Harley Benton American TrueTone

Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar

  • Overdrive
  • TrueTone Series
  • Sound controls: Level, voice, drive
  • 3-Band EQ controls: Low, mid, high
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 38 x 87 x 118 mm
  • Operation with 9 V battery: Article number 417473 (not included) or mains adapter: Article number 409939 (not included)
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Overdrive Yes
Distortion No
Fuzz No
Metal No
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Simply incredible
coldestbeerintown, 24.01.2020
I do not even know where to start. There is so much to say about this pedal. Forget about its low price, it tells nothing about its quality and usability.

I bought this pedal to give a final touch to my tone. I wanted to tweak and warm my tone a bit. However this pedal delivered much more than that. It definitely simulates that warm and crisp Fender sound but it does not stay there. Crank up the mids then you get a fuller, broader tone. There is endless versatility.

The voice control acts as a mid boost/scoop as well as distortion. But the distortion starts really kicking in only past 2 o'clock. This is the control that gives the most characteristics to your tone. With the combination of all the other knobs, there is almost no sound that you cannot produce.

Since it has its own cab sim, it can be dialed in directly to PA. However I prefer to used it as the last pedal in my signal chain in the effects loop. But it also works well in front of the amp. I keep the drive control pretty low as the gain on my amp is usually cranked up.

I really have nothing negative to say about this pedal. But if one could turn on/off the cab sim, that would have been awesome.

It has a metal housing, it feels strong and durable.

It quickly became my favorite pedal. If I want to vary my tone a bit, I do not bother to play around with all the other pedals on my board. My hand directly reaches to this pedal. Everything else on my setup stays constant including the settings on my amp. Every change I want to make, I do it with this pedal. It almost became a master control of my setup.
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Great preamp for such low price
Buket, 13.03.2018
I record some stuff at home by using M-Audio M-Track and laptop beside my pedal board, roland x-cube and Tele. Up to now I ran output on x-cube into M-track but somehow the sound was not enough for me, specially distorted sounds were too weak. After investigating for a solution, buying a preamp would be the best since I would place it into my pedalboard and I could play guitar in anywhere without an amp.

I compare some preamp pedals with different brands, as far as I see (hear), Harley Benton American True Tone is as good as the other shining but too expensive preamp pedals. Considering the price, this pedal is the best one.

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Knobs are not loose, they are a bit tight which makes a good control when you are changing them. If you accidentally hit, probably the value of the knob will change a too little. The feel is very good when you are operating them. The body is very strong. Only battery cover is not fully stick to the body.

Sound:
It has 3 EQ, 1 Level and 1 Drive knobs, like most of the amps have. What I love is the Voice knob: It gives control on mid range that you can get a variety of Fender amp sounds. (Particularly use this pedal if you love Fender amps, otherwise you need to choose the other Harley Benton pedals) By changing level+voice+drive knobs together, you will feel different kind of overdrive effects. I use another overdrive pedal to boost this pedal and the result is very good.

What I don't like about the pedal is a small change on voice drives you to adjust drive or level knobs immediately.

To conclusion, this pedal positively surprised me and the quality of sound is beyond my expectation. If you have a little budget, I highly recommend this one over the other brands; they are expensive than 5 times but will not give you 5 times better quality.
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Officially, this is my favourite pedal! I said it!
Iosif, 06.12.2019
I love this pedal. Consturction is solid, knobs are tight which is GREAT when tweaking. If they were lose, it would have felt like a cheap pedal. Now about sound... I can't get enough of this. I also bought a Nux Solid Studio, and many times I feel like I want to remove Nux from the chain and just leave this pedal. Not that Nux is a bad pedal, but this one has that great sound! It indeed has a hum sound when the drive is high but we're kind of used to it when there's a lot of drive... right? I use it straight into a mixer (Behringer x32 Producer) and sounds awesome. If yoiu want to connect it to a pc, it sounds awesome if you plug it into an external soundcard like Focusrite Scarlet 2i2, but it doesn't sound great it you plug it straight into pc jack. Just... don't do that. Use a soundcard. I love this peal, and honestly, I want to buy a second one as a backup, before they're extinct! :))))
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Great Pedal with very realistic cabinet simulation
Robert Fourie, 04.03.2020
This is a amp in a box style pedal that can really help you out should your amp break down in the middle of a show. The cabinet simulation is very, very realistic through a good PA system and in cases where it is difficult to mic up an amp, this little box might surprise you for it's great Fender clean and Fender overdriven sounds without an amp in sight. It is very close to the real thing and can even be better than the original Fender Valve amp if the amp is not mic'ed up perfectly. It is certainly more versatile than just one Fender valve amp.

I have also tried it with my Nux Cerberus pedal (disabling the cabinet simulation on the Cerberus) with the 4 cable method using the American Sound pedal as an amp and cabinet in the effects loop of the Cerberus and it works beautifully together.

Using it as a stand alone pedal it also makes for a very versatile overdrive pedal complete with a 3 band equalizer to get you exactly the sound that you want.

I am very impressed with this pedal and would buy it again if anything were to happen to it.

The drive sound from this pedal for some light to reasonably heavy overdriven sound is great.
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