Carr Super Bee review

A compact combo with three flavors of Black-panel tube tone, onboard attenuation, and no sting in the tail

Carr Super Bee
(Image: © Carr Amplifiers)

Guitar World Verdict

The Super Bee is an outstanding achievement for a low-watt tube combo with built-in attenuation and reverb, and three souped-up Black-panel amp voicings delivered with power and authenticity.


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    Three classic amp voicings.

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    Great build.

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    Power scaling that preserves touch-sensitivity.


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    Not cheap but you get what you pay for.

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In this technological age, guitarists are more likely to toggle between a Deluxe Reverb and a cranked Super Reverb from an amp modeling processor than use the real thing. Thankfully, veteran boutique amp designer Steve Carr, who hand-builds extraordinary point-to-point wired tube amplifiers at his North Carolina workshop, will have none of this digital hogwash. 

Carr’s latest creation, the Super Bee, is a lightweight 10-watt all-tube combo with reverb and built-in attenuation. It features a novel rotary “Sting” switch that offers three curated Black-panel amp-voicings that range from glassy warmth to revved-up punch. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.