The Fredric Effects Accomplished Badger MKII is a beautiful sounding dual-stage preamp/boost utilising a 4558 op-amp stage which drives a NOS germanium transistor.
The new MkII Accomplished Badger incorporates an internal charge pump to run at 18v (from a 9v input) and an audio-grade Triad output transformer for more musical saturation and breakup. The pedal also incorporates 3 internal dip-switches on the circuit board for more gain, soft clipping and hard clipping for overdrive and distortion tones.
The Accomplished Badger is a fantastic studio tool for running into a DI on your audio interface. In a more traditional setting on your pedalboard, it has a weighty feel to the clean boost and a raucous, spitty granularity to the germanium boost. When combined, you can achieve some seriously heavyweight yet tonally transparent sounds...
The Accomplished Badger MKII goes from ultra-clean to harmonically rich.
You can turn the germanium stage right down for a super-clean op-amp boost, while turning up the germanium gain stage and driving it hard with the Clean Gain mini pot gets you into super-saturated, gritty, velcro fuzz territory.
Turning both controls to middling levels gives way to beautifully expansive tones with that characteristic germanium responsiveness and "bounce".
This is a super-versatile low-gain pedal, giving you the option of dialling in as much or as little germanium colouration as you like, or allowing you to run it as a clean preamp. A must for your pedalboard!