NUX Horseman Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal with Gold and Silver modes Review (June 2024)


Last updated on June 12, 2024 8:28 am Details


In this review post we’re going to be discussing the NUX Horseman Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal with Gold and Silver modes, including an overview of its unique features.

Product Description

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). 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.

Another “classic” way to use the NUX Horseman.   Very useful when used in combination with the amplifier 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.  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 potentiometer (a “dual-ganged gain pot”), which controls bass and middle frequencies. Treble and volume are each controlled with separate knobs.

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. We highly recommend selecting 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.

Product Features

  • Distortion
  • Weight: 174 g
  • Mini Core Series
  • LED: Effect On
  • Input: 6.3 mm jack
  • Output: 6.3 mm jack
  • Footswitch: Effect ON/OFF
  • Push buttons: Silver Mode
  • Controls: Gain, Output, Treble
  • Current consumption: 90 mA
  • Power supply via 9 V DC mains adapter
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 51 x 94 x 53 mm
  • Power supply connection: Barrel connector 5.5 x 2.1 mm, negative polarity inside
  • 2 Modes in one pedal: Gold and Silver (power-boosted version with extended gain range)

Pros & Cons


  • High-quality build
  • Reasonable price
  • Very trustworthy
  • Favorable customer review testimonials
  • Worth the investment
  • Excellent audio output
  • Perfect for live performances and recording


  • None

NUX Horseman Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal with Gold and Silver modes Demo

Our Verdict

The NUX Horseman now appears, a not-so-subtle nod to the original unit if ever there was one. By today’s standards, the Klon Centaur has a big footprint, but NUX has made it even more viable by releasing it in the increasingly popular micro pedal configuration – it literally fits in the palm of your hand. It is easy to be suspicious of something without even plugging it in.

If I had to pick one setting, I’d say the Gold option in clean post mode is where this pedal really sparkles. One of those unique additions to your board that, once activated, you’ll want to keep activated. Clearly, the NUX Horseman is not an exact replica of the Centaur – but who can really argue at this price?

Where to Buy

The best place to buy this product has to be Amazon, due to their competitive pricing and fantastic customer service.

NUX Horseman Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal with Gold and Silver modes

as of June 8, 2024 4:50 pm

Pricing History

Price History for NUX Horseman Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal with Gold and Silver modes


Current Price $69.00 June 8, 2024
Highest Price $69.00 August 22, 2023
Lowest Price $57.49 November 17, 2023
Since August 22, 2023

Last price changes

$69.00 December 22, 2023
$57.49 November 17, 2023
$69.00 August 22, 2023

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Best Overdrive Pedals Under $100 (2022)

Additional information

Item Weight

9.6 ounces

Product Dimensions

2.56 x 2.6 x 4.61 inches

Item model number


Date First Available

June 28, 2019


18 Volts


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