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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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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 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (26)
  • Responsive (23)
  • Compact (21)
  • Versatile (16)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (20)
  • Home studio (18)
  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Professional recording (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (7)

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

 

Hard to achieve unity gain

I know one reason the price point is low. Sub-par components. The pots aren't metal shafts all the way through - they're like internal trim pots with the shaft glued on. My drive...Read complete review

I know one reason the price point is low. Sub-par components. The pots aren't metal shafts all the way through - they're like internal trim pots with the shaft glued on. My drive knob was over-tightened at the factory and came off when I used it because the 'dial' part is glued to the 'pot' part.

Also, you can't get much drive and maintain unity gain. If you only want to use it for volume boosting, or leave it on all the time, or use it for mild grit at unity gain, it's great.

Quiet as can be, great tone, nice mid-hump, etc. But it does have drawbacks. Oddly, all EH would need to do to fix the unity gain problem is use a different pot value / pot curve.

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5.0

MASSIVE

By Jewbs

from Cowtown

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Holy
  • Responsive
  • Standard Wall Wart
  • Versatile

Cons

  • 9v Batteries

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Rock And Roll

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

This thing sounds crazy. I run a LP or tele into a wah, into this guy, then into an ehx reissue Big Mvff pi, and my amp is an old JCM 800 2203. Whether using for gain or volume boost, it adds a lot of clarity to the sound. With the preamp just over half on the 2203 and master close to acceptable home practice volume, kicking on the Soul Food adds a ton of sustain and the dirt is nice and clear and girthy. Seems to me that the sweet spot is volume just under noon, treble right at noon, and gain at 8-9:00. Just there with a slightly broken up setting on the amp, there is plenty of gain to tear off heads live. Kicking on the Big Mvff after the Soul Food yields a really nice more mid-focused tone, shaped like a Fuzz Factory but with the BMP smoothness I'm used to. Totally makes a pedal that is useless live into a firebreathing monster. The Soul Food makes everything better.

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5.0

Sweet Mid range to all out pedal

By Surfdog

from Austin

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Pros

  • Durable Built Well
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Difficult Battery Access

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

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

Great sound for a great price! As stated earlier, a nice sweet "just" breaking up sound in the Low gain all the way up to full rounded crunch and lead tones at full crank.

I love the sound of this pedal! others have hinted at another botique pedal this sounds like. It's a good investment for the spectrum of sounds you get back!

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5.0

Wonderful Little Box

By Will

from Eastern NC

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

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

What a great OD! Even compared to expensive Klones, the Soul Food holds its own as one of the best even at a low price. Works great as a clean boost as well, and the buffer option is great. Just don't drop the pedal or abuse it, it will break easily.

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5.0

Creamy, transparent overdrive

By Shooter Janes

from Oklahoma City

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • 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:

    BEAUTIFUL sounding, transparent distortion. You've probably seen the reviews by now, it's a Klon Klone, and it's a DARN good one. I'm super impressed with EHX right now. This pedal is SO worth it, especially for the price. It's not a heavy distortion pedal, but that's not what it's for. You can crank it and get some crunch, but it's more of a smooth overdrive pedal than anything. I have a Fulltone OCD, a Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive, and this for my overdrive on my pedalboard, and it gets way more use than OCD. I LOVE IT. You will too. Get it.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Dash of Flavor

    By Dude Angel

    from Shepherdstown, WV

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Tubey
    • Warm

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    This little powerhouse was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something that would provide a little bit of a clean boost as well as some nice overdrive when cranked. For the price I couldn't be more satisfied. A welcome addition to my board.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Hard to achieve unity gain

    By puppy

    from Knoxville, TN

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Hard To Get Unity Gain

    Best Uses

    • Soloing Eqing

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

    I know one reason the price point is low. Sub-par components. The pots aren't metal shafts all the way through - they're like internal trim pots with the shaft glued on. My drive knob was over-tightened at the factory and came off when I used it because the 'dial' part is glued to the 'pot' part.

    Also, you can't get much drive and maintain unity gain. If you only want to use it for volume boosting, or leave it on all the time, or use it for mild grit at unity gain, it's great.

    Quiet as can be, great tone, nice mid-hump, etc. But it does have drawbacks. Oddly, all EH would need to do to fix the unity gain problem is use a different pot value / pot curve.

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Soul Food is the answer

    By Fritoman

    from Clintonville, Ohio

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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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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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