“It just don’t “simulate” the Klon Centaur tone as other clones do, it sounds and feels as if it was an original unit” -Matt, Klon Collector
“Definitely the best Klone ever made. I’m absolutely impressed” -Bill U., Tone Chaser
DECIBELICS GOLDEN HORSE PROFESSIONAL OVERDRIVE - MINI KLON CENTAUR ACCURATE CLONE
Decibelics Golden Horse Professional Overdrive is the result of all my experience studying and building Klon Centaur clones squeezed into a mini enclosure. Handmade from thru-hole and New Old Stock components and same values as the original. No SMD or approximated values – My goal was to give Tone and Mojo in a mini footprint. You are not buying a mass-produced and lifeless pedal here.
The Decibelics Golden Horse is the only klone in the market, that is A/B tested against a real gold Centaur prior to be shipped to you.
+ Exact sonic reproduction of my original gold Klon Centaur, horsie close-tail, serial number 2505 from 2001 (See pictures below) Among my original Klons, this particular unit was undoubtely the one with the best tone.
+ Mini luxury format, vintage and thru-hole components, built one by one, with extreme dedication. Fruit of years of experience studying the circuit and building Klones for professional guitar players.
+ Same Panasonic ECQ-Series N.O.S. capacitors as the original
+ Same N.O.S. 1N34A Germanium diodes (Clear crystal and black band as the original, made in USA) – The commonly known as Magic Diodes. The Golden Horse is most probably the only Klone using them.
+ Same combination of carbon and metal film resistors
+ Same Tantalum capacitor in position C16
+ Same format on capacitors in values above 1uf -Electrolytics- adapted to the size of the pedal
+ Same Charge Pump that raises internal voltage from 9V to 18V for bigger headroom
+ Same values and highest quality in the other components: Opamps TL072 from Texas Instruments, noiseless Charge Pump from superior quality, Bourns Pro Audio potentiometers, Footswitch Alpha DPDT, Lumberg Japan jacks, Hammond enclosure powdercoated and screen-printed by hand
+ Buffered bypass, same as the original, with correct values
+ PCB board of my own design, with parasitic noise level optimization
Accessories included: White Shipping Box de luxe (Foam inside), 4 Rubber Feet, English Manual, Certificate of Authenticity. Starting Oct 2020, External battery adapter is not included unless you ask.
+ Dimensions with jacks: L 95mm (3.74in) x W 49mm (1.92in) - Current Draw: 25mA
ONLY MADE TO ORDER
I build them in monthly runs. Every first week of the month I decide how many Golden Horse I’m going to build – depending on the time and stock of components available – and I put them in Pre Order on my Reverb store. I build them in the following weeks, until they are finished, tested in the studio and I ship them at the end of the month.
I PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
I do not do temporary sales or discounts, so no single Golden Horse Overdrive will be sold cheaper than you paid for it, ever.
Golden Horse # 16 ready to rock a crowded stadium. It is none other than Tato James’, who was music director, arranger and first guitar of Greg Miller (Elvis) and Melissa Totem (Madonna) and has been guitarist for Abraham Mateo, La Gossa Sorda, Aspencat, La Raiz … And musicals like “Marta Tiene Un Marcapasos” by Hombres G, and “A” by Nacho Cano. Tato James uses his Golden Horse into a Bogner Goldfinger amp on Manuel Carrasco’s massive “Bailar El Viento” Tour, from Spain’s best-selling album in 2016.
How great it is that a guitarist like Karlos Abril not only buys you a Golden Horse but then sends you an email that contains the words “impressive”, “thick”, “sustain” or “creamy”. Here we see his Golden Horse # 15, which replaces a Rockett Archer Ikon on his touring pedalboard:
“Indeed there is a difference between one and the other, grain, sustain, even the EQ allows more versatility. And what a tone! I work with two boutique amps, a Swart AST 18W Class A and a Zanalog 50W American clean sound, and how it fattens them up! I am delighted”
Can you spot the Golden Horse? Gavin from Scotland sends me this picture of his Golden Horse #08 with part of his awesome rig, a Cornell Plexi and a beautiful PRS McCarty 594. Thanks Gavin!
Alberto Barrero, an incredible guitarist famous for his Beautiful Gear Demos Youtube Channel, needed a Klone for his touring pedalboard, and I wanted a demo… So we made the deal. Here’s what he said in his Instagram account: “What a jewel I just received… I never tried an original Klon Centaur, only copies and clones, but I can’t imagine it will sound better than this” And that was words coming from a man who has tested hundreds of different pedals!
The Golden Horse was made for this! It allows you to get the best Centaur tones without having to use a king-sized pedalboard. Picture from Mr. Mathers… Thanks!
How does the Golden Horse sound live?Nothing better than watch and listen to this amazing solo from Martí Riera of Sonic Brother… Wow!
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Decibelics Golden Horse as Overdrive
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Adam Evans, guitarist for the world famous pop star RICK ASTLEY, bought me a Golden Horse to add to his travel board. Adam instantly fell in love with it: “Awesome, amazing pedal. It has that magic tone, I love to use these for. I don’t tend to use them for drive but in this it is great. I will recommend to my Klon owning touring friends!”
Jeff from California, USA, sent me this picture of his new Golden Horse #060 from last May’s batch, which he pairs with his Mesa Lonestar. “I am blown away. I have played and have several Klon clones as well as the original and this is the new favorite” ….Many, many thanks Jeff!
“Guillem, received it last night and just played. Incredible. Love it! Thank you for the hard work and craftsmanship. Beautiful job with the packaging too!”
"Guillem's compact Klone is a marvel of pedal engineering. I have never seen a mini pedal this well designed and constructed - made with the highest quality components available anywhere. The quality is evident everywhere you look, and more importantly it really delivers on the output side with an exceptionally wide range of richly harmonic tones right across the range of 3 dials. Guillem has a real talent for this and deserves a much wider audience"
“Hello Guilem, The Golden Horse arrived last Tuesday. It looks and feels fabulous and it is realy nice packed. I have used the Golden Horse yesterday with band rehersal and I am very, very happy with it. By far the best overdive pedal I owned. Big compliments and thanks for everyhing.”
Ronald, The Netherlands
“Sounds phenomenal! Many Sounds comes from my amp like never before TS808, Dumble ODS, SSS, Marshall… Incredible amount of tones. Its a very good clean boost too for a warm clean sound like Mark Knopfler with a minum of drive. Extraordinary Bluestone like SRV or Bonamassa… I’m so so happy !!! There’s a problem: what can I do now with those other pedals?? I don’t need them anymore! All I can say, great deal (with Heart) with you and I love your work so much! Amazing!”
“Hi Guillem! The pedal has arrived today…. I can’t stop playing it!!! It is just FANTASTIC!! And also beautifully presented in that wonderful box – Top class man, just Top Class! Thank you so much for everything – I am really happy, and I will tell all of my friends to buy one!
"Best seller/builder I've ever worked with! Guillem is the King of Tone. My Decibellics Golden Horse arrived today all the way from Barcelona, Spain to New Jersey - super fast! Slammin' pedal; totally lives up to the hype! The only REAL Klon clone - gotta getcha one o' these! Great communication. Guillem is patient and accomodating. Can't say enough good about this seller! Definitely recommend!!!"
"Just received my Golden Horse and it is amazing. The owner/builder Guillen always responded quickly to my emails was a pleasure to work with. Take my advice, there are many other Klon "Clones" out there but spend an extra couple of $ and get the best. His attention to detail, build quality and most importantly the sound is 2nd to none. Very happy with my purchase."