Harley Benton AC TrueTone

Analog Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar

  • Overdrive
  • 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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Overdrive Yes
Distortion No
Fuzz No
Metal No
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The VOX AC30

Michael_Axe, 11.09.2014
Great pedal, gives an authentic AC30 sound. Very happy, this pedal is permanently on, and gives no unexpected 'hiss' -

Some reviewers complain about the 'hiss' on this pedal - the AC30 is a valve amp, turn up the gain, voice and treble on a valve amp or this pedal and you will have hiss. If you play at a low output level of the guitar - then turn down the gain and voice levels on the pedal, then the 'hiss' factor will not be there.

The overall tonal range and dynamics of this pedal are very good. Set at low gain and voice levels there is a tonal quality of 'chime' (U2) that the AC30 produces, and on this pedal it does that very well.

Set at the higher gain and voice levels then the overdriven sound kicks in with a singing tone that has grit without being over harsh.

The tone controls - low, mid, and high when set and 12' give the same tone as your guitar, turn up and its a boost effect, turn down and its reduction. Excellent tonal ranges are possible.

Level, is the level, it also acts as boost.

The overall action and dynamics of this pedal is directly related to the output setting on your guitar. When you first use this pedal set the pedal controls so its the same as bypass and when its on, then turn up the controls to get the sound you are after.

Do not consider any of the negative reviews of this pedal. The pedal is well built, the knobs are well made and strong. This pedal produces a quality AC30 sound.

Bypass switch is not too loud to press down, and signal remains clean.

At this price its worth collecting a few of these True Tones - quality of sound equal to pedals costing 3 or 4 times the amount this one costs. Of course it is a Joyo.
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Well, for the money...

onetw, 15.03.2018
When I got this stompbox I did not really fancy the sound. It was very harsh-sounding and brittle, which I couldn't get rid of. Therefore, it soon ended up in a pile of unused guitar accessories and stayed there for quite some time.
Recently, I decided to give it another shot and used it during a band practice. Turns out that the pedal just needs some good ol' power tube love and a pushed speaker; in other words, turn your amp up and the harsh pedally heights will be mostly gone. The sound isn't quite right unless you really cranck it up so it is probably not a great home-use pedal.
As far as the eq and voicing of the pedal goes, the eq is very sensitive (especially at the heights) and quite a bit of the range is pretty much unusable (it does everything you need it to do though), other knobs work as expected and the voice control is a very important feature as it defines the whole character of your sound.
Speaking of sound, i've tried playing it through quite a few amps and speakers. Given that you play it loud, it sounds quite similar to Bryan May's/Adams's tone (well they tend to play pretty loud too, don't they?), especially the lead sounds. Rythm sound is a bit worse but still, for covers it's pretty good and you can tell that it's supposed to sound like an overdriven VOX, which is more than respectable at this pricepoint.
So to conclude it all, if you want the VOX sound, but don't want it that much to actually buy an AC30, this is the way to get pretty close and without any wordly investments.
Also, Thomann's great sevice is there to accept your purchase back, there are no risks.
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