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Harley Benton American TrueTone

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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)
Overdrive Yes
Distortion No
Fuzz No
Metal No
available since March 2011
Item number 256819
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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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Maybe the best price/value ratio
Milberry 09.02.2021
Frankly, I have been avoiding this brand as something percievably low-end. But a friend of mine who is a professional and much experienced musician has recently recommended this pedal to me as a good versatile overdrive and, even more importantly, a decent amp simulator that does the same job as the legendary Sans Amp.

Well, my first impression with this pedal is very positive. First off, it is built very well. No quality issues here. The body of the box, the connectors, and the pots seem to be very well made.

Second, despite my expectations, the pedal does not add noise to the signal to any noteworthy degree.

Third, given the price of the pedal, it might be one of the best choices currently on the market. This reminds me of Bugera tube amplifiers a few years ago when these were offered at a more than affordable price. Now the price is about twice as high. Shall the same happen to those Harley Benton pedals? I wonder...

So, I'm using this pedal as an amp-simulator/booster/overdrive before feeding the signal into the sound card and further on into Garageband. And I'm pretty much satisfied with the effect. The raw sound that I now get in the DAW is much more warm, full and rich. I'm talking about clean or only slightly "loaded" jazzy-to-bluesy sound, though. Thus, if you are after a high-gain overdriven sound, I cannot provide you with any useful advice.

Overall, this pedal is a highly recommended purchase. And it makes me think of trying out some further products by Harley Benton.
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Officially, this is my favourite pedal! I said it!
Iosif 06.12.2019
I love this pedal. Honestly, it has become my most favourite pedal on my pedalboard. If i'd have to pick one for to-go, this would be it! It can give you an amazing live sound without an amp or other pedals. I use it in church for worship, and it sounds awesome! Construction 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! I use it straight into a mixer (Behringer x32 Producer) and sounds awesome. If you 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 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.

Finish / look:
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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