About our Klon Centaur Overdrive Pedal
One of the perks of working in a guitar store, other than looking at gear all day, is occasionally you come across really cool gear at quite a reasonable price. Such an occurrence happened recently, we got a phone call from a friend of ours offering us a Klon Centaur at a too-good-to-miss price. So we parted with some hard earned cash and bought ourselves one of the most desirable and controversial effects pedals ever made.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Klon Centaur, it was first released in 1995 after years of development and instantly became a hit with tone freaks. Soon after its release it started appearing on famous guitarists pedal boards and became the 'must-have' overdrive pedal. In 2009 the Klon order books closed, re-sale values sky rocketed with the original Gold Horsie versions trading hands for as much as $2000 ( somewhat higher than the original c$400 selling price). The Klon Centaur has been copied (or 'Kloned') by hundreds of companies and individuals, each claiming to be as good/better than the original. This is why the circuitry of the Centaur is covered in some strange black goop below, to stop would-be Kloners. The Klon has been a controversial topic on online forums for years with opinion split between 'The Best Overdrive Ever' and 'Biggest Hoax Ever', now you can bob into Tone World and decide for yourself.
So how does it sound?
With all the hype surrounding the Klon we weren't really sure what to expect, I have always been dubious about a pedal that costs more than your average amplifier. The Klon is not simply an overdrive, but an incredibly transparent almost clean boost. It is the most responsive overdrive pedal I have ever tried, I was as skeptical about this 'magical' pedal as anyone but i must say - everyone at Tone World was very impressed. We tried it through our second hand Cornell Romany Plus combo and it sounded glorious, it really pushed the amp and exposed tones we have never heard from it before. It is the kind of pedal you never want to turn off, it doesn't change the tone of your amp - it just makes it sound better.
Weather or not it is worth the $1300+ asking prices, its up to individuals to decide.
We are not going to sell it, partly because we would feel like we were ripping off customers but mostly because we want to keep it in-store. We believe gear like this should be tried, tweaked and played like it was designed for. Too much vintage and rare gear can end up locked away with most players never getting the chance to play them. We don't want to lock it in a cabinet and watch it appreciate in value, we want guys to try it and use it to compare with alternative pedals. Discovering new & exciting gear that you wouldn't usually see is what good guitar stores should be about. So anyone and everyone is welcome to come into Tone World and give it a go!.
If you do want to buy one, there are several for sale on eBay, or we know of a few for sale privately, contact us for more info.
There is a new Klon on the horizon, even before it was released forums were buzzing claiming it will never be as good as the original. We heard it at NAMM 2012, and it sound pretty awesome to us. No matter how the new Klon sounds it will remain one of the most controversial effects pedal ever made.