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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 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (18)
  • Compact (17)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Versatile (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (14)
    • Home studio (11)
    • Amateur recording (10)
    • Professional recording (9)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (18), 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

    A real nice overdrive pedal

    By Savageman

    from Detroit Metro Area

    About Me Professional Musician

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    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.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 11 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.

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 3 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.

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 1 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.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 2 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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            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.

                Comment on this review

                (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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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I love it

                  By WallaceWinston

                  from KY

                  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 love love love this pedal. Run it in front of a Blues JR, I now have a 2 channel amp. Can be completely transparent, kicks my amp from clean to overdrive without coloring the sound. Crank up the drive and you get some great saturation.

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Where's the QC?

                      By Toneman

                      from Lost Angeles

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design

                      Cons

                      • Not Responsive
                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

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

                        I receieved this and it wouldn't work with a battery. It did work with a wall wart. I didn't care for the sound and there was nothing Klon-like about it. I own around 25-30 good overdrives and boosters and this pedal just didn't have what I wanted to hear. I doubt the fact that the battery aspect not working had any effect on the unit as it worked fine with a power supply. I just couldn't find a sound that I liked or could use. I've been playing professionally for 43 years and have owned, used or tried just about everything on the market. Mike Matthews needs to re-think this one..

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Versatile, cheap and good sounding!

                        By DavidC

                        from Costa Rica

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

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

                          Very nice sounding overdrive. I find it works much better pushing pedals than others I've tried. For example, it drives my Wampler Plexi Drive perfectly, adding crunch and tightness without any harshness or raising the floor noise.

                          On its own it helps to add meat to single notes and has a -lot- of clean boost. Playing with the drive knob it adds a somewhat dumble-esque sounding overdrive for soloing.

                          It's fairly well built, looks nice and has the power plug on top which helps a lot with cable layout on pedalboards.

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