Klon KTR Overdrive Pedal Review
The Klon is an infamous pedal within the music gear forums online. You’ll either love it, hate it, or want to try it depending on your opinions on boutique pedals. The original Klon Centaur now costs more money than a second-hand car, but some people swear by it as the “best pedal of all time”. Where the Klon KTR excels is pushing a tube amplifier into overdrive territory as well as pushing an already dirty amp louder for more sustain and to put it simply “make it sound better”.
On it’s own the Klon KTR will sound a little honky in the upper mids, but in a band situation, the frequencies it pushes and also reduces will really make you stand out in a crowd.
Getting used to the Klon KTR and how awesome it is can take time so be patient with it at first.
When I first purchased this pedal, my first impression wasn’t very good. What I usually do anytime I purchase a pedal is compared it all the other pedals of its type. Initially, I was a little disappointed with the Klon in comparison to a Fulltone Plimsoul or even a BOSS OD-3. Once I had some experience testing the pedal in a live situation against a few on my pedal board which was the exact moment I realized how good the pedal sounded in a live context.
The video below shows the Klon KTR versus the Analogman King of Tone Pedal which is also considered one of the best pedals of all time. As you can hear in this video they are very different.
This pedal features 3 simple controls including a Drive, Tone, and Volume control. It also has an option on the side to enable or disable the true bypass feature. As the pedal suggests on the side the buffered mode actually sounds better. I’ll let you all debate that in the guitar forums or below in the comments 😉
This pedal is not for everyone, this is clear. If you’re into taking your tone to the next level without coloring it too much, then the Klon will do it. If you want the Klon to push your amp over the edge of breakup, it can also do that.
What it won’t do very well is sound great on a clean sound, so if you’re wanting something smooth and chuggy, this is not the choice.
I am giving this a 9.2/10 because it’s the best of what it does I have ever used along with the Soul Food by Electro Harmonix. This pedal 100% designed by Bill Finnegan and is basically a “revised” version of the original design.
These were discontinued but they are back in production from what I have read, so either get one fast or check out a reliable option called the Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Pedal which is essentially a copy of a Klon.