Reuss Musical Instruments

Reuss The Tingler - Kid Congo Powers signature pedal (Preorder, August shipment)

PREORDER - Ships from August 2024 (first 50 pieces). Limited edition of 100 pedals. Not sold out.

The Tingler - Kid Congo Powers signature pedal

The Tingler combines two of the former Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Cramps and The Gun Club guitarist's favourite pedals into one: The Reuss Backslide Overdrive and the Reuss Goo Goo Fuzz.

Kid Congo Powers have been using Reuss pedals through many years, being an early adopter to the Goo Goo Fuzz, which is a clone of the vintage Superfuzz pedal he used with The Cramps. When I launched the Backslide Overdrive in 2020, it found it's way to Kid's pedal board too, being a clone of the Tokai Overdrive he used with The Gun Club. Both Reuss pedals have toured heavily with Kid Congo in his current band The Pink Monkey Birds, and both are all over the new album, That Delicious Vice.

So, the idea of combining the two into one artist signature pedal was obvious, and when Kid Congo Power approached me with it, we went straight to work. The artwork of The Tingler comes from the hand of Kid's partner, artist Ryan Hill, who also designs the record sleeves for Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds. 

The overdrive part of The Tingler is 1:1 identical to the Backslide Overdrive, and the fuzz parts is identical to Kid Congo Power's first version Goo Goo Fuzz, featuring six vintage new old stock Panasonic 2SC828 transistors. We did one mod to the fuzz in The Tingler, giving it an internal trimmer for dialing off some treble. This gives it a warmer, more vintage sounding character to the sound.

Like with the Backslide version, the overdrive of The Tingler features internal switches for asymmetrical/summetrical clipping and for extended bass response, one octave down. Asymmetrical clipping is default for the original Tokai pedal, and setting The Tingle to symmetrical clipping gives it a softer, less edgy character,, more like a tube screamer pedal. We ship the pedals preset to the extended bass response because we think it sounds best this way.

Like all Reuss pedals, The Tingler is handcrafted in the European Union. We started building the pedals in May 2024, and I expect the first 50 pieces ready to ship from August 2024. The rest follows as demand will have it. It is a numbered limited edition of 100 pedals. The pedals are available to preorder now, 

Kid Congo Powers demoing The Tingler 

(Directed, recorded and edited by Christopher Carlone)

Features and Specifications

  • Two-in-one pedal featuring the circuits of two of Kid Congo Powers’ favourite pedals; the Reuss Backslide Overdrive and Reuss Goo Goo Fuzz.
  • Rare vintage new old stock parts in both circuits.
  • Limited edition of 100 individually numbered pedals.
  • Extremely high build quality. Assembled by hand in the European Union. The pedals features a hybrid SMD construction, where the critical parts are hand soldered ‘trough hole’ in the traditional way, and the passive parts are surface mount (resistors and some capacitors)
  • Powder coated enclosure with real silk screen printed graphics
  • Runs on a standard ‘Boss-type’ guitar pedal 9V power supply or 9V battery (not included). The pedal handles up to 18V from an external power supply.
  • High quality Neutrik jacks
  • Alpha brand upgrade quality footswitch (good for at least 30000 stomps)
  • Compact footprint: 11,9 x 9,4 cm (standard Hammond 1590BB size)
  • Low power consumption due to the exclusive use of old school analog electronics (less than 25 mA)

Download the manual for The Tingler here.

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