I have been building the Illuminated Overdrive clandestinely in various forms for several years now. It is the result of my work reverse-engineering the popular Klon Centaur overdrive. I say “clandestinely” because I’m not interested in having the reputation of being a cloner, and the Centaur has always been a rather hot-button issue when it comes to the subject of copying rare effects. But, the scarcity and high second-hand prices of the original have created a demand for “Klones “that I cannot ignore. And now that the originals are no longer being made, I have no problem with openly offering my version of this clean boost/overdrive.
But this isn’t a simple copy, I don’t like copying without trying to at least make some improvements wherever possible. I use higher-quality components wherever I can and try to do whatever possible to wrench the most performance from the circuit. The most obvious difference is the addition of the 3-way toggle switch labeled “Norm, Hot, Asym”. This selects between three different clipping modes, each with its own characteristic tone.
- Norm is the normal mode – this gives the same signature dark overdrive sound as the original Centaur.
- Asym gives an asymmetrical clipping mode which has a more active harmonic character and a tone many people consider “tube-like”.
- Hot is very loud and crunchy – almost the exact polar opposite of the soft, dark normal mode.
The finish is a true work of art as beautiful and unique as the overdrive itself. Each is hand-painted a deep metallic gold using iridescent acrylic pigments with a breathtaking silver vein pattern over top. Photos simply cannot do it justice as the depth of the pattern changes depending on the angle it’s viewed. A tough gloss over-coat protects the beauty.
- Klon Centaur
- AnaSounds Centaur - Vintage Overdrive
- AnaSounds Savage - Centaur Reissue
- ARC Effects Klone
- ARC Effects Klone V2
- Art of 59 Sagittarius
- Big Knob Pedals Clon Minotaur
- Big Tone Music Brewery Silver Overdrive
- Blacksoil FX Alpha Centauri Overdrive
- Boo Instruments KC
- Build Your Own Clone Silver Pony
- Clone Bro Taurus
- EFX Custom Effects Kloned Centaur
- Fredric Effects Golden Eagle
- Fredric Effects Zombie Klon
- Gimp FX Bull
- Improvizorca DG-2
- Improvizorca DGV-1
- Improvizorca DGV-2
- J. Rockett Audio Designs Tour Series Archer
- JHS Pedals Klon Clone
- Master Effects Happy Trails Overdrive
- Mojo Hand FX Sacred Cow
- Monsterpiece Fuzz STUD Overdrive
- Movall Audio MM-09 Minotaur - Klon Centaur Overdrive
- Mowery Electronics Purity Drive
- Pedal Monsters Klone
- Piedmont Custom Electronics (PCE-FX) Aluminum Falcon
- Piedmont Custom Electronics (PCE-FX) Aluminum Falcon II
- Rimrock Effects Mythical Overdrive
- RR Amplifiers Fat Drive
- Soundwave Design Horseman
- Stigtronics Tone Vitamin
- Tone City TC-T9 Bad Horse - Klon Overdrive
- Velvet Pedals Minotaur
- Wampler Pedals Tumnus - Legendary Overdrive/Boost
- Yellowcake Black Box