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Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Transparent OD

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Congratulations on your purchase of the Soul Food, an exquisite overdrive and clean boost from Electro-Harmonix, designed for the tone conscious player who needs to cut through a mix without altering the voice of his or her instrument. The Soul Food delivers a wide range of sounds from sweet clean boosts, for added volume, to just a touch of dirt, for livening up your sound, to full-on overdrive. Soul Food has plenty of volume on tap to push your amplifier into saturation, delivering distortion that is actually created by your amp! Whatever your style or rig, the Soul Food gives your tone a lift in all the right places without compromising it.

FEATURES

• Transparent overdrive
• Boosted power rails for extended headroom and definition
• Super responsive
• Compact, rugged design
• Selectable true bypass or buffered bypass modes
• 9.6DC-200 power supply included. Also runs on 9 Volt battery

CONTROLS

• DRIVE Knob Controls the amount of input gain. As you turn DRIVE clockwise, the overdrive ranges from clean boost, in the fully counter-clockwise position, to classic distortion, in the fully clockwise setting. There are many great sounds found within the full range of the DRIVE knob, we recommend experimenting with different positions in both halves of the DRIVE knob to find just the right amount of grit for your needs. In addition, turning DRIVE clockwise will bring out more mids in your tone.

• TREBLE Knob Acts as a tone control. When set to 12 oclock (50%), the tone is neutral. As you turn TREBLE clockwise from the 12 oclock setting, the treble gain increases making your overall sound brighter. As you turn TREBLE counter-clockwise from the 12 oclock setting, the high end is reduced giving you a bassier sound.

• VOL Knob Sets the output level of the Soul Food. As VOL is turned clockwise, the output volume increases.

• FOOTSWITCH and LED The Footswitch selects whether the Soul Food is engaged or in bypass mode. When the effect is engaged, the LED is lit. An internal Bypass Mode switch is included to select between True Bypass and Buffered Bypass. See below for more information on the internal switch.

• INPUT Jack This 1/4 jack is the audio input for the Soul Food. The input impedance is 1MOhm.

• AMP Jack This 1/4 jack is the audio output from the Soul Food. The output impedance ranges from 650Ohm to 3.3kOhm.

• Internal Bypass Mode Switch If you remove the Soul Foods bottom cover, you will see the bat of a small switch sticking out of the board that holds the footswitch, it is located in the bottom right area of the pedal, below the AMP jack.

When the switch is set to True, its upper position, bypass will be True Bypass. When the switch is set to Buffer, its lower position, bypass will be Buffered Bypass. The switch is normally set to True in the factory.

In True Bypass mode, when the Soul Food is set to bypass, the INPUT jack is connected directly to the AMP jack and nothing else. In Buffered Bypass mode, the bypass signal passes through a high quality buffer circuit before it is output from the AMP jack. The buffer circuit requires power to hear your instrument in bypass mode.

9V Power Jack Although the Soul Food accepts 9V Batteries, EHX supplies your Soul Food with an Electro-Harmonix 9.6DC-200BI power supply. Plug the output of the supplied AC adapter into the 9V power jack located at the top of the Soul Food. The Soul Food draws 22mA at 9VDC with a center negative plug. The Soul Food accepts Boss and Ibanez style AC Adapters.

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Closest StoreFredericton, New Brunswick
I put this juicy puppy in line with my American Stratocaster and Vox AC10 tube amp. Oh my is it a beautiful tone. Want a little bit of crunch on that classic strat tone? Soul Food has got it covered. Want a metric ton of crunch for banging solos? Frig ya the Soul Food has got it covered. The only pedal I need for amazing tone!
Posted by Nicholas on Oct 31, 2018
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Closest StoreCalgary, Alberta
I tested 3 OD pedals the other day and this was the best sounding of them all until I hit the foot switch and the click rang through the room. I tried it a few more times and just gave up. I read in few reviews that it did that but I found out that it was true. Too Bad because when it is on it is amazing, if it wasn't for the switch I may have taken this one.
Posted by Scott Brown on Apr 11, 2018
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Closest StoreLethbridge, Alberta
This pedal might as well be called "Rig Brightener" as it will add articulation and richness to any amp. Sounds great in front of higher gain pedals to add attack. The price made it one of the quickest purchase decisions of my life.
Posted by Richard on Jan 3, 2018
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get this over drive and dial it in0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSudbury, Ontario
this gives me what I was looking for and then some.Nice bit of punch to the sound if you dial it in . it is well worth the money also so don't be shy to try one and see for yourself.
Posted by steven michael fowler on Sep 20, 2017
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great boost pedal1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton North, Alberta
decent on its own to boost an overdriven amp or to add gain and volume to another over drive or distortion pedal, its klon like doest have a lot of gain but that's not what this pedal is for
Posted by Bob on Mar 26, 2017
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Hype perhaps?3 of 6 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBelleville, Ontario
I really liked it at first. I have to say that I'm losing interest in EHX as they pump out pedals. The quality is not as great as some think. This pedal sounds great, but it adds some harmonics that I don't find very musical--that's just me. Tried it every which way--I know how to look up youtube! I have a great tube amp. Removed it from my board and now things sound good again. If you like the soulful tones that it promises, you should be able to get that out of your quality amp and guitar. If not, you need that, before any cheap cheap pedal solutions.
Posted by Donovan on May 26, 2016
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Great Pedal!!1 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVictoria, British Columbia
Just go try one out. I bet it goes home with you. Does not colour your tone at all. Just nice, clean overdrive. Perfect for pushing your clean channel into a silky smooth blues tone but what instantly sold me was how well it preforms in front of a gain stage. It basically gives you the ability to turn your amps gain up to 12 and then adds the option to tighten up the bottom end to get rid of the muddy sound.
Posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2016
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Soul Food2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWindsor, Ontario
Great sounding OD i use it on clean and crunch channel.Works well as a boost.Gets muddy if amp gain is set too high.Transparent sound very versatile pedal
Posted by Mike on Jan 10, 2016
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Transparent boost and classic overdrive0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVancouver, British Columbia
For the money, you can't beat this pedal. The distortion sucks but as a boost or overdrive - this thing is great. I wouldn't recommend this for a metal player but for adding bite or boost to a clean or slightly overdriven signal its great. If distortion is your thing, try using this with another drive pedal. I use it along with my Catalinbread RAH to get an amazing thick sustaining distortion lead sound. Also, This pedal will NOT color your sound!! Tone, tone, tone.......
Posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2015
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Simple great OD pedal1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton South, Alberta
Not much to add to the other reviews here or the dozens of others you'll find on the web. There's a good reason this has been the top pedal on Reverb. It works extremely well doing what an OD pedal should. I had my doubts the first time I plugged it in, but I'm a believer now!
Posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2015
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Food for thought! Soulful!0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVancouver, British Columbia
I can say enough good about this pedal, I even had to replace switch after 8 months of use. Upgraded the switch and still an amazing overdrive. Transparent and dirty. Love this thing!
Posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2015
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Closest StoreWaterloo, Ontario
Incredibly good OD pedal. At $79.99 you cannot beat the price. I got mine from the Waterloo location and i have not regretted it. I originally wanted the OCD overdrive pedal which will run you $160.00 , and at $79.99 with the Soul Food i believe i came out with the better pedal imo. Sounds awesome as a clean boost and when you have the drive up it has just enough OD , not too much and not too little. Really encourage buying this pedal if you're looking at drive pedals.
Posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2015
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Don't get any other overdrive!!0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreRegina, Saskatchewan
This, from a tone perspective, does everything you could ask for from an OD pedal. Wide tonal variations with the drive settings, super adept as a booster and loads of character. A really versatile pedal to leave on all the time! This thing als has amazing headroom for drawing the most out of the amp. Really, really worth it!
Posted by Tim on Mar 6, 2015
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Completes my tone2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
This pedal just gives a nice little jump to my tone when drive is 1 o'clock. This pedal will be on constantly because it sounds that good.
Posted by Ken on Feb 8, 2015
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Closest StoreWindsor, Ontario
This is my favorite OD pedal by far. The drive knob delivers a huge variety of variation. It's also a great clean boost with those boosted power rails. It stacks up well with other pedals and is as transparent as they come.
Posted by Jammin' Jack on Jan 10, 2015
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Closest StoreWoodstock, Ontario
Great overdrive. Handles mild overdrive nicely, works well as a boost, great buffer and responsive tone controls. If your looking for a cheap, simple, great sounding overdrive this one is for you. Pay the extra 25$ bucks instead of getting a Boss SD1. Check out videos on youtube, you will be impressed. Only downside is that you lose a fair amount of bass the more you crank the gain.
Posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2014
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