Fredric Effects are hand-made in the UK and are boutique quality stompboxes. They are small with at times only two or three knobs, maybe a switch here and there and some original artwork. But they are big on sound. The obscurely named Verzerrer, Utility Perkolator and Dresden Synth Fuzz are their three new releases.
The Verzerrer is a modern recreation of a vintage East German distortion pedal. The MKII versions of the Utility Perkolator and Dresden Synth Fuzz pedals have been updated with a ring modulation circuit and input gain control respectively.
The Verzerrer is a recreation of the Bohm Trickverzerrer, a distortion unit produced in East Germany in the 60s and 70s.
The older pedal was highly regarded for its gritty character, though it did lack practical design with its internal trim pots being difficult to reach. The Verzerrer, on the other hand, features the Trickverzerrer’s original components but includes modern touches like; externalised trim pots, an input gain control and adjustable Dip switches on the circuit board.
Utility Perkolator MkII
Like its predecessor, the Utility Perkolator MKII is inspired by Interfax’s famed Harmonic Percolator (HP-1) from the 70s.
The MKII version now features a switchable ring modulation circuit that’s responsible for splash-like octave effects. It retains the Russian Germanium transistors and low pass filter – which contribute to lower floor noise and more predictable note decay – from the previous iteration.
Dresden Synth Fuzz MkII
This updated version keeps its forebear’s dual octave fuzz capabilities, so it touts the same wide frequency range.
New to this pedal, however, are two controls: clean blend and input gain. The former MKI version had a set dry/wet mix, while the latter dials in more sustain and reduces the octave circuit’s glitch effect – especially in the lower octave.
More info at fredric.co.uk.