Reuss Musical Instruments

Reuss Swiss Army Knife

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Sold out. New batch in production for an early March 2020 release (Limited availability)

Also, check out The Utilitarian, which is the same pedal in a different look - and at a lower price!

The amazing sounding and super versatile two-in-one pedal

The Swiss Army Knife packs Reuss interpretations of the classic K**n and R*t circuits into a compact, handmade high-end pedal


For this new two-in-one pedal, I took two of my own favourite circuits and gave them a personal twist, to create a versatile go-to tool, offering a great drive and distortion sound, covering the basic needs for most guitarists. All in a handmade, no compromises made, no expenses saved, true boutique pedal

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.

YouTube demo by Aaron Sternke:

Reuss Swiss Army Knife features and specifications:

  • Two-in-one pedal featuring Reuss interpretations of the classic K**n and R*t circuits. LM308 IC in the r*t and vintage new old stock germanium diodes in the k**n
  • Extremely high build quality. Completely handmade in the European Union. No compromises made. No expenses saved
  • Vintage-style ’through hole’ construction
  • Compact aluminium enclosure with an solid red powder coat finish and silvermetallic and white silk screen printing
  • High quality Neutrik jacks, wired by hand
  • Rugged upgrade quality footswitches (good for at least 15000 stomps)
  • Runs on a standard ’Boss-style’ 9V DC guitar pedal power supply or a 9V battery
  • 24 months warranty against manufacturing faults
  • Ships in a 'reuss' box and linen draw-string bag
  • Fast worldwide shipping via DHL from Denmark. Your pedal is only few days away, no matter where you live. I ship Mondays and Thursdays

Inside the Swiss Army Knife:

Demo by Pedals Fusion:

Download the Reuss Swiss Army Knife manual here

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