Bad Horse (Klon Centaur Clone) Overdrive
Tone City Bad Horse Overdrive Pedal Review
The Tone City Bad Horse Overdrive pedal is a Klon clone that captures the authentic tones the Klon KTR is known for. I am lucky enough to own a Klon KTR (the Red Klon) and today I did a test between the Klon and the Tone City Bad Horse and there was so little difference between them that if you had your eyes shut, you couldn’t tell the difference between them. The only difference would be how it feels on your wallet.
The Tone City Bad Horse works best on a slightly dirty tone or for pushing a clean tube amp over the edge of breakup. The Bad horse won’t sound as smooth as a regular Tubescreamer when it’s isolated but that’s not the point. This is one of those pedals that boosts some hairy frequencies to make it stick out in the mix. Much like the Klon the Bad Horse has a nice air about the top end which makes it perfect for boosting your amp tone (or stacked pedal tone) without losing a lot of clarity like a saturated Tubescreamer can.
This pedal is priced bellow 80 USD and will compete (or slaughter) other pedals around the price on the market. Not only is this built extremely tough and could withstand a fall or being stepped on it’s a nicer looking and nice sounding pedal than the EHX Soul Food which has to have some of the worst reliability issues I’ve seen in years.
If you’re interested in getting a Klon voiced pedal this would be my choice for the price, there’s nothing that comes close to it. Being that it only has 3 controls it’s also easier to use than the VFE Merman which sounds great but has more options – even more than the original Klon.
The pots feel extremely sturdy, it runs on 9v DC only, it’s small, compact, and extremely usable.
Small and Portable
All Tone City pedals are built into a micro pedal format which not only helps keep your pedalboards size down but it also keeps your wallet full thanks to their amazingly low price. But don’t worry you don’t lose any quality when going down to this small size. All of the controls are all still high quality components and they all have true bypass switching to make sure your signal stays as clean as possible.
All Tone City pedals are True Bypass and require a regular 9v Power Supply for operation as they do not have a battery compartment.