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    East German Distorto-Fuzz


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    About the FREDRIC EFFECTS Verzerrer

    The Fredric Effects Verzerrer is based on the only cold war-era East German distortion pedal, originally produced in the 1960s and '70s. It veers from distortion into spitty fuzz and full on velcro mode and sounds remarkably unique.

    The original featured a plastic enclosure and trim pots that had to be adjusted with a screwdriver - not exactly gig-friendly. Fredric Effects' updated version takes the original design, including using original diodes and transistors, and improves the pedal by encasing it in a sturdy folded metal mini-wedge enclosure and adding circuit-board mounted dip-switches for additional tweakability.

    "It’s just pure nastiness. This pedal nails the splutter-fuzz effect as well as any we’ve tried" - Guitarist Magazine December 2019

    Verzerrer Controls

    The Bias control allows you to produce gated, dying-battery tones when turned down, or increase sustain as it is turned up.

    The internal dip switches are:

    • NR1/NR2: Noise reduction
    • Limit Res: The original's volume-limiting resistor
    • Boost Off: Boost is on by default in order to engage the volume boost
    • Boost On x2: These must be on to engage the volume boost

    This pedal can produce really gritty sounds that stand out in the mix. The Tone control is very responsive and can bring your sound forward or suppress buzzy high end depending on how you set it.

    If you love velcro, spitty fuzz sounds then you can't go wrong with this awesome piece of nostalgia!

      Verzerrer Demo


      Verzerrer Features:

      • Distortion/fuzz reproduction of a rare East German original
      • Original old-stock diodes and transistors
      • Handmade in London, UK
      • Updated laser-cut enclosure for 2023
      • Tone, Input Level, Volume, Intensity, Bias & Internal Dip Switch controls
      • Power: 9V power supply, centre-negative or 9V battery (neither are included)

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 1 review
      Craig M. (Market Harborough, GB)
      Fredric Effects Verzerrer

      The Verzerrer is a fantastic pedal and incredibly tweakable. It reacts well to picking dynamics and volume change and is capable of myriad sounds.

      If you are looking for a distortion pedal that sounds like nothing else out there and enjoy strange, and interesting distorted tones, get this, it's so much fun, too.