Hailing from Barcelona, Spain, the Decibelics Golden Horse is one of the most sought-after Klon Centaur Clones. The newly released Golden Royale is a dual version of that circuit, with two separate channels that can be used either individually or stacked.
Built to order, it comes at over $500 but solves the eternal dilemma of using a single Klon/Golden Horse either as a Clean Boost or as an Overdrive.
The device includes the signature Bass Switch and Clipping Switch found in the company’s Big Vintage Klone Professional Overdrive. Here’s how that works:
With all switches to the left (Default OR mode) the Golden Horse core tone remains unaltered – Original sound. With BASS switches to the right, both sides have the same Bass Boost, adding significant low-end content while still keeping everything tight and articulate, which will be appreciated by single coil players. With CLIP switches to the right, Channel A has a combination of Schottky Silicon Diodes, while the B-Channel has a combination of Schottky and Low Fv LED.
Here are the first videos of the Decibelics Golden Horse, we added it to our list of the Best Klon Centaur Clones.
Decibelics Golden Royale, Builder’s Notes
Handcrafted from carefully selected parts with extreme attention to detail, the Decibelics Golden Royale is a part-for-part replica of the legendary Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive in a dual format. It includes the same hard-to-find parts as the original and the acclaimed Decibelics Golden Horse, such as the New Old Stock Panasonic ECQ-Series capacitors and the 1N34A N.O.S. Germanium Diodes. It also uses the same combination of carbon and metal film resistors, the tantalum cap, and through-hole electrolytics. Circuit and component values are exact sonic reproduction of an original gold Klon Centaur, horsie close-tail, serial number #2505 from 2001 of my particular collection – a selected best tone unit.
It consists of two Decibelics Golden Horse circuits, A&B, with two separate channels that can be used either individually or stacked. It solves the eternal dilemma of using a single Klon/Golden Horse either as a Clean Boost or as an Overdrive, and opens a new world of exquisite tones and textures when combining both channels.
Each side of the Golden Royale includes the famous Bass Switch and Clipping Switch found in the Decibelics Big Vintage Klone Professional Overdrive. With all switches to the left (Default OR mode) the Golden Horse core tone remains unaltered – Original sound. With BASS switches to the right, both sides have the same Bass Boost, adding significant low-end content while still keeping everything tight and articulate, which will be appreciated by single coil players. With CLIP switches to the right, Channel A has a combination of Schottky Silicon Diodes, while the B-Channel has a combination of Schottky and Low Fv LED.
The Golden Royale is offered in either Standard Black and the Special Colors. Special Colors are Crystal White, Hammered Green, Hammered Blue, and Hammered Copper.
The Golden Royale is built to order and following a waiting list only. It can only be pre-ordered direct from me through PayPal, or through a private reverb.com order. To be added to the list, send me an email ( email@example.com ) or a message with the following information:
– Complete shipping address (+Phone Number)
– PayPal address
– The Golden Royale version(s) you want to order
I will send you a confirmation message within the next 72h. If you don’t receive my reply, please check your Spam folder. Waiting times are shown on the Decibelics website header. Being added to the waitlist doesn’t require to send any payment: only until you reach the top of the list I will message you and send a PayPal Invoice to proceed with your Pre-Order. The build time after sending the payment will be around 3 weeks.
+ Exact sonic reproduction of my original gold Klon Centaur, horsie close-tail, serial number 2505 from 2001 (See pictures above) Among my Silver and Gold originals, this particular unit was undoubtely the one with the best tone.
+ 1590BB luxury format, vintage and thru-hole components, totally built one by one, with extreme dedication. Fruit of years of experience studying the circuit and building Klones for professional guitar players.
+ Same Panasonic ECQ-Series N.O.S. capacitors as the original
+ Same N.O.S. 1N34A Germanium diodes (Clear crystal and black band as the original, made in USA) – The commonly known as Magic Diodes (No russian blue and red stripped diodes as others mount– Same as the original!)
+ Same combination of carbon and metal film resistors
+ Same Tantalum capacitor in position C16
+ Same format on capacitors in values above 1uf -Electrolytics- adapted to the size of the pedal
+ Same Charge Pump that raises internal voltage from 9V to 18V for bigger headroom
+ Same values and highest quality in the other components: Opamps TL072 from Texas Instruments, noiseless Charge Pump from superior quality, Alpha potentiometers, Footswitch Alpha DPDT, Taiway SPDT mini switches, Amphenol jacks, Aluminium enclosure powdercoated and screen-printed by hand
+ Buffered bypass, same as the original, with correct values
+ PCB board of my own design, with parasitic noise level optimization
Accessories included: White Shipping Box deluxe (Foam inside), 4 Rubber Feet, English Manual, Certificate of Authenticity.
Only possible mods for the Golden Royale:
– Schottky/LED on the MOD side of the Channel A
– Schottky pair on the MOD side of the Channel B
– TRS jacks to use with a looper (Gigrig or similar) to separate channels. Special Y cables may be required (Not included)
More info about the clipping mods at the bottom of this page.
I ship from Barcelona, Spain (Europe) – I use UPS, FedEx, and Correos Express. Tracked and Insured. Transit time is usually less than a week, but may vary depending on the destination country.
Dimensions: 120mm x 98mm / 5.72″ x 3.85″
Current Draw: 45mA – Standard negative tip – 9V Only