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Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Review

Nearly every pedal builder in the market has created a clone of the legendary Klon Centaur, the Soul Food is the “Klone” created by Electro-Harmonix.  The reason it’s so legendary lies somewhere between its truly great tone and the fact that it’s out of production.  They frequently sell used between $1,000 and $2,500…exactly why there’s such a market on copycats.

The Soul Food is definitely one of the more affordable Klones, and is definitely worth $80.  Its small footprint also makes it easy to fit on your board.

There are a few limitations that come with lower priced overdrive pedal.  While it sounds great in the mid-gain range, there’s a very small transparent/low-gain range that’s useable.  But if you like the Klon-ish sound at a great price and don’t need the tonal flexibility, this is great.

Even though almost all switches click, some of the Soul Foods’ have a little extra pop that can even come through your signal.  If you run the gain and treble past 12’o’clock, the pedal gets pretty noisy without playing a single note.

On a practical level, this could be a very affordable 2nd-stage overdrive.  It’s got a nice bite to help you cut through the mix while you’re building, or even on a lead line, but you wouldn’t have to worry about the noisiness since you’ll kill it before most other pedals.

I do personally have this pedal on my board right now, and I really dig it.  The only thing that annoys me is that it’s not uncommon for the switch noise to get caught in my reverbs and delays if I forget to kill those first.  But if you can deal with that, it’s a great pedal to have on your board at an unbeatable price.

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One Response to “Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Review”

  1. Turn the buffer on in the pedal and it will address the switch pop and usable gain range you don’t like.

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