I am planning for a new, reimagined version of the Double Bender to appear in early 2019
The pedal for sale is sold as 'b-stock' because of an imperfection in the blue basecoat. It's brand new.
The Reuss Double Bender contains two complete fuzz circuits sharing a single set of controls, for a simple and familiar layout. Via the '60s/70s' mode toggle you can switch between a germanium and a silicon transistor version of the amazing sounding vintage Tone Bender mk III circuit.
The mark III is my personal favourite fuzzpedal. It sounds fantastic and offers a wide range of tonal options.
The tone control does more than just rolling off the high end, and it makes the pedal go from bright mk II tone bender sounds to some very thick and creamy tones resembling a big muff - but much more focused and less muffled and boomy.
Featuring both a silicon and a germanium version of the Mark III expands the versatility even further, and having a Reuss Double Bender at the pedal board will definitely cover the fuzz needs of most players. No more need to google 'silicon vs germanium fuzz' before deciding on a fuzzpedal. This one will keep you covered.
Inside the pedal you'll find three matched vintage new old stock KRC brand OC140 NPN germanium transistors of 1960s production in the germanium circuit ('60s' mode), and a set of vintage new old stock Motorola 'tin can' BC108s in the silicon circuit ('70s' mode).
It's the choice of NPN germaniums that makes this pedal possible at all, because they run on normal polarity (negative ground) - just like the silicon transistors. This makes the Reuss Double Bender 'pedalboard friendly' too. You'll be able to use your normal 'daisy-chain' pedalboard power supply without issues.
Vintage NPN germanium transistors are rare, as they were more difficult to manufacture back in the days, so all the old vintage fuzzes were made with the cheaper and more commonly available PNPs. They had reverse polarity, making them tricky to integrate in a modern pedal chain.
The OC140s are very rare and desirable (and expensive) because of their wonderful sound in vintage fuzz circuits, and because of the obvious advantages of the NPN properties. I had the fortune of scoring a large batch, and I am personally testing, sorting and matching them for the Double Benders.
The Reuss Double Bender is faithful to the vintage Tone Bender mk III circuit, except that I have replaced the output resistors with trimmer pots. This makes it possible to match the outputs of the two circuits - and as a bonus, you can make them go much louder than the vintage pedals (which struggled to keep unity level).
There's only 44 pedals made.
The pedals are entirely handmade in the European Union. The silk screen printing was done by a former Bang & Olufsen graphics guy here in Denmark. There's a video of the process at my facebook page. I perform the final assembly, transistor matching and quality testing myself.
Richard Lloyd (legendary Television guitar player) and Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate) both plays the Reuss Double Bender.
For a cheaper alternative, check out the Reuss Electricity Fuzz, which is the same circuit in a hybrid version.
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.
Here are a few sound samples:
1. Pavementos - shifting between germanium and silicon modes
2. Honeymud - shifting between germanium and silicon modes
3. Shredding - shifting between germanium and silicon modes
The Reuss DB-01 Double Bender manual can be downloaded here
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 also please note: Your pedal ships with the germanium transistors removed. These sits in sockets, and you’ll receive them separately to install yourself. This is in order to ship a product which complies with EU environmental regulations (CE-marking/RoHS compliance)