Amt Electronics California Sound
Amt Electronics California Sound

California Sound, Distorsione/Overdrive/Fuzz per chitarra from Amt Electronics in the Classic series.

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iamqman 05/04/2011

Amt Electronics California Sound : Recensione di iamqman (content in English)

"It's ok"

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This is AMT's attempt at a Carvin Legacy amp or a Mesa Boogie. Probably somewhere in between the two amps. This has a distinct AMT tone but in a catagory all its own. It sounds really good if you are going for that tone but in my opinion it doesn't live up to some of their other pedals.

Technical Information:
Size: 112mm (4.4") x 72mm (2.8") x90mm (3.5")
Weight: 420g (14.8 oz)
Control: Level, Low, High, Dist
Jacks: IN, OUT
Power: DC 9V, 9V Battery or PSA (-) center Adapter


This pedal is very easy to use with only four control knobs. It has a Level for controlling the overall output volume, a Low for the lower EQ frequencies, a High for the higher frequencies, and finally the Drive for the distortion and saturation. These are basically on just about every distortion pedal that there is out there.

There really isn't a manual needed since you really just turn the knobs until you find something that fits your personal taste and needs. The more you turn up the drive the muddier it does get though. So take it easy on the drive knob.


The sound is decent but not great. I personally don't care for the tone that it has. I like there Extreme lll pedal and their Metalizer pedal a lot more. The tone is a bit muddy overall and not that clear. I like the pedal to be a little more transparent where you can clearly hear the note separation which I don't really hear in this pedal.

Try this pedal with a humbucker style guitar with a clean channel amp. It doesn't have to be a Fender but something clean that has at least 3 gain stages but not overdriving. It will compliment the gain stages of your amp and push the front end very well.


This is not AMT's best offering. It does sound decent but they have better things in their repertoire. My personal favorite is their Extreme lll pedal. It has a ton of options to tailor a great sound in almost any application.

At new they come in at around $120 which is not a bad price. I would recommend anyone you need a decent rock or pop tone from a clean amp. This pedal will get you there pretty easily. Not a metal pedal and will not excel in dropped tunings but it sounds good for the rock and pop scene.