The other day I was hanging out at my home studio looking to kill some time. One of my clients left some gear here, including his collection of pedals. So I took the opportunity do mess around and write a ehx soul food settings post.
Brief (very) History
So for those who aren’t familiar with the ehx soul food overdrive pedal, it’s Electro Harmonix answer to the famous Klon Centaur (& KTR) overdrive pedals. The Centaur sold about 10000 units and has since then been discontinued. Back in the day the pedal went for $225 but now can easily go for over $1500 second hand. Well Electro Harmonix saw the demand for this and came out with the ehx soul food overdrive pedal. To be honest I have never played through a Centaur (and I would never pay $1500 for one).
So with that said I did really like the Soul Food pedal. They mention it has a “transparent overdrive” in the description. No idea what that is supposed to mean, I’m assuming it isn’t supposed to change the sound of my amps natural distortion maybe? It does and that’s totally ok, that’s one of the reasons why we buy overdrive pedals.
So before I get into the ehx sould food settings, here’s a run down of what I was playing through. The guitar I had on hand was a Mexican Strat with factory pick ups and my fender 1959 Bassman.
EHX Soul Food Settings
Setting number 1- Volume all the way up and the drive all the way down
I’ve seen a few people do this online and I wanted to try it as well. Basically it just adds a nice clean boost to your amp. by adding this extra gain stage in front of your amp, it pushes your signal into that non linear distortion range but not to far. If you balance the volume nob just right, your hand can control the over drive threshold, want clean? you can still do so with your strumming but over drive it by digging in.
Setting number 2 -Drive all the way up, Volume turned a bit down (10 o clock)
This was instantly awesome. Right away it reminded me of some Jeff Beck or the beginning of Alive by Pearl Jam. I love a harmonics this pedal creates in in the high mid range. This setting has some awesome bite, almost reminds me of a herzog.
Setting number 3 – Volume at 11, Drive at 1 and treble at 12.
I saw this on a YouTube video and wanted to try it out. I set my strat to the neck pickup for this one. The tone was like something out of the dazed and confused sound track. Slow Ride by Foghat comes to mind. If you are looking for something more vintage this is a great setting.
I really loved my time with this pedal and would totally recommend this to anyone looking to expand their collection. I added a YouTube video at the bottom to hear the pedal for yourself with different guitars and settings.