Benson Amps Releases the Benson Preamp Pedal

The circuit is based on the Benson Chimera amplifier and utilizes FETS in place of tubes.

Portland, OR (May 21, 2018) -- Benson Amps has announced its first offering in the world of effects pedals: The Benson Preamp. This unique circuit design is based on the Benson Chimera amplifier, and utilizes FETS in place of tubes. The result is an extremely versatile pedal that is appreciably similar to the original tube amplifier in feel, EQ, and most importantly sound.

“We wanted to give players the option to use the sound of our amplifiers without giving up what they love about their current set up.” says designer Christopher Benson. “The design came together quickly working off the schematic of the Chimera. It turned out far better than I expected’.

The Preamp was designed to operate in as many different rigs as possible, whether that is a clean boost, an EQ, a stand alone drive, a fresh sound in your dirt chain, or direct recording. If used with an impedance matching buffer, it even offers enough output to work as driver for a stand alone power amp.

The pedal is very simple to operate and features:

  • Drive, Treble, Bass, and Volume Controls
  • Industry standard 9v power inlet
  • True bypass switching

The Benson Preamp will retail for $249. The initial run of pedals will be exclusively available through as well as select Benson dealers worldwide.

For more information:
Benson Amps

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