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A brand new overdrive from EHX with tons of definition and headroom.
Tone aficionados kept telling EHX's Mike Matthews about a pedal that had achieved a lot of buzz because it was only obtainable at an exorbitant price. That pedal was the Klon ...
A brand new overdrive from EHX with tons of definition and headroom.
Tone aficionados kept telling EHX's Mike Matthews about a pedal that had achieved a lot of buzz because it was only obtainable at an exorbitant price. That pedal was the Klon Centaur.
A believer in bringing great tools to starving musicians, Mike tasked his trusty team to create an affordable alternative, and that is how the Soul Food was cooked up.
The Soul Food delivers transparent overdrive with great touch and response. Its circuitry features boosted power rails to provide abundant headroom and increased definition. Best of all, you don't have to be a rock star to own one!
The soul Food is anice overdrive on it's own, but also also great for adding a little hair to you existing drive sounds. I run mine before a BYOC orange Distortion (DS-1 clone) and a Fulltone OCD. With a little gain and slight voume boost to push the dirt pedal harder
Everyone knows that the soul food is Mike Matthew's cheap knock-off of the Bill Finnegan's fabled Kon Centaur. Its in a smaller enclosure, is machine-made on a PCB, the buffer can be disabled internally via dip-switch and doesn't have the unobtanium, err, I mean germanium secret sauce clipping diodes to ground that produce the distortion. Otherwise its the same TLM107 op amps and everything. It could use a little more low end to sound perfect through my ac30s, but this circuit sounds really good for 70s classic rock kinda sounds and doesn't color your base tone too much. Your amp will still sound like your amp with your settings, your les paul will sound like a les paul and your strat will remain a strat. If you need to fatten a fender into a fender for syrupy solos try a TS9.
I have not played an original klon in ages nor have I tried any of the fancier alternatives. This pedal sounds a lot like like I recall the klon I tried sounding back in the 90s. The klon was too expensive for a drive pedal then and its way too expensive now that its discontinued and collectable. For all its innovations like the dual ganged pot, fancy pants buffer and charge pump, the core concept of the klon centaur is just diodes to ground clipping the peaks off your signal like a rat, a ross distortion, mxr distortion+ or a DOD od250. Nothing special. What Klon did was nothing different than all the guys still fine tuning tubescreamers. The EHX price is just right for this little beastie. Someone should combine the centaur's amplification and control arrangement with the clipping diode arrangement from fulltone's OCD (which is just stolen from an old voodoo lab design, so don't feel bad). That would be a really dynamic and interesting take on the original distortion/OD pedal format.
The pedal does a decent job of sounding like a Klon Centaur, and for the price of $62, you seriously cant beat it for what it does. I use it as a clean boost instead of overdrive, like John Mayer does, to either stand on it's own or to push my other pedals. It really shines when it's pushing a tubescreamer, or other similar pedals.
Its a transparent OD. Excellent clean boost. Satisfying amounts of dirt. Get it to find out what the Klon hype is all about and then don't bother with the horsie because EHX did the job for less than a tubescreamer.
This one is always billed as a clone or copy of the legendary Klon box, but it really doesn't sound a lot like it at all from what I've heard. However, that doesn't mean that it's not a fantastic addition to your pedalboard. It gives you some rockin overdrive tones which I really dig and matched up with the Boss Blues Driver you can get some awesome tones as well. Always seems to find it's way back onto my board. Love this one.
Just got this one to add some more bite. Was not disappointed. Run it behind a Fulltone '69 and infant of a TC Dark Matter distortion - the three sound epic. Lots of tonal variation from SF - neat little number!
I of course changed the diodes out to germanium which makes it even better and smoother. It sounds better than a Klon in my opinion and gives me the distortion I need on my rig!
Really lovely light overdrive, it's great as a first drive in your chain. Incredibly diverse from crunch to medium drive, it's perfect for country, blues, indie, and rock.
Ironically, I prefer this to my tubescreamer mini as it has a bit more sustain and warmth.
Pros: Good value true bypass Lovely tone - can add dirt to single coils, but also control gainy humbuckers.
Cons: Depending on what you play, it doesn't always provide the drive you need with single coils. But that's not its purpose.
Reading about the Soul Food got me intrigued. Never owned a Klon, heard a Klon, nor care about a Klon. What I need was some boost and light overdrive that was transparent and affordable. Blues artist I know all have raved about the Soul Food tell me this is what I need that they have one or on the wish list.
So getting one home I didn't care for it a first being use to tube screamers and compared to the Boss BD-2 it a little bright. However in the past few months the Soul Food has been integrated back in. The Soul Food makes a great clean boost and with the drive set about 1 o'clock I get a nice break up and great transparent tone. Responsive to the force in picking/strumming. While not my main OD pedal it is the most transparent of my OD pedals and works as a nice boost to the other Distortion pedals I use. For the price it was a steal.
Great pedal for blues/fusion jazz and classic rock.
If you have the money to spring for a Wampler Tumnus, I'd recommend it. Otherwise, this pedal is great as a Klon klone or just on its own. Soul is a very fitting word for the name.
I’ve heard the name “Electro-Harmonix” for a long time when I just started playing electric guitar. For me in that day, Drive pedals seem not necessary because it would drops the signal between guitar and amplifier and would change the real tone of instrument in my personal taste. I thought good guitar and good tube amp are enough for great drive tone. But when I began practice improvisation over loop machine I found that I nevermore turned up lead volume to bring it out of rhythm backing track. Therefore I sought after some stuff that would gave a solution to me and I had to rethink again about drive pedal since then. When I looked about for pedals those give me both clean boost and fatten drive sound. I considered many pedals whether it’s expensive or cheap but the point was it must varied my natural guitar tone at acceptable level. So I ended up with EHX Soul Food. It has incredible price comparing with what I’ve got benefits from it. It has a great tone that serves my need. Thanks to circuit designed to uncompressed sound when turn drive knob up to very high level compare with the company’s East River Drive that give you the same volume level even turning drive knob up but note that It’s also good as its purpose and up to each one’s taste. By the uncompressed sound of Soul Food. I could order guitar to change between clean and drive sound by mean of using just volume knob on the guitar. No need to adjust knobs on the pedals while playing. It’s very responsive dynamic and accompanied with adapter too. Let me sum up. EHX Soul Food is the most valuable drive pedal of this day. Test it by yourself!