The k**n overdrive is like a new standard, everybody offering a version. I needed to make it my own, to have something new to bring to the table. What I did with the Swiss Army Knife, was scrapping the high fidelity op-amp (chip) of the original overdrive circuit and replacing it with a really "bad" one (bad meaning good when it comes to dirt pedals).
The chip I have chosen for my K**n circuit features the same electronic properties as found in the legendary LM308 of a vintage RAT. This gives a less sterile, more organic and warm distortion texture. The sound is what you'd expect from a k**n - but with a slightly different flavour. Some would say better, but that's obviously highly subjective. It's a bit darker sounding and there's a slightly higher noise floor, due to the 'lo-fi' opamp. (the chip sits in a socket, so that you can replace it with a TL072 for full K**n correctness - at your own risk).
Furthermore, I have experimented a bit with the controversal germanium clipping diodes of a k**n. Like in the original pedal, I am using vintage new old stock germanium diodes, but I have added an extra, third diode for assymmetrical clipping. This one is switchable inside the pedal, so that you can set it to symmetrical (K**l correct) clipping mode too.
The R*t circuit of the Swiss Army Knife is pretty basic and vintage correct, featuring a vintage new old stock LM308 opamp. However, I added an internally switchable alternative clipping diode configuration. It's pretty complex, utilising mix of a total of six diodes. LEDs, silicons and a single germanium. It sounds fantastic. Three dimensional. Organic. Big. Gutsy. Much more interesting than the 'stock' configuration. I ship the pedal with the switch in 'Reuss' mode. In all modesty, I think it's superior.
Reuss Swiss Army Knife features and specifications:
Inside the Swiss Army Knife:
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