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.