Sliding back to the year 1985
The Reuss Backslide Overdrive is based on my own first guitar pedal, the mid-eighties Tokai TOD-1 Overdrive. This was Tokai’s attempt of copying the Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive pedal, but either by pure luck or by engineering genius, Tokai came up with a superior sounding pedal to the Boss. Used by Kid Congo Powers on The Gun Club’s masterpiece Mother Juno and by Chris Brokaw with Come.
To make the Backslide, I sourced the exact same vintage semiconductors as sits inside the Tokai: An oddball Sanyo LA6458D dual opamp IC, never metioned in the holy books on overdrive pedals, some weird looking transistors called C2021Es and the ‘magic mojo’ 1S2473 clipping diodes, which are sought after in early vintage Boss pedals. I believe, this trio of parts is the secret sauce that sets the pedal apart. The obsolete 1S2473 diodes are known to have a softer ‘knee’ than current production silicon diodes, giving the overdrive a less harsh edge.
The boutique pedal treatment I gave the Tokai circuit in the Backslide interpretation, getting grid of the FET switching in favor of mechanical true bypass, reducing the parts count considerably, refined the sound and made my pedal a whole lot better than the already great vintage pedal. Clearer, punchier, more dynamic and less noisy.
If you are in the market for a simple, classic overdrive pedal, you can’t go wrong with the Backslide. It’s at the top of the game for the genre. The craftmanship of the Reuss pedals are second to none in the Boutique pedal business. Completely handmade in the European Union.
Inside the Backslide Overdive you can switch the clipping diode configuration from the stock Tokai/Boss asymmetrical clipping (edgy, dynamic) to symmetrical clipping (softer, more compressed), effectively turning the pedal into a killer sounding tube screamer-type pedal.
There’s also a ‘fat switch’ inside, which extends the low-frequency response one octave down.
You can argue it’s weird to clone the Tokai as it’s not really a collectible pedal, but this one holds a special place in my heart. And it’s just a great, great sounding old pedal, so it deserves the boutique treatment.
Limited production of only 30 pedals in the first batch!
Demo /shoot-out by Budda Guedes:
Reuss Backslide Overdrive features and specifications:
- Classic 80s overdrive circuit based on the Tokai TOD-1
- 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 metallic baby blue 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 30000 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 Backslide Overdrive manual here
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