The Electromotive Sound Co. Klone V2 is a hand-made copy of the legendary Klon Centaur "transparent overdrive" - but with two key differences.
The "Clean" Knob
That legendary overdrive has a "Gain" control - but under the covers it's actually a dual-potentiometer that blends volume between a "Gain" channel (that has a boosted and diode-clipped signal) and a "Clean" channel (that bypasses the first gain stage and the clipping diodes). As the Gain knob is turned down, the Clean channel is turned up, and vice versa. The Klone V2 instead has these two potentiometers separated onto their own knobs. Don't want any clean signal when the Gain knob is at 1:00? Just turn the Clean knob all the way down. Want to add more clean sound to your cranked Gain tone? Turn it up.
Socketed Tone Capacitors
Several of the capacitors in this pedal have been "socketed" to allow you to easily swap in components with different values without having to do any soldering. This allows you to change the EQ characteristics of the pedal in several ways:
C5 (Capacitor 5) and C7 are involved with setting the level of bass in the pedal. This is handy since the "Treble" control only affects the level of treble in the sound
C13 and C14 - these capacitors are involved in setting the level of treble in the pedal, and the response frequency of the "TREBLE" control knob.
D1 and D2 - these are the "clipping diodes" that cause distortion in the gain channel. Much of the mystique of the original pedal was the unknown nature of the clipping diodes it used. Many threads on internet forums have been dedicated to discussion about these diodes and which sound best. This pedal gives you the ability to try any that you'd like without having to do any soldering at all.
Each unit ships with capacitors and diodes installed that I feel enhance the pedal's sound. But if you want that original Klon sound, components to return the pedal to a stock Klon configuration are also included. (capacitors for C5, C7, C13, C14, and two different types of diodes that are as close to the diodes in the Klon as you can get)
Plenty of room
The pedal is built into an enclosure that is slightly oversized for the circuit board footprint (though the pedal is still the same size as a standard BOSS pedal). This allows for plenty of room to work when removing/reinserting diodes or capacitors.
If you don't have any experience or knowledge of pedal components, not to worry. Each unit ships with a manual that explains what each component does and how to change it as well as some general information about capacitors, diodes, and how their values are notated.