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Stewmac Klon Centaur Clone Kit - Ghost Drive - It's really quite good

  • Thread starter rolijen
  • Start date Jun 19, 2022

rolijen

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  • Jun 19, 2022

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ricksdisconnected

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I Love mine. My buds do as well. Building my 3rd right now. Everybody wants one..lol. Great boost before 12 on the gain, and pretty good od tones after that. Seems to add a little extra harmonic sparkle as well. Currently it has unseated the ts9 as my prefered boost. The Kits are well thought out, with almost fool proof instructions.  

i would lose interest in building one. no good youtube demos of this pedal.  

ricksdisconnected said: i would lose interest in building one. no good youtube demos of this pedal. Click to expand...
rolijen said: I will try to get a demo put together and posted to YouTube in the next week or so. Haven’t done one in a long time, so I’ll need to re-learn how to put a video up. Click to expand...

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ricksdisconnected said: great! im guessing you will also run the pedal through its paces for us to hear too? what amp will you be using ya think? guitar of choice? Stew sells good stuff so i bet the pedal will sound damn good. Click to expand...
rolijen said: I’ll demo it with a 1987x and SC20. Strat and Les Paul. Click to expand...
ricksdisconnected said: cool. any fender amp in the house? Click to expand...

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-BOOGIEMAN- said: I want one so bad but unfortunately I don’t have the skills to build one…I wish they would just sell them built already and I’d buy one… Click to expand...
  • Jun 20, 2022
rolijen said: Yeah, ‘66 Super Reverb and ‘65 PRRI. Click to expand...

Had a chance to demo the Ghost Drive with my 1987x, SC20 and ‘65 Princeton Reverb reissue. With all three amps, the Tone control sounds great and transparent at noon (straight up). With the Fender, the Gain knob is really subtle, clean and transparent boost from 0-5. From 6-10 it starts to add od. Adjust Output to keep overall volume balanced wet vs dry. With the 1987x, even with the Ghost Drive Gain at minimum, it adds a nice, uncolored and very musical OD boost. It gets better as you goose the gain a little. I was running it at about 2 (9 o’clock) and it sounds so sweet and luscious. Exact boosted Trower tone. On the SC20, with the Ghost Drive at roughly the same settings as the 1987x, (Gain 0-2, Tone 5-6, Output 5), the edge the Ghost Drive creates is way better than a Tube Screamer (no midrange hump) and even better than my beloved SD-1. Even cooler, upping the Gain generates Distortion that sustains forever. I don’t think I’m blinded. But, after playing with it for an hour or more, this Ghost Drive has won me over. It’s simply a great boost/OD. Maybe the best I’ve ever played. I’ll keep playing with it and try to make a video for YouTube.  

SteelLucky

  • Aug 26, 2022

I recently built 2 of these. Nice kit with quality parts. Pretty easy to build and stewmacs instructions are pretty detailed. It you have a little soldering skills and take your time you should have a working pedal when built. The pedals do sound really good and are probably one of the better sounding Klon Klones I have built. I put it on my board it is that good but I still find myself using the MXR Sugar Drive more. I changed the knobs out and shot a coat of clear over the stickers.  

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EJstrat&JVM

Glad it sounds good, but how does it compare with the EHX Souldfood (which is well known for being cheap and great sounding)?  

snark

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I'm very happy with my Ghost Drive as well...good boost pedal & fun to build....  

ferrellrooster

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  • Oct 16, 2023

I put one together last year. It’s awesome. Put the screamer together as well. Both drive pedals and both sound different with different qualities. I use both. Lol …to my ears, if I want a SRVish tone, screamer, if I want a Angusish tone? Ghostdrive. And again that’s a lot of ish.  

  • Oct 23, 2023

So here we are over a year later and this drive is still my main boost/od. Hasn’t moved off my main pedal board since about July of last year. It does introduce a bit of noise when engaged but the drive is so sweet and musical I don’t hardly notice. Just reporting back that the Ghost Drive is a killer pedal. I’m also impressed enough that I’ll be building a couple of the other StewMac pedal kits in coming weeks. Their King of Tone and Tape Delay kits are on my list.  

jaallen

I see everyone is forgetting all the black goop over the board. Does Stew Mac supply the goop for the kit?...  

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  • Start date Mar 18, 2022

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  • Mar 18, 2022

Has anyone else noticed that the StewMac Ghost Drive pcb is the same as the kliché? To my eyes it appears to be identical, but in red.  

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TravisM said: Has anyone else noticed that the StewMac Ghost Drive pcb is the same as the kliché? To my eyes it appears to be identical, but in red. Click to expand...

StewMac selling branded PedalPCB kits?

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  • Mar 19, 2022
Big Monk said: Stop and think why that might be... Click to expand...

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The Stew Mac stuff is done legit. It's been mentioned here previously, nothing nefarious happening.  

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Sounds like double think to me… hahaha  

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