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Minotaur (Klon® Centaur)

Minotaur, the Helix model of a Klon® Centaur

Recorded using a Les Paul with Burstbucker pickups into a Twin Reverb model with the normal input. The overdrive pedal and amp are set at default settings. A touch of reverb added for depth.

The Klon Centaur is a guitar overdrive pedal developed by Bill Finnegan between 1990 and 1994. The pedals were made manually by Finnegan. The Centaur is characterized as a "transparent" overdrive, meaning it adds gain to the signal without significantly altering the tone of the guitar.

Depending on the settings of the control knobs, the pedal can act mostly as a clean boost, adding mostly volume and minimal coloring to the sound. This can be used to drive the input valve stage of the amplifier to use the characteristic distortion sound of an overdriven guitar amp. Alternatively (or additionally) the controls can be set to distort the sound signal in the pedal, where two germanium diodes can perform waveform clipping (see clipping (audio)). The "gain" knob is a double potentiometer (a "dual-ganged gain pot"), which controls bass and middle frequencies. Other knobs are treble and volume.

(image source: Thaddeus Hogarth)


Patches including this Distortion Pedal:

Patch Device Performance
Type
Description Member Downloads Upvotes
Litigate HX Stomp Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) All Litigator, all the time. 3 snapshots - clean, slightly dirtier with delay, and a higher gain tone. Uses the Allure IR Pack, which is available for free from Line 6, Google it. jorge 326 7
Twin City HX Stomp Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) Nice Fender Twin, for Hawaiian or Country sounds. There's a Minotaur lurking in there somewhere, in case you need it. jorge 279 2
Vicky Blues
Soundcloud
Helix Native Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) A Blues patch using the Voltage Queen (Victoria Electro King) amp and a Klon overdrive. jorge 73 2
Angry 5150
Soundcloud
Helix Native Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) This pissed off 5150 is perfect for detuned metal chord work. jorge 83 2
Mike Ness Tone
Soundcloud
HX Stomp Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) This is the HX Stomp version of this tone - there's also a version for the Helix available here by selecting the Helix as your device. This is a very good approximation of Mike Ness's Tone on the Social Distortion albums. The recipe is iconic - a… jorge 148 2
Supro JC120 Dual HX Stomp Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) Dual Amp Patch with Supro (L) and JC120 (R). Dual Delay to add some width and double-take Verb. Analog chorus and Minotaur disabled by defaultSnap 1: CleanSnap 2:With Chorus engagedSnap 3:No Chorus but Minotaur engaged mathieucote 12 2
Mike Ness Tone
Soundcloud
Helix Floor Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) This is a very good aproximation of Mike Ness's Tone on the Social Distortion albums. The recipe is iconic - a dirt pedal into a Bassman head, then into Marshall cabinets. The sample clip was played on a legit Les Paul with P90 pickups - you need… jorge 40 1
Same Power Pod Go Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) I put this together for the song Same Power by Jeremy Camp, but I started playing around with it with the Minotaur and Adriatic Delay turned off, and it's just a really nice lead tone with lots of potential tonal variation. It sounds good with eithe… danradmacher 11 1
Green Day Dookie Pod Go Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) Good tone match for the Dookie album by Green Day. I added the Goatkeeper, although it wasn't used on the album. It helps for some of their future material. Billie Joe used a Strat copy with a humber on the album, try that here. jorge 24 1
JOHNAMAYERTRIX Helix Floor Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) (Reposted with permission from AndrewUtz on CustomTone.com) A John Mayer Tone, referencing Slow Dancing In A Burning Room. In this patch I used some basic stuff that I know John has used (or the closest thing to it I could find). I know live h… jorge 65 0
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