Fredric Effects’ Regent 150 preamp is inspired by an East German unit

Compact stomper packs 40-year-old NOS East German transistors.

Fredric Effects Regent 150 Preamp on top of Veromna amp
The Regent 150 Preamp pedals on top of the Vermona amp

London company Fredric Effects has debuted the Regent 150, a stompbox modelled after an East German preamp, the Vermona Regent 150K. Surfacing in the 70s, the original unit was a staple in rehearsal studios, stages and bedrooms across the Eastern bloc.

To get close to the original preamp recipe, Fredric Effects designed the Regent 150 with 40-year-old NOS East German transistors and used a charge pump to match the original unit’s voltage. The result is a compact device that functions as both an EQ sculptor and preamp booster.

Fredric Effects Regent 150 preamp

Onboard the pedal is a master volume control as well as a two-band EQ. The treble control can be used to dial in a clean, glassy sound, while the boosted bass is “warm without being flubby”, according to Fredric Effects.

Retails at £120. More info at fredric.co.uk.

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