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Not A Notaklön [Dan's DIY Approach To The Klon Centaur]

Published 08 Dec 2023

Josh JHS Made A Modular Klon Centaur-alike… Can Dan Do The Same?

Welcome to the show! And very possibly the last Klon show we do. For a while anyway. Because the very, very, very clever people at JHS Pedals recently launched the Notaklön, a Centaur-type OD pedal in kit form. Genius idea, genius marketing.
The easy thing would have been to buy one and compare it to Mick’s Klon. But. But but but but but… this is That Pedal Show and we like to be a little more, erm, enquiring. Thusly, Dan has attempted to deconstruct a Klon circuit, using other pedals to try to explain what’s going on.
Can we do it? Why would we do it? Welcome to That Pedal Show.
Enjoy the episode!

The JHS Notaklön

And please visit That Pedal Shop

Pedals and stuff used in this video…
• TheGigRig Three2One

• Lazy Bear Custom Parallel Splitter

• MXR 10-Band EQ
UK & Europe:

• Ross Distortion
UK & Europe:

• Empress Para EQ
UK & Europe:

• Boss GE-7
UK & Europe:

• JHS Summing Amp
UK & Europe:

• TheGigRig Wetter Box

• Origin Effects DCX Boost
UK & Europe:

• Lazy Bear Custom Volume Pot

• Klon Centaur - head very gently to Reverb or eBay

• TheGigRig QMX4

• Crazy Tube Circuits White Whale

0:00 Intro playing
1:45 Why are we making this show?
3:40 Klon circuit brief explanation
4:58 Dansclaimer!
5:45 Today’s amp reasoning
7:44 Sounds Of The Klon Centaur
11:10 Three distinct signal paths
14:35 The Ross Distortion & hard clipping
16:45 Dual-gang gain pot
19:35 Why the DCX Boost?
20:21 Hear the Klon tone control
22:30 Sound 1: Low Gain Clean Boost
29:40 Still not quite getting the clean tone
33:00 Sound 2: Mid Gain Overdrive
36:05 Hear the DCX Boost
37:40 Sound 3: Higher Gain Overdrive
40:15 Reconstructing it backwards
42:22 Closing thoughts

Guitars in today’s show
• 1961 Fender Stratocaster - Mick’s video here:
• New-ish Gibson USA SG Standard with Maestro Vibrola - no video yet
• Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335 - Mick’s video here:
• Gibson Custom True Historic ’57 Les Paul Godtop. Murphy Aged - no video yet

Amps in today’s show
• 1979 Fender Bassman 70
• Mesa Boogie 212 vertical cab with EVM12L speakers

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