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Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal   

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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...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (39)
  • Compact (35)
  • Responsive (33)
  • Versatile (26)
  • Good selection of effects (8)

Cons

  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (35)
  • Home studio (29)
  • Amateur recording (24)
  • Professional recording (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Professional musician (12), Novice (3)

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

 

was great until it broke...

This pedal blew away all my other overdrive/distortion pedals really quickly. It found its way on my pedalboard in a few minutes. However, it "broke" down after 3 months...Read complete review

This pedal blew away all my other overdrive/distortion pedals really quickly. It found its way on my pedalboard in a few minutes. However, it "broke" down after 3 months of playing. The "ON" signal works, it's when I want it "OFF" it kills the signal... I contacted EHX, their customer and repair services are really not impressive - in which they asked me to mail the pedal to Europe to have it fixed at my expenses... for a low value pedal? no thanks, I'll simply buy elsewhere. I really enjoyed those 3 months, but the lack of quality built and customer service turned me down to EHX products. If EHX wakes up and build their pedals stronger, I will recommend the Soul Food... Until then, I suggest you to spend your money elsewhere

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5.0

Essential Pedal

By Chrisc

from Vermont

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    I use this pedal often, and you can get a wide range of sounds out of it. It's smooth. You can play it clean, get some dirty sounds out of it, some wailing blues tones or a simple indie sound. Great response. Can't go wrong.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Pedal Everyone should have

    By Bill

    from Lewisville, NC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      100%

       
      5.0

      Transparent Boost Plus

      By Strackman

      from GA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        Transparent boost to full TS-9 OD best of both worlds. Note it comes with power supply, most don't. Money well spent

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great pedal sounds like a klon centar

        By Stevieray1

        from St.charles mo.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

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

          Live performance

           
          4.0

          Great pedal

          By saxman78

          from Oklahoma

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            I have had the pedal more than a year and I use it as another flavor of overdrive. Its no a TS sounding overdrive and I have found it behaves differently when you open it up and engage the buffer circuit. I helps the other dirt pedal on my board to bloom! I use a boost in front of it but when I add the Soul Food it just sounds so much clearer and better! I am thinking of buying another to get the JHS meat mod and add yet another flavor of dirt to my board. You can never have enough flavors of dirt IMO!

             
            4.0

            EHX Soul Food

            By KT

            from Memphis

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

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

              I use the Soul Food for an "always on" boost. I really like how you can get a very transparent OD but you can also get a nice crunchy sound. It's a really great pedal and i have only had a few problems with some obnoxious hum.

               
              5.0

              truth in advertising

              By Steverino

              from Frozen Tundra

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

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

                Good clean boost and a distortion sound that we've been listening to for years, if not decades.

                 
                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.

                   
                  5.0

                  I like it!

                  By Jimendo

                  from Florida

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

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

                    Nice addition to my set up, matches well with my Tube Screamer. Well worth the money.

                    (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Just a tube screamer

                    By Johnny J

                    from Westfield MA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

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

                      I know everyone says it's EHX version of a Klon but all I got out of it was a tube screamer. For high gain amps it brightened up the the tone and gave some clarity but alone I found it either to be to bright and brittle or dark and muddy. I am not a tube screamer fan so I didn't care for the overall sound. But I did feel like in a tube screamer style pedal it was warmer than a ts9 and maybe a tad more usable gain and alot more volume boost.

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