{"id":1444343316543,"title":"Fredric Effects Utility Perkolator MKII - Harmonic Percolator Clone, Plus More","handle":"fredric-effects-utility-perkolator","description":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFast Free Shipping - \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNo Taxes, Duties, Tariffs - \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFree Returns...\u003cbr\u003e$179 is your total cost.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFredric Effects\u003c\/strong\u003e are popular \u003cstrong\u003eBritish guitar pedals\u003c\/strong\u003e from the UK, \u003cstrong\u003ehandmade in London\u003c\/strong\u003e. 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It has the unpredictability of the vintage Harmonic Percolator on which it is based, with a raucous edge to the sound, and a fizzy decay note.\u003cbr\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFredric Effects\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eUtility Perkolator\u003c\/strong\u003e - this is the result of experimenting with the Harmonic Percolator circuit for a few years. It uses lower leakage, old stock USSR germanium transistors, and incorporates a very subtle low pass filter, which takes the fizz out of the decay and makes it generally a \"better behaved\" Harmonic Percolator. However, it is still capable of some great, full-on fuzz sounds!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eThe Harmonic Percolator is a simple, yet fascinating circuit which readily lends itself to some tweaking. Fredric Effects already builds a faithfully vintage version of the Harmonic Percolator, however their \u003cstrong\u003eUtility Perkolator MKII takes this circuit in another direction\u003c\/strong\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eUsing higher gain, lower leakage Russian Germanium transistors\u003c\/strong\u003e, and a low pass filter which only removes the high-end hisses and glitches associated with the Harmonic Percolator, the Utility Perkolator MKII has a considerably lower noise floor, and more predictable note decay. The result is a \u003cstrong\u003etighter and more controllable effect\u003c\/strong\u003e which is still capable of producing the classic Harmonic Percolator sound.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eCONTROLS:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHarmonics: \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eControls the gain of the circuit.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBalance: \u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eControls the overall volume of the effect.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSi-Ge \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSwitch:\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eSelects 3 diode clipping options.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eUp\u003c\/strong\u003e - Silicon clipping for a smoother sound.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDown\u003c\/strong\u003e - Germanium clipping (\u003cstrong\u003elike the original Harmonic Percolator\u003c\/strong\u003e) for a grittier sound.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMiddle\u003c\/strong\u003e - No clipping, for a more open and less \"fuzz\" sound.\u003cbr\u003eThe overall volume will be higher with no signal clipping selected.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem style=\"box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #ff0000; color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Open Sans', HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;\"\u003e\u003cstrong style=\"box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-weight: bold;\"\u003eNew for Version 2...\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cbr\u003eRing Switch:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThis engages a \u003cstrong\u003ering modulator switch, for octavey\/splattery overtones\u003c\/strong\u003e. This ring circuit is closely related to the vintage \u003cstrong\u003eDan Armstrong Green Ringer effect\u003c\/strong\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDip Switches on the circuit board inside the pedal:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eR8 bypass, NR on\u003c\/strong\u003e - A simple, yet subtle low pass filter. By default (see photo of the inside), these switches are in the positions OFF, ON = low pass filter engaged. To disengage the filter, you can set these to ON, OFF.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMORE INFO:\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePower Sources (each sold separately):\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eThis effect is powered by a 9v, center-negative jack (\u003cstrong\u003elike Boss, and most all other pedals use\u003c\/strong\u003e). Current draw is 10ma. 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It has the unpredictability of the vintage Harmonic Percolator on which it is based, with a raucous edge to the sound, and a fizzy decay note.\u003cbr\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFredric Effects\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eUtility Perkolator\u003c\/strong\u003e - this is the result of experimenting with the Harmonic Percolator circuit for a few years. It uses lower leakage, old stock USSR germanium transistors, and incorporates a very subtle low pass filter, which takes the fizz out of the decay and makes it generally a \"better behaved\" Harmonic Percolator. However, it is still capable of some great, full-on fuzz sounds!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eThe Harmonic Percolator is a simple, yet fascinating circuit which readily lends itself to some tweaking. 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The result is a \u003cstrong\u003etighter and more controllable effect\u003c\/strong\u003e which is still capable of producing the classic Harmonic Percolator sound.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eCONTROLS:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHarmonics: \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eControls the gain of the circuit.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBalance: \u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eControls the overall volume of the effect.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSi-Ge \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSwitch:\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eSelects 3 diode clipping options.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eUp\u003c\/strong\u003e - Silicon clipping for a smoother sound.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDown\u003c\/strong\u003e - Germanium clipping (\u003cstrong\u003elike the original Harmonic Percolator\u003c\/strong\u003e) for a grittier sound.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMiddle\u003c\/strong\u003e - No clipping, for a more open and less \"fuzz\" sound.\u003cbr\u003eThe overall volume will be higher with no signal clipping selected.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem style=\"box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #ff0000; color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Open Sans', HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;\"\u003e\u003cstrong style=\"box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-weight: bold;\"\u003eNew for Version 2...\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cbr\u003eRing Switch:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThis engages a \u003cstrong\u003ering modulator switch, for octavey\/splattery overtones\u003c\/strong\u003e. 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Or it can use a standard \u003cstrong\u003e9v battery\u003c\/strong\u003e.\u003cstrong\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWarranty:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThis product comes with the Fredric's \u003cstrong\u003e2-year limited warranty\u003c\/strong\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eShipping:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cb\u003eShips fast!\u003c\/b\u003e Usually same day, within 24 hours at most, with \u003cstrong\u003eFree \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eUSPS Priority Shipping\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cstrong\u003ewith tracking\u003c\/strong\u003e (1 biz day processing, 1-3 biz days transit time).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur added value, when purchased here at coolguitarshop.us:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eBest total price:\u003c\/strong\u003e $179 is your absolute final\/total cost\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eFast Free Shipping\u003c\/strong\u003e in U.S.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eNo Sales Taxes\u003c\/strong\u003e,\u003cstrong\u003e Duties, or Tariffs\u003c\/strong\u003e (We pay all of these for you.)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eNo Risk: Try it on your own rig for 30 days.\u003c\/strong\u003e Don't love it? Return it for a full refund... no hassles, no costs. (We'll email you a pre-paid return label.)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRock-solid customer service, \u003cstrong\u003e365 days a year\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEnjoy the upgrades, and get into those classic sounds of Steve Albini and many others, with the \u003cstrong\u003eFredric Effects Utility Perkolator MKII.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e"}

Fredric Effects Utility Perkolator MKII - Harmonic Percolator Clone, Plus More

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Fredric Effects are popular British guitar pedals from the UK, handmade in London. This Utility Perkolator MKII pedal is Fredric's latest version of the highly sought-after Harmonic Percolator from the 1970s, made famous by Steve Albini of Shellac.

This MKII version pedal comes in a new triangular wedge enclosure and has some new features added as well. They added a ring modulator switch, for octavey/splattery overtones. This ring circuit is closely related to the vintage Dan Armstrong Green Ringer effect. Also, on the inside of the pedal, you will find 2 dip switches on the circuit board, to remove the low pass filter if desired (see "CONTROLS" below for details).

Demo Video:
Check out the awesome pedal demo video on this page.
Many thanks to Regent Sounds in London for this video!

Before we get way into the Utility Perkolator MKII, the next 2 paragraphs simplify the difference between the Fredric Effects Harmonic Percolator and their Utility Perkolator:

Fredric Effects Harmonic Percolator - this clone is the 100% vintage correct circuit, with the hard-to-find, new old-stock vintage components. It has the unpredictability of the vintage Harmonic Percolator on which it is based, with a raucous edge to the sound, and a fizzy decay note.
 
Fredric Effects Utility Perkolator - this is the result of experimenting with the Harmonic Percolator circuit for a few years. It uses lower leakage, old stock USSR germanium transistors, and incorporates a very subtle low pass filter, which takes the fizz out of the decay and makes it generally a "better behaved" Harmonic Percolator. However, it is still capable of some great, full-on fuzz sounds!

The Harmonic Percolator is a simple, yet fascinating circuit which readily lends itself to some tweaking. Fredric Effects already builds a faithfully vintage version of the Harmonic Percolator, however their Utility Perkolator MKII takes this circuit in another direction.

Using higher gain, lower leakage Russian Germanium transistors, and a low pass filter which only removes the high-end hisses and glitches associated with the Harmonic Percolator, the Utility Perkolator MKII has a considerably lower noise floor, and more predictable note decay. The result is a tighter and more controllable effect which is still capable of producing the classic Harmonic Percolator sound.



CONTROLS:

Harmonics:
Controls the gain of the circuit.

Balance:
Controls the overall volume of the effect.

Si-Ge Switch:
Selects 3 diode clipping options.
Up - Silicon clipping for a smoother sound.
Down - Germanium clipping (like the original Harmonic Percolator) for a grittier sound.
Middle - No clipping, for a more open and less "fuzz" sound.
The overall volume will be higher with no signal clipping selected.

New for Version 2...
Ring Switch:

This engages a ring modulator switch, for octavey/splattery overtones. This ring circuit is closely related to the vintage Dan Armstrong Green Ringer effect.

Dip Switches on the circuit board inside the pedal:
R8 bypass, NR on - A simple, yet subtle low pass filter. By default (see photo of the inside), these switches are in the positions OFF, ON = low pass filter engaged. To disengage the filter, you can set these to ON, OFF.

 

MORE INFO:

Power Sources (each sold separately):
This effect is powered by a 9v, center-negative jack (like Boss, and most all other pedals use). Current draw is 10ma. Or it can use a standard 9v battery.

Warranty:
This product comes with the Fredric's 2-year limited warranty.

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Enjoy the upgrades, and get into those classic sounds of Steve Albini and many others, with the Fredric Effects Utility Perkolator MKII.