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Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Distortion/Fuzz/Overdrive Pedal
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- Transparent overdrive
- Boosted power rails for extended headroom and definition
- Super responsive
- Compact, rugged design
- Selectable true bypass or buffered bypass modes
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|Item Dimensions||3.8 x 8.5 x 4.2 in||2.75 x 5.75 x 3.45 in||3.3 x 5.1 x 2.4 in||3.45 x 2.75 x 5.75 in||6 x 4 x 3 in||3 x 6 x 4 in|
Tone aficionados kept telling EHXs 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! Features/Specs: Transparent overdrive Boosted power rails for extended headroom and definition Super responsive Compact, rugged design Selectable true bypass or buffered bypass modes 9.6DC-200 power supply included. Also runs on 9 Volt battery.
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I was looking for a low gain, transparent overdrive that would give my signal a bit of dirt without going into full blown snarl territory, and the Soul Food does well here. This is a very touch sensitive pedal that will react to your playing better than a lot of pedals I've played in the past. With the gain set low, and the amp set to just below overdriving, it's difficult to tell you have the pedal on (in the best possible way). Set this way, the pedal will drive an amp into overdrive. With a little more gain, the overdrive gets thick and warm, but it also retains enough clarity for your guitar to shine through.
This pedal also stacks well. I use a Fulltone OCD for my heavier drive sounds, and kicking in the Soul Food in front of the OCD warms the OCD up a bit and gives it a bit more cut.
The only downside I have noticed so far is that lowering the gain too much makes the pedal sound a bit thin and whimpy, but as long as you put the gain at or above 9 o'clock you're good to go.
Incredible value and stellar as a clean boost. I am not sure about the long-term durability of the jacks or knobs, so baby it.
This excels as a clean boost into a tube amp. With the gain knob all the way off/counterclockwise, the SF sounds wonderful and is pretty quiet. It kicks my tube amps into producing more sustain and note bloom, but basically retains the characteristic tone of my guitar. That is, SF doesn't introduce much coloration. Kind of like a "more" pedal. At this price, it is amazing and most people won't hear any difference between this and the Klon or other more costly Klones--especially in performance with a band. That said, I do sense a slight bass roll-off, even with no gain added.
The gain knob, as with all Klones, is actually more like a mixer knob. So as you introduce more gain, it mixes out a relative amount of the clean boost sound. The gain added by SF is retro-sounding and pleasantly smooth. But gain settings above 11 o'clock roll off too much bass tone for my taste.
I love the small lightweight box, and the basic tone, and plan to improve upon it by sending it to a shop that does those standardized modifications. Hopefully those mods will make this into a perfect pedal.
Many pros use a KLON, and also a lot of people who afford them have KLONS, now a clone can be in everyone's budget. They sold loads of these. It was so smart of EXH to make these. Buying it from AMAZON and being a PRIME member got it to me in two days no charge.
I also own many other overdrives like a ZEN clone from CBC Pedals, which is a very well hand made ZEN clone at low cost. Two different overdrives that really cannot be compared. I like them both, as appropriate, based on the guitar and music.
In closing, many times we buy effects and find that we have limited use for them or they just don't sound right. For instance, how many times would you use a Uni-vibe? But this effect is the kind you find yourself using more and more, especially if you have a tube amp. I just can't get over how good this thing is and that I could buy one (actually two) at this price. This has had to cut into sales of Boutique and expensive clone makers sales and make a lot of players unhappy they paid so much in the past. Yeah, they have bragging rights, but I prefer the extra cash in my pocket.
I have recently obtained a Roland Cube 80GX and let me tell you this is the pedal to get a bluesy tone out of it. It is like it is made for it. AND EVEN MORE AMAZING - TRY THIS IS A FENDER BASSBREAKER - WOW!
It isn't a fuzz type or really "dirty" type of overdrive on it's own.
The Soul Food does works well as an overdrive but I appreciate it more as a booster in combination with other pedals.
It plays well with a number of pedals I have experimented with.
It's well-built and trouble free, no hissing or popping here.
Ultimately the question on rating pedals is would you buy it again or live without it?
I'd buy it again.