Stompbox Blog: Klon Centaur

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Welcome to the guitar effects virtual museum. I have been collecting stompboxes for the past few years and wanted to share some thoughts. I will continually add more pics and opinions. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks for looking.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Klon Centaur

Why not start off my blog with the best? The mythical horsey-man from ancient Minoa. It doesn't get more boutique than this creation from designer and builder Bill Finnegan. The circuitry is housed in a sand-cast aluminum housing that would outlive even the roaches during a nuclear war. Since inception(1994) he has sold over 5000 Klon Centaur units and counting. Because they are hand-built, there is a waiting list although the units are now silver and don't include the pony-boy motif. This unit is #1009 and is the first centaur design. I talked with Bill once about the design and he stated he hired a college student to come up with the first graphic but was never happy with it. After about 1600 units the design was altered but he was still unhappy with it. I asked him about the gold anodized case and why it was later dropped too. He stated that he was tired of waking up in the middle of the night stressed out about the consistency of the finish and wanted to focus more on what the pedal was intended to do.... to sound good. He knows he has a terrific product and many professional musicians can attest to this when they are clearly seen on their pedal-boards. His units are a bit pricey but considering the quality of the components they are still a great value. His units easily fetch more money on e-bay to avoid the waiting list. He told me that he never cared much for the sound of the legendary Ibanez Tubescreamer and wanted to come up with something completely different. The secret to his wizardry is covered in a gooey epoxy to protect his brilliant design. One secret lies in the fact that he utilizes a dual ganged pot for the gain knob which can improve tonal response to control the frequency of the dynamics at higher volumes. If you have a terrific sounding tube amp and you want it to sound even better then this is the device. Many builders have tried to replicate his design with a clone but there is only one Klon. Cheers Mr. Finnegan! For more information click on .......

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