Harley Benton California TrueTone

Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar

  • Distortion
  • TrueTone series
  • Sound control: Level, voice, drive
  • 3-Band EQ control: Low, Mid, High
  • Size (HxWxD): 38 x 87 x 118 mm
  • Operates with 9V battery (Art. 132579) or power supply (Art. 409939) - both not included
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  • Blues
  • Metal
  • Rock

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Overdrive No
Distortion Yes
Fuzz No
Metal Yes
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great sounding pedal

TheVultureKing, 19.08.2017
I got this pedal for use while busking and on the studio.

It has great tones and is very versatile, specially when you use the voice knob. You can go from crystal cleans to full on metal.

It's very solid and feels like it can take a beating. I thought it was going to be made of plastic but it's aluminium, which is a nice surprise. The knobs feel solid too but the footswitch looks like it's cheap and might need replacing one day.

The eq is very sensitive so you don't need to move it much to get the changes in the sound that you need. If you use the super high gain settings it can get really noisy.

Even though the pedal has a simulated speaker output, you may want to try using it along with a cab impulse response while recording directly to your interface. The sound of the pedal is bright enought that you can get away with it and it just sounds su much better.

I completey recommend this pedal and I would like to get the other models to have all the sounds available.
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Five stars without a doubt - I love it !

13.09.2016
Be prepared to be surprised ! The HB California TrueTone pedal is superb in every way. Great value for money (c'mon, you could pay more for a T-shirt !!!), solid construction, looks cool, nice positive action on the control knobs including the footswitch, not too loose, not too tight. Possibly the best ¤30 I've ever spent on a piece of kit.

And the sound ? Well, I absolutely love it. Nice clean and clear at one end of the range right through to raw and very crunchy at the other without any unpleasant noises up to the moment when you have everyhing turned up to 10 when it really starts to break up, but hey, what would you expect from any pedal at those settings.

I use this pedal mostly through a small amp with the amp EQ set to 0 and effects set to 0 also except when I want a bit of reverb or delay. My personal favourite settings on the pedal have the low EQ at around 5, mids at 4, high around 6 for that scooped sound and then the level at 6, voice at 7 and gain anywhere from 4-7 depending on how much crunchiness I need. Each to their own, you'll find a setting on the California to suit almost every taste I can think of (maybe not if you're a classic jazz afficionado though !).

Is there anything I don't like about it ? Eh, no. If I could afford to I'd buy one of these as a present for every guitarist I know because I think they'd all find something good in it that would suit their personal sound pallet.

This purchase was a real eye-opener for me as I wasn't expecting it to be quite as good as it is despite having read and watched numerous reviews, thank you Thomann. Thank you for giving me access to that fantastic rockin' Anglo-Americana sound that I love in a neat little box that's a genuine pleasure to use almost daily.

Do I reccommened you get one ? Yes, indeed I do, you won't regret forking out ¤30 for something that is effectively giving you so much range and scope in your sound all in one box.
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