Carl Martin Plexi Tone

Carl Martin Plexi Tone

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Plexi Tone, Other guitar saturation effect from Carl Martin.

13 user reviews
Prices starting at $229 Average price: $260

Carl Martin Plexi Tone tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Carl Martin
  • Model: Plexi Tone
  • Category: Other guitar saturation effects
  • Added in our database on: 04/06/2006

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Carl Martin Plexi Tone user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 13 reviews )
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James...'s review"Marshall in a box"

Carl Martin Plexi Tone
What we have here is an overdrive box with three settings. You have a clean boost, an overdrive, and a high gain channel. Traditionally I'm not a fan of these kinds of pedals because you usually get one good channel and 2 meh ones. The layout is simple enough. Tone, level, and controls for the three channels gain levels. It's a large footprint but considering what you get it's no big deal. It's supposed to be all your marshall tones in a box plus your clean boost feature.


Carl Martin effects are consistently pretty great for the price. The build quality is the highlight though. Handmade in Denmark... Can't beat it. Honestly this isn't a very difficult pedal to figure out how to use. It's a trial and error thing dialing in settings and like most overdrive pedals you have to find the sweet spots.


I am very very picky about my overdrive pedals. I've tried most of the ones out there at all price ranges. For the most part I think you get what you pay for with some exceptions. These multi-drive pedals like the plexi tone are typically not too impressive even when they are boutiquey. Carl Martin is what I consider the tip of the boutique iceberg. But this pedal is pretty darn good. Most overdrive pedals falter due to tone issues. They always either sound too thin (TS9) or too muddy (digitech anything). The only really good pedals I've found for the most part are the hand wired upper end single switch pedals. But this Plexi Tone is one of the few stand outs in its price range. The tone control has a wide enough usable range that you can actually dial in a good eq. The high gain channel is admittedly a bit much sometimes and can sound bad at high settings, so be careful. The clean boost and overdrive channel though are really great. They do have a marshally flavor and remind me of the catalinbread DLS.


The value is the real deal maker for this pedal. It's not the best of its kind out there but for the price you are getting a great clean boost and a pretty darn good overdrive in one pedal. A lot of players could buy this and be done for finding an overdrive. It's really that useful and buys your amp another 2 or three channels. A lot of people use the high gain channel as a jumper for the regular channel. I kind of pretend it isn't there but I don't use it for high gain so...

iamqman's review"Very authentic!"

Carl Martin Plexi Tone
This pedal is immediately impressive. One of the only pedals that actually sound like an amp than a distortion pedal. This pedal works fantastically through a Fender clean amp or a Marshall JCM 800 on the clean side. It really drives your amp into a solid sounding plexi tone fit for just about any style of music.


Power consumption:
S/N ratio:
Input impedance:
Output impedance:
Gain max::
Boost max:
Weight: 100 or 115 or 230 VAC 50-60Hz
2,3 Watts
56 dB
1M Ohm
200 Ohm
186(D) 120(W) 55(H)


I have to first say that I am not a pedal type player. I don't particulaly care for distortion pedals of any kind. There are some exceptions but most of them sound thin and tinty to me. This pedal has a real plexi character to it that can fool most tube amp distortion users.

Try this pedal out on from a nice Fender Bassman or a Marshall PLexi or JCM 800 on the clean side and punch in this pedal for some sweet low volume distortion tones. The high gain switch really sound fantastic! Then click to the far left and get the boost going for some lead parts or fills that you want to stand out.


This has gotten me thinking how well and highly used this pedal has become for so many players. At new these pedals come in at around $260 which isn't bad for a triple pedal. You have a crunch option then a high gain option then click on the boost for lead and soloing.

I highly recommend this pedal for any guitar player who needs a good plexi distortion pedal that sounds very authentic.

nickname009's review"the only ACTUAL plexi in a box!!"

Carl Martin Plexi Tone

12VAC Power with hardwired power cable
3 Modes: Boost, High Gain, Crunch
Settings: Boost knob, Level Knob, Tone, High Gain, and Crunch.
Switches: Boost, Select, Drive

This is basically a distortion/high gain pedal geared towards a vintage marshall plexi-like tone with an additional boost, analog design and very very cool and usable features.


This is very easy to use, most pedals usually are unless they're of the new digital programmable types with many different features etc. The boost is controlled by it's own self-titled knob, same with the high gain and crunch modes. The tone is universal and the level is an overall level shared by the two high gain and crunch modes.

Both crunch and high gain modes are seperate, meaning they cannot be used together, however the boost mode can be engaged with either modes.

The drive switch is the bypass/select switch, which enables the pedal to turn on or off. The select switch is used to switch between crunch mode and high gain mode. While the boost switch is to enable the boost feature.



This is the best part! This is one of the rare pedals that actually SOUND like like an amp. Yes I know, a lot of effects manufacturers have advertised this with nearly every single pedal they offer. But I'm telling you, this one is NOT faking it! It faithfully reproduces what I recall a vintage high gain marshall to sound like, it has bite, clarity and is still thick. There's also a slight bit of what I like to call 'twang' that is inherent in plexis.

It even has the noise that comes with boosted/cranked plexis, which is a bit of an annoyance but can be tamed depending on how you use it. The gain is very nice, it can be cranked full out and it won't get muddy, rather it will just get more and more aggressive and add noise (which is normal). I've plugged this pedal in a VHT pitbull head with a deliverance cab, as well as a koch studiotone combo and even a hot rod deluxe and blues junior. The tone of this pedal, stays true within all these amps and is great! The tone knob needs to be adjusted according to each amp you play through of course.

The boost function is also great, though it's more of a clean boost adding more volume it also adds allows more harmonic content to come out.

I've even hooked this up to a fender 25 watt solidstate amp and got it sounding pretty decent, with the tone nearly rolled to 0 since the SS amp was so brittle sounding.


GREAT pedal! Nails the marshall plexi sound right on the button! The boost addition is great for clean boosts or adding a different texture to the other modes. The overall sound is great, wide open and present. Very amp-like and clear!

I've recently heard Pete Thorn has a very nice youtube review of this pedal. So you can hear great ways of using this pedal and how it sounds. This is one of those pedals I would use if I were stuck with some clean tube amp as it sounds best through a tube amp and not so much a solidstate amp. But it's now one of my go-to pedals for high gain marshall sounds! This is a keeper, definitely!

laulec's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Read if you still have doubts!"

Carl Martin Plexi Tone
I used the Standard with nearly 22, a strat US in a fender hot rod
I had had a first that I plugged into a blues junior c was already very well but its not quite round on stage
I imagine not even in a twin reverb!


taking obvious hand
no prog


in hotrod j therefore have a clear sound (a real one!), clear + boost, a crunch, crunch + boost, a distortion, a distortion + boost
it's been already 6 channels and more quality is amazing
I've had amps and distortion pedals but the frankly say: the Plexitone is a hard drug.
c is a resumé of 70 years has nowadays pink floyd has anthrax or metallica
fans of acdc or red hot will find the priceless treasure. ca really, one has the impression of being pushed to marshall
I mean of course the fender that has a very good sound clear and thus magnifies the sound.
the only slight defect that is attributed to him in the general c is very acute presents but it's not true with the hot rod which is very round and can accept that we lower his (acute)


I have a powerball with our cabinet and next to v30 for some other more modern metal things
but frankly I rest knee before this pedal plugged into a hotrod that's a start amp range.
c is very musical actually
manufacturing quality is huge, unbreakable
a great value for the future is certain c.
are things that it's hard to explain eh! ca buy eyes closed!
has put in all your pedalboard rather than buying pedals that are worth a crazy price with a single sound (Full. ..)

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