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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
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (12)
  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Responsive (10)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (10)
    • Home studio (9)
    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Professional recording (7)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12)

    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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    3.0

    Limited Usefulness, Muddy Tone

    By Trahnettilhcs

    from Arizona

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        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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        4.0

        Excellent Boost/OD

        By paulo

        from Mobile, Al

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          Great Pedal. I had never heard of Klon before seeing this, but I was in the market for a clean boost with an option for low gain.

          I'm playing with an ESP Viper through a Peavey 6505+. I keep the Volume and Gain at 11:00 and the Treble at Noon. This gives my sound a decent volume boost and a touch of hair on the clean channel. My picking dynamics can control the amount of drive I get out of the pedal, also.

          On the lead channel this lets me keep the pre-amp gain a little lower for rhythm style distortion, and kick into high gain when I turn the pedal on.

          I love this pedal.

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          4.0

          Great little pedal. Klon-like tones!

          By Chris Reynolds

          from Nashville

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Great Price

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Clean Boost
            • Overdrive

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

            I love the sound of a Klon through a tube amp but don't have $2000 to buy one. I bought one of these to try out & liked it so much I bought 2 more. I had the chance to do a shootout with the Soul Food, a Klon KRT and a Kit-Klone (Boogie Monster) and was very pleased. The Soul Food did a very good job keeping up with both pedals. It was not exactly the same, but for the price no one in the audience would know the difference. The real Klon was a bit more transparent but the Soul Food was close. I bought these extra two to try some aftermarket mods out there. For the money you really can't go wrong if you like clean boost or medium overdrive. If you are looking for massive distortion, this isn't for you. If you amp sounds bad this pedal will not make it sound great. If you have a good base tone & want to make it sound bigger & better, this might be the pedal for you.

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            5.0

            Sweet and crunchy

            By Jak

            from Ames, IA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            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:

              This cool pedal has a character all its own. Clear and crisp. Brings out that edge that allows your axe to stick out in the mix when you need it to. An excellent one-of-a-kind creation. It adds significant high-end definition over all -and that can nicely be attenuated to taste with the tone knob. Really glad to have it in my pedal chain.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A nice little clean boost pedal...

              By Donny Danger

              from Austin, TX y'all

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              Pros

              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

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

                I can't comment about whether or not this duplicates a Klon... but I can tell you that it definitely is a decent little clean drive pedal. Works best if you already have a great sounding guitar and tube amp, and just want to make 'em "bigger". I'm not really a fan of the "overdrive" sounds this thing gives, (i.e. with gain set over 12 o'clock)... if you want something like that go for a tubescreamer or similar. For me this thing excels in the sweet spot where the drive is set low, (9-10 o'clock on the dial), and then set the volume at the level you want to boost to. Can't beat it for the price... everybody should have one in their gig bag or on their pedal board.

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                4.0

                Satisfied thus far

                By Chico

                from Grand Haven, MI

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  Finally shipped after nearly 2 months on back order. Using as a clean boost after a Cusack Screamer V2. Thickens the overall tone nicely without altering frequencies or compressing signal. Price is nice. Works decently as a low to medium OD pedal but I prefer it as a thickening/boost agent.

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                  5.0

                  Good Stuff!!

                  By Dane

                  from NJ

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Real True Overdrive!!!!
                      Goodbye Bad Monkey.......and the rest of the drives I have tried,
                      I've stopped using overdrive a while ago and would just tame a RAT I love & won't part with, but this thing is awesome and gives character to overdrive like its supposed to. believe the hype.....I do think you would have to spend a fortune to get this kind of sound quality.....
                      Thank you EHX

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                      5.0

                      believe the hype!

                      By RTrocker

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Performances

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

                        I saw several YouTube review videos on the Soul Food that looked pretty good. After actually playing the thing I have to say I am blown away! This pedal has a permanent place on my pedalboard. There has been a lot of hype about this pedal, but I have to say; it is all true!

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                        4.0

                        Great sound, but NOT a Klon clone.

                        By tlhamon

                        from Flat Rock, MI

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                        Pros

                        • Good Overdrive Sound
                        • Power Supply Included
                        • Quiet Operation
                        • Solid Build
                        • Tons Of Headroom
                        • Usable Tone Control

                        Cons

                        • Not Exactly As Described

                        Best Uses

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

                          Everyone else seems to be touting this as a good substitution for a Klon. It is not. The Klon has a unique upper mid notch that this pedal lacks. Having said that, this is still a great pedal with a very nice tone and very usable controls. It sounds great by itself and pushing an already overdriven amp. As long as you are not looking for a Klon replacement, you will not be disappointed.

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                          4.0

                          You cant beat this deal

                          By mdwak

                          from Alaska

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                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Responsive
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

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

                            I waited almost two months to get my second one because of all the hype of being a Klon type pedal , Can not beat the price but side by side with my 1rst Soul food they sounded a bit different so expect inconsistency , Great value. For the price I sent one off to get modded by the JHS folks to have something different ( and get some of the low end back )- Again the soul food is a great value and it comes with a power supply so you just cant beat this deal

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