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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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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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Electro-HarmonixSoul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Responsive (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best 68 dollars ever spent at Guitar Center

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...Read complete review

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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To much high end (Treble Boost)

I purchased this Soul Food from reading all the 5 star reviews but after a couple of months of trying, I could not get the sound I was looking for. It is more of...Read complete review

I purchased this Soul Food from reading all the 5 star reviews but after a couple of months of trying, I could not get the sound I was looking for. It is more of a high gain boost than an overdrive. I only play Telecasters and with it on the bridge pickup there is just to much highs. And on the neck pickup the sound was still no good. (No its not my guitar or my amp) It was to late to send the pedal back so I sold it and I bought the Hot Tubes pedal. Now with the Hot Tubes the notes and chords played are more clear and my amp sounds more like a Tube Amp than a solid state amp. Don't waste time with the Soul Food unless you want a sound that's really high pitch. Get the EHX Hot Tubes, You will like it much better.

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5.0

Love this pedal!

By Matty

from Cortland, OH

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I love the range of features this pedal provides. It can be used as a simple boost or to dial up some great distortion. The internal buffer/true bypass switch is nice, too. I keep it switched to "true" for my purposes. Small footprint. High quality components. This is all I need. I usually play single coil or mini humbucker pickups. A TS9 or 808 seems redundant, as I don't need the growl.

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    5.0

    Awesome Boutique Clean Boost, Overdrive, Vintage Distortion!

    By John

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      EHX did an awesome job of delivering Klon Centaur boutique tones at an affordable price. Does transparent clean boost, warm overdrive, and vintage distortion all with excellence. Easy to dial in a fantastic sound. Strong build quality too.

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      5.0

      Well worth the addmission

      By Airhambone

      from Wilburton, ok.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Switch Is A Little Noisy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Im using this the soul food as a boost for my whole pedal board . Couldnt be happier. Adds a little bit of magic to clean sounds. Makes the other overdrives sing. Just get one, you wont regret it.

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        5.0

        Crisp, clean overdrive pedal

        By Jordan

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Great pedal for a clean boost, a funky overdrive, soulful blues, and all genres in between.

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            5.0

            Such an Awesome Pedal!

            By Scott

            from Murfreesboro, Tn

            Pros

            • Ease of Use
            • price
            • Tone

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Secret Sauce

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I've owned this pedal for 2 months now and I have never been more happy with any pedal I've ever bought. It is worth every penny and then some. It's also worth taking the time to just experiment with it because it can be a lot more than be just a simple boost or dirt box.
            I run mine with the gain all the way down and the level set at unity gain into an Egnater Tweaker 15 watt tube amp just on the edge of breakup. Along with a barely on EHX Holy Grail reverb it adds that "Secret Sauce" foundation clean tone I've been chasing for the past 30+ years. For dirty tones I run it into an EHX OD Glove and it's instant Back in Black era AC/DC. The OD Glove is another great EHX pedal, but that's whole other story.
            Point is, it stacks great with other OD pedals and the ability to switch from true to buffered bypass is another big plus that helps make up for the 25 feet of cable between my guitar and amp.
            I don't use many pedals, but the Soul Food is the one that I keep on all the time. I'm glad I found it.

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            3.0

            To much high end (Treble Boost)

            By Paul

            from Missouri

            Site Member

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I purchased this Soul Food from reading all the 5 star reviews but after a couple of months of trying, I could not get the sound I was looking for. It is more of a high gain boost than an overdrive. I only play Telecasters and with it on the bridge pickup there is just to much highs. And on the neck pickup the sound was still no good. (No its not my guitar or my amp) It was to late to send the pedal back so I sold it and I bought the Hot Tubes pedal. Now with the Hot Tubes the notes and chords played are more clear and my amp sounds more like a Tube Amp than a solid state amp. Don't waste time with the Soul Food unless you want a sound that's really high pitch. Get the EHX Hot Tubes, You will like it much better.

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            5.0

            Down right Awesome

            By Paul

            from Missouri

            Site Member

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This Soul Food pedal is a little high priced for what it does but it does it very well and nicely done. I have tried other overdrive pedals and there is not one that you can compare to the soul food. I seen a couple reviews that compared the Klon to the soul food pedal and you could not really tell the difference between the two. And check out the price of the Klon. It's ridiculous. I cannot believe people pay that much for a pedal when the soul food sounds the same. After checking around I realized that this pedal cost just pennies compared to the price of that Klon or any other good overdrive. The Soul Food pedal is just down right awesome and it well never be removed from my pedal board.

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            5.0

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

            By JIM

            from Plainfield Il

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            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

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            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

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            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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