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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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Electro-HarmonixSoul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

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    (15)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (5)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Good selection of effects (3)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Great clean boost pedal

By DS

from Hooksett NH

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I use the Soul Food as a clean boost on the recommendation of a GC employee in Nashua NH. I mentioned that I wanted a clean boost to my signal so that I could overdrive my amp a little more without having to change the gain I had setup. The Soul Food was recommended over a TS9, a Boss Overdrive and a Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster. I am very happy with the Soul Food recommendation.

    The pedal is a great clean boost for my amp (Marshall TSL122). I put the pedal in the effect loop and set the pedal volume up to about 3:00 and the gain as zero, treble to taste (12:30). Then I dial in the effect loop percentage (its a parallel loop) and with the pedal engaged I get a nice, fat, sweet drive into the power amp section of the amp. This drives those big power tubes a little harder without having to turn up the volume. Thus, I get a heavier, fatter crunch compared to straight pre-amp distortion. This is the exact effect I was looking for.

    Now I have my pre-amp gain set pretty low and I typically drive most of my crunch from the power amp. Using the Soul Food in the effects loop in the manner in which I described, setup as such, I get what amounts to more 'power amp' crunch without having to dime the amp's volume. Of course with the pedal engaged the volume is louder but because the effects loop is being driven harder on the return, the signal going to the power amp is hotter, thus driving the power tubes harder, without having to open the amp volume any more than I have it set at.

    Even if this is not the preferred way to get more power amp distortion, using the Soul Food in this manner gives me the effect I want, and its sounds AWESOME, and that's really the bottom line.

    As a clean boost it works perfectly. I was not very impressed with the pedal's actual distortion, it sounded a little fuzzy to me. Maybe that what its supposed to sound like. I wanted it for the clean boost feature and the pedal works great for that.

    It came with a power supply, nice!

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    5.0

    I would buy this again and again..

    By Herick

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

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

    Close enough to what i'm looking for and cant beat the price..always on on my board.

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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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