Origin Effects Halcyon Gold Overdrive review – finally, a Klon-inspired drive pedal that’s much more than just a clone

Origin Effects takes on the infamous golden overdrive and makes it more versatile than ever

Origin Effects Halcyon Gold Overdrive
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Origin Effects has not only expanded the range of sounds you’d get from a Klon-style pedal, it’s also added practical flexibility in the way that you’d use one.


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    Excellent build quality.

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    Compact size.

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    Accurate Klon tone.

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    Advanced dynamic response and clean-up characteristics.

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    Two voicings.

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    Adjustable dry sound.


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    Not cheap.

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What Origin Effects did for the Tube Screamer with its Halcyon Green Overdrive, it is doing again for the Klon Centaur with the Halcyon Gold Overdrive – taking the essence of a classic overdrive pedal and moving it a little bit further on in terms of its versatility and playability. 

The basic added features that both pedals have in common are threefold: Origin’s Adaptive circuitry can be switched in to automatically adjust voicing in response to pick attack and volume changes; there’s a knob to adjust the amount of dry sound as a component of the signal; and a toggle-switch provides a choice of an authentic original voicing or a modified one.

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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.