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Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

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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.
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Overview

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 Soul Food delivers transparent overdrive with great touch and response. Its circuitry features boosted power rails to provide abundant headroom and increased definition. Best of all, you don't have to be a rock star to own one!

Features
  • Transparent overdrive
  • Boosted power rails for extended headroom and definition
  • Super responsive
  • Compact, rugged design
  • Selectable true bypass or buffered bypass modes
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on pedals. 90 day warranty on all other products.


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5.0

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Believe the hype- and then some! EHX out-does the 'inspiration'!

By JIM

from Plainfield Il

I'm sure you've heard the glowing reviews, perhaps watched some YouTube clips, maybe even tried one. But until you've logged some time with one of your own, you won't be able to truly grasp how wonderful this tool is. The drive and boost functions are stellar, and rightly reported as such. What's not so obvious, or widely reported are some of my favorite other uses as a pure "tone sweetener" and a game changer in a stacking role. In fact, I'll be purchasing at least one more unit to filed these roles in my setup. TONE SWEETENER: I've paid a lot of money I've the years for many pedals billed as the perfect 'Secret Sauce'. Many did a fine job, so e were even excellent, but that's usually ALL they did, eating up precious space on my board, and money. HOWEVER- crank the gain to zero, treble and vol. to taste, and it's on par with the best if them; at a fraction the cost, and space. STACKER: depending on the pedal, placement before or after can take a good pedal and make it great; great pedals genius. The Soul Food's voice can either tame or enhance, whatever's called fir. So, an already incredibly versatile pedal can be even more so, with a bit of experimenting, and as always, at an incredible price. Time will tell if there may be even more taste treats on the menu here, but even if that's it, this pedal has already earned its lofty praise,and place on boards of those with an appetite for versatility and glorious tone.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best pedal under $200 I have ever bought.

By Jeffrey

from Hammond, IN

I own about 20 pedals and I own 3 tube amps ranging from 5 to 40 watts. I also own Gibson's and American Fenders. This pedal sounds great with all. I own several boutique pedals that I paid over $200 each on and this EH Pedal is as good or better.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Soul Food

By ben

from addis la

I've used plenty of overdrive pedals and they all have their uses and some sound better than others depending on YOUR setup. For what I have, 2 Epiphone Les Pauls, both loaded with Duncan Jazz/Jb pickups, a Blackstar HT-5 combo, Dunlop KH-95 Wah, an MXR Carbon Copy Delay in the loop, this things sounds great as a boost, just adds to your sound. I have a Boss SD-1 I've been using and this pedal doesn't suck the bottom end out of your sound. As "transparent" as can be I guess. I love it, it gives me the sound I want from my amp. The best overdrive I've used and at this price you won't find better.

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5.0

Warm

By John Murray

from Rockland, NY

EH did a really great job of emulating a classic sound. Clocking the knob yields a very subtle, gradual change. It's not immediately drastic, as soon as you start to clock, like some other pedals. This makes adjusting to taste very easy. The box is really durable. i'm not worried about smacking it with my foot on a gig. Sure, you can get a similar sound if you screw around with the gain on your amp... but there is something very WARM about the way this pedal sounds. I like the idea of just slapping the button and getting to the sound without fuss.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

That Tone

By Matt Peterson

from St. Paul, MN

I was watching a lot of reviews online of the EHX Hot Tubes, and when I went to buy that pedal, the sales guy made me try this Soul Food first. I don't know why EHX does it, but this is Hot Tubes and then some and it seems to get rid of the need for Hot Tubes in the lineup. It is everything from a very nice clean boost to a gorgeous overdrive. The treble knob gives it a nice range. Go try one and you'll fall in love! It's really the best overdrive I've used, and it's definitely one of the least expensive.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best 68 dollars ever spent at Guitar Center

By Mark Nestor

from Baltimore Md

I got my Soul Food 2 weeks ago and its easily the best money ive ever spent on a pedal. I don't use a lot of pedals but im very picky about the ones I keep around. Ive tried the Soul Food with A les Paul standard and an American Stratocaster. The two amps ive used are a Marshall JMP Mk 2 (2204) and a Fender 6G3 "Brown" Deluxe . The sound im getting from the Marshall can be described as perfect, classic, British Hi Gain. Halfway between the best JCM800 sound and the Best Orange amps - Slightly less compressed than classic Marshall, Juicy, saturated, harmonically rich grind with a tight low end that holds together perfectly on the lowest notes. The Brown Deluxe is Known for its killer Power Tube OD. The Soul food adds in some rich preamp OD and tightens up the low end on my cathode biased, 6V6 driven Deluxe amp. The result is the "American" - Fender overdrive sound ive always looked for by tweaking and tube rolling. The Buzzy 6V6 effect is gone. "Brown" is the word. The volume tone and gain controls are very useful.A great stomp box and im completely glad I grabbed this one and not another. Until now my favorite was the Maxxon SD9, which I still like a lot.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Giant Killer

By Michael Ward

from JC TN

I just got mine this morning...had a little trouble finding one as they are for the most part on back order...but the search was well worth it...why would anyone pay 8 or 9 times what this cost for a Klon? This pedal is a spot on match function wise and sounds identical IMHO...I love the way it adds thickness and depth to my Strat and Gretsch and of course it sounds bodacious with my Les Paul's...the buffer/true bypass switch inside is a great addition...I really like this pedal and the price is a no-brainer...you will not be sorry unless you paid a small ransom for a Klon before finding this (Don't get me wrong, the Klon is a great pedal but very pricey...this EHX Soul Food at just under $63 is a steal)...This is defiantly a Giant Killer...great job Mike and Co. enjoy!

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