Wren and Cuff Caprid
Oh Baby. What can I say about this one? It gets the Coveted “5S
” Award. You could go on for hours reading about it’s use of vintage parts and the authenticity of it’s enclosure (even the FONT for the labeling is correct.) Heck even the circuit board has “3003
” printed on it (look it up
.) This Beast can roll with a LOT of great vintage units out there, and while that technically doesn’t say much considering E.H.’s consistency throughout the years, with this pedal, you CAN have something that is reliable, dependable AND worry free: keep in mind those vintage units are getting up there in value and taking them to the show can worry a few people.
The manufacture, Wren and Cuff, apparently took the “best of four different Ram’s head circuits” to create the pedal known as “The Caprid”. And it shows. Crank up the Gain and zero out the Tone knob and you get a thick creamy girth that few overdriven amps, let alone pedals, can match. Barely crack the gain, crank the tone and you have a piercing, cutting drive that is biting without being painful whilst having a voice reminiscent of a modern treble booster. All knobs at noon at you’ve just set the controls for the heart of the sun. Or was that the Dark Side of the Moon? (For the neophytes, those particular tracks and albums actually used Fuzz Faces.)
So that’s it really: a GREAT Tone in a historically accurate enclosure. What’s not to like? Not much, really…Yes it’s a pedalboard hog and a bit pricey compared to E.H.’s own “reissues”, but just TRY and get a single bad tone out of this pedal.
Original “3003” style circuit board
All carbon composition 1/2 watt “brown-tone” resistors
Mullard “tropical fish” capacitor clipping sections
Extra heavy duty enclosure built to take a beating
On/Off slide switch like the original units
A drawing of a Ram’s Head on the Face of the pedal.