I borrowed this pedal from Northern Stompboxes. I was not paid for this review.
Marc from Northern Stompboxes let me borrow the pedal as he has one on his board. I don’t think he thought it would be something I would be interested in. It isn’t particularly. But just because it isn’t something I would like or need doesn’t mean that I can’t give my honest opinion of it.
It is a Germanium Pre Amp/Boost. It is housed in the standard Fredrics housing, which I absolutely love due to the size and ingenious construction. As always seems to be the case with Fredric Effects the construction is top notch and the components are of the best quality.
The Badger works tremendously well as a somewhat clean boost. It isn’t going to be as clean as say the Magnetic Effects Zola. The Badger will always colour the sound, but only slightly. It has its own gain characteristic which is no bad thing. It is excellent as a boost for a chorus or solo especially when using the gain stage of your amp. The Badger will push this into a nice saturated overdrive.
The Badger is perfect at turning a single channel amp into a two channel amp. Your amp as channel one and the Badger as your dirt channel. The Badger is not quite as effective when using it to boost overdrive pedals. It works but I don’t feel that for me it does anything that I can’t get by using a second overdrive or distortion pedal, as I currently have. By using my effects pedals I have a 3 channel amp. I have the clean of the amp itself. The overdrive/ boost of the Golden Eagle and then a further overdrive of the Blues Driver or if I decide I can switch the order of the two pedals. This is more than enough choice for me.
In conclusion I can’t say that I would find the need for an Accomplished Badger but I could see why it might be a pedal for some people. It does have a good sound all of its own. If you’re in the market for a boost, give this a try should you get the chance.
- Fantastic enclosure
- Top quality components
- Warm overdrive boost
- Not much, just not for me.
- Could be a bit pointless if you have plenty of pedals to use as a boost, but if you need one it’s fantastic.