FIERY RED HORSE

SATURATED FUZZ

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FIERY RED HORSE BLOCK DIAGRAM

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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 control 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 by hand in Puyallup, WA and include:

 

- Rugged diecast aluminum enclosures

- DualMode standard or momentary switching operation

- Industrial-grade Carling switches & Neutrik audio jacks

- Alpha pots soldered directly to PCB

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

- Ultra-pure, eutectic silver solder

- 1 year warranty on parts & labor

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 power supply or 9V battery.

 

INPUT IMPEDANCE:

91K-ohm

 

CURRENT DRAW:

~15ma continous

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

BY THE NUMBERS:

30 RESISTORS

27 CAPACITORS
2 INDUCTORS

5 TRANSISTORS

15 DIODES

1 OP AMP

3 INTEGRATED CIRCUITS
7 POTENTIOMETERS
2 SWITCHES

3 JACKS
2 CIRCUIT BOARDS

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 --

MUSIC by VFE ARTISTS

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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