J. Rockett Archer Select review

Has J. Rockett built the ultimate Klon clone?

J. Rockett Archer Select
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Sounding excellent and aiming to sidestep the ‘magic diode’ debate by giving you choices, the Archer Select may just be the ultimate Klon klone.


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    Solid build quality.

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    Compact size.

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    Sound quality.

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    Variety of clipping options.


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    A premium for differences between clipping modes that are subtle, to say the least.

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    No switchable buffered/true bypass.

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Ah, the Klon Centaur, that mythical overdrive pedal that’s likely to set you back silly money for an original. We recently saw one for sale in the UK at an asking price of £6,800! 

Of course, you don’t have to pay that amount of money to get the Klon experience because there are a number of ‘klones’ on the market, seemingly built around the same circuitry… But do those units have the ‘magic’ diodes found in the original?

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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.