The NUX Horseman is the latest overdrive in a long line of Klon Centaur clones. But with it housing both Klon Gold and Silver circuits in such a small enclosure, could it be a game-changer?
At $69, that really would be a good news gear story, considering Bill Finnegan’s much sought-after original Klon Centaur units typically sell for over two grand (opens in new tab) and can be listed in excess of three (opens in new tab) if they are in the rarer gold “horsie” enclosure.
If it is hard to tell via a YouTube demo if the Horseman really has the stuff, and how it is ultimately going to work out when you incorporate it in your own rig, but there's no question that the Horseman’s super-simple layout will make fathoming its range a cinch.
There are three knobs for gain treble and output, and holding down the footswitch for two seconds changes between the Silver and Gold circuits.
The Gold mode offers the classic transparent overdrive tones. In the Silver mode, the Horseman’s voltage is doubled to 18V via a built-in OP-AMP voltage-convertor for more gain, more headroom and, says NUX, more harmonics.
An LED light lets you know which mode you are in.
The Horseman can be ran either true-bypass or buffered and at $69 represents a relatively risk-free shot at putting some of that Klon overdrive mojo into your setup.
There are no UK or European RRPs just yet but NUX pedals are easy enough to come by so we would imagine these hitting the usual stockists (opens in new tab) soon, retailing around £59/€62.