Updated Jul. 6, 2022

The Vs Audio BlackBird Deluxe expands on the Greek company’s Blackbird overdrive, adding several features (including a bias tremolo) to this amp-in-a-box circuit replicating the tone of Brownface and Blackface Fender amps.

Voiced after the liquid-sounding and touch-sensitive tremolo circuit of the Brown Deluxe, the Vibrato has its own separate footswitch and can be set through the Intensity and Speed knobs on the left, while all the other controls affect the overdrive, including the Era switch, which toggles between Brownface and Blackface tones, and the new Channel toggle, which provide a new Bright voice, just like in the Brown Deluxe amps.

There’s also a passive FX loop to insert other effects between the tremolo and the overdrive, and a dual-mode Bypass switch that selects between the Low Gain mode (softer edge of breakup) and the High Gain mode (adds more edge and higher output).

 

Vs Audio BlackBird Deluxe Tremolo, Builder’s Notes

Adding to the company’s line of boutique effects pedals, Vs Audio effects introduces its latest offering: the BlackBird Deluxe Preamp with Bias tremolo, a pedal that succeeds in generating the iconic brown panel-style drive and works as a flexible tone-sculpting platform.

The BlackBird Deluxe picks up where the BlackBird left off. It has the same medium gain with natural compression and dynamic touch sensitive character but with more features. An added Channel switch to choose between Normal and Bright channel like the original ’61 Deluxe amp. Plus a true bias tremolo, using MOSFET and JFET technology that modulates the bias voltage of the output stage of the pedal, the same way that the famous power tube bias tremolo circuit behaves.

Bias tremolo is considered by many to be the most liquid and watery of all the tremolo types due to its natural, pulsating character. Its touch-sensitive dynamic response allows to control the tremolo effect with your picking dynamics or your guitar’s volume knob with overdriven sounds, capturing the exact tone and behavior that makes the Brown Deluxe great.

BlackBird Deluxe flexibility doesn’t end here. A dual mode Bypass switch selects between the Low Gain mode that delivers softer edge of breakup response while the High Gain adds more edge and higher output. Placing the BlackBird Deluxe further down your effects chain reveals its ability to function like a true preamp, an additional passive effects loop also grants versatile rig-integration options and lets users employ each side independently in a pedalboard friendly size format.

BlackBird Deluxe offers the following features:
• Volume, Drive, Tone knobs to control Preamp/OD and Intensity, Speed for VIBRATO stage.
• Channel switch to choose between Normal and Bright channel similar to Brown Deluxe amps.
• Era toggle switch to choose between Brown or Black Panel style sounds.
• Dual Gain mode Bypass switch to select amount of Gain (Dual color LED White/Red).
• 9-18VDC supply operation for maximum headroom.
• Compact Dual Design – top – mounted jacks, true bypass, &silent relay switching.