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062 | Ceriatone Centura: A Closer Look at this Professional Overdrive | Transcript

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Scott Schwertly:
Hello, and welcome to episode 62 of the Sonic Renegades Podcast. We're exploring Renegade pedals that have changed the music landscape up for today's discussion, we have the Ceriatone Centura. So, if you love Klons or specifically Klons clones, you're going to love this discussion. We'll see you on the other side.

Scott Schwertly and Eric Wilson of Siren Pedals with you today. Hope you're having a great one. Well, today we're going to go back into the world of Klon clones, and we're going to be talking about the Ceriatone Centura, which really has its own cult following. I know a lot of great advocates out there. I know, Eric, you've been a big fan of your Centura. So, yeah. We're excited to be talking about this one today. I'm surprised it's taken us 62 episodes to get here, but Centura finally made it on the schedule, and that's what we're going to unpack today.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. I love this overdrive. It's really been great for me. I had like a J Rocket Archer for a while, and I really loved that and sold it for whatever reason. And then, when the Centura came out, I was really into it because it looked the part, it sounded the part, and it wasn't $2,000. So, I went ahead and bought it as soon as I found it. And it's been on my board ever since, even though most of the time my board hasn't been that big. So, it's just an all around great sounding overdrive. And you don't have to pay two grand.

Scott Schwertly:
Nice. Yeah. I mean, that's the beautiful part about it. I think these run for about maybe 300 or so. I think I've seen online.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, it's like 225.

Scott Schwertly:
Oh, yeah. Not too bad at all then. So, yeah. So, real quick, the Archer that you had, did you have the Icon, the gold one? Or was it the silver one?

Eric Wilson:
No. I had the silver one. So, I just had the plain old Archer.

Scott Schwertly:
Gotcha. Yeah. I know that's one that we covered several episodes ago. I can't remember exactly what episode number that was. But, yeah. I know that one has been something that we've covered here on this podcast. So, yeah. Glad and excited to add this one to the mix, and yeah, maybe kind of talk about some of the differences that we've seen between those. If you're not familiar with Ceriatone Amplification, they're actually company based in Malaysia of all places. And I believe this pedal came out in 2016.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. That sounds about right.

Scott Schwertly:
So, specifically the one that we're going to be talking about today is actually black with maroon knobs, but I know you can get this in various different colors and options. I know probably one of the more popular ones, obviously, is just the silver one with the maroon knobs. But again, for our discussion, we've got a black one here with the maroon knobs on them.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. And one of the things that like I found like specifically with things like the Archer that I had before is that every Klon clone did something to change it or "make it their own." And like a lot, what people have been looking for in Klon clones is that they sound exactly the same. And so, that was my thing of when I found the Centura that I was really excited about because it was just quite literally a carbon copy, size for size, part for part kind of thing of the Centaur. And so, that's been a reason why it's been my favorite. And, yeah.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. I mean, that's a good point. Because I know a lot of people out there are raving fans of pedals like the Wampler Tumnus, which again also has its own sort of cult following. But, on the other end of that, there's a lot of people that don't like the Tumnus because those little slight tweaks and models that they made to it just kind of make it drift a little bit further away from the original, which I think... yeah, can kind of turn people off. So, I know for purists like yourself, Eric, that just want as close to original as possible, this is definitely the direction ahead in, if you're looking for that classic Klon tone.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. Definitely. And like one of the things that like some people get frustrated about, if it is exactly the same, it's like, "Oh, well it's exactly the same. It's just copying it." It's like, well, number one, yes. That's like half of what guitar pedals are. But number two is like the whole like they don't make them anymore. So, if you copy it exactly, then I feel like it's a little bit different. It's just kind of my take on it. But you can also argue that there's the KTR now. But then you can also argue that you can't find the KTR new to save your life. So, it's one of those things where it's like, it's kind of up to whatever you feel like your conscience says to you on that. But, for me, I am all for it because I love the way this thing sounds. It's a great pedal. It was at a great price. And so, I've really enjoyed it.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. That's always one of the big challenges that we have internally that we've talked about is we definitely would like to get into the Klon space and have our own Siren Pedal version of it. But again, it's that challenge of how much do you want to tweak it? Because it seems like the more you tweak it, the worse it gets.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah.

Scott Schwertly:
But then you don't necessarily want to just like copy it entirely. But then you have companies like this or this pedal that we're talking about, the Centura, which just basically copied it. And it sounds wonderful. So, it's such an interesting challenge and something that we're even trying to kind of work through here internally when thinking about what our little footprint will be in the Klon space. But hat tip to them. The Ceriatone Centura is a wonderful pedal, sounds amazing. I would say probably one of the biggest drawbacks with it, and we were joking about this before starting this episode, is just the size of it.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. This thing is massive.

Scott Schwertly:
I mean, it takes up a lot of space. Yeah. When really, at the end of the day, if you dissect it, the circuit is pretty simple. It doesn't require that much real estate, yet it's completely a marketing move just to put it in such a big enclosure.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. Well, I mean, and the whole appeal of the Centura is that it looks exactly like it, with the exception of mine is black. So, obviously, none of the originals were ever black. But, yeah. That's just kind of one of the things is like, when you buy a Centura, you're buying the "closest thing to the actual size of the pedal." Because, I mean, the enclosure is exactly the same. Even you need the little nine volt power converter thing, which is a little bit annoying. But it's just one of those things where it's like, it's what you buy if you want to have a Klon but don't want to pay for one.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. It's... yeah. I guess it comes with the territory. So, yeah. But I love that. In the case of supporting the bigger enclosure, I love that it does closely replicate the original. But I think where, obviously, things are trending these days, it seems like everybody wants stuff that's smaller and more compact. So, to each their own on that front. I guess, at the end day, you guys can be the judge of what you like and don't like.

So, we've talked a lot about Klon clones on this episode. I don't think we need to get into all the rich history behind the Klon. This is just like every other Klon clone out there. It's got three simple knobs, a gain, a treble, an output. Pretty straightforward. Eric, anything else you want to elaborate on it?

Eric Wilson:
Not really. I mean, it kind of is what it is. It's got a lot of mids. It sounds great. I use my Klon a little bit different than other people. I like to use all of the drive. So, I'm not one of those people that's just like, "Oh, the buffer sounds great." Nope. It's a drive. I'm going to use it as a drive. So, the sound samples are going to be drive. Which, speaking of that, I'm going to go ahead and use the Les Paul for this one. And that is El Rio pickup, so not going to sound as typical as your normal Les Paul. Going to run that straight into the Centura, and then into the Iridium, and then into Logic.

Scott Schwertly:
Perfect. Well, yeah. Looking forward to this one. Yeah. Your approach is definitely different than most. So, yeah. Curious to hear this one as well. So, we're going to get this connected guys and we will see you on the other side.

Eric Wilson:
All right. That's the Ceriatone Centura. It is a great Klon clone, and... yeah. I mean, if you're into this sort of thing, if you don't mind it being ginormous, then I would definitely recommend checking this one out.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. It's a good one. I mean, it's hard to really argue with it. Sounds amazing. It sounds beautiful. Yeah. Huge fan of what they're doing. And, yeah. This is definitely a good one to have on your board, if you're wanting to get into the world of Klon pedals.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, definitely. I've been a huge fan of the circuit since I had that Archer. And, yeah. Even if I were to take off the Centura off my board, I would probably replace it with some other type of Klon type pedal.

Scott Schwertly:
Agreed. Yeah. I mean, these things are really becoming must have these days. I mean, they just do so much to your tone and just kind of take everything up a notch. So, yeah. Definitely hear you on that one.

Alright. Well join us next week, guys. We're going to get back into the world of delay. And we're going to be actually talking about another one of our favorite companies, and that again is Boss. Specifically, we're going to be talking about the Boss DD-500. I've had this thing now for several months, and it's often competed for the precious real estate on my board against a Strike and Timeline and the Line 6 DL4, which we talked about a few weeks ago. So, this is a great pedal. I've enjoyed it quite a lot. And, yeah. Excited to be talking about it in our next episode.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. That one will be great. I actually haven't gotten a chance to play that one in a while, so it'll be great to check it out again.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. Looking forward to it. Well, until then, guys, have a great day, have a great week, and we will see you next time.

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