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Carl Martin Plexitone Overdrive Pedal  

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With the Carl Martin Plexitone Overdrive Effects Pedal, you get a crunch channel, a high gain channel, and a 20dB clean boost channel for every tone you want: subtle overdrive, hard-rock crunch, high-... Click To Read More About This Product

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With the Carl Martin Plexitone Overdrive Effects Pedal, you get a crunch channel, a high gain channel, and a 20dB clean boost channel for every tone you want: subtle overdrive, hard-rock crunch, high-gain shred, or bass-heavy grunge. An integrated regulated power supply gives all the headroom you'll need.

Features
  • 3-channel overdrive pedal
  • Clean 20dB boost
  • Crunch channel
  • High-gain channel
  • Tone and level knobs
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One year parts and labor warranty.


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Carl MartinPlexitone Overdrive Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Performances (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lives up to its promises!

I don't often rave about gear, as I'm VERY picky. But reading all the reviews about this pedal made me very curious. I've been thinking about buying a Marshall amp recently just because...Read complete review

I don't often rave about gear, as I'm VERY picky. But reading all the reviews about this pedal made me very curious. I've been thinking about buying a Marshall amp recently just because I occasionally love to get a little Billy Gibbons crunch on some tunes. I already own a Carl Martin compressor/limiter, and have been VERY happy with that too, so I was very excited and curious when I received the Plexitone. I'm happy to report that it lives up to its promises. This thing really delivers. Most overdrive pedals add a lot of noise, which is highly disturbing to me. This one doesn't! I can dial in a pretty damn hardcore high-gain tone without significant humming or noise. As most other reviews have already stated, you can go from subtle overdrive to serious crunch with this, and it doesn't really color the amp sound which is essential to me. I'm playing a party gig tomorrow, and can't wait to fire this thing up. The other thing is that it sounds pretty damn good even at low volume. As far as the price tag, you get what you pay for, and this thing oozes quality and looks like it's built very well. My only minor gripe with this is that as many other Carl Martin pedals, it has a built-in power supply. If you're a touring musician traveling outside of the US, you'd have to bring a converter to use it. For this, I'm rating it 4.5 instead of 5 for features. Other than that, this is a great pedal!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Quality Sound, yet Still Lacking

I watched the YouTube demo for this pedal and fell in love. I should have done more research as I would have found that this pedal doesn't match well with many amps. In...Read complete review

I watched the YouTube demo for this pedal and fell in love. I should have done more research as I would have found that this pedal doesn't match well with many amps. In fact, the booklet that came in the box with this pedal describes this model of Plexitone in contrast with the newer version as "not as amp friendly." I ran this through a Vox AC15C1 that I love and the solos were perfect but cords were cheap, tinny and weak sounding. This really is more of a distortion pedal and less of an overdrive. Thanks to Musicians friend for giving me a hassle free return on this, your willingness to give great deals as well as quality customer service is why I come here to shop.

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5.0

Absolutely Love This Pedal!

By MackAttack90

from Seattle, WA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Carl Martin Plexitone Overdrive Pedal:

I bought this from a good friend of mine about a week ago, and I absolutely love it. I have a Green Rhino (Way Huge) overdrive that I absolutely love, but this one has taken over for now. The biggest thing for me with this overdrive, is the boost. honestly I probably wouldn't have gone for it if it didn't have it. But its definitely an "always on" kinda thing for me. Whether I'm going for a light crunch or killer overdrive, the boost is always on (usually between 1 and 3). The other thing that's great about this pedal is that the hi gain lead channel doesn't go way overboard. I don't use it all that often cause I don't play as much heavy music anymore but it's still nice to have either way. Basically this is an amazing overdrive, especially if you enjoy spending a decent amount of time dialing in your tone like I do. If you just want a "turn it all the way up and play", this pedal is probly not for you. I would recommend something like a Tube Screamer or along those lines. But if you're a tone snob like me, I think you'll really enjoy it. The only thing that took me a while to get over is the built in power, and the only reason is because I can't just run it into my power brick, I have to have access to 3 outlets instead of 2. It's a minor inconvenience at best, that's just the only "less than positive" thing I have to say about this overdrive. There's a lot of dual overdrives out there, and they're definitely not all created equal; this one absolutely made a name for itself.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finest OD pedal out there!

By Butch

from Indpls, In.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Carl Martin Plexitone Overdrive Pedal:

    Excellent od/distortion device!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    For people who "get it"

    By Anderson layne

    from Nashville

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Tone

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

      Comments about Carl Martin Plexitone Overdrive Pedal:

      There is not another od pedal you need. It might not have a fancy paint job, but that's bc the focus was clearly on what's important. If you need to turn a clean fender style amp into an ac/dc Marshall rock machine consider it done.

       
      4.0

      Great Plexi pedal...but so much more

      By EricD

      from Pennsyltucky

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Limited Selection Of Effects

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Carl Martin Plexitone Overdrive Pedal:

      I purchased this pedal to get away from lugging my Rockitt Retro50 1987x head and 2x12 cabinet around. Although that rig sounds glorious, I've been playing the CM PlexiTone through the clean channel of a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and the results are far more versatile than the real deal can deliver. I can get that cranked Plexi distortion at pretty much any volume, the tone is spot on plus I have a high gain option which sounds like an OD pedal for more gain, plus a boost! The pedal is large, but actually makes more sense because you'd need three pedals to do what the PlexiTone is doing.
      Only gripe is that I'd like to have a seperate trim pot for the high gain tone and priced a little lower. But the coupon from MF was just the thing that sold me. Other than that small nit picking, this pedal is a keeper

       
      4.0

      As Advertised

      By Tinitus

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • 3 Pedals For Price Of 2
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Carl Martin Plexitone Overdrive Pedal:

        I play the PlexiTone through my VOX AC Amp on the Clean Channel and A/B back and forth from a Marshall Sound back to my VOX AC sound. No reason to buy the Carl Marten AC-TONE if you have a VOX AC! Just get the PlexiTone and you have it all and vice versa buy less amps and less pedals! Wait a minute - Does Carl Marten make a FenderTone?

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Great Quality Sound, yet Still Lacking

        By The Pikeys

        from California

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Bad For Crunch
        • Not A Match For All Amps

        Best Uses

        • As A Boost
        • High Gain Solo

        Comments about Carl Martin Plexitone Overdrive Pedal:

        I watched the YouTube demo for this pedal and fell in love. I should have done more research as I would have found that this pedal doesn't match well with many amps. In fact, the booklet that came in the box with this pedal describes this model of Plexitone in contrast with the newer version as "not as amp friendly." I ran this through a Vox AC15C1 that I love and the solos were perfect but cords were cheap, tinny and weak sounding. This really is more of a distortion pedal and less of an overdrive. Thanks to Musicians friend for giving me a hassle free return on this, your willingness to give great deals as well as quality customer service is why I come here to shop.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Plexitone

        By PRSGUITAR71

        from Connecticut

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Brown Sound
        • Built Well
        • Clean Plexitone Crunch
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Big Pedal

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Huge Range Of Gain
        • Performances
        • Plexi Sounds From Fender

        Comments about Carl Martin Plexitone Overdrive Pedal:

        I love my Plexitone and play through a Fender Blues Junior. My favorite settings are: setting gain 1 on about 8:00 for a great clean plexi sound, or setting gain 1 on about 8:00 and gain 2 on 10:30 for outstanding ACDC tones. You can also crank it up for more gain then most Fender amp players are ever going to need. The boost channel is also very useful for evening out levels.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Well built pedal but just not for me

        By Sirloin

        from NC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Looks High Quality
        • Solidly built

        Cons

        • Ac Powered
        • Can~'~~t Dial Out The Fizz

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Carl Martin Plexitone Overdrive Pedal:

        Nicely made pedal. I like the three stages of crunch/high gain/boost. Problem to me is there is only one tone control. To get the pedal to sound good, the basic amp tone has to be "middy" and dull sounding with rolled off highs.

        I can definitely hear the cranked plexi sound in this pedal, but I just couldn't get the highs and mids to sound right. I have a few Barber Pedals that can achieve this tone when stacked. Didn;t make sense to keep it for the what it cost. Returned it quickly.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Carl Martin PlextiTone

        By Jeff Vickery

        from Houston, TX

        Comments about Carl Martin Plexitone Overdrive Pedal:

        Overall, nothing else to say but "I'm bummed it didn't work out!"
        I researched this pedal and was sure it was the one for me. I loved the idea of two drives AND a boost all in one unit. When it arrived I was excited to plug it in. But once plugged into my 1976 Fender Deluxe Reverb, it sounded like a chainsaw! I could not get any decent sounds out it no matter the settings -very brittle and harsh. I will say, however, that the boost did work as advertised. I was very disappointed. The search is still on! For now, I will keep my Mosferatu and Fulltone Distortion Pro!
        The build quality appears to be top notch. Very sturdy unit.
        Very pricey unit, that alone convinced me to buy it thinking it was going to be a solid drive.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best OD pedal I've found

        By Donald Hightower

        from Atlanta, Georgia

        Comments about Carl Martin Plexitone Overdrive Pedal:

        I've used alot of overdrive and distortion pedals over my 40+ years of playing. Almost all work with some amps and not others, as well as guitar amp combinations. This pedal is the only one that has worked equally well with my Marshall stack, Mesa combo, and my DRRI, whether I use my Les Paul, Telecaster,or Stratocaster. You can play loud or quiet as a mouse and still get a good sound.

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