Several new Reuss pedals in the pipeline
It's springtime at Reuss:
Many new models coming in 2016 including the Warren Ellis 'Muzzbomb' pedal
The first half year of 2016 will debut quite a few new exciting Reuss pedals
First up is a new edition of my Goo Goo Fuzz Shin-Ei/Univox Superfuzz clone. The old SF-01 was great, but as I am parting ways with my Asian suppliers of enclosures and electronics, and taking all manufacturing home to good old Europa, I am basically redoing every model from scratch for forthcoming editions. The new SF-02 Goo Goo Fuzz will look pretty much like the old one, but everything is actually redesigned, from graphics to electronics. Production for the first batch is limited to 40 pedals. In stock now.
Warren Ellis signature pedal
Shortly after the release of the SF-02 Goo Goo Fuzz, I expect to be ready to ship the most eagerly awaited pedal in the history of Reuss pedals: The WE-01 Warren Ellis signature 'Muzzbomb' pedal. The pedal is based on Warren Ellis' mystery black DIY box, which was made by his brother. I had the box in the lab for cloning, and so far I have only revealed very little about what it actually is. But here you go: It's a badly messed up Tycobrahe Octavia circuit. Radically modded from the vintage specifications, and absolutely sick and evil sounding. In the Muzzbomb this already violently loud muzz effect is paired with a HUGE clean boost, which can also be used by itself. The Reuss WE-01 Muzzbomb is made in Europe and will be listed at the webshop at $184.95 (a bit more than previously announced, sorry, but that's due to the increased costs of switching to local manufacturing). Available now.
DeArmond Thunderbolt Wah clone
The third new pedal is my clone of the wonderful vintage DeArmond 'Thunderbolt' wah. An old favourite of mine, which proved a big challenge to clone. It's an inductorless wah, using a unique circuit which is nothing like all the Vox and Cry-Baby derivates. And most importantly it's extremely cool sounding. The schematics is nowhere to be found at the interwebs, so I had a Danish electronics engineer (normaly working for the hi-tech hearing aid company Oticon) reverse engineering an old orignal 1970s pedal, measuring every part. It's taken more than a year to prepare it for manufacturing. Not least because the Thunderbolt is using an unusual wah-potentiometer which is not currently available. So to make this pedal, I had to have a batch of pots custom made for me in the USA. The pedal will be called the Reuss 'Silver Balloon'. It's released Monday July 4th, and it will list at $199.95 at the webshop.
Here's a few soundclips of my friend Fzat fooling around with the prototype.
- And here is a vintage recording featuring the exact original Thunderbolt, that was cloned: It's a demo of a song called 'Crampdown' by my old band Death Tothe, which we recorded on a six-track casette in 1990, when we were still kids. The Thunderbolt-sound is featured very prominently in the guitar part, played by my friend Nalna (who is now guitar player with surf band The Tremolo Beer Gut). I was the bass player in Death Tothe.
There'll be a few more very cool new pedals added to the product line-up, which I am revealing in early summer. Stay tuned!
(Blog post edited May 25th 2016)