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The Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series Leeds distortion pedal takes its mojo from the most respected amp tones on both sides of the Atlantic. These gui...Read More

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Loudmouth yobbo tones belt out in this killer Leeds distortion pedal.

The Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series Leeds distortion pedal takes its mojo from the most respected amp tones on both sides of the Atlantic. These guitar effects pedals don't just have a single character, they have the whole cast, plot, and curtain call.

The Tech 21 SansAmp Leeds pedal's massive headroom delivers the rich bell-like clean tones that drove the classic UK rock and pop bands of the '70s. Lean into high-gain gear for a bare-knuckle growl that retains plenty of definition. Push Leeds distortion pedal harder and suddenly you are live at Leeds.

The SansAmp guitar effect's Level and Drive controls work like a traditional, well-equipped amp. Low, Mid, and High are active, providing a wider array of tonal possibilities. The Character knob is a continuously-variable control that moves seamlessly between different model voicings, covering vintage, high-gain, and face-melting lead tones. The SansAmp Leeds pedal's Character and Mid controls, and the speaker emulations, are all engineered to personify the specific amplifier traits and speakers associated with each amplifier type.

The SansAmp technology captures the warm, rich, natural tones of the most sought-after tube amplifiers. Within the parameters of each model's particular design, the controls provide you with access to specific tone shaping characteristics within the tube amplifier sound spectrum.

SansAmp products are designed to work seamlessly in both recording and stage environments. They can be used with almost any instrument, for any music style, and for multiple applications. Record directly to tape and disc or enhance previously recorded tracks. For live performances, they can drive a power amp and speakers, augment your existing amplifier setup, or run directly into the mixer of a PA system.

  • True Bypass
  • Level dial
  • Mid dial
  • Character dial
  • Drive dial
  • Low dial
  • High dial

Sweet or nasty, you'll love it either way. Order it now.


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By gino lattarulo


Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series Leeds Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I owwn the the California model of this series. bought it because they are advertised as an amp simulator and thought it would be a good back up in case my amp blew at the wrong time. I actually don't use an amp anymore after playing a few clubs with this pedal in my chain. Last week we played Charlotte Motor Speedway and I decided to use an my amp for the first time in awhile. We get ready for sound check only to find that a tube is blown so I tell the sound guy to run me direct and my amp just became a prop in the background. After the show, a guitarist from the opening band said he really loved the sound I got from my Traynor amp. When I told him I was direct and playing through the Tech 21 he nearly fell over.

If you are a regular touring or clubbing guitarist, these pedals will make your life much easier. No amps to lug around and more stage space. Thank you Sansamp !!!!

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Great character pedal from Tech 21

By Jay Swartzfeger

from Pittsburgh

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series Leeds Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

This is the second SansAmp pedal I own, along with the Para Driver DI. The para driver is a great sounding box, albeit a bit generic -- which is a good thing. This Leeds pedal allows me to dial in a bit of character to bring some color to my tone.

The character knob really does work for both clean and driven tones. For my tastes, having the character knob pegged to max is a bit much; the cleans are too chimey and the driven tone is far off in vintage land. But at 2 or 3 o'clock the it's pretty much the best of modern and vintage tones.

I chose the Leeds over the British and Oxford simply because it seemed to be the most versatile tone-wise, and other reviews had mentioned that the Leeds had the 'best' (subjective) clean tones. I've got agree, as I really love what this pedal brings to the clean tones with some character dialed in.

I used this with both my Les Paul and Fender Jazz and both sound great. The bass with a little bit of drive and character sounds ridiculously good, reminsicent of The Ox/Entwistle.

Also, special mention for the clarity and definition of the driven tones here -- aggressive but clear. This is a fantastic pedal!

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Analog !!

By Voodoohighway66

from Boulder

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series Leeds Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I?ve had the tech 21 Leeds pedal for about a week now and am very happy with it. It seems like all their SansAmp pedals (I own five) are exceptionally good in re-creating the type of amp that they represent. I?m sure this is because they are analog and not digital. Compared to your digital amp emulators such as line 6 injured in Digitech these just sound much more alive. After playing through one of these you will never go back to a digital emulator again, ever. The Leeds pedal, when played on the cleaner settings has a very rich almost brass like horn midrange and is very articulate and chimney. I used the pedals strictly for recording, the way I do it is I run two pedals for stereo recording. Typically I run the Blondie (Fender Emulator) through one channel and run either the Leeds, VT Bass, Liverpool or Oxford for the second channel. You can get an incredible variety of very full and rich sounds by doing this. As the last step I also run it through a ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp to make the sound even warmer. In general the cleaner sounds seem to work best.The disadvantages of this pedal are the controls are very sensitive and you cannot save presets, so you need tape and a pen to mark your settings, or else it can take a long time to figure out how you had previously set it up. Another disadvantage as compared to a digital amp emulator is that you need to buy a separate pedal for each brand of amplifier. But then again it?s better to have a handful of killers sounds than a hundred sounds that all sound lifeless! I?ve been spending three years trying to get a guitar sound in the studio that I was happy with, and have always been very disappointed. This is the first time that I was able to get the sounds I was looking for.

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