Owned and operated by Marcus Reeves, UK’s Reeves Electro builds point-to-point pedals like no other builder does. Because of the limited supply of pedals that can be built this way, Marcus opens his shop for orders only once in a while, announcing the date in advance, and placing orders in a rolling waiting list. The Leo is the company’s Tweed-voice overdrive with boost.
Leo is a low to medium gain overdrive with 3 voicings:
• 5w Champ = the quietest mode, with very little headroom and little bass.
• 40w Twin = the loudest mode with most headroom and bass, great edge of breakup and clean boost tones.
• 12w Deluxe = somewhere in the middle of the above, but with the classic deluxe clang.
A Hi/Lo toggle mimics the difference between the high and low Impedance inputs on many old Tweed amps, while the B/N switch emulates the bright and normal channels.
The separate boost circuit, featuring its own knob and footswitch, can deliver up to 20db of gain, has the potential to take your tone into fuzz territories, or simply get your guitar to stand out during solos.
Reeves Electro Leo, Builder’s Notes
Leo is a low to medium gain overdrive that covers a huge amount of tonal ground. From high headroom clean tones a’la Grant Green to Joe Walsh’s smooth old school leads and with the boost section maxxed you can hit Neil Youngs exploding 5E3 on Hey, Hey, My, My. Choose voicings for 5w champ, 12w Deluxe or 40w Twin
VOLUME – Master volume, controls overall output volume, also adds some extra saturation in the last 1/4 turn
GAIN – The gain control is very interactive with the toggle switches, some settings may cause the gain to get brighter as it is increased just like some old tweed amps.
HI/LO – This switch mimics the difference between the highZ and lowZ inputs on many old Tweed amps.
B/N – Mimics the bright and Normal channels at some setting this control will seem like it doesnt do much – at other settings the difference is very noticable.
5w / 40w / 12w – This is the fun switch! basically this selects the voicing of a 5w Champ = quietest – very little headroom and little bass. 40w Twin = loudest with most headroom and bass, amazing edge of breakup and clean boost tones. 12w Deluxe = somewhere in the middle of the above, but with that classic deluxe clang.
BOOST – 20db of boost on tap, which will take this pedal well into fuzzy, exploding amp territory. Dialled back it will add just the right lift to make your playing pop out of the mix.