Reuss Musical Instruments

Reuss Copenhagen Bender

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Reuss Copenhagen Bender

Stylish and beautiful sounding tonebender mark 1.5 based germanium fuzz-box

Sounding somewhere in-between the mellow softness of a good germanium Fuzz Face and the big, strong fuzztone of a vintage Tonebender mark II, this is the Copenhagen Bender.

The pedal is based on the much sought-after vintage sixties two-transistor tonebender mark 1.5.

I am building the Copenhagen Benders with a pair of carefully selected and matched US made KRC brand vintage new old stock OC140 germanium transistors, which are the NPN equivalents to the PNP OC75/OC81 used in vintage original pedals.

The sound is 100% vintage authentic, and the NPN properties of the transistors makes it possible to power the, otherwise unmodified, circuit with modern, negative ground polarity. This is a big advantage over vintage original pedals, which can be tricky to integrate in a modern pedalboard because of their reverse power polarity (positive ground).

Only 25 pedals in the first batch!

Here's the Copenhagen Bender in a demo by Budda Guedes, comparing it to the Reuss Germanium Bender and Purple Faze pedals:


Reuss Copenhagen Bender features and specifications:

  • True to vintage circuit based on the 1960s tonebender mark 1.5
  • Carefully matched vintage new old stock OC140 germanium transistors*
  • Extremely high build quality. Completely handmade in the European Union
  • No SMD parts. Only vintage-style ’through hole’ construction
  • Compact aluminium enclosure in a white/gold "vein"powder coat finish with silk screen printed graphics
  • High quality Neutrik jacks,
  • Upgrade quality footswitch (good for at least 50000 stomps)
  • 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
  • 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 Copenhagen Bender manual here

Please note: Being a vintage circuit, the fuzz wants to see a high impedance input signal to sound correct. Any low impedance signal from a buffered bypass pedal (like a Boss or Ibanez or similar type) will make the fuzz sound wrong. It will loose punch and fullness and sound thin and fizzy. Not as intended. Always put a vintage fuzz-circuit (tone benders, fuzzfaces etc.) first in your chain.

ALSO PLEASE NOTE: Prices at the webshop are listed without VAT. For customers in the European Union 25% VAT is added at check-out.

*EU-customers please note: Your pedal ships with the OC140 germanium transistors removed. These parts sits in sockets, and you’ll be receiving them separately to install yourself. This is in order to ship a product which complies with EU environmental regulations (CE-marking/RoHS compliance).