J. Rockett Archer Ikon Gold Boost Overdrive *Free Shipping in the USA*
The Klon Centaur has been cloned hundreds of times by as many
companies since the DIY community managed to scrape the black goop off
the circuit board. Each company’s “klone” sounds slightly different
because there’s one component that nobody can seem to agree on: the
Players refer to them as “magic” because many diodes manufactured in
this era didn’t come labeled, so many thought the actual value would
remain a mystery forever.
Not anymore. We found some.
After finding this pocket of magic diodes, the next step is to fine
tune the circuit so that it matches the source material: a real gold
Klon Centaur. Rockett tuned the Ikon to its Centaur until the
differences were 100 percent indistinguishable. The Ikon is quite simply
the closest you’re going to get to authentic Centaur tone without
draining the kids’ college fund.
The sound is a hair more compressed than the silver Archer and
fuller sounding with the Gain knob dialed back—or “boost” mode—which is
how a majority of players use their klones. Quite simply put, there is
no finer tool for goosing your amp, be it tightroping the verge of
breakup or simply dipping its toes into the juice pool. When set to full
gain—or “drive” mode—the Ikon exhibits a smoother, gently compressed
clipping section, indicative of the original Centaur tone but sorely
lacking from the abundance of klones on the market. The Treble knob
keeps all the frequencies in check, and is a godsend for players using a
Les Paul or other humbucker-equipped axe.
Just like the original Centaur, a charge pump circuit is utilized to
internally bump the voltage from the nine-volt input up to 18 volts.
This helps create the legendary headroom for which the Klon is renowned,
and it is also why the Klon stacks so well with other pedals.
J. Rockett Audio Designs Archer Ikon Features:
- Features actual Klon “magic” diodes. That’s right—THE part
- Legendary drive and boost tones—ultra-transparent
- Internal charge pump circuit doubles the voltage
- Hand-made in the USA
- Standard 9v center-negative power