Reuss Musical Instruments

Reuss Ecstatic Overdrive

DISCONTINUED - LAST ONE! The Ecstatic Overdrive is returning in 2023 as a completely new and improved pedal with some original Reuss features added to the basic Bluesbreaker/KoT concept. It will be called the Ecstatic Overdrive Deluxe. Something to look forward to. I have no more MA856 diodes, though, so these last few first version Ecstatic ODs are the absolute last chance.

Reuss Ecstatic Overdrive

A magic mojo parts and unobtanium extravaganza – Or simply just a great sounding, sparkling, mild, tight  and transparent overdrive pedal

The Reuss Ecstatic Overdrive is based on the coveted 1990s Marshall BluesBreaker mk I pedal, with the popular KoT modifications and all the rare vintage new old stock ‘mojo’ semiconductors parts that goes with it. Handmade in Europe with no waiting list.

Please note: I am also offering a double version of the Ecstatic Overdrive in the shape of the Gold Sounds Dual Overdrive!

It’s a great sounding pedal that offer a relatively transparent and dynamic overdrive effect with a slight high-mids boost. Compared to a classic tube screamer type of overdrive, this one is brighter, clearer and punchier. It shines and sparkles at lower drive levels, and gives some killer crunch-tones at modest drive settings. Less compression and more low-end. Turning the drive control way up gives a sharp, gritty overdrive sound, which makes me think of Noel Gallagher with Oasis. Personally I'd only use it for edge-of-breakup sounds, and choose a Square One or Backslide Overdrive for higher gain overdrive sounds.

The Ecstatic Overdrive can be pre-set to two different drive modes – or to a great sounding clean boost effect - via internal 'DIP' switches. The pedal stacks very well with other pedals, and works magnificently as a second gear to a classic overdrive/tube screamer-type pedal like the above examples - Or with itself, so buying two pieces is not a bad idea at all. Then you will become king of tone ;-)

I recommend using the 'DRIVE' setting for at-the-verge-of-break-up tones, where it adds a wonderful sparkle to your tone. The difference between the drive and distortion modes is subtle. Generally, the pedal sounds best in 'DRIVE' mode, though for higher overdrive levels, the 'DIST' settings can shine too. It's all subjective and a matter of taste. The pedal ships in 'DRIVE' mode.

The overall brightness of ther pedal can be adjusted at a presence trimmer inside the pedal.

The Ecstatic Overdrive is made with genuine vintage new old stock Panasonic MA856 diodes in the clipping section of the DRIVE circuit. These are incredibly rare parts, and there's four in each pedal. I have parts to build 40 pedals, and when they're done, it's highly unlikely I will be able to do more with these diodes in it. My old source of parts have dried out, and I havn't succeeded in finding a new one. MA856s seems to be gone from the face of the Earth. So get an Ecstatic Overdrive with the original specs. while you can. It's the real deal!

Shootout between the Ecstatic Overdrive and Analogman Prince of Tone, King of Tone and Janis Miesnieks X. The video is very long, but here's the conclusion: The Ecstatic is better than the Prince and it sounds any bit as good as the King

Casual demo, running through the knobs, showing different settings. A technical demo more than a musical one. Just to let you hear it ('DRIVE' mode only)

 

Ecstatic Overdrive features and specifications

  • Classic 90s overdrive circuit with the ‘KoT’ modifications and rare parts
  • Vintage new old stock JRC4580D opamp
  • Four vintage new old stock Panasonic MA856 clipping diodes
  • Two vintage new old stock Toshiba 1S1588 clipping diodes
  • Internal preset switches for three different overdrive modes
  • Internal 'presence' trimmer control (brightness)
  • Extremely high build quality. Completely handmade in the European Union
  • Powder coated enclosure in Harley orange 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 for increased headroom.
  • High quality Neutrik jacks
  • Rugged upgrade quality footswitch (good for at least 50000 stomps)
  • 24 months warranty against manufacturing faults
  • Packed in a cardboard box and linen draw-string bag
  • Worldwide shipping from Denmark. Orders posted before 2:00 PM Central European Time on weekdays ships same day

Download the Reuss Ecstatic Overdrive manual here

PLEASE NOTE: Prices at the webshop are listed without VAT. For customers in the European Union VAT is added at check-out.