Dan Hanson: Reunited and It Feels So Good
“My No. 1 is exclusively a play-at-home pedalboard,” says Dan Hanson, who hails from Waukesha, Wisconsin, aka the “Home of Les Paul.” “I can’t take the board out to a public venue,” Hanson explains, “because it contains an original Klon Centaur. My Klon has already been stolen—and recovered—once, and I don’t want to go through that again.” He bought his Klon new in ’98 for $295.
“My favorite thing about the Klon has nothing to do with its sound or functionality,” Hanson continues. “The day after it was stolen a few years ago, I spotted it on eBay because I recognized a specific ding. When I notified the Milwaukee police department, they moved in on the pawnshop that was selling my pedal and recovered it! As they handed it over to me at the police station, the officer who headed up the case complimented me on my ‘excellent detective work.’ And this is coming from real detectives.”
Moving clockwise from the upper right-hand corner in terms of signal-path, there’s a Xotic Effects EP Booster, the Klon, a Maxon OD-820, a Catalinbread Belle Epoch, a Boss CE-2 Chorus, and TC Electronic Ditto Looper. Board No. 2 is identical, except for the Electro-Harmonix Soul Food that subs for the Klon, and a Boss DM-2 Delay. “The Soul Food leaves more room on the board,” says Hanson, “so I couldn’t resist adding one more stomp. To my ears, the Soul Food actually does ‘clone the Klon,’ and it may even sound a little more crisp and lively.”