Reuss Musical Instruments

Reuss Recidivist Chris Brokaw signature pedal (Preorder, Fall 2024)

PREORDER - New, tiny batch of 30 pedals in preparation for a Fall 2024 release. I am taking preorders for 15 pieces here at the webshop, the rest is sold by Chris Brokaw as artist merchandise (support the artist!). This is the third batch, and it is slightly revised, with the jacks moved to the top side and a slightly different knob’s placement to accommodate that (stay tuned for pictures of the new version)

Reuss Recidivist Chris Brokaw signature pedal

Vintage overdrive and active EQ / Boost in a two-in-one pedal

The Reuss Recidivist is a signature pedal for Chris Brokaw of Come and Codeine fame - and countless other projects

The pedal is based on the vintage 1980s Tokai TOD-1 Overdrive, which Chris has been using consistently during his career, starting in the early 90s. It’s a great pedal which coincidentally also was my own first ever pedal (Chris Brokaw owns my old pedal today, since I gave it to him as a back-up back in the 90s). The Tokai is also a favourite of Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps/Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds/The Gun Club), and was used on The Gun Club’s ‘Mother Juno’ as his main overdrive.

Originally the Tokai TOD-1 was a copy of the Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive, but the Tokai engineers added their own magic to it, and came up with a superior sounding pedal.

For his signature pedal, Chris wanted to add a foot switchable bass boost. This turned into the EQ / Boost section of the Recidivist, which is an original Reuss design. The tone controls are based on the good old Baxandall tone stack, which means that if you put them in the middle positions, they are neutral. In this setting, you can use the QC / Boost as a clean boost. You can also set the level to unity and use the tone controls to shape a different sound. The EQ / Boost circuit works independently, and can be used with your clean sound too, without the overdrive.

Inside the pedal, the overdrive circuit can be preset for a ‘fat mod’ and symmetrical clipping (practically turns the overdrive into a tube screamer) via small switches. The pedals ships in ‘fat’ mode with asymmetrical clipping (like the Tokai original).

The Tokai Overdrive circuit is also available as a stand-alone pedal, as the Reuss Backslide Overdrive. It's completely identical to the Reidivist version in every detail.

Update November 2023: Now, the 'EQ Boost' half of the Recidivist is also available as a stand-alone pedal, in the shape of the new Reuss Tone Booster.

Reuss Recidivist features and specifications

  • Classic 80s overdrive circuit based on the Tokai TOD-1
  • Original Reuss designed EQ / Boost circuit
  • Made with rare vintage new old stock semiconductor parts
  • 1S2473 clipping diodes
  • Internal switch for asymmetrical/symmetrical clipping
  • Internal ‘fat’ switch which extends the low-end one octave down
  • Extremely high build quality. Completely handmade in the European Union
  • Powder coated enclosure in a pearl white sparkle finish 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 Recidivist manual here

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