Summer NAMM 2016: Is Bill Finnegan about to launch a new Klon?
Don't hold your breath, but there could be a new pedal from the legendary designer of the Klon!
The Klon Centaur is a mythical overdrive pedal and has been out of production for 7 years now. Bill Finnegan, the pedal’s designer, did make a more modern up-to-date Klon called the KTR pedal a few years back which used discrete components, but players still clamour for the originals. Now he is showing off a brand new clean boost unit at Summer NAMM…
Premier Guitar have just interviewed Bill showing off the original Klon and comparing it to a KTR. And Bill mentions an entirely new clean boost pedal during the video!
First, in the interests of full disclosure: I myself have owned two original Klon Centaur pedals and the last one was borrowed by Guitarist Magazine for their top 100 effects pedals a few years ago. I eventually sold it for an exorbitant amount of money to a studio in California. There is an insane amount of hype over these things and they change hands on auction sites for thousands of pounds these days!
The Klon legend
Are they really that good? Well, they certainly have something about them and I really enjoyed both the models I owned. But they ended up being worth so much money I could no longer gig with them, for fear of them being stolen. So I sold them off, bought some guitars with the profits, and moved on.
New Clean Boost
A clean boost is always a useful tool in any guitarist’s rig and so I can see all the internet guitar forums arguing over this one in the coming 12 months. We will have to wait and see as Bill takes his time with just about everything he does, so don’t hold your breath. He is a great guy, though, and he and I have talked many times about his pedals and the best way to set them up in your rig. In fact, when he first started you would ring him and tell him what you had in your setup, so he could give his opinion on how well the original Klon would work with your gear.
Check out the official site at www.klon-siberia.com for some background on the Klon.