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Before dispatch, your instrument will be treated to a full setup. Thats not a quick tweek but a full multi point setup by an experienced guitar technician who will check and adjust every single thing on your guitar, bass, ukulele or banjo to ensure it is performing at its absolute best.

This is not a quick process but we believe every instrument should go through our process to acheive an exacting standard of playability.


We start with the frets on your instrument. All guitar neck move and change over time so we will make sure that your frets are nice and flat as we go up the neck. We don't want any high or low spots as theis will mean your guitar will need a higher than optimum action and potentially suffer with fret buzz.

We check and properly profile the playing surface of the frets and then make sure the fret ends are finished off properly.

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Then it's on to the truss rod. This metal rod differs from guitar to guitar (some guitars such as classical guitars don't usually have a truss rod!) and basically controls the "relief" or curve of the neck. Not enough relief and your strings won't have enough clearance over the other frets when playing. Too must relief and you'll have a high action which gets worse as you go up the neck.

The heavier the strings then the more the truss rod needs to work. Proper adjustment in the workshop means that the action will be just right.

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The top nut is super important and is one of the two open contact points of your guitar. The tech will check and cut each slot to make sure the strings both run freely but are not sitting in a slot that's too big.

The top nut also plays a big part in the action of your guitar so we'll hit that sweet spot between too low and too high.


Another really important part of your guitar!

On an acoustic, the saddle is cut to the correct height making sure the bottom is 100% flat and straight. This means the string can transfer its vibration properly into the body of your guitar.

For electric guitars, the saddles are adjusted to form the correct radius to match that of your fretboard.

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Fredric Effects Utility Perkolator - Fuzz Pedal

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Fredric Effects is owned by the two guitarists of London alt rock band The Sailplanes, and focus on naught but recreating vintage boutique effects at a highly affordable price, while ensuring the most supreme of build qualities that last the test of time!

Boasting Alpha footswitches and pots on each pedal for superior longevity, custom made PCB enclosures, Cliff jack sockets and finished with original design prints and a professional powder coating to provide the most lasting finish possible, every aspect of the pedal is crafted with care and passion. 

The Utility Perkolator takes the authentically reproduced circuit which has been so successful in Fredric Effects (true to the original design) Harmonic Percolator clone pedal, but then introduces a little fresh thinking. Among other things, the new design delivers reduced floor noise, meaning your output can focus solely on all the brutal tones the Utility Perkolator has to offer.

Other upgrades include Russian Germanium transistors for higher gain and less leakage, plus the addition of a low pass filter to tame some of the high end hiss associated with the original Harmonic Percolator, making the Utility Perkolator possibly the best sounding HP clone on the market!

  • Boutique style Harmonic Percolator Fuzz pedal clone with a host of improvements
  • Tones range from sweet and controlled drive to foundation shakingly brutal fuzz
  • Tough PCB construction custom made housing, size comparable to MXR pedals
  • Made with selected vintage NOS Germanium transistors, all tested to provide optimal gain, tone and volume
  • Long lasting professional powder finish
  • High quality components: Cliff jacks, Alpha footswitch and pots
  • Handmade individually or in small batches in London, UK

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