FIERY RED HORSE

SATURATED FUZZ

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TECH SPECS

DIMENSIONS:

Enclosure dimensions: 2.37"W x 4.37"L x 1.16"H  (60 x 111 x 29mm)

With knobs & jacks: 2.6"W x 4.4"L x 2.1"H  (66 x 111 x 53mm)

POWER:

Standard 2.1mm, negative-tip 9V to 15V (Vintage & IC up to 18V) or 9V battery.

 

INPUT IMPEDANCE:

91K-ohm

CURRENT DRAW:

~15ma continous

+30ma surge for 4ms during on/off switching

FEATURES & CONSTRUCTION

TrueSoft  Bypass

Variable HCC

Extended Headroom

DualMode Switching

We combine durable true bypass relay switching with an effect-side FET switch for pure and smooth switching.

Variable HCC circuitry allows you to fine tune the harmonics, compression, and clipping character of your tone.*

*Applies to COMP controls only.

A simple voltage inverter circuit was used to effectively turn 9V into 18V. More voltage means more headroom & bigger tone.

*Applies to v2 Fiery Red Horse only.

DualMode Switching can convert the footswitch into momentary operation.

To use, wait 5 seconds, then press the sequence tap+tap+hold until LED flashes.

USA Made PCBs

Our circuit boards are made in the USA by Advanced Circuits (large PCB runs) or OSH Park (small PCB runs).

PRP Audio Resistors

We used low noise, low inductance resistors made for audio circuits by Precision Resistive Products in the USA.*

*Alpha Dog & Alpha Dog Glass only.

All VFE Pedals are built with these quality components and features:

 

- Rugged diecast aluminum enclosures

- TrueSoft + DualMode true bypass switching

- Industrial-grade Carling switches & Neutrik audio jacks

- Alpha pots soldered directly to PCB

- 5% WIMA film capacitors & 1% metal film resistors

- Cardas Audio ultra-pure, eutectic silver solder

- P3 system phantom-power compatible

- Built by hand in Puyallup, WA, USA

- 1 year warranty on parts & labor

REVIEWS

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MUSIC by VFE ARTISTS

HOW THE FIERY RED HORSE CAME TO BE

THE STORY

"The v2 Fiery Red Horse ends my search for a fuzz pedal that blurs the line between distortion and fuzz. I knew from my experience with the first Fiery Red Horse what I wanted to add - variable compression, active EQ, and more dynamic range. The v2 Fiery Red Horse was born after several protoypes, a pre-production run, and lots of great feedback from VFE customers.

 

Want endless sustain? Check. Want a fuzz that cleans up nicely? Check. Want a big, yet saturated distortion? Check. Mid-scooped fuzz? Check. Mid-boost fuzz? Check. Bass-friendly fuzz? Check. Bright, gritty fuzz? Check. Sagging, warm...do I really have to keep answering these questions?"

-- Peter Rutter, founder of VFE Pedals --

We are committed to building products with the highest quality. That commitment also means that we ask the hard questions about how the components we use are made, and what role VFE Pedals can play to promote fair treatment of workers across the globe.

Component - Manufacturer - State/Country

Enclosures - New Sensor - Made in Taiwan

Drilling/Painting - Pedal Parts Plus - Louisiana, USA

Switches - Carling Technologies - Made in Mexico

Stock Potentiometers - Taiwan Alpha - Made in Taiwan

Custom Potentiometers - Alpha Products - Made in California, USA

Circuit Boards - Advanced Circuits - Made in Colorado, USA

Small-Run Circuit Boards - Advanced Circuits (USA) or OSH Park (USA)

Relay Switch - Panasonic Electric Works - Made in various countries, all in Asia

Semiconductors - Too many to list - Made in various countries, primarily in Asia

Film Capacitors - WIMA - Made in Germany

Other Capacitors - Too many to list - Made in various countries, all in Asia

Blue Resistors - Xicon - Made in ??? (distribution warehouse in Texas, USA)

Red Resistors - Precision Resistive Products - Made in Iowa, USA

Audio Jacks - Neutrik - Made in China

Knobs - Sourced from Small Bear & 4site Electronics in USA - Manufacturers unknown

Solder - Cardas Audio - Made in Oregon, USA

LEDs - Sourced from Pedal Parts Plus - Manufacturer unknown

Stickers - Sticker Giant - Made in Colorado, USA

All VFE Pedals are proudly assembled by hand in Puyallup, Washington, USA - just 30 miles south of Seattle.

Please email us at sales@vfepedals.com if you have a possible new source that will be an upgrade in terms of quality and social justice (worker conditions, environmental costs, etc.). Also, please contact us if you have documented evidence of any of these components being made in poor working conditions. VFE Pedals is a very small player in the electronics industry, but we want to play our part in promoting the fair treatment of workers throughout the world.

Here is the list of versions of the Fiery Red Horse circuit:

 

#1 - The original was called the "5:00 fuzz". It was basically a Triangle-era Big Muff Pi with 3-way clipping, 3-way mid shift switch, and variable STARVE (worked in reverse from the current POWER control).

 

#2 - The second revision was very similar to the production version, with a touch less gain. The 3-way mid switch was converted into a variable MID control that affected the range of the TONE control.

 

#3 - The original production unit used a higher gain input stage and reduced noise with a big filtering cap tied to the POWER knob.

 

Here is what is new in the current version:

- Active Baxandall EQ for more tonal versatility and volume output

- Increased overall gain range

- Increased range and headroom available on POWER control

- Variable HCC control with infinite shades of harmonics, compression, and clipping characteristics

- Dual-Mode switching

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