Price paid: A$ 90
Purchased from: Online
Sound — 10
The sound is where this pedal stands alone among the hundreds if not thousands of other Chorus effect pedals. The scope and sweep of the rate dial can change the effect from a barely noticeable shimmer to a dripping wet shimmering. The depth switch also produces a noticeable effect on the tone by giving it a deeper fuller sound. Let's not forget this was the pedal used in Nirvana's "Come As You Are" so achieving similar watery tones is a piece of cake. The pedal is also not choosy, it sounds great regardless of guitar and amp. I tested this out on a solid state amp and an all valve amp, the only difference being more warmth in the tone coming from the all valve amp. The effect sounds great across various guitars as mentioned above. I tested a Schecter with active pick-ups, a Stratocaster clone with single coils and an Ibanez also with active pick-ups. I couldn't fault the tone on any of the equipment I tested it out on. Last but not least the pedal is true bypass and had no noticeable effect on my tone nor any noticeable hum or buzz during use on any of the tests I performed. All in all most users will be very satisfied with the quality of sound that this pedal can produce.
Overall Impression — 9
The Electro-Harmonix Small Clone is one amazing chorus pedal. It may not be for everyone but those who have fallen in love with it won't easily divorce this pedal anytime soon. The controls are diabolically simple which in after thought is genius (to answer my own question) after all what more would you really need when you can create such luscious sounds. The pedal is sleek and eye appealing and the sound is beautiful and honestly needs to be heard and experienced be truly appreciated. If you are in the market for a chorus then the Small Clone should be a serious contender for your pedal board space.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Electro-Harmonix has constructed a solid pedal. I have personally owned the pedal for a few months and have not experienced any technical faults. The Small Clone has been made from a metal casing although not die cast as is like some of their other offerings such as the Metal Muff however it still feels sturdy enough to withstand regular gigging. With the input and power jacks being on the back I don't see this pedal receiving too much damage from the more clumsier among us.
Ease of Use — 8
The Electro-Harmonix Small Clone is by no means small. In physical terms and in sound, to top everything off the pedal comes with only 2 controls a Depth switch and a Rate knob. I'm not too sure whether it is a stroke of genius or lack thereof that this was created with. One thing is a definite this pedal is striking and gives you all you need to create thick dripping chorus. The Small Clone again leaves a rather larger than normal footprint on a pedal board at around 85 millimetres wide and approximately 132 millimetres in length. This may at first not sound like much but compared to other mass produced pedals it is on the overweight side. Access to the battery is simple, however I found everything a little bit tight as both input and output jacks along with the power supply are all on the one face at the back of the pedal which made things awkward for pancake based patch leads. This is of course a very minor hindrance that is quickly forgotten about once you have it plugged in and creating beautiful sounds. Of course the only actual control you have over this is via the Depth and Rate knob. However this still gives you enough control to create a few varied sounds. The pedal comes with a quick cheat sheet explaining the basics of operation although I am fairly confident that most people shouldn't need this.