Flattley Centurion review

A deluxe Klon-style overdrive that could well make you fall in love with your rig all over again

Flattley Centurion
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

A great pedal for giving you more of what you’ve already got, complementing any decent amp or drive pedal

Pros

  • +

    A practical Klon-style drive.

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    Helps you get the best out of your rig.

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    Cool design options for the enclosure.

Cons

  • -

    Those extra Flattley design options come with a hefty price.

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If you hadn’t guessed from its name and layout, the Centurion is a transparent overdrive in the same vein as the Klon Centaur. This Centurion is a Silver Range pedal, although you can buy one with a more traditional Flattley look for £259.

Set Gain at minimum and Treble to match your amp, and the Volume knob will give you boost from its eight o’clock position onwards so that there’s plenty of knob travel to dial in just the right amount of clean boost from a slight lift to something that will really get your amp cooking – all while remaining true to your tone or perhaps adding a little enhancement from the Treble knob.

Advancing the Gain brings in a gradual increase in lower-gain drive, through ‘clean with an edge’ and ‘just breaking up’ tone to a mild raunch. These are practical degrees of drive that’ll work in conjunction with the Volume to punch up an amp to the next level, or give extra options to another overdrive pedal when stacked together.

Specs

  • PRICE: £185
  • ORIGIN: UK
  • TYPE: Transparent overdrive pedal
  • FEATURES: Buffered bypass
  • CONTROLS: Gain, Treble, Volume, Bypass footswitch
  • CONNECTIONS: Standard input, standard output
  • POWER: 9V DC adaptor (not supplied)
  • DIMENSIONS: 120 (w) x 96 (d) x 51mm (h)
  • CONTACT: Flattley Guitar Pedals

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.