The circuit of the Electricity Fuzz is based on the vintage 1960s tonebender mk III, which is extremely versatily thanks to the wide range of the tone control. At one extreme you have thin, trebly, stingy fuzz, and at the other, the pedal offers a massive, thick and bass-heavy sound.
It's a heavy fuzz with excessively amounts of super saturated fuzztones available. It cleans up wonderfully when you back down the volume knob of your guitar, and it's capable of all the classic and desirable vintage fuzz tricks.
The Electricity Fuzz is a compact and great looking high-quality pedal. Handmade in the European Union from top-shelf parts. Still, I am selling it at less than half the price of what you'd be asked to pay for other high-end boutique fuzz pedals with similar parts and specifications.
The silicon transistors in the Electricity Fuzz are both old types, one being a BC108A and the other being a super rare thing called a 2SC529. The latter ones I got by mistake when ordering 2SC539s for the Goo Goo Fuzz pedals. It's so rare my engineer argued that it didn't even exist, because a datasheet was hard to find. Interestingly it has unusually low gain for a silicon transistor, making it an excellent match for germanium transistors and perfect in this circuit. So there it is.
OC140 NPN germanium transistors are VERY expensive parts, costing more than 12 EUR/each at suppliers, if available at all. This is why you don't see them in other boutique pedals. Too expensive. PNP germanium transistors are much cheaper and easily available. OC140s was also used in Macaris’ yellow hybrid fuzz.
BLOW OUT SALE April 2022. Now that my other Tonebender based pedals, the Copenhagen Bender and the Germanium Bender have been revised and updated with the unique Reuss developed power supply filtering module and improved output stages, I find that the Electricy Fuzz is not completely up to date with the rest of the Reuss line, and representative of how I handle the art of building vintage based boutique fuzz boxes today. So I am discontinuing it, despite all its awesomeness, to make room for a possible future reinterpretation. There’s ten pedals left of the old batch, so here’s your chance of a killer deal (which never comes back)!
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.
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 OC140 germanium transistor removed. This one sits in a socket, and you’ll be receiving it separately to install yourself. This is in order to ship a product which complies with EU environmental regulations (CE-marking/RoHS compliance).