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AMT Electronics P1

 
Distortion pedal/pre-amp modeled after the famed Peavey 5150 amp - 3 Band EQ - Level, Gain, and Master volume controls - Amp and Direct cabinet emulated outputs - True Bypass


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Ease Of Use Very easy to get a good grinding distortion out of this pedal. Simple on/off switch with input and 2 outputs depending on if you want to record or run direct or if you're running into an amp. Works with my 9v PSA style adapter.
My most major gripe is that I'm running this in the loop of the F1 and I wish they would've put an output jack on the same side of the pedal as the input jack. As it is now, I've got a 6" cable into the input but I have to run a 18" cable back to the F1. If the jacks were on the same side, I could just use two 6" cables and then have the pedals lined up nicely on my board.


Sound I'll start by saying that I've never really played a 5150, what this pedal is supposed to model. However, running this pedal, with my JS1200, in the channel loop of the AMT F1 into my Crate 120 solid state amp gives me a pretty good idea of what I think it would be like. While the aesthetics may be simple, to say the least, it makes up for that with incredible tonal complexity. It is extremely responsive to dynamics, and can handle anything rock oriented that you'd throw at it.

This pedals is mean. It's meant to get to brutal distortion but unlike some hi-gain pedals and amps, it stays nice and tight, chunky but not muddy at just about every setting. Starting with the gain knob, lower levels of gain are still fairly saturated but offer a classic early 80's distortion reminiscent of Black Sabbath. Turning the gain to about half way, you move forward a few years and are getting the 80's prime and can get great Van Halen sounds (go figure) when you have the mids a little higher. Scoop the mids a little and you get a great Metallica sound from their early albums. My preference is to run the gain at about 3/4 of the way or 3 o'clock on the dial. This gives excellent grind with higher levels of distortion to my tone but it isn't over the top brutal death metal - turn it up all the way for that.

As I mentioned, the EQ on this pedal is very reactive. Scoop your mids and you get that metal tone that the 5150 users of today crave. Boost the mids and you get classic 80's hair band rock. In doing that you'll want to adjust the treble as it can start to get a little harsh with the boosted mids, but it give a great solo tones. One thing I'm very impressed with is how tight the low end is. I run the bass at around half-way and it's big and boomy without getting sloppy. Riffs are still nice and tight, precisely what you want in metal and harder rock genres.

If there is one relative tonal deficit, it's that it can be a bit harsh for solos. The same tightness also makes melodies feel a bit stale. The mids, while totally changing the character of the pedal, still don't quite have the smoothness of my Satchurator. Still, this pedal is not aimed at melodic Satriani devotees, rather at raunchy hard rock to metalheads and it suits those genres perfectly.
The level and master volume controls offer even greater control over the output, allowing for very saturated tones at low volumes. The dynamics on this pedal are very impressive. With the gain at 3/4, you're blazing away with some pretty heavy tones. Roll back your volume on the guitar and the pedal cleans up, retains it's crisp clairity and allows for some softer bluesier stuff to come through. Roll the volume back up a little and you have an excellent AC/DC crunch tone.

This pedal is a real work horse that runs the whole range of distorted tones because of it's dynamic sensitivity and impressively responsive 3 band EQ. While it can do most rock oriented tones very well, it really excels at hard rock to brutal metal tones. Highly recommended.

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Reliability It's a metal casing with a solid feeling foot switch. The knobs are nice and tight. It has the feel of being very robust and gig-worthy. All the connecting jacks feel particularly hefty and the pedal has good weight despite it being the size of your typical mxr pedal.


Customer Support Haven't dealt with them but they are part of the reviewer's club. They sent me this and the F1 to demo and write a review about and then I also get to keep the pedal. That shows that they're willing to go out on a limb for their products to me. I have not dealt with them directly, but the pedals seem great.


Liked about it 1. Raging distortions for classic to modern metal and hard rock tones in a pedal is something that isn't so easy to do. This easily gets my vote over something that Boss would put out.
2. Excellent dynamics.
3. Robust build quality and a small package that will fit on anyone's pedal board.


Didn't like 1. The input/output jacks work if you're running the pedal in your chain but if you're trying to utilize the F1's channel loop, it's a bit cumbersome. A 1' cable may stretch under the pedals back to the return of the F1's loop on a raised board, but you'll have to either use a longer cable or turn the pedal sideways to make that set-up work otherwise.
2. Came off a bit harsh when doing solo's and melodies. I think this pedal is meant for mean riffing more than solos.


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By smooth55
Feb 04, 2010
 
Last updated: February 08, 2010
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