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The Klon is a legendary pedal created by William Finnegan that has been copied but duplicated. We are talking a unique transparent boost overdrive guitar tone that just makes guitar amps shine. Some guys just leave it on all the time, others use 2 or 3 in different settings for performance. Bill is an incredible builder with a sence of perfection that is almost to a fault. Don't buy a Klon Clone get the real deal, you will never be sorry you purchase the origina Klon tone machine !
The (revised) legendary Klon Centaur Boost/OD that has captured the gearheads imagination for the last 20 years, is finally available to the masses! 100% designed by Bill Finnegan! Possessing truly legendary tone, the Klon KTR is a modern masterpiece that has completely transformed what guitarists all over the world have come to expect from this Left-to-right, the controls are Gain, Treble, and Output. The Gain setting determines how much or how little distortion the unit is generating on its own; Treble and Output are self-explanatory. For aesthetic reasons it mode no sense to include the control designations as part of the screen printing on the unit,* but here is a useful mnemonic device: GIG.
Treble Setting: Don't reflexively leave your Treble setting at noon, as a lot of players seem to do with tone controls on their pedals. The Treble control is capable of providing subtle gradations in high-frequency response and is usable and natural-sounding throughout its entire range; trust your ears, and use the control.
Output Setting: To use the unit as a true overdrive - hitting whatever follows it in your signal path harder than your straight-through signal would - your Output setting will almost certainly need to be above 10:00. Different amps and pedals have different input-stage headroom characteristics, so take some time to experiment with the Output to find whatever setting gives you the best results with your particular setup; often settings in the 11:00 - 1:00 range work well.
Clean-boost Mode: With the Gain control at its minimum setting, the unit is in clean-boost mode. In this mode the circuit has enormous headroom and will not generate any distortion of its own. Clean-boost enables you to hit the front end of your amp harder, or the next pedal in your signal path harder, without changing any of the essential characteristics of the signal the unit received - instant same-pickups-but-hotter capability.
Slide Switch: The output of the unit's predecessor, the Centaur Professional Overdrive, was buffered, an effective solution to the problem of signal degradation due to cable capacitance. This unit, informally named the KTR, allows the user - via the switch - to choose between buffered output or so-called true-bypass output the former almost always yields a signal with more presence than the latter.
Outboard Power: Most regulated 9-volt power supplies should work fine. Do not attempt to power the unit with more than 9 volts, as damage to the circuitry will result, necessitating the replacement of the entire circuit board; please note that this kind of damage is not covered under the unit's warranty.
Battery Power: As it did in the original Centaur, the standard Duracell Coppertop works well and sounds good in the KTR as well, so use that particular battery if possible. Expect about ten hours' life from a new Duracell; replace the battery whenever you hear a loss of dynamic range, a high-pitched tone (the symptom of a very weak battery), or anything else out of the ordinary.
Velcro: Standard inch-wide Velcro along the very top and bottom edges of the unit's die-cast bottom will neither hide nor harm the screen printing.
Warranty: Three years, parts and labor, to the original purchaser with no evidence of abuse or attempted modification; please keep your sales record.
Posted by Francisco Javier De Anta Roca on 6th Mar 2017
This pedal is not going to make you into a guitar god by magic. Sadly nothing will.
What it will do is to provide an extremely flexible combination of gain and overdrive which sounds good at almost any setting: you can use it as a very transparent clean boost to push an amp into distortion, or as a very pleasant overdrive to provide distortion itself, or as any combination of the two. And most of the combinations sound good, which is unusual.
It's probably best suited for guitarists who want to hear a lot of the tone of the instrument without it being overdriven so far all you can hear is the pedal/amp: this is certainly how I use it.
Posted by Sonny6string on 3rd Jan 2017
Played the KTR for over a year, was one of the best sounding boost pedal, or so I thought... then I figured i'd give the Archer a try and low-and-behold, bye, bye KTR. Been using the Archer for about a year now, every now and then I hook up the KTR in line next to the Archer and every time the Archer's arrow hits the mark. Still use my KoT though as the Klon type pedals don't cover the same ground, run together though is sweet.
Posted by Anonymous on 10th Feb 2016
Sounds great boosting the front end of a valve amp, and stacks amazingly with other pedals!
Posted by Jason on 10th Jan 2016
Just something special about this pedal. The sound is better than anything else I've heard. More dynamic and warm at the same time...best way I can describe it. Great for SRV and Mayer and many others. LOVE IT!
Posted by Jack on 1st May 2015
Hard to put a finger on it, but its adds a little something to my overall tone. I find myself just leaving it on all the time. Gain is at 8 or 9, tone about 11, and volume is just above unity. Pricey, but I haven't found anything else quite like it. We will see after the honeymoon is over!
Posted by Ken C on 14th Apr 2015
There are many KLON clones are the market, but none are as good as the original. There's a reason the KLON tone is replicated enmass, and that's because it's incredibly warm and creamy! If you're looking for that Jimi Hendrix, SRV, or Robin Trower heavenly tone, this is your pedal. Place a decent univibe in front of it and it's instant "Bridge of Sighs" sonic territory. While it may not growl like your typical distortion pedal, all you have to do is put a nice booster at the end of your pedal chain for an instant bump into the hard rock zone. I use a Paul Cochrane Timmy and I can't believe how warm and fat this pedal sounds. The KLON KTR has a permanent place on my board.
Posted by Kevin on 10th Apr 2015
The KLON KTR is without a doubt one of the smoothest, warmest, and creamiest O/D pedals you will ever hear. Sure, there are lots of clones out there that can sound somewhat similar, but nothing beats the original! For some extra creamy goodness, try running the KTR into a Paul Cochrane Timmy before it hits your amp. The combination of the two opens up an incredible pallet of tones, all of them exceptional and highly musical. You can also run a vibe in front of the KTR for instant Jimi Hendrix and Robin Trower 'Bridge of Sighs' ambiance.
Posted by Dave on 11th Mar 2015
I've tried many overdrive pedals on the market including Wampler's Ecstasy Overdrive and Fulltone's OCD, and they've all been good, very good; however, the Klon KTR just has something that makes it a tad better. It's hard to my finger on it exactly, but it just gives you more of the amp and more of your guitar in a way that other overdrives do not. I waited a bit after purchasing the pedal to write this review, to play live shows and practice quite a bit with the KTR, and I can tell you it's worth it. It's not a 'distortion' pedal, it's not a 'fuzz' pedal, it is simply a pedal that makes your sound bigger and better than you thought you had!
Posted by Savage Man from Detroit on 13th Feb 2015
Was doubtful about this OD unit very transparent made comparison to other units I have this is a keeper!