Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Distortion/Fuzz/Overdrive Pedal
- 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||8.50 x 3.80 x 4.20 inches||5.10 x 3.30 x 2.40 inches||6.00 x 3.00 x 3.00 inches||4.00 x 2.00 x 2.00 inches|
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.
As a clean boost into an overdriven amp, IT BOOMS! You get the natural tube distortion of your amp, not of the pedal. All it does is overload your preamp tubes...which is all you really want it to do.
As a clean boost for solos, it's worth its weight in gold. I also use it as a clean boost after a whole bunch of drive pedals, and really, it is incredible. It doesn't affect the tone whatsoever (assuming you adjust the tone nob to taste). Often you'll find that when you run an overdrive or boost after a heavy gain pedal, you lose the drive of the heavy gain pedal and it turns into mush. With this guy, if you set the drive at 0, you really do get 100% clean boost. I can even use it after a muff pedal and it doesn't change the color whatsoever.
Yea you can use it as a standalone drive pedal and it sounds good, but IMHO this thing is build to produce a clean boost, and it does so better than dozens of more expensive "boutique" pedals I've tried. (The circuitry is based on the famous "Klon" pedal....No, I haven't tried the $1000+ Klon...and i have no reason to after playing with the soul food)
CAN'T RECOMMEND IT ENOUGH.
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.
"Con's": The pedal doesn't have any cons per say, more of a "limits" of what this pedal is and isn't. It isn't a distortion pedal, it won't alter your tone into megadeath level distortion or what have you. It won't give a bass boost, which is fine that's not what it is advertised as. The settings do kind of tap out past 2 "o" clock (roughly 75%), but there it works perfectly around noon on all settings.
Verdict: I was retardedly blown away when I plugged this pedal in. I bought this on a whim...very undedicated, expecting to send it back for a return. I'm stoked on what this puts out though, its a keeper.
Note: Amplifier: DSL40C, Guitar: Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro, Other pedals this worked with: The only ones I have are the TC electronic flashback (delay), and Jerry Cantrell Wah-Wah. It worked fantastic for both.
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Whether or not this is an exact replica of a Klon, its a great pedal and at a very competitive price.
It did the job very well of pushing my other Overdrives into a good hard Rock crunch and maintained nice clarity on the mids and highs.
It's not a Klon but anyone listening to you play probably won't even know what that is or if they did perceive the difference.
Great value supporting pedal if you use it right.