10 Klon-Style Pedals That Are Far More Than Clones
When is a horse not a horse? When it's a clone, of course, and these are not one-trick ponies.
For years, decades even, the search for a passable version of the mythical Klon Centaur that doesn’t break the bank has been a popular pastime for gearheads. Below, I’ve listed 10 options that not only hang with original horsies, but in some ways improve on them.
This tricked-out design combines the characteristics of the classic sound, but with an added dry control, two different midrange settings, and the company’s patented adaptive circuitry.
The most welcome addition in this souped-up version is an extremely robust 3-band EQ that allows you to fine-tune your sound. It also includes two different gain settings and a switchable buffered bypass.
A rather faithful recreation of the original at an incredible price. It mimics the same control set but adds a fat switch to boost your low end.
One of the initial budget-friendly emulations, this no-frills design is built like a tank and can cop the vintage-sound tones—all without a four-figure price tag.
MXR M294 Sugar Drive
This mini-sized stomp offers an essential ingredient in any Klon-style emulation: The drive knob doubles as a mix control. Plus, there’s a voltage doubler inside for increased headroom.
This is essentially a “greatest hits” of K-style overdrive tones. It comes loaded with seven different clipping diodes, a dedicated DI with cab emulation, and a ground if things get noisy.
Not only does this two-in-one pedal offer a highly accurate K-style overdrive, it’s paired with a Bluesbreaker-style drive with independent controls and a buffer switch. Bonus: You can choose the order of the effects via a small toggle.
Sporting a period-correct visual aesthetic, here’s Mythos’ take on the mythical overdrive. The current design offers a tweaked EQ and more headroom.
One of the company’s first effects pedals, this expanded take on K-style dirt includes the typical controls, but also makes use of a voice knob which jockeys the frequency response in the clipping stage.
Robert Keeley’s reimagining of the mythical circuit offers a wealth of new options, including a phat switch for increased bass response, two different clipping modes, and voltage doubling.