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AMT Electronics CFS California Sound Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

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The California Sound is an analog distortion effects pedal equipped with tube distortion emulation circuitry. Pronounced guitar mid-tones and deep de...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 modeling exclusive to AMT. Output allows you to connect to an amp, mixer, or recording line input.

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  • Overall dimensions: 112mm/72mm/90mm
  • Weight: 420 g
  • Controls: Level, Low, High, Dist,
  • Connections: in, out
  • Power requirements: External ” DC 9V, Self-contained ” 9V battery I consumes -6 mA

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Rectifier in a pedal. Really.

By Sanscardinality

from DC area

This is an analog amp simulator - not a distortion pedal in the traditional sense. The best use of it is to run into a PA or direct for recording. If you do this, it will amaze you. If you run into an amp - even into the loop, you'll have a cabinet simulator in the pedal and then a cabinet. It's OK, but not as good as it sounds direct. My set up is Schecter C7 -> Ibanez Weeping Demon -> Cali Sound -> Hardwire Stereo Chorus -> Hardwire Delay -> Roland Stereo volume pedal -> PA/direct. I now have a pedal board that is better than any amps I've played and I've had a lot.



By Chezhozay

from Houston

I have used this pedal for about 3 years now and am still impressed on how close I can get a Boogie tone. It's a little noisy but so are the high gain amps it's emulating. I haven't tried with Humbuckers, just single coils, that's all I use. These are gems and built like a tank! If it was stolen, I'd order another immediately. Outstanding unit.


sings like a bird - the kind that don't annoy you

By fishyellis

from Texas

The only reason I didn't give it 5's across the board is because it can create a LOT of buzz if you turn the drive or level too high (this was just my experience). However I don't think this pedal was meant to be used at high levels, but rather to give your amp a dirty, soulful tone. It does just that. Punching this pedal in over a clean or very lightly distorted tone will give you an absolutely beautiful tone, GREAT for soloing. I've even used this as a bass distortion pedal and it didn't disappoint me then either. Buy this pedal if you want a smooth, dirty, delicious tone for your solos!


High Gain without apologies

By JackStrat

from Frederick. MD

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This pedal is designed to generate a high-gain signal right out of the box. With Gain at minimal, you're already in preamp-style, High-Gain territory. This is not a BAD thing .... for what it produces, the sounds are pretty good. But, if you're wanting a stomp with a good range of tone shaping/sculpting and versatile gain staging, then I'd avoid this particular pedal. As far as the "California" thing ... does it sound like a "Recto" ? Well, that's up to your ears.


creamy solo heaven

By me-v6im7

from in the deeeeep south dude really this thing is the best pedal i've ever heard for a smooth creamy lead tone, it has plenty of gain, you won't get it clean, it has great sustain, the low and high controls is where the true versitility of this pedal is, I'm not sure i'd use this as my main rhythm sound, but thats not what its made does have some hiss but that's what they make noise reduction for.

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