Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Review

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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.

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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.

Small Clone ReviewWith 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.

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  1. I’ve used many, many chorus pedals throughout the years, and I always return to this one. It’s just much richer and deeper than almost any other chorus pedal I’ve tried – even ones that are far more expensive. Although it looks simple, that’s the beauty of it. The Small Clone is very easy to use, especially during live performance. Actually, I’m a fan of almost anything made by EHX, and this is one of their best in terms of tone and price. Get it and you won’t regret it.

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  2. I loved this pedal when I had it. You can get everything from lush, shimmery arpeggios, to nice chime-y sounds, to the darker warbles kind of like in Come As You Are, or even that Jangle Pop sound that Johnny Marr went for in the Smiths. Experiment further and you can achieve some cool ambient effects, or trippy psychedelic effects. Simple chorus pedal, but really good quality of sound. I always liked EHX for their organic analog sound, their slightly dark and warm tone. For me, this is the best chorus pedal. Others may have more versatility, the MXR M-134 for instance, looks very cool for creating more intricate sounds, but this is the best in terms of its sound quality. It just sounds more alive or something. For my needs, creating shimmery ambient sounds or spacey psychedelic sounds, this one is perfect. I don’t use chorus a whole lot either so I mean, simplicity is a good thing. Not to mention it is very affordable.

    On a side note, can you tell me if the neo clone, the smaller version of this small clone pedal, is of the same quality of sound? And does the neo clone also have the popping sound?

    I’d be interested to know, because the neo clone is more practical for a pedalboard than this larger version of the pedal. If indeed they are the same, I would think about getting the neo clone.

    I’m aware that the nano clone was a bit of a flop, it doesn’t have the depth control which was pretty important for small clone’s versatility. I don’t want to get that one.

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    • The Neo Clone has the same circuitry as the Small Clone and sounds just as fantastic. The differences, if there are any, are negligible. Unfortunately, the Neo Clone does have the same issue with popping when you first engage the footswitch. You’re spot on about the Nano clone, though. I would avoid that one! Thanks for your comment.

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