• Pros: A warm and hugely versatile analog effects pedal that will let you recreate your favourite guitar sounds.
• Cons: Hardly the sturdiest effects pedal on the market and the popping sound when switching can be noticeable.
• Overall: A highly recommended effects pedal that is simple to use but manages to offer almost endless configurations and sound possibilities.
We may live in a digital age but when it comes to effects pedals, analog remains the number one choice for guitarists. Achieving smooth steps from crystal clear chorus to far-out space-age is a simple task when using the Electro-Harmonix Small Clone effects pedal.
One of the main factors in a lot of guitarists choosing the Small Clone is that it allows you to recreate Kurt Cobain’s famous guitar sound from Nirvana. If this is what you are looking for then search no further but there is more to the Small Clone that merely offering a replica of the grunge sound. 80s indie pop, 90s indie-pop, shoe-gazing, psychedelic and all points in between can be captured by this box of tricks so don’t be fooled into thinking it is a one trick pony.
With just one knob to worry about, the Small Clone is one of the simplest effects pedals on the market but don’t be fooled into thinking it doesn’t offer much in the way of sound. The amount of variety available from the pedal would put multi knobs and switch pedal boxes to shame and will let the creative guitarist run riot. It is possible to get a sound that is uniquely you and stick with it but if you prefer variety in your sound, the Small Clone offers up almost endless possibilities.
The determination to ensure the Small Clone remains true to its vintage status means its reliability takes a bit of a knock. The box just doesn’t seem sturdy and if you are prone to putting your pedal under a great deal of pressure, you may be looking to replace. If you are able to look after the pedal and store it properly, it will last a lifetime but with a life on the road, knocks and bumps can happen. There is also a popping sound which may annoy you from time to time when switching so make sure you can put up with that.
Like most pedals there are some niggles to contend with but the warmth of sound that the Small Clone delivers really hits the spot. Returning to the analaog versus digital debate, you can really hear the difference in this pedal, it will not be mistaken for a digital pedal. There is a time and place for digital effects but the genuine analog sound is important to many guitarists and if you are one of them, this pedal needs to be on your list of possible pedals.
However, with the price of the pedal and the quality of the sound, these factors are a minor quibble. If you are able to look after the Small Clone, you will be well rewarded with a range of chorus effects and sounds that will reduce the need for any other effects pedal. No matter what style or genre you wish to play, the Electro-Harmonix Small Clone effects pedal will let you come as you are.