Distortion Pedals finder
  • in stock items only
  • compare products
Customer Comments
  • on 02.03.2012

    xxxx.flanagan@btin­t­er­net.c om: "Service and website excellent. Hope to do more business with you in future"

  • on 19.03.2013

    un­known: "I've been impressed from the start with the efficient communication and timing of the delivery."

  • on 28.08.2013

    Irene from the UK: "Very clear website, very easy to understand and easy to find information"

Harley Benton California TrueTone

Harley Benton California TrueTone
€29
£22.97
Price includes VAT, shipping costs extra
£ price - guideline price only
Total rating
handling
features
sound
quality
item number 256820
sales unit 1 piece
available since March 2011
sales rank 28486
(more)
sales rank 28486 at thomann.de 197 in this category (Details)

Harley Benton California TrueTone, TrueTone series, effect pedal for electric guitar, distortion, 1x level control, 1x voice control, 1x drive control, 3-band EQ, dimensions (h x w x d): 38 x 87 x 118, powered by optional 9V battery (# 132579) or optional power supply (# 108096)

  • Sound samples:
  • 3-year Thomann warranty
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

61 customer ratings:

Total rating
4.1 out of 5 stars
handling
features
sound
quality

100 precent the sound for 1 percent the price

Total rating
handling
features
sound
quality

***Handling***
The Handling is fairly easy. You can either use this device as a normal overdrive or distortion pedal in front of your amp, plug it in directly to your Power Amp Section as a Preamp or you can also send the signal directly into a PA mixing board, since it emulates a guitar speaker.

***Features***
Six knobs: Low, Mid, High, Level, Voice and Drive. Input / Output and a connection for a power adaptor.

The Voice knob is the really interesting feature. It controls the shape of the mid frequencies. The more you dial in, the thicker the sound will get, ranging from early Mk II Sound to the super thick Hi Gain Sound of the latest Rectifier series.

***Sound***
This device is supposed to emulate guitar amps that are build in Petluma, California. And it does! I did an A / B comparison with a Dual Rectifier and it comes close, very close.

Like with the original amps, be careful with the amount of Bass you dial in. This pedal has LOTS of it.

The integrated speaker emulation cannot be turned off, although that is not a big deal, since you can compensate that with adding more High Frequencies.

When you dial in full Drive and full voice, it makes a very strange humming sound.
But in reality this is never a problem, because the pedal have tons of gain reserve, you actually do not need to turn it all the way up.

Therefore I tend to presume it's the Chinese sound for: Warning! Too much distortion.

***Quality***
From the outside this thing is built like a tank. The knobs are very easy to move, some will find it a bit too easy. The on/off switch is indeed positioned a bit close to the knobs, but that is no problem because it is elevated and you will not touch the knobs with your foot.

The only thing that is to criticize about this pedal is the battery compartment. The battery is to be clamped directly under the PCB circuit board. And that can't be a good thing.

Not really easy to find a great tone

Total rating
handling
features
sound
quality

I saw a couple of demos on youtube of the Joyo California sound (same box, just another brand) and thought it sounded great. When I got the pedal myself I really couldn't get a great tone out of it. Maybe I didn't have enough patience to tweak it or maybe I just get a better tone with other gear in my rig. Anyway, this ended up on my keyboard instead for really dirty overdriven organ tones instead.

Further user opinions:

Total rating
handling
features
sound
quality
There are 59 other users who have rated this product but not written a product review in English rather in . Here's a summary of these 59 ratings:
** Note: This article was given an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars. In total, 2 text ratings were submitted. The customer ratings shown here exclusively reflect the personal opinion of the customer concerned. Every customer can change or remove his rating at anytime. All rights to the contents of the rating remain with the customer.
You have to be logged in to rate products.

Note: To prevent ratings from being based on hearsay, smattering or surreptitious advertising we only allow ratings from real users on our website, who have bought the equipment from us.

After logging in you will also find all items you can rate under rate products in the customer centre.

Rate product Dear customer,

to prevent ratings on our website from being based on hearsay, smattering or surreptitious advertising we only allow ratings of real users who have bought the equipment from us. In your customer center you will find all items you can rate under "rate products".

Customer reviews about Harley Benton California TrueTone
Language
Rating filter

Downloads

Smart Navigator

 

Offers include 20% British VAT and are valid as long as stocks last.
Shipping costs to the U.K. are 10 EUR (approx. 7), free shipping on orders above 199 EUR. Please click here for international Shipping rates.
We do not accept liability for typographical errors or inaccurate information of any kind.
*RRP = manufacturer's / distributor's recommended retail price in Germany
Share
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Pinterest
  • Google+
Sound samples
 
Your Contact Persons
Interactive Glossary
Interactive Glossary

Tip: Turn on the interactive glossary function to automatically display explanations of technical terms.

Your Feedback

How do you rate this page?