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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 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 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 (36)
  • Compact (32)
  • Responsive (30)
  • Versatile (23)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (31)
  • Home studio (27)
  • Amateur recording (22)
  • Professional recording (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (34), Professional musician (11)

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

 

Not bad, but not for me.

I bought this about six months ago, and, although it's got some nice sounds, I never really found a good use for it. The pedal worked decently as a clean boost, but...Read complete review

I bought this about six months ago, and, although it's got some nice sounds, I never really found a good use for it. The pedal worked decently as a clean boost, but the drive was only "okay" and gave me just a little too much noise to find myself using it all that often. The treble boost adds some nice harmonic edge, but it too adds quite a lot of noise along with it (which very well may depend on your rig). To put it in perspective, turning the treble above 2 O'clock adds more noise than any of my high gain pedals.

Long story short- I suggest you try before you buy. I wanted to like it a lot, but using it as a clean boost never really knocked my socks off, and I was left wanting an OD with more gain options and a little more "beef". If you try it and love the clean boost enough - you might as well buy it, but I'd say there's a decent chance it just won't sync up with your style and/or gear.

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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!

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    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.

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      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.

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        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.

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          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.

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            (0 of 4 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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              (0 of 3 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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Not quite a Klon, but impossible to beat for the price.

                By SDB Guitars

                from Coeur d'Alene, ID

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Buffered or TB switching
                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Great Value For The Price
                • Sounds a lot like a Klon
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Not a Klon

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

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

                I have a Klon, and this is very close. It lacks a little something, but for less than 1/4 the price of the new Klon KTR, this is hard to beat. The internal buffer (part of what made the Klon so amazing) has been mostly reproduced. thisbpedsl sounds great in buffered bypass, and of course, true bypass works well too.

                This pedal stacks well with other gain pedals works well as a clean boost, but also sounds great used as a solitary low-to-medium gain drive.

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                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Not bad, but not for me.

                By EarthToMeekus

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Good Cleans

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use
                • Limited Selection Of Effects
                • Noise And Hiss
                • Noisey
                • Not Versitile

                Best Uses

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

                  I bought this about six months ago, and, although it's got some nice sounds, I never really found a good use for it. The pedal worked decently as a clean boost, but the drive was only "okay" and gave me just a little too much noise to find myself using it all that often. The treble boost adds some nice harmonic edge, but it too adds quite a lot of noise along with it (which very well may depend on your rig). To put it in perspective, turning the treble above 2 O'clock adds more noise than any of my high gain pedals.

                  Long story short- I suggest you try before you buy. I wanted to like it a lot, but using it as a clean boost never really knocked my socks off, and I was left wanting an OD with more gain options and a little more "beef". If you try it and love the clean boost enough - you might as well buy it, but I'd say there's a decent chance it just won't sync up with your style and/or gear.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I like it.

                  By Phoenix Guitar Dude

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Huge Bang For The Buck
                  • Responsive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

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

                    I'm very fussy when it comes to overdrives and I really like this pedal. I've never played the overdrive that inspired EHX to launch this pedal so I can't say how it compares. What I can tell you is that it sounds much better to my ears than my Fulltone OCD at half the cost. The boosted rails for increased headroom is what sold me on it. I love the sound of pedals running on higher voltage and you get it with the Soul Food running on just 9-volts. I have a MXR Distortion III with a 18-volt adapter juicing it. I played both, side by side. If you didn't know better you'd think the Soul Food was running on 18-volts as well. Very nice. It was close but my MXR Distortion III has a slightly beefier tone which I prefer. Since my board only has room for one drive, the MXR stays and I'm putting the Soul Food away for safe keeping. I may pull it out once in a while. Since it didn't bump my MXR out of it's spot I'm giving it four stars. This is a great drive at a fantastic price and it's a keeper. I can't say the same about my OCD.

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