I have been wanting an Archer after seeing a buddy of mine use his and after finding out Jonny Two Bags uses it with his Social D rig. Although not the silver they use, I was able to grab the gold Ikon at a good used price. Picked it up, brought it home, and messed with it. I can definitely say this is a bad muthafuckin' pedal. It is very transparent and does not color you tone at all; rather, it sweetens it. It is you having your cake, with sprinkles, and being able to eat it. All of it. With the output up and gain down, it serves as a clean boost to push your sound. And as soon as you turn up the gain, it can take you from a nice lil' crunch to a roaring overdrive (which surprised me considering most Klon/Klone users appear to play dad rock). The treble adds even more flavor to your tone as well, and add a nice little chime when used on the clean channel. Overall, the Ikon is fucking worth it - I don't see myself getting rid of this pedal at all. Get one. Do it. It's awesome.
Full disclosure; I've known one of the owners since HS, '82. Having said that, I read all the hype and so on, about this pedal, the history, and the Klon. Simply put, this pedal is a must have, as it handles a few chores very well; OD and Boost. Rock solid, quiet, smaller real estate, and most of all just fantastic sounding drive. Transparent? What's that. I'll this; now matter how high the gain, I can still hear my guitar and amp. Important? You decide. It's gritty and smooth, and pushes a slightly overdriven amp to nice breakup. My rig; Laney VC30 2X10, Fender Blues Jr. Squier J. Mascis JM, Fat Tele with BG Seymour stacked in the bridge and a Pearly Gates in the neck. Many pedals, I usually have my Archer on at all times, with gain at 9 o'clock, volume at 10 o'clock and tone at about o'clock.
Klon in a box type pedal. I use it just as a lead boost on my main board so the gain is pretty much all the way down. It does have more sounds that also sound great as I have messed around with it by itself.
One of the best od/boost pedal out there. It's one of those pedals that has the best transparent tone and voice that can really emulate the sound of klon centaur. this pedal can stack really well with other overdrives and distortions especially with ts808. worth every penny