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. Now Black Cat tell us a new version called the
'Back Cat Vibe' is on it's way. Watch the demo below
Black Cat Pedals say:
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
How much does it cost?
The new Black Cat Vibe will retail for $334.95 USD. The original
sold for $399 (plus $50 to add an expression jack). So the new
Black Cat Vibe actually costs $64.05 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).
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
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
Are there any demos of the new Black Cat Vibe?
Well, we do have this (very) rough demo we made on
YouTube. It's just a quick, off-the-cuff clip that shows a
working prototype in the new enclosure. We'll do a nice video
presentation as soon as we can, but this should help give a general
idea of what the new Black Cat Vibe will be like.
I just sent an email, how will I know I got on the
You can expect a confirmation reply from us within 48 hours after
we receive your request with an ETA for when your pedal will be
ready. Then we'll contact you again when your pedal is ready to
ship. You can check for period updates on our Facebook page. Remember, there's no obligation,
so if you think you may be interested in getting the new Black Cat
Vibe then you'll definitely want to go ahead and get on the
For more information visit the Black Cat website
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