This will be an interesting pedal – the Electro-Harmonix Soul Food. This is a natural sounding, uncompressed overdrive/clean boost, and according to EHX, is inspired by the infamous Klon Centaur. Here was a snippet from the EHX Facebook page
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 original gold and silver Klon Centaur’s can be found in the $1500 range (which is absolutely insane) and some say has become a status symbol of sorts. Last year, Bill Finnegan came out with the Klon again called the Klon KTR with a few modern improvements (verdict is still out if it has the same tone, but again, you can find KTRs for $500+ on eBay). So, EHX decided to make their own version of a nice transparent overdrive/clean boost with specific focus on tone. The Electro-Harmonix Soul Food will be available in mid-January, but you can pre-order it at Musician’s Friend. It’s a little cheaper than the original Klons.. only pricing in at $62.81!
Here is a great demo showing what the EHX Soul Food is all about:
Let me know what you think about the Electro-Harmonix Soul Food by commenting below. Also, do you have an opinion of the original Klons? What about the KTRs? Love to hear what you think!