Mad Professor Sweet Honey Overdrive



This pedal is based on the BJFE Honey Bee Overdrive: it has a dynamically controlled range of distortion just like the Honey Bee and the middle knob can be set to have the same sound as the Honey Bee, but there are differences:

  • different parts (because this model is meant to be produced in series)
  • tighter bass
  • more aggressive sound (more "rock")
  • different controls
  • ...

Björn Juhl (the designer of both pedals)

If the Honey bee would sound like a small amp with a small power supply and worn down speaker this new model sounds like larger amp with ample power supply and more modern speakers.

Mad Professor

BJF design dynamic overdrive pedal

Mad Professor Sweet Honey Overdrive (SHOD) is a touch sensitive low gain overdrive pedal hand made in Finland.

It is designed to overdrive distorted amplifiers and give dynamically controlled light overdrive on clean sounds.

Distortion level can be controlled by pick attack and pickup strenght. Harder picking for overdrive and softer for cleaner tone.

With the unique Focus control you can adjust the feel and dynamics of the pedal as well as overal EQ.

Turning Focus CCW you need to play harder to get distortion and the tone is softer, great for jazz and blue. Focus turned CW gives a slight treble boost and earlier distortion.

This type of overdrive has previously only been found in the BJF Honey Bee but is now presented in Mad Professor version. The Mad Professor SHOD has a tighter sound and is more versatile as it was designed to work with all kinds of guitars and amplifiers.

Like all Mad Professor pedals, SHOD is hand made in Finland using only premium components, to give years of trouble free operation with superb musical tone.


  • VOLUME: sets the output volume
  • DRIVE: controls the amount of overdrive.
  • FOCUS: Controls how easily the circuit distorts as well as adjusting overall EQ. Turning CCW gives less distortion and a mellow effect, turning CW gives a slight treble boost and earlier distortion. Good starting point is 11 o'clock.

Electrical specifications:

  • Supply voltage range: 7,5 to 18VDC
  • Current consumption at 9VDC: 5 mA
  • Input inpedance: 260K
  • Output impedance: 25K Ohm's
  • Complete bypass (true bypass)

Mad Professor about the CB version

Mad Professor Sweet Honey Overdrive CB

The Mad Professor Sweet Honey Overdrive CB is the same brilliant low gain overdrive and same quality components as the regular Sweet Honey Overdrive. Now, with Mad Professor's CB version of this pedal, you can have that fantastic overdrive tone on your board, but at a much more moderate price. Mad Professor has decreased the costs of production, but not the quality, for their CB versions of some of their best pedals. The CB version is not hand wired, and therefore Mad Prof can cut down on their production costs. Also, the packaging is scaled down, so costs come down even further. The Sweet Honey Overdrive is a fantastic sounding low gain overdrive perfect for adding to an already overdriven amp. The Focus knob will make the pedal less or more touch sensitive, so this is a perfect pedal for players who use picking dynamics as well as use their volume and tone controls to shape their sound. It also serves as an EQ, providing more treble when turned clockwise. This is a classic overdrive pedal that works well with most amps and guitars, so add it to your board confident that it will compliment your tone.

Mad Professor Pedals have made the Sweet Honey Overdrive, one of their most versatile and outstanding overdrive, available to players everywhere. The CB version contains the same components and exceptional quality you've come to expect from Mad Professor. Now you can get that fantastic honey-drenched overdrive on your board without breaking the bank.

Mad Professor about the Special Limited Edition Japan Relief Sweet Honey Overdrive

On the request of their Japanese distributor, Mad Professor releases a Special Limited Edition Japan Relief Sweet Honey Overdrive to support the people in Japan suffering from the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on May 11th 2011.

There are 120 pedals that are sold in Japan and 80 pedals for the rest of the world, each pedal is numbered.

Mad Professor will donate 3500 Euro (USD 4950) for the Japan Red Cross from the sales of these pedals.


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