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In this episode we revisit that near-mythical beast of tone, the Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive. Beloved of many professional players and enthusiasts alike, there is no doubt that it is a unique design and inspired a whole generation of overdrive pedals, particularly after official production was ceased in the early/mid 2000s.
As 2017 draws to a close (when we filmed this video) it’s clear that you can achieve something all-but identical to the Centaur’s tone and feel via any number of clones, remakes and inspired-by pedals. We’ve made a video or two about that in the past. However…
This video is not primarily about which of these pedals sounds most like the Centaur. It’s about what comes next: what tweaks and features address some of the common criticisms levelled at the Centaur, while still maintaining that unmistakeable tone and feel. Thus we have a smattering of recent offerings, notably the Wampler Tumnus Deluxe released very recently. The small-box Tumnus has been phenomenally popular for Brian Wampler’s company, so they’ve added features and evolved it into a Deluxe model. And of course, there are a handful of others to consider too.
Let’s get all post-Klon then shall we? Enjoy the video…
Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 00:00
- What are we doing today? 1:55
- Today’s amps… and why we like the Klon Centaur: 2:54
- But what doesn’t it do? 5:35
- Today’s pedals: 5:35
- Yes, of course the Centaur’s resale prices are ridiculous: 7:50
- Pro Analog Devices Manticore…: 8:25
- …into Fender and Victory separately: 14:20
- Keeley Oxblood: 17:59
- Klon and Oxblood at higher gain: 27:30
- Tumnus & Tumnus Deluxe: 29:00
- Bondi Effects Sick As Overdrive: 36:08
- What do we think so far, and a lot more talking (yes, you can turn off now): 44:30
Amps in this episode
• Fender Super Reverb reissue with four Jensen P10R speakers
• Victory Sheriff 22 with Marshall 2061x 2x12 cabinet (Celestion G12H Anniversary speakers)