Warm Audio Centavo Professional Overdrive review

If it looks like a Klon and sounds like a Klon, is it really a Klon? Not at this price...

Warm Audio Centavo Professional Overdrive
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Guitar World Verdict

The Centavo looks the part and sounds the part, and isn't encumbered by the nigh-on punitive prices that an original Klon commands on the vintage market. More importantly, if it had just fallen out of the sky it would still be a superb overdrive for managing relations between guitar and amp, boosting, adding sparkle, making things sound great.


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    From a distance it looks very much like a Klon.

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    Like the pedal that inspired it, it's a very versatile drive.

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    Great price.

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    Built like a tank.


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    It's bulky.

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Klon clones come in all shapes and sizes, but few are as exacting in their tribute to Bill Finnegan’s Holy Grail overdrive pedal than Warm Audio’s Centavo. 

Like the out-of-production original, the Centavo Professional Overdrive is a big ol’ unit, resplendent in its custom-cast ‘Champagne’ enclosure, with a trio of oxblood coloured knobs to get any pedalboard cork sniffer’s mojo rising. There is even a centaur on the enclosure, only this one’s got a bow and arrow, not a sword. With a little bit of wear and tear, no-one is going to be able to tell this is a ‘klone’.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.