NUX Horseman K-Style Overdrive and Boost Pedal

The NUX Horseman is an affordable overdrive pedal with a small footprint. Based on a legend, this pedal adds a touch of transparent overdrive to your sound.

One of the most sought-after dual overdrive pedals produced in the mid-'90s is now in one unique pedal design -- with a pocket size. NUX Horseman pays homage to the legendary Centaur pedal. There are 3 dials for primary settings and 2 modes: Gold and Silver, and it offers massive headway usually requiring an 18v input.

Gold Mode mimics its classic predecessor; the transparent Gold Centaur overdrive pedal and the Silver Mode is a powered-up version with an extended gain range (Silver Centaur).

NUX Unique Design:

The sound is based on the Centaur's voltage converter circuit. But the Horseman's characteristic design is crafted with a built-in OP-AMP voltage-converter driving the 18V to OP-AMP. Higher voltage-supply orders-up more harmonics, and convincingly reproduces the sound of this unique pedal.

Clean Boost:

Another "classic" way to use the NUX Horseman. Very useful when used in combination with the amplifiers drive channel (or any other drive pedal). And, depending on the Gain - Output adjustment, it lets the Horseman be used as a clean boost. Dial-up a low-gain with a high output setting, and it adds mostly volume and minimal color to your sound.

Natural Distortion:

Additionally, the controls can be set to distort the sound signal in the pedal, where two Schottky diodes can perform a waveform clipping. ( The germanium diodes are discontinued, we especially select the Schottky diodes to replicate the waveform clipping ) The "gain" knob is a double read more potentiometer (a "dual-ganged gain pot"), which controls bass and middle frequencies. Treble and volume are each controlled with separate knobs.

True/Buffer Bypass:

NUX Horseman has an optional bypass mode. You can use the pedal in True Bypass mode to keep your signal untouched when the pedal is OFF in the chain. NUX highly recommends to select buffer bypass mode if you have more than 4 pedals connected together; switch to Buffer Bypass mode and there will be no signal loss in your pedal chain!
Push and hold the footswitch and power-up the pedal; the LED indicator will show which bypass mode is activated; RED - True Bypass / GREEN - Buffer Bypass.


- Gold and Silver modes: 2 independent pedal sounds in one mini stomp box
- Gain, Treble and Output Controls
- Voltage Converter
- Optional True Bypass / Buffer Bypass
- Power 9V: Negative Tip
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Weight: 9 oz
Dimensions: 5x3x3
UPC: 885947103614
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 0.55 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 3 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Horseman

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 626-800-7466

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (2 ratings)
Submitted May 19, 2020 by KC W in Dallas, TX

"So stinking good for the price!"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I heard some good things about this pedal and decided to pull the trigger. I am so glad that I did. Wether you play blues, ambient, metal, polka, whatever, you need this on your board. It takes your tone and enhances the best parts about it. It fattens your time just enough and when you set it right at the edge of break up it really can’t be beat. NUX is a newer company and I was iffy about purchasing but it really is a phenomenal pedal and a very very good clone. AND it has the silver mode too! 2 amazing copies in 1! Both modes really sound great I can’t stress it enough. I typically use the gold mode for clean tones and if I want my metal tones with just a tad more dirt I’ll kick in the silver mode. I pretty much keep the pedal itself dialed back, but you can get some very good dirt from both modes dare I say Metal tones from the silver mode. This is an amazing pedal for the price and if you’re looking for a good always on overdrive that’s not a one trick pony, look no further. The NUX Horsemen is worth double it’s current price tag.

Musical Background:

Recording guitarist of 12 years

Musical Style:

Metal, country, blues, ambient, punk, lo-fi, hiphop, r&b, experimental.
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