Klon Centaur makes it louder!If you got your perfect guitar and perfect amp you might find that whatever overdrive pedal you add, it sounds like a pedal added.
You start looking at clean boost pedals but may find that what they promise is never actually what they deliver, enter the Klon Centaur!
Klon only made one product, the Centaur.
If you want classic blues sounds from a great guitar and valve amp with a pedal that says “mooooore”, then this is it.
Overdrive pedals in contrary to distortion are supposed to add to the amps natural distortion, boost pedals even more so. According to pedal experts, the Centaur is the only one that properly pulls it off.
What happens when you get it right is that the guitar and amp become more intense and touch sensitive.
For a Blues, Jazz or Fusion player where breakup distortion is essential this is gold dust, a pedal this good can actually take your expression to the next level.
The competition on the overdrive pedal market is massive and new ones keep popping up every week, but since 1994 when the Centaur was first introduced it has remained king.
Here’s a bunch of videos from the wonderful world of Youtube where the Klon is discussed and compared.
Background and development
It is very likely that the Centaurs success lays within spending four years of development and never having any other products in production, just a 100% Centaur focus.
Ken Fisher, the genius amp guru behind ‘Trainwreck Amps’ did have a helping hand in the development of the unit. That probably helped as well!
Hand made and legendary as the Centaur has become, you will be put on a long waiting list before you can get your hands on one of these puppies. That was until they stopped production entirely, now, the price of one of these just keep going up…
Apparently, there should be no difference between early (horse/man logo) and newer models, apart from the collection value that is.
On a final note, there are several clones of the Klon available as well but I’ve never heard one that sounded as good as the original. Almost twenty years ago, when I tried this in a shop I almost bought it, been kicking myself ever since!