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Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series U.S. Steel Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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  • Mid dial
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The Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series U.S. Steel Distortion pedal just keeps delivering blistering distortion and searing lead tones. Every nu-metal chunk, every modern rock slab—it's all in the Tech 21 U.S. Steel pedal. Back off for smoky blues or use the SansAmp U.S. Steel to ignite the rage of an uber-gain rectifier. Emulating the massive Celestion-powered chunk of a closed-back cab, the muscle-bound Tech 21 U.S. Steel distortion pedal is here to raise hell and steal your girl.

The U.S. Steel pedal's level and drive controls work like a traditional, well-equipped amp. Low, Mid and High are active controls, providing a wide array of tonal possibilities. Then there's the unique Character knob. This continuously-variable control moves seamlessly between different model voicings, covering vintage, high-gain and face-melting lead tones. The Character and Mid controls, and the speaker emulations, are all engineered to personify the specific amplifier traits and speakers associated with each amplifier type.

Tech 21 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 effects pedals 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 set-up, or run directly into the mixer of a PA system.

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

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Simply Awesome!

By WyattIsburg

from South Dakota

About Me Professional Musician


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


    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series U.S. Steel Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I have been playing for almost 20 years and have tried many different stompboxes and amps. I have a modified Boss metal zone that sounds awesome. This pedal is just as good. I could never find a good Distortion box with a Mid option. But finally, Tech21 delivered a great sounding pedal. simply amazing! I run this through the face of a Line 6 spidervalve 60. And it sounds better than most of the distortions on that amp. I just use a straight Vox AC30 simulator or the Fender Clean simulator and this sounds great through it. Definately going to check out the British version of this pedal series... I play in cover bands and worship bands and this pedal covers a great Mesa style sounds. Definately love it. I am not sure about the speak simulater button I just leave it disengaged through the front end of the amp. But the range of eq, level, sweep, and distortion is amazing.

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    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


    Great options on tone!!!!

    By Kaping

    from Rural, VA

    Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series U.S. Steel Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is a great sounding pedal! Lots of adjustments to dial up your perfect tone! I love it!!! I beefed up the highs backed off the mids and beefed up the lows! The tone is what I've been looking for!!!! I may change my name to Killswitch!!!!!!!!!

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    (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


    A little muddy.

    By mr.title

    from miami, fl

    Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series U.S. Steel Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal isn't as heavy as it advertises. Good for some kinds of metal, but nothing extreme like death metal. I don't normally like to turn the treble up on my amp or pedals, but I had to with this one. The character knob seems like it's just a hi-cut knob. It makes your guitar sound deeper, like you switched to the neck pickup and lowered the presence on your amp. It somewhat gives you the sound of a marshal amp as advertised, but it sounds dull even with the treble cranked up. You really need to use this pedal in combination with your amps eq. It also makes a little more hiss then either of my 3 boss pedals, but nothing that bad. It sounds similiar to Radial's distortion pedals, namely the hollywood bones, but it's a little more 'realistic' then that one. Not recommend for people using amps without a presence knob.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Next best thing to a real Mesa

    By Brutus5

    from Texas

    Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series U.S. Steel Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I ordered this pedal for my Peavey triple x combo amp which has lousy distortion. I own a Mesa Boogie triple rectifier I use for bigger gigs.. best amp I've played thru.The gain is outstanding..this pedal is the closest I've gotten to the gain I get from my Mesa..the price is steep but the sound is amazing...especially at high volume..the AMT R1 is another pedal that comes close to the same distortion as the actual amp itself

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