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AMT Electronics CFS California Sound Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

 
The California Sound is an analog distortion effects pedal equipped with tube distortion emulation circuitry. Pronounced guitar mid-tones and deep dense lows make this pedal extremely versatile for lots of modern styles. California Sound uses amp ...


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Outstanding High Gain Tones featured

Ease Of Use Very easy to get a good sound out of this pedal. I've always loved the sound of my Keeley DS-1 but wished it had more tone shaping options - particularly a little more bottom end when I need it, which this pedal delivers with the high & low eq knobs. Gain, volume, high and low knobs will help you find your tone quickly.


Sound I use this in front of a Carvin Legacy with various HB equipped guitars. I was turned on to this pedal after listening to the Bulgarian guitarist/songwriter Dimitar Nalbantov - I love his tone and he uses this pedal. He also has some great clips on youtube you can listen to. I've tried many distortion pedals but the Keeley DS-1 has been my main pedal for a few years. However, sometimes the Keeley DS-1 sounds a little too compressed and doesn't cut through the band mix well but this pedal seems to have just the right amount of mids to help it cut through the mix better. It's also very quiet for a high gain pedal. I don't use a noise gate and don't seem to need one.


Reliability I have had it for over a year and stomp on it every week and I have not had any issues whatsoever. Seems well built in a metal casing.


Customer Support I went to the AMT website and then called them and the guy I spoke with on the phone was very cool with helping me decide which of their pedals would be best suited to what I was looking for.


Liked about it 1. High gain heaven - I love the tones I can get from this pedal.
2. Price - seems like high priced boutique pedals are the rage these days but this pedal sounds as good as any high gain pedal I've ever heard yet it is reasonably priced. Nice :o)
3. Great customer support - it's nice to be able to call and speak with someone so you can ask questions and get some help with your decision...are you listening Ibanez :op


Didn't like The battery compartment is the only thing that I would offer any negative feedback on because the compartment is quite tight and it's hard to get the battery in and out. I use a Voodoo Lab PP power supply so it's not an issue for me but if you use batteries then it could be a little annoying.


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5.0

By doriangrey
Jun 21, 2010
 
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A True 'Boogie in a box' featured

Ease Of Use This is a super easy distortion pedal to use. You basically have a 2 knob EQ section consisting of treble and bass controls, plus a level knob and a gain knob. This is all pretty self explanatory if you have had any experience with overdrive/ distortion pedals. Just plug in, adjust the knobs to your liking, and away you go. Like most modern pedals, you can power it with either a 9 volt battery, or a 9 volt adapter. For my review, I used a 9 volt battery. The battery compartment is located on the underside of the pedal and can be accessed just with the turn of a screwdriver. I tried the pedal both in front of a tube amp, and going direct into a recording interface. Both methods required the same setup procedure, noting out of the ordinary whatsoever. Easy to use in every way!


Sound Well, my normal rig is an Egnater Mod 50 with the SL2 and Bassman modules through a Mesa 4x12 or 2x12 cab. My main guitars are a Gibson Les Paul or an Ibanez RG550DX. However, I used just my Ibanez RG and the Cali Sound, going direct into my MOTU 8 Pre interface for this review. For live, my Egnater pretty much covers all of my bases distorton-wise. I actually don't use any overdrive or distortion pedals live at all. I keep some around, but only for recording. Anyway, the beauty of this pedal is that it sounds absolutely killer just going direct. Never have I ever had that experience with any pedal in my life. I mean, it sounds remarkably amp-like. I have had years of experience recording amps, experimenting with mike placement, and trying to get that special cranked tube amp tone. This gets you there instantly. For hard rock or metal types of music, this could potentially become part of your guitar sound. All of the grind and articulation that I love about tube amps is right here in the pedal. It sounds kinda like a mix between a Rectifier and a Mark Series Boogie. You have that tightness of a Mark, but the ease of play and thickness of a Rectifier. Just a unique and usable tone. And the best part, is I no longer have to piss off my neighbors cranking my amps to record! Now, I did have one gripe about the pedal. It would really benefit from a mid knob. I just found that for my taste, there just weren't enough mids present in the pedal. If you are recording, that can be fixed with a software EQ, but I would love to have on just on the pedal. It doesn't sound 'scooped' necessarily, but it just would make me a little happier with some more mids. Overall though, I tip my hat to AMT. They did an amazing job of convincing the pedal that is was an amp.

Cali pt 2 done (video)



Reliability Well, I just received it from Russia, and it survived the trip. It feels nice and solid. I am a little weary about the switch. It isn't a regular 'stomp switch'. The 'switch' just presses down on a smaller switch attached to the PCB. That kinda makes me nervous, but I don't mistreat my gear. Otherwise, it looks to be very solid.


Customer Support Well, they provided this pedal for me to review, and it was shipped to me in the US from Russia, so I call that excellent customer service!


Liked about it Excellent tones
Built well
Works great direct!


Didn't like No mid knob
Switch mechanism a little fragile perhaps


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4.0

By Severinsteelsmit
Jan 24, 2010
 
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Best Direct recording pedal for solos!

Ease Of Use The Calironia's EQ section makes for a great variety of tones. A little moving of Knobs make subtle distinction!


Sound The Sound reminds me somewhat of a John Petrucci and Greg Howe sound. And the most important for me is how natural it sounds and overall frequency response.There are a lot of mid range and that's the amazing. Every time when I try to get right mix with my solos I always RESORT to some EQ's . But now that is not necessary! This great Little Box Help me now!
My Guitars fit in mix very natural and easily. And this DUE to a perfect blend of frequency colors! What is it DUE to? I dont know ! But that is not important! I forget to say that ! You don't need a CAB or speaker Simulator!There is built in! :) Dont know about 4x12 or 2x12 that doesn't matter! There is no denying the fact! Articulate Highs, soft mids and clearness LowEnd. The California's EQ section makes for a great variety of tones. A little moving of Knobs make subtle distinction! "California" really sings for leads and solos and stay detailed and musical,even under higher gain settings! But thats no everything With Right Low tuned Guitar the tone becomes more aggressive and better suited for more modern,nu-metal type stuff.


Reliability It is strong build like a tank


Customer Support Great suport!


Liked about it I am impressed with my AMT California it works so well for everything from blues to metal. And mainly for me.
for crazy Soloes!
The AMT California is a nice addition to your other gear!


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5.0

By dimitar
Aug 04, 2009
 
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