The two circuits that forms the basis of the Subsonic Why is picked from Jakob Jørgensen’s old favourites, the overdrive being based on the Boss OD-3 and the fuzz on a big muff.
The overdrive is based on the guitar version of the yellow Boss pedal, which is a very natural, amp ‘amp-like’ kind of overdrive with slightly scooped mids (think Fender amp). We have modified the circuit for bass by lowering the frequency response one octave. This feature is switchable inside the pedal, so that you can also use the pedal with a guitar. The clipping diodes are vintage new old stock 1S2473s which has a softer ‘knee’ than modern silicon diodes, giving the pedal a smoother sounding overdrive.
The muff fuzz is based on the old ‘Triangle’ version, and we have customized it for bass by lowering the ‘notch’ of the tone control to suit bass frequencies better. Like the bass modification of the overdrive circuit, this is also switchable inside the pedal, so that you can set it for guitar too (standard BM tone control). We have also equipped the fuzz circuit with a ‘Big Bender’ modification which omits one clipping stage from the circuit, making it tighter and very much like an old Jumbo Tonebender – and the new Reuss Big Bender. The fuzz circuit is made with BC184 transistors which are the same as found in many of the best sounding vintage BM pedals.
The CLEAN MIX signal of the Subsonic Why can pre pre-set inside the pedal for +12, 18 and 20 dB, depending on how much clean sound you need at tap for your mix. +20 db makes the pedal very loud and useful as a clean boost pedal, even.
I am only making 40 pieces of the Subsonic Why and half will be sold by Jakob Jørgensen as merchandise. My half is available to pre-order now. The pedals start shipping from late November 2020. Like all Reuss pedals they are completely handmade in the European Union. All 40 pieces won’t all be completed at once, so first come, first served.
The Subsonic Why is based on the Reuss Epic Overdrive, with the TS circuit replaced by a BM fuzz. The Epic Overdrive can also be preset for bass via internal switches, so if you'd rather have a super flexible, dedicated bass overdrive pedal, that pedal might be the one for you.
Demo video by Jakob Jørgensen himself:
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