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Tech 21 Liverpool SansAmp Character Series CS-LV Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal   

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That distinctive diamond grille tone is yours for the tweaking with the Tech 21 Liverpool Distortion Pedal. From the jangle of mop-top pop to the top...Click To Read More About This Product

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Liverpool rock tones in a versatile, easily-controlled pedal.

That distinctive diamond grille tone is yours for the tweaking with the Tech 21 Liverpool Distortion Pedal. From the jangle of mop-top pop to the top-boosted growl of mod rock, this amp style has a voice that shook generations. Tuned to deliver the growl of English Alnico Bulldog-style speakers, the CS-LV Liverpool pedal also gets thick with rich, even harmonics as the Character control is pushed harder. Push it to the limit and it will, it will, rock you.

Each effect pedal in the Character Series is loaded with the tonal DNA for a specific style of guitar amplifier. By simply twisting a few knobs, you can build those sought-after tones or hot rod your own. From rare vintage classics to roaring modern icons, every variation is delivered in the distinctive voicing of that amp style. The intuitive amp-like controls let you get your hands dirty from the get-go to explore decades of blistering tones.

Being a genuine SansAmp, each Character Series pedal is way more than a stompbox. Each can be used as a stand-alone pre-amp to drive a power amp, a studio mixer, or a PA system, with the rich SansAmp cabinet emulation that sounds huge — even straight into a computer soundcard. Or plug them into your guitar amp to take your tone somewhere special.

FEATURES
  • Knobs: Level, Mid, Character, Drive, Low, High
  • Cabinet emulation
  • Uses:
  • Stand-alone pre-amp can drive a power amp, studio mixer, or PA system
  • Plug into guitar amp
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3.9

(based on 12 reviews)

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Not Just Distortion

I've had this for about six months now, and feel very comfortable using it. It's less solidly constructed than a BOSS pedal, but what isn't? I either use this straight into a Tech...Read complete review

I've had this for about six months now, and feel very comfortable using it. It's less solidly constructed than a BOSS pedal, but what isn't? I either use this straight into a Tech 21 Power Engine, or in the loop of a GT-8. There are a *huge* variety of VOX-like sounds available, but several things should be noted: the guitar you use will have a major impact on the sound; for it to work the way it's advertised to work, you'll need to run it through an FRFR setup (combos colour the sound too much); it needs to be played at relatively high volume (as you would with the real thing), or the amp/guitar body/string coupling won't happen. Do these things, and it'll sound great.The controls are very interactive, and very sensitive - take the time to tweak one at a time. It's worth the effort. Then you'll have great, responsive, valve-like tones coming out of the speaker. Yum :).I would love to see a "Deluxe" version, allowing settings to be saved (like the SVT pedal). Other than that, it's great, and worth the money.

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This is not a Vox in a Box!

Contrary to what you would be led to believe this is not a Vox in a box. I have yet to hear anything resembling a Vox in a Box unless it is a large...Read complete review

Contrary to what you would be led to believe this is not a Vox in a box. I have yet to hear anything resembling a Vox in a Box unless it is a large wood box that cost about $1200. Point is do not buy this without trying it out first or there is a 99.9% chance you will be sorry! This thing is Brittle - Digital - HARSH!!! And on top of that it is one of the noisiest pedals I have ever heard! I ran this straight into a Fender Twin-Amp using either a Strat or a Les Paul. It does not do chime! It does not do Brian May! It just does HARSH and Irritating! In ALL settings. I have never been more disappointed with a pedal than this! EVER! I have been playing for 30 years.

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2.0

Dissappointed

By gadabout

from New York

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I really wanted to hear this before I bought it but I couldn't find one anywhere so I took the plunge. I had a hard time dialing in an acceptable tone. Lots of 60 cycle noise and distortion artifacts. Construction quality seems low, especially for a pedal in this price range. I've decided to return it.

 
1.0

test it before

By gvox1

from montreal

I have one and it's so noisy that it is impossible to use it.I use it at the end of my chain in front of an amp or a pa system and both are noisy maybe it's a bad one but all I can say is I regret that buy

 
4.0

Good British Tone

By risepuddin76

from Los Angeles

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Tech21 did a very good job simulating the Vox tone with the Liverpool. You can get that clean chime of an early 60's AC30 to the full blown overdriven amps of May. It does have noise, but that's expected in these pedals. Controls are very responsive and you can spend a lot of time tweaking tone variations all night. Sounds better with humbuckers. My only gripe is that it sounds pretty similar to their British pedal which I use to flip on an English tone through my Fender Deluxe Reverb. I can get a decent "Vox" tone through The British. Nevertheless, good to have in the arsenal, but I would save up and get a real Vox amp.

 
3.0

Noisy

By Dave From Ohio

from Cleveland

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The Liverpool does an alright job at simulating an AC-30 but you do need to keep in mind with any type of amp simulator that it is never going to be spot on. The sounds were in the ballpark, but if you really want the Vox sound you're going to have to get a Vox. However,the biggest problem with the Liverpool is the amount of hum and noise makes this pedal nearly impossible to use on a gig or for a recording. This is especially true if you are going to use single coils.

 
5.0

Excellent analog pedal

By GuyGeetar

from third rock from the sun

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This is a terrific pedal. I bought it on a whim and now I won't let it go. Very good sounds, very "analog" if you know what I mean. It's not as flexible as a modeling device, but it's not designed to do that ... it is however, far more analog sounding and feeling to my ear. It's a keeper for direct recording with a lot of feel. I'm now considering picking up another one, it's just that good of a product. If you're looking for a cool little vox-y pedal for direct stuff, this is a good choice. If it were lost or stolen, I'd go out and buy another.

 
5.0

Not Just Distortion

By Elftone

from Midwest

I've had this for about six months now, and feel very comfortable using it. It's less solidly constructed than a BOSS pedal, but what isn't? I either use this straight into a Tech 21 Power Engine, or in the loop of a GT-8. There are a *huge* variety of VOX-like sounds available, but several things should be noted: the guitar you use will have a major impact on the sound; for it to work the way it's advertised to work, you'll need to run it through an FRFR setup (combos colour the sound too much); it needs to be played at relatively high volume (as you would with the real thing), or the amp/guitar body/string coupling won't happen. Do these things, and it'll sound great.The controls are very interactive, and very sensitive - take the time to tweak one at a time. It's worth the effort. Then you'll have great, responsive, valve-like tones coming out of the speaker. Yum :).I would love to see a "Deluxe" version, allowing settings to be saved (like the SVT pedal). Other than that, it's great, and worth the money.

 
5.0

easy awesome tone

By cesar agudelo

from medellin colombia

i used others emulation gear, but i found out that i was using my vox ac30 simulation too much, that i decided to try this one to stop bringing all the pedals and controllers from other gear. it does its job pretty well,if you find somethign too loud or strange, be sure that maybe the actual amp could do the same. i love it, and so does my roadie...i have read that someone have troubles with noise...i play with a telecaster w/single coils and nothing is bothering...is just low noise analog stuff, could be better?

 
5.0

Excellent!

By southpaw pete

from Calgary AB

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This pedal sounds excellent, both through my amps and through the sound systems I've used. I was mostly looking for a pedal that could offer the amp emulation to run direct at church without bringing my POD. This works perfectly for my needs, and has more presence than my POD (and fits on my pedal board). Works really well with my other pedals as well. I mostly have it set up as clean - character around 12:00-1:00, drive around 8-9:00, eq mostly straight up, with a little extra on the bass. And when I turn up the character and drive it offers a very nice overdrive, from subtle to thick. But like I said, I am typically leaving it as a clean to slightly dirty setup, and using my other overdrive pedals in front. Very very happy with it.

 
5.0

Vox in a box

By Drock2k1

from Marion, IN

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I have used this pedal every week for about a year now. I play in a situation where I cannot have an amp on stage and this thing certainly makes up for it. I sold it about a month ago and within one week realized how big of a mistake I made. I immediately bought another for more than what I sold mine for, so what, it was worth it. I would say that this is best used as a pre-amp and can sound muddy in conjunction with certain amps if you don't spend time tweaking it. It's built like a tank and you can squeeze almost any tone out of this thing, clean, crunchy, or U2 bell like. It's made of steel so those who comment that it is not high quality...I'm not sure what else it could be made out of. I love Tech 21 products. Warm analog sound without an amp!

 
5.0

ultimate preamp pedal

By vinit dave

from india

i am using this pedal for last 6 months...no problem at all, no noise issue.one thing i would like to suggest.,never use this pedal with any guitar amp ,.use this with a powered speaker, keyboard amp or straight into a mixer n sound card...best result will get by using tect 21 power engine amp..u will get a killer tone.

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