J. Rockett Audio Designs Archer Ikon

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More of the same... but gold.  (By JR)
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I find the tonality warmer than the silver archer... hmm... maybe it's just the color? (Posted on 12/29/16)
I like it with bass.   (By Arthur)
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Everything seems to have been said. I have both and like using them as a cleanish boost and a straight up overdrive together. Usually with a Princeton 65RI, a vintage Ampeg Reverberocket 2, or a 1976 Fender Bassman 50. The Keeley Red Dirts been sold. The Greedtone 2 button OD collects dust.

Lately I've been using my Ikon with an Orange Bass Terror 500 as a clean boost to bring it more life and make it sound a bit more like the back breaking vintage Ampeg V4 that I love to death but don't want to drag to every show. It's not a perfect match but close enough for rock n roll. Or blues, as the case may be. Brings some needed punch, clarity, and articulation. I like it. (Posted on 6/5/16)
Takes some tweaking but it's a low-gain gem  (By Jasper)
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After trying out my Archer a few times, I almost sold it. I'd heard people like Nels Cline would use a Klon for amazingly sustained, smooth solos. Cline also mentioned the pedal having a ton of gain on tap. When I watched videos of people trying out the pedal, they seemed to get rich, fat distortion with the knob set less than halfway.

What I got was something more along the lines of a Tubescreamer, except with much less sustain and compression. It had tone that fell within midrange but unlike my TS-808, it had a ton of volume boost. Unity was somewhere between 9 and 10 o'clock and the volume increased dramatically within small increments. The pedal stayed clean and uncompressed even bordering on max gain. This was not the "magic" sustained overdrive with a ton of gain I was expecting.

I was about to sell it when one day I sought a pedal I already owned to approximate the low-gain boost and grit of Keith Richards. After plugging a Telecaster into the Ikon through a Custom Vibrolux, I finally heard the "magic" in this pedal. I already knew it would serve well as a clean boost with midrange to temper my bright-sounding gear, but the drive maxed out turned out to be perfect setting for a dirty rhythm tone - not as harsh or fizzy as something like a Fulltone OCD. Again, I had to practically max out the gain but in this case, I didn't need any more. It's one of the few pedals where I found maximum drive to be a "sweet" spot.

Another plus side to this pedal is it stacks well with other drives. At times, the wrong Tubescreamer settings can muffle another pedals' drive. The Ikon decidedly has a midrange flavor, but it does a much better job of adding a mostly-transparent boost to your other overdrive without muddying them.

Overall, I'd say once you know what to expect from this pedal, it's a fantastic thing to have on your board. It's taken the place of my TS-808 as that low gain go-to piece that also supplements other overdrives. Want low gain, uncompressed, midrange boosting and endless supply of volume boost? This is what you're looking for. (Posted on 6/1/16)
Perfect Match for the Les Paul  (By Thomas)
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Super power and tone, works especially well with my Gibson Les Paul, very interactive with the other pedals I am using. Very versatile. (Posted on 5/22/16)
Tone Baby!   (By cosmicgtr)
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This thing adds something magical to the sound. I used it on a gig this past weekend. It took me to that place and wowed the crowd. I`m glad I purchased it. (Posted on 5/9/16)
Excellent boost and mid gain pedal  (By Bart)
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A very good representation of the sounds that come from that really rare flying horseman. It is a really excellent boost and mid gain pedal. It puts a shimmer and body to a clean signal, and works very well on a slightly dirt signal. The size and quality of the pedal are a plus as well. (Posted on 5/9/16)
IKon rockett  (By Jeff)
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I played in a band with a player that had real Klon and great tone. Bought "soul food" Sounded good but broke. Bought another "soul food" then the IKon when i saw it on sale at Pro Guitar shop. Alone they sounded fairly similar when I AB'd them like youtube videos show, however the IKon definately sounds better in the mix with a band. youtube comparisons are not the same as taking a pedal home and playing with your rig and band. . Andy's demos are great except everything he plays sounds so good it's hard to make a choice between pedals. (Posted on 5/9/16)
The...best...drive pedal...ever.  (By Bobby )
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Better than the original. If you like smooth drive and sustain, this is THE pedal. Period. (Posted on 4/24/16)
Outstanding!  (By Bent Fender)
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Already have several pedals to choose from (RAT, TS808, Blues Driver, Nano Big Muff, la Machine), so wasn't sure I needed another. My TS especially serves well as my boost, although not transparent. So, I had several reference points and combos to compare against the Ikon. Nevertheless, the Ikon found its place in between the many sounds I already have on my board. It adds more girth than the RAT, is much cleaner than the BD (even with the Waza addition), and much more transparent as a boost than the TS. Not as fuzzy as the fuzzes (because it's not supposed to be), but in combo it adds tremendous weight to already weighty tones and cleans it up a bit for better note articulation (note: need to put Ikon in front of fuzzes for this to work). Still finding cool combinations of the various overdrives with the Ikon, but it also provides a gritty semi-clean tone by itself (as compared to heavier settings on other pedals). I have the means to purchase an original Klon, but now that I've invested in the best Klone out there, I see no reason to drop $2,000+ when I have the 99.99% solution at 1/10th the price. This is probably the wisest gear investment I've ever made! (Posted on 1/17/16)
Your board is Incomplete without this pedal   (By Reedrix)
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Not writing this review to insert a multitude of verbage to prove I am qualified to give my opinion on this pedal. While I read and respect everyone's reviews they tend to be way more info than needed... Plus, just listen to Andy..!! This pedal is truly amazing. If I was a centaur id be searching for an adult depends.. They should be that nervous. Avoid regret and Velcro this to your board ASAP. (Posted on 12/9/15)
Fantastic  (By Countstoneula)
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I've never played a real klon, but the Ikon is fantastic. I spent months deciding between which klone to buy. It probably would have been an easy choice if I could try them all in person. I figured the extra bit of compression over the standard archer would be great. And for me it is! My friend has the standard archer and I definitely prefer the Ikon. On it's own the archer is great, but I've found I love it for a great solo (almost clean) boost. My favourite settings level - 10-12, tone 10-12, gain 10. I did have a Soul Food, and it doesn't compare at all to this gem. I don't normally ever write reviews, but this one was worth mentioning. It's that good. (Posted on 12/3/15)
Lives up to the hype!  (By Mark S)
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puts my guitar right in a place in the mix where I have always struggled to EQ, buttery smooth grit, responsive, stacks like a dream with my Barber LTD SR and I use a RC Booster to kick the volume up for solos. Think Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, David Grissom and Billy Gibbons tones and it's all here. Sturdy solid, dense housing, small footprint.

This baby is a secret weapon for sure (Posted on 11/7/15)
Sounds Just Like Andy's Demo  (By Keith)
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After hearing the tones from Andy's demo and the side by side comparison of the original Klon and the Archer in Andy's other demo, I was very interested in adding this to my setup. I am currently doing much of my playing and recording using a virtual Fender Deluxe Reverb through my Apple Core Server and recording monitor speakers. I am happy to say that I am able to capture the same sound of Andy's tone using the Archer and my virtual rig. The Archer enhances the rich live tone I get from my virtual rig both in the boost and various gain settings. If you liked Andy's tone during the demo, then you are going to love the Archer. (Posted on 11/3/15)
Smooth/Great articulation  (By SlimGS)
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I think I've used 15 or 20 OD/Boost pedals over the years, forever looking for that natural clip that a good tube amp can produce - without killing the drummer with volume. The ARCHER IKON signals the end of my search. This pedal delivers a nice "round" or "smooth" OD while at the same time giving the notes more articulation with just a touch of a mid-range bump. I've already used it with both my Teles and Gibsons, and the results are great. The pedal avoids that irritating raspiness that many ODs have, and also responds well across the range of the guitar. Finally, the Archer Ikon plays well in a chain - I've put it in front of Zendrive and they were instant friends. So, Two thumbs-up/Five stars!! (Posted on 11/3/15)
Perfect 10/10. MUST HAVE  (By eddiev)
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Howdy, I can't say enough good about this pedal. here are my top 3 reason:
1. needed something to replace full drive 2
2. perfectly transparent while still have an amazing tone and signature overdrive sounds.
3. amazing sustain. the compression makes this pedal so versatile whether playing a lead line or rhythm section.

This was the pedal that my board was missing. literally, the only thing my board was lacking was a perfect overdriven sound. i have a cmat mods brownie which breaks up real nice but is a little too warm. the ikon is nice and dry and clean. my full drive was great but too generic and i rarely even used the boost.

OH another thing, this pedal stacks PERFECTLY with my brownie so when i need boost, i can just turn either one on and it's literally the perfect stack. im not even exaggerating. im proud of my tone now. (Posted on 11/3/15)
Excellent, for all purposes  (By Tunedin)
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I decided to get this pedal after doing some research and sorting out the hype from the hope. I've always looked for an Excalibur tone and have a few dozen gain and distortion pedals to choose from a few favorites the rest I just play around with . Once I plugged in the archer I was blown away by it's punchy qualities, lots of game right without being annoying and distortion that lets everything ring through at any level .
I tried the pedal with different combinations of guitars and amps, I had my son play assorted guitar so I can fiddle with the controls to see what I could do . This is definitely one of the most tone rich because I've ever owned in my life and I have some good ones but one thing occurred to me while we were switching back-and-forth and what I'm finding is the tonal quality that the pedal seems to give Really accentuates finger and string noise and that's not a bad thing because I got to thinking that maybe that's one of the elements that really makes this an incredibly organic sounding pedal. The percussive qualities of finger pic and string are much more pronounced with the Ikon. So not only am I highly satisfied with this piece of gear and I plan on recording with it right away ,but I'm pretty sure it's those natural organic noises it emphasizes that gives it The magic quality ? (Posted on 11/1/15)
Great boost  (By George)
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Listening to the demos and reading the good reviews of the Klon type circuit I thought I would give it a try. I have to say it's my favorite OD pedal I have used. I can not speak to it's authenticity but using it as boost has works very well. I have a MESA Rectoverb 25 and I use it as an always on boost to add a little extra to the sound. It just seems to accentuate the right frequencies. My settings are Volume (11:00), Gain (9:00), Tone (12:30). I prefer my amps gain tone to that of the pedal. This is my feeling on most of the pedals I have used. Good pedal and good value. (Posted on 10/30/15)
If tone is a recipe then the Ikon Archer is salt & pepper  (By Bits)
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The Archer Ikon adds a subtle to distinct tone to any low to medium gain tube amp. The gain knob increases the amount of grit/edge/hair and compression without losing note clarity. And the beauty is in the fact there is a lot of range in that gain knob which goes from clean boost to overdrive. With the Ikon I can play any chord without worrying about it getting to muddy. (Posted on 10/30/15)
Best overdrive on my board  (By Paul)
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After pondering over this pedal and another clean boost/overdrive for a long time, I finally made the move. I have nine overdrives (Yikes! A couple for nearly 30 years), including a clean booster. This is definitely the best sounding and usually once I have it on, I'm hard-pressed to turn it off. Yes, it provides a very nice clean boost with the gain rolled off, but with the volume at about 11 and the gain at 2 or perhaps a little higher, the pedal gives you an edge that is always sweet. That's how I would describe it compared with many other overdrives. It's drive never tires you out, it never has an annoying edge, it never sounds noisy or dirty for dirty sakes. I play seven different guitars with it and they all sound a little different but all have a consistent character of a slightly dirty but pleasing sounding overdrive. God I'm gushing. I have other overdrives that I like as well. This is just the best. Some of the others I'm comparing it to are the Formula 5, Dover Drive, MXR FET, MXR Il Torino, TC's Mojomojo, vintage MXR Distortion +, Boss Super Overdrive and TC's Spark, that's the clean boost I mentioned. Almost all of them have their places on various boards I'm using. (Posted on 10/28/15)
Good pedal, but not "life changing."  (By Aaronrazzy)
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Let me first say that I think that this is a great overdrive pedal. The only real issue I have with the pedal, is that there is so much hype around these types of pedals, and I'm not sure I'm getting it. Again, great pedal, but not, "life-changing." It is very "trans parent" – not like a tube screamer. Interestingly, it seems that so many people use these things as a clean boost. Weird. There are a lot of great clean boosts out there – the Red Witch Lily comes to mind - and it's tiny! Heck, even the lowly graphic eq pedal makes a great clean boost. Why throw down huge bucks for some "magical" clean boost? Again, weird.
Where I think this pedal shines, is in overdrive mode. It has a very pleasing clipping quality. It would be a little more versatile, if it had a tad more game though. Way better than many other medium gain overdrives I have tried. Great EQ, and tasty compression. (Posted on 10/27/15)
Magic diodes = magic sound  (By BobbyNashville)
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This is great pedal -- smaller footprint than a standard MXR pedal, and much less than a Klon KTR. As to other's comments that this is not a high gain pedal, that's true compared to a lot of other pedals on the market -- but understand that with the gain dimed, I can't imagine needing more dirt unless I was playing death metal (which I'm not). It's got more than enough gain, whether playing buckers or single coils, and if for some reason it feels short on gain, a compressor front will get it. As for the tone, well -- it really is sort of magical. Importantly, even with the gain dimed (and with a compressor), the drive is beautifully smooth, not crunchy. It's transparent, but with some mid-bump that people talk about -- but, it's the RIGHT mid-bump. I'm leaving the pedal on a LOT and adjusting the gain, because it makes the clean sounds beefy, and makes the distortion sounds very smooth. (Posted on 10/27/15)
Horse is outta the barn  (By Joe)
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I really can't add much that has not already been said about the ikon. I have both silver and gold. What people have said about both pedals is spot on correct. I have an original gold klon and the ikon sounds the same but costs way less money, takes up way less real estate, and is available today. Plus, I saved an extra $40 by getting an open box. Whether you buy a full price or open box unit, it's a no brainer decision to purchase the ikon. So stop thinking about it and just add one to your cart. You'll be glad you did. (Posted on 10/23/15)
A good clean boost  (By Curley)
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I almost sent this pedal back. I bought it expecting to find a usable overdrive/distortion pedal. Instead I found a great clean boost to replace my EP Boost. I currently use an Analog Man King of Tone and an OCD through a 1074 50 Marshall and a 1966 Vibrolux). I personally found the overdrive Archer Icon's distortion tone to be really very nasal sounding, And thin. It wasn't until I did some experimenting and turned the overdrive all the down and used it as a clean boost that it became usable. Probably way over-hyped and too expensive for what it is - twice the price of the EP Boost. Still it sounds very good a s a clean boost and stays in the pedal board for now. (Posted on 10/12/15)
Best OD!  (By Jimmy)
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I got the silver Archer first, after 4 months, I decided to buy this golden one. Maybe it's just a collector's behavior. These 2 are just a little different. The tone of the silver is a little bit higher than gold. The gold is more gentle. I like this one better, and use it to push my amp to het great heavy metal sound! (Posted on 9/22/15)
Nails it!  (By Richard S)
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I bought my Klon new when they first came out in the '90's (#318), and have gigged with it constantly since the day I bought it. Until last week when it mysteriously took a dump. I needed to act quickly so I ordered the Ikon, and couldn't be happier. The only noticeable difference is the knobs need to be set a little more clockwise to get my tone. My main gigging amp is a '64 Deluxe Reverb and the Ikon / Klon makes an amazing amp sound even more amazing. The real test was a 3 set gig, and it performed flawlessly. Built like a tank too. Buy one while you can! (Posted on 9/8/15)
Astounding  (By Deeken)
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Is this the end-all, be-all dirt box? No. Does it provide the greatest quality of tones I have ever encountered out of an overdrive pushing a tube amp? You had best believe it.

The demonstration videos by Pro Guitar Shop and Shawn Tubbs were enough for me to know this pedal was sweet, but after playing it, I may need to brush more and increase the frequency of my dental check-ups. I have run my Archer ikon into a Crate VC5310, Peavey Windsor Studio, Vox AD50VT, and a home brew 5 watt and run through my assortment of guitars on each (strats, pauls, others with assorted humbuckers and single coils), and the bottom line is I cannot make this pedal sound bad (provided my initial sound is not wretched...if your pedal fixes wretched initial tone it is doing more than I would ever want...in a bad way.

The archer ikon is well worth the money in my book and I am even contemplating purchasing a second to account for unforeseen unfortunate events...want to make sure a replacement is available should that happen.

Buy this mamajamma. (Posted on 8/30/15)
Best clean overdrive, almost got 4 stars on price, but it actually it's a steal!!!  (By The absolute best clean overdrive, ever.)
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So Funny how I was about to give this pedal 4 stars on the price range... I soon realized it's actually a steal! It's an identical (in my opinion) clone of the Klon Centaurus... Last time I saw one was 1,700 hundred bucks... wears this pedal is only 170.
First it of all this pedal can be used for any type of music. period.
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But, I feel it's transparency, it's ability to simply add drive to your tone signal feels a little too clean for me to play something like blues, ... but you can totally use it playing blues, It's just I add a dirtier type of drive, ... that drives blues... lol JK... I would never put boss on my pedaloard.. Nothing wrong with the blue pedal, but when we have stuff like the Green Rino , Soul Food, OCD , ...I dunno... but it has such an amazing clarity, punchiness and overall great sound quality that makes it the best of all time.. transparent. did I mention is transparent?
The high and bottom end do change , so you can adjust with the tone knob,.. It sounds absolutely marvelous with my Les Paul, Not so much with my strat...
I always tend to use it before my OCD.... It really pushes it to heavy distortion and ridiculous sustain..
Anyways... Sounds very close to the Soul Food, but the build quality attention to detail and maybe a crisper sound, makes up for the extra cost... In fact I'm willing to bet my soul food will stop working on bypass mode sooner than this one... I hear it's only a matter of time...
Anyways... No Clear Overdrive, clean boost pedal beats this one, so, get it... It's essential. you deserve it. (Posted on 8/22/15)
Dream Tone  (By Uncle 80)
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I love this pedal. I do think it works best with the Output all the way up and with a little natural overdrive coming out of the amp.
I'm getting beautiful singing lead tones while maintaining glassy sparkle with chords. I can get all the tones I've always wished I could get just by adjusting the Gain. Every once in a while I have to do a double take, there is magic/mojo in this pedal. The service from the guys at PGS was excellent.
I'm stoked! (Posted on 8/19/15)
It's magic.  (By Kevin in Japan)
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I'll start by saying that I have an EHX Soul Food but have never tried the silver Archer or a real Klon, so I'll just talk about this pedal based on its own merits. It's definitely very heavy for its size; I assume that all that magic increases the mass, and there's probably a long integral equation with a fancy name that can explain it, but I digress. On its own, it's a very smooth and transparent overdrive with a lot of volume to boot, but not surprisingly considering what it is, it's really at its best when running with the gain low or no; it can give a fullness and sparkly luster to the clean tone for those times when a guy needs to be gentle. And of course it can offer lots of volume when needed to cut through the mix or get the amp to work harder. It also does very well when imparting its magic to other pedals. For example, when placed before my EQD Hoof fuzz, it really opened it up and made it sing. It also did surprisingly well when paired with my Mad Professor SHOD - I was afraid that two bright, transparent overdrives put together would either squabble or squeal. Instead, I got a surprisingly nice lead tone that was also very responsive. It'll probably take a bit for me really to get the hang of this pedal and figure out all it has to offer, but so far I'm very happy with it. Well done, Rockett and PGS! (Posted on 8/19/15)
A different Take on it.  (By ODjunky)
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It was weird to read some of the posts on here that say the Gold is better then the Silver and sounds exactly like the "original". My Take: It's more warm and vintagy sounding then the Silver, where the silver is more transparent and lively. Gold Ikon does not have the punch and excitement factor the silver does. So, it's a matter of taste not whats better. My friends and I prefer the Silver. As far as the same as the Original Klon comparison: it sounds close to the Gold Klon, and the Silver Archer sounds more like the Silver Klon. The Gold Ikon does NOT sound like the Original Silver Klon. I like the pedal, but make sure you buy based on your taste. It's Not better then the Silver, only different. Your rig will most likely be the one to tell you what sounds better, not the dudes on here. Buy both and compare for yourself.
(Comparison.....G12M vs. G12H. The Gold Ikon is the G12M, Silver Archer is the G12H) (Posted on 8/18/15)
Great pedal  (By Joe D)
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I bought my gold pedal after trying a friends. When I feel the one I got doesn't quite sound as good harmonic wise. Wondering if parts are the same as his with mine being newer. .?? I'm hoping not. (Posted on 8/14/15)
Sweet boost, not enough gain for large amp  (By msk)
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This is a pretty amazing pedal, but that being said, I think I'm going to return it. My two amps are a vintage blackface Super Reverb, which is just crazy loud, and a Fender Rumble 75 bass amp that I just use for practice etc. I have a Strat and a 335.

The boost on the Archer Ikon is beautiful and does an amazing job making the Rumble sound much better than a solid-state practice amp has any right to. The grit sounds pretty nice too.

On the Super, though, I still have to get to very high volumes before getting any kind of breakup and sustain, which was a concern when buying the pedal. Controlling the treble is also difficult, though that isn't all the Archer Ikon's fault. Overall, I found it hard to dial in on the Super.

However, my Super also has developed some issues and so I have not been able to play enough with the Archer Ikon to get comfortable. I have no doubt it is a great, great pedal, and the build quality is impressive. But it hasn't quite worked for me at the price point given so many options out there (I'm not comparing it to an actual Klon or other Klon clones). (Posted on 8/6/15)
Amazing  (By 96tele)
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I have both Silver and Gold Archer pedals. The gold is just a bit more WOW than the silver. I bought the silver archer first. When the gold ikon came out I had to have it. I put the silver archer on my smaller board. Both pedals make my guitar shimmer with ringing harmonics. Before I bought the archer I had another klone, which was great, but JRAD really has created something special, and the gold version is just a bit more sweetness. (Posted on 8/4/15)
Warm and Organic as others have testified   (By Randy)
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I have had several other klon clones. I even had the original Archer. I recently purchased a Rock your repaired amp Klone which also uses N.O.S. diodes Im not sure if they are the sam as Icon but comparing the Icon to the Rock your repaired amp Klone I noticed that they where pretty close in tone. The Klone had more headroom and midrange, I could have easily kept it but there was something about that Icon and I quickly discovered that it sounded richer and warmer and also stacked better with my velvet fuzz. The Icon has some very nice smooth compression that really warms up your overall tone. I play through a Fender Vibro King and most the time really don't use a lot of pedals because I get such a awesome tone out of my amp. I just use my guitar and the volume and tone knobs to get the job done. The Icon just really enhances everything it adds a shimmer and warmth to your overall tone. Its the best clean boost I have come across. The Rock your repaired amp Kone is also a great pedal. It was very close to the Icon. Much better then the archer.
At the end of the day I am very happy with the Icon. It has found a home on my board right after my velvet fuzz. Fuzz pedals can get a little bright and the way the Icon warms up that fuzz is a work of art. I luv the Icon. Great pedal. No regrets Buying it. It is no doubt very organic and warm. (Posted on 8/1/15)
Overlooked Quality  (By Edward)
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This pedal stacks up exactly to my Klon, but I do believe the buffer in this pedal is better. The effect was immediate and startling. My first test of this unit was with my Les Paul Axcess through my Bogner 101B and the clarity was superior to any other buffer, yet alone effect I have ever used. The chord definition is spectacular and single note definition is harmonically to my ears superb. This effect can go from mild to wild too with quite a fair amount of gain, but a singular magic does happen with all knobs at about noon pushing the plexi mode. Just clear, articulate and singing tonal quality that makes you lose track of time. The clean boost works extremely well to kick higher gain channels as well. Two Archer's do work well and allow you to have a wider palette of tonal variations on tap. To be sure this masterpiece was not just tired or familiar to my brain and ears I ran it through my SLO-100, Marshall AFD-100, Mesa IIC+, Diesel Herbert and Diesel VH4 with not only the Les Paul Axcess, but a MM EVH, EJ Strat, Tele, 58 RI, 59 RI and it added the same clarity and definition to every setup. Lastly, the drive is so sweet to the ear and has just a touch more compression than the silver Archer that I have. Kudos to PGS and JRAD. An easy investment that paid immediate dividends without feeling cheated or bedazzled by hype. Worth every cent and lives up to it's billing. Best bet is to use two set up as a clean boost and an overdrive. (Posted on 8/1/15)
Magic Pixie Dust Included . . .  (By T Zero)
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I'll start by saying I did NOT want to buy this box. I had an Archer, and an EHX Soul Food before that. But when I heard it had the "Magic" Germanium Transistors, I had to have it. That and because it's an EXACT Klon Clone, same parts and everything.

Now if you're just using yours for just the Treble Boost then the Silver is fine. The Gold is a bit of a different animal. Sort of Warm & Fuzzy compared to the Clean & Crisp Silver, though they're not much different. The Gold just adds a bit of shimmer over it, almost like a light chorus - with a bit more body and grit. That's really the only difference. Just a little something extra. And it doesn't cost much more than the Silver. And it's still one tenth the price of a real Klon. I'll probably sell my Silver, and save my Soul Food for The Road. It'll keep. The Golden Archer stays in the studio, to do it's "magic". (Posted on 7/29/15)
Hmmm.  (By Phil)
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I think Don's review at the top of this page gets it right - this is NOT a "magic bullet"...That said, the Ikon is definitely a great drive pedal. And its LOUD...yet paradoxically,this pedal is all about subtlety. It took me quite some time and patience to find my sweetspot, and I think that's the whole point - this pedal rewards those who take their time with the knobs. Into a Landau Deville with a Strat or Tele it is just stunning and results in one of those "Hell yeah - I found it !!" moments so rare in the pedal world that it'll give you perma-grin. At the same time I did have more hassle with humbuckers - a Les Paul Custom into a Badger 18 was less exciting - it works well enough but with a little less character, sounding more generic and I found that a Fulltone Fat Boost in front did wonders making it more focused. All in all, I think its one of those pedals (Like the EP Booster among others) that most people won't hear but you can and so you play better and THAT people can hear. A keeper. (Posted on 7/27/15)
A True carbon Copy of the Original  (By Dr. Puro)
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As I say, this is the closest you can get to the original that I know of. I entirely concur with the previous comments. The Archer is a spectacular product offering, especially when paired with NOS germanium fuzz tones employing Mullard OC81, OC44, OC75 and others.
I recommend the Archer to any solid tone freak. (Posted on 7/23/15)
Love it  (By JD)
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Pete Thorn and Mr.Tubbs online reviews say it all however I can tell you as a long time pro I really like it. I am fortunate enough to have some great boutique pedals and this one now lives on my main touring board. I tried it in different spots and configurations however it sits best simply between the guitar and amp as a light overdrive for me. A little delay and verb and it sings with the right guitar, amp and touch. This pedal is not a magic bullet however. It needs a players touch to bring out it's true sound. It's not a digital OD in a box kind of thing. This and my KOT make me very happy. (Posted on 7/16/15)
Great overdrive  (By Don)
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I think all the great qualities of the Ikon have been covered already. It works great with humbuckers or single coils, as a clean boost or as an overdrive. It sounds just like your guitar and amp only more so. All the hype seems justified.
This is my first transaction with PGS (through Amazon), and they seemed to live up to their excellent reputation as well. Great product shipped fast and packed well. (Posted on 7/13/15)
Very responsive pedal  (By Jeff)
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Just received the pedal a few days ago. The pedal has fantastic tone and cleans up amazing well with the volume knob on the guitar. It is also very responsive to pick attack as well. I was amazed at how transparent the tone was. I have gone through a number of distortion and overdrive pedals on my board, but this one will have a permanent place wiithout a doubt. (Posted on 7/11/15)
Like The Silver Archer, Only Better  (By Wuerfman)
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I had only owned the silver Archer from J. Rockett Designs for about 1 week when I heard about the gold “Ikon.”

Having had tried/bought/sold/invested in every Klon klone under the sun, including 2 KTR’s, I had to see if Andy’s claims about the new Archer version were correct, as I play semi-professionally, live and in the studio, and am a firm believer in what the Klon’s circuit will do for the tone of a quality tube amp.

Andy’s description and claims are dead on. The difference the upgraded NOS diodes makes is clear.

I A-B’d the two Archers (silver and gold Ikon) and found the Ikon to be more transparent, slightly more compressed, warmer, with a smoother and more compressed overdrive as you roll the gain knob up.

The silver Archer is still a fantastic pedal, and had the Ikon never come out, I would have been very happy with it. However, the Ikon has the sound that I had really been hoping for, and was well worth the extra money that I had to spend to purchase it.

The Archer Ikon is a brutal little pedal, and one that will stay on my board as a part of my rig forever. I use it as a clean boost with a very mild breakup, and stack an Analogman Silver mod Maxon OD-9 or Fulltone OCD behind it; the Archer stacks phenomenally and drives, not only the front end of your amp, but the pedals behind it with this muscular punch that is simply breathtaking. I use a Dr. Z Carmen Ghia that sings with this particular lineup.
(Posted on 7/9/15)
Still an Original  (By Jesse)
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Hey, to heck calling it a Klone, it's great as it is, inspired maybe but like the Soul Food-t0-JHS EHX Soul Food,..it just gets better!! The best ideas went into producing this Ikon as well as the Silver predecessor! I'd like to add a JHS switching mod with the additional other diodes and the bass knob boost which is simple enough, but this is a nice departure from the ages old Klon or TS-808 varieties, and just a couple dollars more than an Ibanez TS-9-or- 808 new! Demo wise this is a very nice pedal in every way ,..heck it's even got the 18volt pump,..PGS rocks! (Posted on 7/3/15)
Organic, Transparent and Delicious  (By Trav)
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What started the whole quest was the disappointing overdriven tones my current rig was making for my Telecaster. I was losing the Tele "vibe" and wanted something that would give me a warm, overdriven sound without losing the Tele identity.

I was initially turned on to the Klon Centaur after reading a feature story in Vintage Guitar magazine, although I knew there was no chance of me spending $2500 to chase one down.

After doing some Internet research, I came across the Archer Ikon in a head-to-head shootout with the Klon and was impressed with both. When I found the Archer Ikon at ProGuitarShop at the bargain price of $199, I pulled the "trigger" on my mouse and ordered it.

It arrived quicker than I expected and when I opened the double-boxed package and saw the expert packing job they did, I knew I was dealing with a company that truly cared about its products and customers. I am confident it would have survived a thousand foot drop. I was surprised at how much heft the pedal had. It is quite a tank for its size, as everyone remarked when I took it around to the local guitar shops.

The important part: How does it sound? *clouds part, angels sing* AMAZING. I grabbed my Tele, fired up my 90s Ampeg Lee Jackson modded VL-502 head (through a Marshall 4x12 cab) and plugged in the Ikon. I had memorized several settings from the YouTube videos and mimicked those to discover the sound was even better than what I was hearing through my computer speakers. Ha! No matter how I positioned the three knobs, the sound was always amazing. The best part: I never lost the unique Telecaster tone identity.

THINGS I LOVED: 1.) Super reactive to changes in guitar volume/tone knobs as well as pick attack; like it knows what you want and provides it without futzing with the pedal's knobs. 2.) Also plugged in various Stratocasters (stock pickups and with EMGs), PRS Custom 22 with three Seymour Duncan P-90s and each held its own identity and sounded equally amazing. 3.) Didn't add any noise until all three knobs were dimed, even then, slightly backing off on any of the three would immediately lessen the unwanted noise. 4.) Extremely versatile for many music styles. 5.) It was nearly impossible to make a "bad" sound with any setting. You can get lost for hours with the Archer Ikon. 6.) Everyone that played it kept it on their knee and loved the variety of great tones they could get by adjusting the OUTPUT and GAIN knobs. The interaction of the two is simply unprecedented in any other pedal I've used. 7.) The sweep of the TREBLE knob is very usable in any position; it never muddies or gets too "ice-picky."

WHAT OTHERS SAID ABOUT IT: "Sooo organic", "Really transparent", ""Doesn't replace the guitar's tone, it enhances it", "I would set it here and leave it on for the entire gig" , "I've played an actual Klon and I like this better", "No, seriously... I'm not giving this back to you", "What was that website again?"

WHAT I LEARNED THIS WEEK: 1.) I like it better through a tube amp than a solid state version; it just seems so much like an extension of the amp rather than an "add-on." 2.) Set your amp tone flat (neutral) and play for several minutes before tweaking them. Avoid using the amp's treble beyond flat, instead use the Archer's treble circuit. Extreme levels of bass, mid or treble on the amp sound too harsh for my tastes, but you might find them useful. 3.) The Archer Ikon sounds fantastic with any guitar, but REALLY shines with single coil equipped guitars. 4.) Zeroing out the GAIN, but maxing the OUTPUT puts an extra sweet edge on amps using pre-amp distortion ("jacking up" the input signal as it goes in the amp). You can even add in small bits of GAIN to fatten up your amp's distorted tone. Seriously, the more you play with the controls, the more you will love this pedal.

SUGGESTED IMPROVEMENTS: 1.) People loved discovering the different tones so much that I though a pedal holder with Velcro harness to fasten the Archer on your knee would be handy! Ha! 2.) Related and more serious - make an apparatus to attach the Archer to a guitar strap for the same reason. There is never-ending delight in playing the OUTPUT and GAIN knobs against each other. You can "set it and forget it" or fine-tune the knobs as you change passages or songs. It really is amazing.

FINAL THOUGHTS: This is the best stompbox purchase I have ever made. I grew up in the hair metal era and thought I had all the tone I ever needed. As I matured and started bumping the amp's mid control back up and the treble and bass back down a bit, I found a hole that needed to be addressed. My Strats and Teles had been relegated to "clean only" settings and I wondered what rack effect magic the pros were using to make them sound so good live. I found the answer in the Archer Ikon; a simple pedal at a bargain price.

MOST TELLING OF ALL: A local friend builds high-end boutique amps that have earned accolades across the industry and "best of" awards from various national magazines. He played the Archer Ikon through his own amp, simply smiled and said, "Wow... where did you get this?"

Kudos to ProGuitarShop for getting this right and making it available at a great price. The phenomenal build quality, expert packaging and fantastic communication throughout the purchase-to-delivery is icing on the Cake of Tone. They have really knocked it out of the park! (Posted on 7/2/15)
A brilliance of Silver and Gold.  (By Taro)
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A Silver one has killer tone, and also Gold one has it too.
Gold one has less gain, but has a bit more compression.

It would be nice to use as high-mid booster, especially with single coil
front pickup. (In My Opinion.)

MY RIG:
strat - A/B selector(Bufferd) - Tube screamer mini - MXR carbon copy analog delay - '68 Fender Deluxe Reverb (Vintage Channel)
- (A) Silver Archer:crunch setting
- (B) Gold Archer:clean boost setting

This works well for blues, jazz, also classic rock.

I've been rig mining for a long time, but I finally found great rigs that valuable enough to be mined. : )


(Posted on 7/1/15)
Great all-purpose boost/OD  (By Terry)
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First impression upon opening the box was how small it was. Takes up no room at all on the board. Built like a tank too. Quite heavy for its size. Very simple yet extremely versatile controls. The full range is there especially in the drive. Anyone considering one knows how they work best - slight break up on amp and away you go. Add to taste. The main difference I found between this and the KTR is the KTR does not like a clean signal to add drive to; This does. Warms up a clean channel all the way to a nice OD growl. Add a bit of amp drive and this thing sings as expected. The only issue, it you're really looking for something to complain about, would be the tiny black screws holding it together. Very small and very easy to lose. Not standard size like on most pedals. You may have trouble finding replacements if you lose them. That aside, this thing is a slice of fried gold! Well worth the price of admission. If you have the means, you won't regret your purchase. (Posted on 7/1/15)
I like it.  (By Gerald)
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Having never played a Klon Centaur, or even been in the same space with one… I can't compare it to the Archer ikon. I do have a EHS 'Soul Food' , which I like. This another Centaur clone, I'm told.
The Archer ikon is somewhat smoother and a little more refined, in my opinion. Once it's dialed in it allows great tonal variation from the pots on your axe. Solidly built, a good value. (Posted on 6/29/15)
The One we've been waiting for!  (By KlonSeeker)
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This is it! If you've been waiting for "the real thing" without the sticker shock, it's time to wade in. No need to repeat all of the raves (they're all true) but, there are a couple of things I'd like to express. First, a lot of people seems to play up what this pedal can do for single coil pups. Well, if you're a humbucker fan, there's plenty here for you too. I'm using this with my PRS Santana (25th Anniiversary model) and it really hits the sweet spot! While it won't do high gain on it's own, it will certainly wake up your triple rec tone. The Ikon has plenty of treble and gain for tweaking your rig to perfection. Second, I have been told many times that Klon klones are best in front tube amp and not much use for direct to a board (ie - no guitar amp). I'm not sure if it's just my combination of pedals and effects but, I record direct without an amp and the Ikon has raised the bar to new heights. My setup for recording is Ikon>Damage Control Liquid Blues (real tube tone)>Torpedo CAB (tube amp/cab simulator)>TC Electronics Nova (red) for effects and stereo. For my live rig, I add one or a pair of JBL Eon 510s and I'm good to go. You need to grab one of these before the "magic" diodes are all gone. (Posted on 6/29/15)
No Brainer, Buy One!  (By kevin)
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I had a Tone Monk Phoenix, which I also purchased from PGS.
And, I think the Phoenix is a great Klon clone, in my opinion.
But after A/B'ing them for 2 days, I sold the Phoenix to a friend.
I found the major differences between them:
The Phoenix has a couple of sweet spots that you had to do a little work at finding, where as the ikon sounds great at just about every setting! The fact that it takes up less space on my board is just the icing on the cake. I was going to pull the trigger on the Archer, but when I read they were doing a run of these for PGS and i knew it would be worth the wait. It is! (Posted on 6/26/15)
Archer Silver and Gold  (By Robert)
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Had to get the Ikon after getting the siver.Two great pedals that get the cleanest minimal gain and your eq intact.Andy always does great demos! (Posted on 6/26/15)
These are not high gain pedals  (By Mofo )
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These pedals are good for clean boost or driving an already slightly dirty signal. And I might add most any pedal will sound good through a $3000 amp. Just saying. (Posted on 6/24/15)
Good clean boost  (By David)
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I've played a lot of great over drive pedals in my time. But I'd always heard the Klon was why people even get up in the mornings... I've never heard one in person. From what I gather, this is at the least fairly close to that sound.

The thing arrived at my door and the first thing I noticed was it had a unique box, the next thing I noticed was it was heavy, great constructions...OoOo this is gonna be good.

I plugged it in on a couple Les Pauls I have and.... I did not see what all the fuss was about... It made my clean tone sound a little better, but it was a VERY low gain over drive. I was expecting smooth and sustainy when dimed, and I got neither of those things. On a Les Paul I found that surprising, since every other overdrive pedal I've had, even low gain ones never had that issue. I let chords ring out, and it didn't sound all that great with grittier settings. Tried some lead...also didn't sound that great on grittier settings.

Plugged it into a single coil guitar, and then I heard it shine more. It definitely thickened up the sound of the clean tone. And I was impressed with the subtle variations on more dirty tones. Just a bit of expressive grit.

As a clean boost pedal on single coils, this thing is awesome. Clean with slight hair on the tone, ok. Don't go in expecting your standard range of dirt, chances are it will fall short. (Posted on 6/24/15)
Great OVERDRIVE pedal  (By Mdwak)
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This thing is Built !! Really great overdrive meaning your amp needs to be pushed before hitting the front end with the pedal , I found it was really nice with my old Mid 60's fenders and also pushed my Matchless DC 30 nicely also really nice with my Blankenship 18 watt carry on but did not sound exceptional until the amps are pushing some air so for me it would be choosing the proper amp size for the venue to get the most out of the Pedal , I have owned about every " Boutique " overdrive ( Zen drive, Ethos , Dumkudo Earthdrive Etc ) and this one is a "Keeper" . I have sold most of the others all though I did re-purchase a LE Gold Zen drive , This is my first Archer pedal , Great build quality and a " Bench mark " overdrive . I have been playing some 50 yrs and have as many amps ( All tube amps @ least 20 yrs old or more) The Archer for me adds nice "girth " ,great for retaining "your" sound but still goosing your amp into a musical overdrive . Bottom line- if you are looking for a true OVERDRIVE - This is a great choice, Not so much if your looking for a "Distortion" pedal or metal sound that is a different beast, Also My first purchase from the PRO Shop folks- Fast shipping, Great product !! What more could you ask for ? (Posted on 6/24/15)
This is it  (By CaptPostMod)
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A couple of months back, I had the chance to borrow a Soul Food. Really liked what it was doing for my rig over the TubeScreamer I had been using. Even better, I'd always found the TS helped my wimpy Strats to drive my amps but got in the way of my Les Paul. Not so with the Soul Food. It took whatever I gave it and made it better.

That got me started on a Klon kick. Ultimately, I settled on the Gold Rockett Archer. Because it's astounding! The tone is rich and warm and very full while also "transparent" and adaptable. The interplay of the Output and Gain controls is much more responsive than on other Klones. And I imagine a lot of the compression and warmth that I love come from those unicorn tear diodes. I've never played the Silver Archer, but I have tried a couple of other Klones and the Gold Archer is far and away my favorite. Plus it looks gorgeous and has a small enough footprint to fit easily on my little grab and go board. (Posted on 6/24/15)
Quality Klone Build  (By Herbert)
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I rarely buy pedals anymore, but I made an exception with the iKon as a few folks whose ears I trust had mentioned that this Gold version had some slight differences from the Archer that would suit my particular tastes and they were right. I mainly play Single Coil guitars, so I'm always interested in way to enhance my tone. The iKon is thicker sounding than the Archer, and with the Gain backed off and the Volume slightly boosted, it yields an extremely warm, thick full tone. It's a superb clean boost. The thicker response, (and slightly better compression), sounds great overdriven too, especially with a Strat's Bridge pickup. While the price tag is a bit hefty in my opinion, (especially for a design copy), this pedal is one that all single coil players should enjoy. My only negative is that just like the Archer, when you insert the 9v Battery, the screw closest to the battery indents it. This is supposedly a purposeful design to "hold" the battery secure. As long as the battery doesn't leak, I'm OK with it. (Posted on 6/23/15)
Unique, Great Sound and Build...  (By Jimbo)
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I have been using this pedal about a week now. The early focus was to compare it to the silver Archer and I have to say each has its useful characteristics. The Ikon sounds gainier than the silver Archer and has more tonal fullness across the frequency spectrum (more of everything). The silver pedal has more clarity and clean headroom throughout the gain adjustment. Each is very usefull for different applications. I like the silver Archer for quiet passages as it adds tonal richness. The Ikon does the same but with a little more richness. When stacked driving the Archer into the Ikon, there is some noise (could be buffer saturation) so lower the gain. When stacked and driving into another drive pedal, well, this is the magic. It can be powerful sounding with loads of dynamics. I recommend the Archer and Ikon as a unique and worthy addition to the tonal arsenal. My test rig was a R9 Paul>Polytune>Silver Archer>Gold Ikon>Boss DD3(Japan)>MXR MicroAmp>50 watt Plexi (from early1969). If I were to make an amplifier analogy, the Silver Archer is a Blackface (HiFi sound) and the Gold Ikon is a Tweed (gainier, full tonally, more of everything). A guitar comparison would be, the Archer=LesPaul clarity, the Ikon=Ibanez with beefy output pickups and sustain. (Posted on 6/23/15)
Tons of clean boost, not much breakup   (By October)
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I've never tried a Klon, nor have I really pegged or gotten attached to the distinctive sound it makes. So this review will mostly be about how the Ikon functions in its own right.

I'll begin with expectations. I'd seen a few reviews and demos of real Klons, and it seems like they have a decent amount of breakup and gain on tap. I messed around with the gain knob, and I had to turn it up nearly all the way to get smooth, singing sustain. This was disappointing in a sense, but only because I'd expected something different.

Now for the sound of the pedal itself. It has tons of warm. rounded clean boost available. Even before the output knob reaches 12 o'clock, it's much louder, fatter and rounder sounding than my amp's natural sound. If it's too warm sounding, you can tweak the treble knob. But it stays remarkably clean as you drive the knobs. No other pedal I've had boosts the volume this much without getting into fuzzy breakup. It's just too bad that's what I was expecting.

Overall I'd say it's a great pedal with a clean boost characteristic function that I haven't seen successfully duplicated elsewhere, so for that reason I'd say it's worth purchasing. With that in mind, I'd say it's just a tad overpriced, but if these are truly note for note renditions of a Klon for a tenth of the price, I'd say it's a bargain. (Posted on 6/21/15)
Finally, just what I've been looking for!  (By Matty A.)
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I was elated to find this at my doorstep today. After loads of online demos, I plugged in my strat to hear it firsthand through my Humbolt Hotrod Hempster, and that warm bottom end with well-rounded harmonic overtones was immediately making everything better (gain at zero, output at noon-2ish). Even at unity, I prefer it on when compared to my clean tone, which is already great.
I've tried several other clean boosts over the past months, including the Saucy Box and Soul Food (the closest I came to a good clean boost before now was my Red Witch tremolo, which is outstanding). This is the clean boost (and classic overdrive) I've been hunting for, and the build quality is the best I've encountered in ANY pedal... an absolute TANK. Footswitching is effortless (unlike my Soul Food, which would "pop" on with awkward effort). Plugged in through my AC4TV to really push it into that class A breakup and was getting everything I could have hoped for. Made it sound like a $1000 amp! My Reverend Spacehawk loved it as well (Railhammer humbuckers), and the headroom you get from the 9v to 18v conversion makes a noticeable difference in touch sensitivity, spongy response, and pedal compatibility. Basically, whatever you give this pedal will get sprinkled with fairydust and add that "something extra" to your tone, or you can up the gain and get that slightly compressed and harmonically rich overdrive that works so well with the rock music we all know and love. For me, the always on clean boost is where I'll likely apply this the most. (Posted on 6/18/15)
Hit it outta da park!  (By Abbacus)
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No need to wait for the honeymoon period to be over on this one to rate and review it. This thing is that good. Got it today and have spent several hours with it on my pedalboard. The thing plays so well with my other pedals and excels as a stand-alone clean boost, amp-gooser, with the drive turned up, alittle, a lot, or not. I really understand why so many players I like have a Klon Centaur in their rig. My rig: I play Strats, a Tele, and a Les Paul into a Vox AC30 and a modded Fender Blues Jr. I now have 15 pedals on my board. The dirt: Arc Effects Gamut, Analogman King Of Tone, Wampler Velvet Fuzz, Fulltone OCD, A new DOD 250, Catlinbread DLS3 and RAH. A MXR CAE Wah, 107 Flanger, Phase 100, Stereo Chorus, TC Electronics Alter Ego Delay, Radial Twin City ABY Amp Switcher, all powered by a MXR CAE MC403 Power Supply. Everything plays well with the Archer Ikon. The only minor complaint I have is, for me, the top mount in / outs with the power in plug in between on such a small footprint pedal makes placement on my traditional flat surface pedal board a little tricky because the jumper cable heads and the power in barrel plug are fighting for the same space. Guys with Pedaltrain-type boards will not have any issues. And where I want to place it on my maxed-out board adds to the issue (sounds like a personal problem?) It probably is. I would have liked either side mount in / outs or the power in plug on the side to make hook ups clean and easy. A stellar Klon, though. Just what I needed to complete my stage / studio rig. Thanks PGS and J. Rockett for contributing so heavily to this golden age of gear! (Posted on 6/17/15)

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The Klon Centaur has been cloned hundreds of times by as many companies since the DIY community managed to scrape the black goop off the circuit board. Each company’s “klone” sounds slightly different because there’s one component that nobody can seem to agree on: the diodes.

Players refer to them as “magic” because many diodes manufactured in this era didn’t come labeled, so many thought the actual value would remain a mystery forever.

Not anymore. We found some.

The crew here at PGS spent a great deal of time poring over the Klon circuit (including our own) and the diodes used therein. After much searching and prodding with direction from Rockett, we were able to cultivate our own magic for this, the Archer Ikon—the definitive transparent overdrive.

After finding this pocket of magic diodes, the next step is to fine tune the circuit so that it matches the source material: a real gold Klon Centaur. Rockett tuned the Ikon to its Centaur until the differences were 100 percent indistinguishable. The Ikon is quite simply the closest you’re going to get to authentic Centaur tone without draining the kids’ college fund.

The sound is a hair more compressed than the silver Archer and fuller sounding with the Gain knob dialed back—or “boost” mode—which is how a majority of players use their klones. Quite simply put, there is no finer tool for goosing your amp, be it tightroping the verge of breakup or simply dipping its toes into the juice pool. When set to full gain—or “drive” mode—the Ikon exhibits a smoother, gently compressed clipping section, indicative of the original Centaur tone but sorely lacking from the abundance of klones on the market. The Treble knob keeps all the frequencies in check, and is a godsend for players using a Les Paul or other humbucker-equipped axe.

Just like the original Centaur, a charge pump circuit is utilized to internally bump the voltage from the nine-volt input up to 18 volts. This helps create the legendary headroom for which the Klon is renowned, and it is also why the Klon stacks so well with other pedals. 

J. Rockett Audio Designs Archer Ikon Features:

  • Features actual Klon “magic” diodes. That’s right—THE part
  • Legendary drive and boost tones—ultra-transparent
  • Internal charge pump circuit doubles the voltage
  • Hand-made in the USA
  • Standard 9v center-negative power
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    All equipment sold is United States power specifications and may need additional modifications or converters in countries other than the USA or Canada.  We are not responsible for providing additional power supplies for the customer's corresponding country.

    Worldwide shipping excludes the following brands: Vox, Marshall, Korg, Schecter, Orange, Tech 21, TC Electronic, BOSS/Roland, Pedaltrain, Voodoo Lab, MXR/Dunlop, Ibanez, ISP Technologies, EMG. Zvex products cannot ship to Israel.. 

    Pro Guitar Shop Returns

    Here at Pro Guitar Shop we understand that navigating the pedal world with all its vast choices can be difficult. So we do our best to help make that process easy and fulfilling. Part of that is offering a great return policy. We offer a 30-Day Money Back Return Policy for all new pedal purchases.

  • 30-Day return period from delivery of order.
  • Easy no hassle return procedure.
  • Refund processed back to payment method within days of PGS receiving the merchandise.
  • No contact or RA necessary. Just include the form and send back the pedal. 
  • Please include PGS Return Form with every return.

    Full Return Policy

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase you may return it for a full refund of the original purchase price. We offer a 30-day return policy on all new pedals. We ask that you please return the product in the original product packaging along with all included materials (manual, warranty card, all accessories) and in the original condition that it was received. We must receive the merchandise within 30 days of delivery to qualify for a refund or exchange. Return form must be completed and included. Buyer pays all shipping costs. Shipping is non-refundable. Accessories, used, B-Stock, open box, and discontinued items are non-refundable and cannot be returned.

    Items returned not in like-new condition (scratched, dented, with velcro or modified) may be subject to a restocking fee of up to 25% of the purchase price. Please pack carefully. Attach shipping label to the shipping package that contains the merchandise. Do not attach label on manufacturer's box, as that will automatically result in a 25% restocking fee. You may choose any shipping service you like to return the package. We strongly recommend tracking or delivery confirmation and insurance in order to protect the transaction.

    Exchanges - In order to process an exchange, a customer must have a proguitarshop.com account. If you do not have one please create one prior to sending back your exchange. Exchanges are fullfilled in the form of a Pro Guitar Shop account credit which can then be applied towards another purchase.

    Defective Merchandise - If you suspect the product is defective, please contact PGS first before sending back the merchandise. Return shipping is covered by Pro Guitar Shop for items with manufacturer defects within return policy timeframe.

    Returns are processed twice a week, usually within 72 hours of receiving them. Refunds will be issued to the payment method used at the time of the order. An automatic email will be sent once the return is processed to notify you. Please keep in mind that credit card refunds can take up to 10 business days to post to the account once the refund has been processed.

    Contacting PGS prior to shipping a return is not required and there is no RA necessary to return a product. Any questions can be directed to info@proguitarshop.com or by calling (503) 670-4949.

    PGS One-year Replacement Warranty on All Pedals

  • Buy with confidence.
  • Hassle-free warranty replacement.
  • Fast turnaround.
  • We kick them, stomp on them, toss them and play them hard. They can take it. But on occassion a pedal may break down on us. PGS offers a One-Year Platinum Replacement Warranty that covers all new pedals purchased with us from manufacturer defects. Any manufacturer's defect in your pedal within one year of purchase will result in the replacement of that pedal free of charge. Units returned defective due to user error or incorrect powering resulting in a non-functioning pedal are not covered under our replacement policy.  In this case please contact the manufacturer for repair.

    Please contact us for more details on this policy or if you would like to use this policy on an item your purchase with us in the last year. (503) 670-4949.

    Lifetime Product Support to Original Owner for the Life of the Product