It was introduced in 1994, currently discontinued. Often referred to as the holy grail of overdrives. It basically became the beau ideal of a great overdrive pedal. It is one of the most expensive and probably the most frequently copied guitar pedal units in history. Currently, the pedal reaches stunning prices due to its value as a rare collector’s item. The Centaur* is technologically complex and uses numerous filters, but in return, we get a very soft, transparent overdrive which sounds great. It gets rid of dull lows and unpleasant high-mid-range tones. It responds very accurately – therefore, it is rather unforgiving when it comes to lousy guitarists. Every note sounds just the way it was played. Thanks to the unique way the GAIN knob works in this pedal we can use it as a clean booster or even a treble booster. Used by countless professional guitarists like Andy Summers, James Hetfield, Joe Bonamassa, John Mayer and many more. The overdrive of choice for many heavy-metal guitarists (when coupled with a good EQ it can even sound like Slayer). One of its unique characteristics is the level of the output signal (to some degree dependant on the position of the GAIN knob) which makes it a great tool for beefing up the tone of tube amps. The Centaur* also works great in a signal chain with other overdrive pedals, especially with different varaitions of Bluesbreaker mk1. It’s worth noticing that it has a buffer bypass so it can be used as a buffer which lowers signal impendence and leaves our sound unaffected even with very long cables.
This pedal is true to the original and I have left elements such as the buffer and germanium diodes. It was built using top quality components and has a bright orange pedal enclosure. If you decide to order the unit I provide an option of removing the buffer and replacing it with a traditional true bypass for an additional fee.
- Unit equipped with buffer.
- Requires stabilized 9V power supply (2.1/5.5 plug with “plus on the outside”)
- Under any circumstances shouldn’t be used with power supply higher than 9V (this unit has a DC/DC converter)
?The level of guitarist’s experience on a five-point scale. The higher the level, the more skill the pedal requires.
?The level of distortion on a five-point scale.