FETTO was born when the Swedish hipster, Joakim Hedeby, developed it in 1988. Then the project went asleep for 16.6 years. Him too.
Even if FETTO was asleep for many years it was never dead, what to get good might take some time…
In 2004 the project woke up again and the first public FETTO was released and since then it’s been all time awake and made in quite a few versions. This page is to explain the differences between the different models and its causes.
FETTO 9.0 (Mar 2004-Mar 2005)
Our first available/released FETTO was named FETTO 9.0. It may seem strange to name it 9.0 instead of 1.0—but the reason for this was quite a few prototypes were made (1.0 - 8.0) and FETTO 9.0 was the first release. Aha, that explanation makes it all logical, indeed!
An unique option in FETTO, except for its sound, has always been the inner tweak-ability. This to make it possible to match different guitars, amps and tastes. Inside 9.0 we could find five jumpers*, four DIP-switches and one trimmer (picture below).
* small switch, often used in computers etc.
In 2004 we thought FETTO had what’s called “True Bypass”. But we were soon told this our definition was incorrect! Thanks goes to Andreas Möller at Stinkfoot Electronics for his educational true bypass information.
Even if FETTO 9.0 didn't have “true” bypass (and was not possible to modify) it soon became what we call popular.
FETTO 10.0 (Apr. 2005-May 2006)
Because of the embarrassing mistake with the bypass in 9.0, it was soon updated to 10.0. With True Bypass and the same hot sound engine as 9.0 one “Mid Cut/Boost” jumper and one “Input Level” trimmer was added. This trimmer was soon cancelled because it was actually never needed, just more confusing. So the difference between 9.0 and most of the 10.0’s is the Mid jumper and the bypass circuitry.
10.0 was equipped with 6 jumpers, 4 DIP switches and 1-2 trimmers (below).
FETTO 11.0 (May 2006-Jun 2006)
Wishes about the tone control came in—“the tone control in FETTO 9-10 does too much, please make it do less!”
As musicians have sensitive senses—ears, fingers & eyes—we now came to learn the tone control needed an update, yeah! A few additional updates were performed as well.
FETTO 11.0 had more bass than earlier versions. So one “Low End” jumper was replaced with a “Character” jumper, the “Output Level/Treble Cut” jumper was replaced with an output stage buffer. All this together made a big difference sound wise, mostly because of the new, fantastic “less is more” tone control.
The screen print also changed: The picture of the fat evil woman and the poor little kind man in Mickey Mouse underwear was replaced with a stupid ostrich.
The tone control was renamed to “Cut” and the AC adapter print changed to “5-18V” instead of “5-24V”. This is a better span for all FETTO’s even if they all #can handle up to 24 volts.
11.0 was equipped with 5 jumpers, 4 DIP switches and 1 trimmer (below).
#=These early FETTO versions will most likely never sound good at 24 volts.
FETTO 11.1 (Jun 2006-Oct 2007)
FETTO 11.1 (=9.0 and 10.0 inseminated)—which in 2009 was transformed to FETTO Nord 70 which in 2012 became FETTO Nord 70 Plus—was equipped with a few extra facilities. The “classic” tone control was back, as it was a stupid mistake to modify it in 11.0, which by accident actually was more optimised for bass than for guitars. So if you’re bass player and need a musical sounding overdrive/distortion pedal, keep at least one eye open for a used FETTO 11.0…
The “Output Buffer” (not to be associated with with bypass buffers) from 11.0 was replaced with the old “Output Level/Treble Cut” function. In this version it was a trimmer instead of this jumper and this way it was possible to tweak the output impedance/response of FETTO. The “Character” jumper from 11.0 was still there (named Voice) and the screen print was almost identical with 11.0, but on most copies of 11.1 the tone control was named “Presence”.
FETTO 11.1 came with 6 jumpers, 4 DIP switches and 2 trimmers (below).
FETTO Deluxe is evil in a pleasant way and very tube-like. This has been said before many times at this websiteand also by other pedal makers but with FETTO Deluxe you will be surprised how easy it is to get great, punchy distortion—at any volume.
Perfect string separation, all the way from smooth overdrive to heavy distortion. Never lose the character of your instrument or amplifier. Designed to match the volume control on your guitar perfectly. Most pedals sounds just like a pedal. Not the case with any of the FETTO’s which sound like an extension of your amplifier. Have you heard this before? Well, this time it's true!
▪Core—Uncompression/Power control—like comparing tube amps from 20 watts w. tube rectifier to 180 watts w. diode rectifier
▪Volume—as loud as you'll ever need!
▪Mid—mid character (toggle)
▪GIMME—true bypass switching
▪MORE—Boost (needs GIMME to be activated)
▪All original and handmade Himmelstrutz design. Further development of FETTO Standard**
▪Mechanical (true) bypass switching, ON indicated with a blue LED
▪MORE foot switch which gives more of what you have from the GIMME (Drive) function: More Drive and More Volume, suitable as a lead boost. The MORE function can not be used independently, the GIMME has to be activated as well
▪External control knobs: Drive, Tone, Lowdrive, Core, Volume
▪External switches: Mid
▪A few Internal Gain and Volume trimmers
▪Power Consumption: 9 V DC/3 mA (= rich battery life). Battery included.
▪AC Adapter (Optional): 9 V DC, center-pin negative (Straight plug, BOSS Standard connection, regulated power supply)
▪Dimensions (L/W/H): 120,0/94,3/55,0 mm (4,72/3,70/2,16 In)
▪Weight: 400 grams (0,88 lbs)
▪Colour, finish: Mostly Silver/Grey + (1 x Gold and 1 x RAL 9010)
** = not available 2018
FETTO Deluxe was made by Joakim Hedeby/Himmelstrutz Elektro Art, March 2007 to January 2009.
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