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Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Overview
  • Transparent overdrive
  • Boosted power rails for extended headroom and definition
  • Super responsive
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $89.25
  • Your Savings:
    - $22.30
  • Your Price:
    $6695

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A brand new overdrive from EHX with tons of definition and headroom.

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

Feed your soul with beautiful tones. Order today!

 
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Electro-HarmonixSoul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.2

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (20)
  • Compact (18)
  • Responsive (17)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (16)
    • Home studio (13)
    • Amateur recording (11)
    • Professional recording (11)
    • Outdoor events / games (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (21), Professional musician (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    BELIEVE THE HYPE

    Just got it today and you can Believe the hype. This is the best sounding distortion pedal I've ever used. I will add this caveat, I don't use many effects and never have....Read complete review

    Just got it today and you can Believe the hype. This is the best sounding distortion pedal I've ever used. I will add this caveat, I don't use many effects and never have. Until now the Maxxon OD9 was my favorite. I have, so far, used it on a 50 Watt JMP Mk 2 Master Model and I can only describe the sound as halfway between dimed JMP and the best sounding overdriven Orange amps. Its uncompressed with a fat midrange boost and a smooth, juicy saturated grind. The treble knob is actually useable across its whole taper. It made the neck pickup on my VOS Les Paul sound great at full on saturation levels. I tried it on a Fender 6G3 Brown Deluxe Clone - this is what I always hoped that amp could sound like "Brown" is the word. EHX products are high quality and made the USA. Do I recommend this pedal ? I will use up my next 5 recommnedations on this pedal

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Limited Usefulness, Muddy Tone

    This is a very responsive pedal. Turn a knob a quarter of an inch and you have a very different tone. Unfortunately, it's an extremely limited pedal in terms of useful tones. Anything...Read complete review

    This is a very responsive pedal. Turn a knob a quarter of an inch and you have a very different tone. Unfortunately, it's an extremely limited pedal in terms of useful tones. Anything over 9 - 10 o'clock on the gain mushes your tone to a mid-rangey mess. I can't see this being a stand alone overdrive pedal, and it's a little too colored to be a good boost pedal.

    I can see how folks compare this to the Klon - TONS of mids and warm overdrive.

    I feel like I'm the only guy not to like this pedal so far. But, to be clear, I didn't rate it low because I didn't bond with it. I rated it low because it has limited usefulness and it muddies up tone. I think some folks might love it, but it's not my cup o' tea.

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    5.0

    Soul Food is the answer

    By Fritoman

    from Clintonville, Ohio

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Control
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Transparent
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      My overdrive prayers have been answered. I have been trialing and some erroring when it comes to pedals. Performance was my first priority, and cost is always a factor. Some overdrives that haven't suited me have gone back. The Soul Food is not my first keeper but it may make my OCD clone redundant.

      True rich unflavored (pun intended) overdrive, uncompressed, mild to slightly wild. What goes in comes out tone-true is what I mean. I also looked at a Tube Screamer. There are a lot of similarities but I still liked the Soul Food best.

      It's not for everyone. The drive doesn't go as high as many other OD pedals, but the range between light and medium is micro adjustable. I play out of a Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special with humbuckers into a Vox AC 15, mostly, and the tone is just perfect. I just set all 3 dials at 11:00 any time I want a little soul. Raise the Level control a little and just wail. I haven't tried my Telecaster yet but I expect first class tone results there too.

      The 9 VDC power supply comes with it from the factory. I already have a box full of them that I might sell at the next yard sale for a few clams. Very thoughtful of them just the same. This thing draws over 20 mA current so I don't expect a 9V battery to last long.

      I don't need an Obsessive overdrive very often, so my Soul Food is my most used and best loved by far. I hope it lasts a long time.

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      5.0

      EHX Soul Food - Very Tasty

      By Powerslide

      from Anchorage, Alaska

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Great Price
      • Great Product
      • Great Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        This really is a great sounding pedal. Very thick and warm overdrive and a good clean boost. No tone suck, no noise, no problems. I have several other EHX pedals and havnt had any issues with build quality. I didnt buy this expecting a Klon replacement, it is simply a great little mild OD and overall I am very happy to add this to the collection of other OD boxes I own. If you want a warm and responsive OD that doesn't drive too hard, you need to check this one out.

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        5.0

        much soul from soulfood

        By paddystache

        from provo, ut

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I like a big, organic crunch and or buzz and soulfood gives it to me. I really like this peddle!

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            5.0

            A real nice overdrive pedal

            By Savageman

            from Detroit Metro Area

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

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

              was very happy with this pedal a really decent over drive pedal that can give you boost clean or grit depending on your taste. I believe its a good value
              you get pedal plus the 9 volt adapter I think its a good addition to any ones pedal board.

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              (2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Has design problems.

              By RichieCowan

              from Santa Cruz, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Inexpensive

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Couldn't Fit A 9v Battery
              • Switch Broke On Gig

              Best Uses

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

                I couldn't fit a 9V battery in it (lid wouldn't completely shut) and all 4 philips head screw needed to be removed to do it. I used the wall wart on a gig. It had worked at home beforehand but the footswitch broke on the gig. I sent it back.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Soul Food , the best OD ive used.

                By Crispyfunk

                from CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  Im so very impressed with this pedal. all the other OD pedals ive used seemed to color the tone so much that it was obvious to me i was using a pedal, not with this pedal. the switch inside for true bypass/Buffer is amazing it actually makes my guitar sound less harsh a lot more warm and responsive when the pedal is off and set to buffer. when on its the perfect OD tone and pushes my amp so very nicely.if your thinking about buying one but not sure if its worth it , i have to say go for it you will love it. its a must have for my rig from now on.

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                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  OK Overdrive

                  By VE 000

                  from Chas, WV

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Basic Overdrfive Unit

                  Cons

                  • Could Not Get Clean Boost

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Overdrive

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

                  This is basically a booster pedal with an additional stage of overdrive. This is useful if you need some distortion on your acoustic guitar direct through a PA without an amp or if you have an older amp with no overdrive/distortion. I COULD NOT get a CLEAN BOOST (un-altered tone)out of the pedal. I find an LPB-1 type pedal, one with a single gain control, more suitable if you need a clean boost function.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Never used a KLON, but Soul Food is cool

                  By HarleyEarl

                  from NOLA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

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

                    Like almost every pedal I've ever tried, the best sounds are found at way less than full throttle on the knobs. I'm also fairly certain that a little patience dialing in a sound you like will yield a satisfying outcome. Great value for the price , too.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best overdrive pedal I've owned.

                    By ETK

                    from NJ

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        This pedal is a must have for any fans of traditional overdrive. It sounds very close to my dimed '77 Marshall JMP 2204, no kidding. Playing the Soul Food through a clean Fender combo at bedroom volume gets extremely close to sounds that I recorded with that Marshall.

                        One thing to note is that the pedal is VERY midrange heavy, and lacks some low end (a good thing for overdriven guitar IMHO). Modern metal players will probably want to pass on this one, but it would probably do well for Maiden, Priest, etc. The sweet spot is definitely 70's rock though, Queen, Stones, etc.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great pedal

                        By Jim

                        from Fort Myers, FL

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Performances

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

                          This is a great little pedal. I use this an OCD as well as a Keeley Time machine. The Soul Food is a great deal for the cash ... It would be a good deal at twice the price.

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