DIY Effects: Homemade MKC1 Mini Klon Pedal

DIY Klon Centaur pedal with mods

With all the hype the Klon Centaur pedal gets I couldn’t help but try my hand at a project based on its likeness. This isn’t really a clone, as guitarpcb.com (where I get a lot of circuit boards for these projects) has stripped their MKC1 down to the bare essentials, while also adding some really useful modifications, like a bass toggle and extra stomp for even more gain.

I can’t really say how close to the “real thing” this circuit is, but a) it’s a great sounding overdrive and b) this build reminds me how perfect Fossil watch tins are for building pedals.

I’ve started gigging with this bad boy and it works very well with my BYOC 250 (the first pedal I built) to create some great lead sounds.

DIY Klon Centaur pedal in a Fossil watch tin with mods

3 Replies to “DIY Effects: Homemade MKC1 Mini Klon Pedal”

  1. Hey Paul,

    I am really interested in building this and putting it in the smallest inclosure possible; ideally a 1590LB. I also don’t need the additional stomp for more gain so hopefully that will cut down on space requirements. Do you think something like that is possible? Thanks!

    1. 1590LB might be a bit too small. I’ve seen guys build variations of this circuit in a 1590A, though. I haven’t gotten that crazy yet. I usually stick to 125B (or weird old tins if it’s something for me).

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