Reuss Musical Instruments

Reuss Fisklåda

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Based on the unique, Swedish 1970s Carlin Compressor

The Fisklåda is a combined compression and distortion pedal, which stands out by its ability to sustains the decay without squeezing your attack completely.

The original Carlin Compressor is famously used by guitarist Reine Fiske from Swedish band Dungen, and the Fisklåda is made in tribute to him. Hence the name. I originally made two Fisklådas as a custom order back in 2013, as a gift to Reine Fiske from an American music journalist (who also wanted one for himself). The artwork is inspired by a can of Swedish ’Måsens’ brand surströmming (foul smelling fermented herring), and Fisklåda means ”Fish Box” in Swedish.

The Carlin Compressor is a very unique and unusual electronic design, and I liked the custom order Fisklåda pedals so much, I always wanted to revisit it. So here it is, in a limited edition of 40 pedals.

The Fisklåda is a quirky pedal, and you'll instantly notice that it is not like compressors as you know them. It definitely has it's idiosyncrasies and it takes some effort to master, and then there's a good chance it'll grows on you.

In principle you can use it as a compressor/sustainer without the distortion effect, and as a distortion without the compression/sustain, but it is the combined effect that gives the best and most interesting results. The Fisklåda is not necessarily useful a replacement for you existing mainstream compressor. It is too much it's own thing for that.

At low distortion levels, you can get some really unique swelling distortion effects, where the distortion comes on with the compression and sustain.

Casual demo, running through the knobs to let you hear what it sounds like:



Fisklåda features and specifications:

  • Correct and quirky vintage circuit based on the 1970s Carlin Compressor
  • Extremely high build quality. Completely handmade in the European Union
  • Powder coated enclosure in metallic baby blue with real silk screen printed graphics in three colors
  • Runs on a standard ’Boss-style’ 9V DC ‘negative centre’ guitar pedal power supply or a 9V battery. Please note that due to the pedal’s true-to-vintage circuit, modern ‘switch mode’ power supplies (SMPS) can induce a high pitched noise to the sound. I recommend using an old fashioned ‘linear’ power supply or a battery
  • 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
  • Fast worldwide shipping via DHL Express from Denmark. Your pedal is only few days away, no matter where you live.

Download the Reuss Fisklåda manual here

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