 12V AC adapter (USA 120V AC only at this time).