The second day of the year's biggest gear show was full of tone toys from Orange, Seymour Duncan, Nu-X, Electro-Harmonix, and more.

NUX Horseman

Klon Centaur clones aren’t exactly a new thing, but the Horseman from Nu-X (Cherub Technology) brings a couple of intriguing points to the crowded field: For starters, you can hold down the footswitch to toggle between the company’s take on the original “silver” Centaur or the later “gold” version. Secondly, it goes for around $70 street.

An overachieving overdrive that gets way bigger than its name suggests.

Sweet balanced crunch tones. Dynamic. Sparkling, full, and clean at attenuated guitar volume. High-quality build.

Pretty expensive.

$249

Great Eastern FX Small Speaker Overdrive
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