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Tech 21 SansAmp Classic Preamp

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Still made almost entirely by hand, the Tech 21 SansAmp Classic Preamplifier contains a bank of eight character switches, which adjust the fine and s...Click To Read More About This Product

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A long-revered preamp classic that gives a great range of tones!

Still made almost entirely by hand, the Tech 21 SansAmp Classic Preamplifier contains a bank of eight character switches, which adjust the fine and subtle nuances of tonality, harmonics, and dynamics. A 3-position input switch gives you a choice of preamp styles: Lead (for Marshall-type preamps), Normal (for Mesa Boogie-type preamps), and Bass (for Fender-type preamps). The knob controls shape preamp contours, power amp contours, volume, and final tone.


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4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

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wonderful

Despite its intimidating price? the tech 21 sans amp classic is by far one of the best pieces of equipment I have ever purchased? I play it through an American strat with my Marshall...Read complete review

Despite its intimidating price? the tech 21 sans amp classic is by far one of the best pieces of equipment I have ever purchased? I play it through an American strat with my Marshall tube, and the sound is I get is purely phenomenal? I bought it about two years after I got my Boss Ds-1? now I use them both to create superb noise? it falls between a grungy punk to a warm classic dirty tone? or at least that?s what I?ve seen so far? this pedal has so many features that it can take you anywhere and everywhere while continuously surprising you? my only criticism is that whenever I plug it in, even if it is down low, it gives off quite a hiss and buzz? but don?t take my word for it? it could be my amp? anywho? this is my main distortion and it has fully satisfied my need for effects? I don?t think I?ll ever buy another distortion pedal? highly recommended for anyone who can?t really find that ideal sound?

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Not what I was looking for...

When I first purchased the Sansamp, the pedal was defected, so I had it replaced by a brand new one a week later.The Sansamp Classic was not designed to be used as a distortion...Read complete review

When I first purchased the Sansamp, the pedal was defected, so I had it replaced by a brand new one a week later.The Sansamp Classic was not designed to be used as a distortion stomp-box, but rather a preamp that emulates the tube tones of the big names, Marshall, Mesa/Boogie and Fender. It has many good features, offering a variety of tones. I didn't mind the little dip switches, seeing as how the pedal was not designed for quick changes during a set. Recorded directly, the pedal sounded fantastic, especially for leads, however chords always sounded a bit muddy and messy, even with the gain and presence set very low. However, it nails the Van Halen and ACDC tone convincingly.Through an amp however, I found the Sansamp sound to be very thin and lacking in character in all settings, with both my strat and my PRS guitars. I found my clean tone much better when I wasn't using the pedal, and the overdrive, although nice, raw and crunchy, does get muddy.Feeling that it was not worth the price, I ended up returning the Sansamp Classic. It does not emulate the sound or character of tube amps as I had expected. If you are looking for a neat tool to use for direct recording, or get that grungy power-chord sound like Nirvana, this might be for you.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Saved my rear end at a gig.

By Moofungus

from CA

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I had to play a last minute gig across country a while back. All that I was able to bring with me was a suitcase full of pedals and cords and my guitar. I had to play out of someones crap single channel amp while I am use to high gain amps with lots of options. This was the only pedal that had enough output to match the volume of my clean setting. Though the sansamp was intended for direct recording it made up the price of entry in one show.

 
5.0

Great Distortion Predal!!!!!

By Pushing_Forward

from Miami , FL

I've played with everything trying to get that powerful live sound without all the hissing and messy distortion coming out of my rig, but the moment i plugged this in i was hooked, it made my marshall get that powerful tight distortion i was looking for, this is a great pedal and worth every cent!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sounds great! Used by the legendary Kurt Cobain!A+

By Jim-Hl9hY

from Moreno Valley, CA

Sounds great! Used by the legendary Kurt Cobain!A+ Defently worth the money!

 
3.0

Not what I was looking for...

By Phil-uwzWX

from Vancouver, Canada

When I first purchased the Sansamp, the pedal was defected, so I had it replaced by a brand new one a week later.The Sansamp Classic was not designed to be used as a distortion stomp-box, but rather a preamp that emulates the tube tones of the big names, Marshall, Mesa/Boogie and Fender. It has many good features, offering a variety of tones. I didn't mind the little dip switches, seeing as how the pedal was not designed for quick changes during a set. Recorded directly, the pedal sounded fantastic, especially for leads, however chords always sounded a bit muddy and messy, even with the gain and presence set very low. However, it nails the Van Halen and ACDC tone convincingly.Through an amp however, I found the Sansamp sound to be very thin and lacking in character in all settings, with both my strat and my PRS guitars. I found my clean tone much better when I wasn't using the pedal, and the overdrive, although nice, raw and crunchy, does get muddy.Feeling that it was not worth the price, I ended up returning the Sansamp Classic. It does not emulate the sound or character of tube amps as I had expected. If you are looking for a neat tool to use for direct recording, or get that grungy power-chord sound like Nirvana, this might be for you.

 
5.0

wonderful

By Pat025789

from earth

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Despite its intimidating price? the tech 21 sans amp classic is by far one of the best pieces of equipment I have ever purchased? I play it through an American strat with my Marshall tube, and the sound is I get is purely phenomenal? I bought it about two years after I got my Boss Ds-1? now I use them both to create superb noise? it falls between a grungy punk to a warm classic dirty tone? or at least that?s what I?ve seen so far? this pedal has so many features that it can take you anywhere and everywhere while continuously surprising you? my only criticism is that whenever I plug it in, even if it is down low, it gives off quite a hiss and buzz? but don?t take my word for it? it could be my amp? anywho? this is my main distortion and it has fully satisfied my need for effects? I don?t think I?ll ever buy another distortion pedal? highly recommended for anyone who can?t really find that ideal sound?

 
5.0

Woohoo!

By Brendan-9FJ2b

from Bamberg, Germany

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I've played through this for years. I've used it in a rock band in Iraq, with a jazz combo in Germany, as a recording device, as a distortion pedal, as a clean solo boost, preamp direct to board. It takes a while to find "the sound," but once you find what you're looking for it's far superior to Line 6. (I've had a Vetta and a Pod.) I play a PRS McCarty Archtop, an Ernie Ball Steve Morse, or a custom made Rahan guitar through Mesas or Twins. I no longer use the Vetta.

 
5.0

Amazing pedal

By Guitar Freak-hR59x

from Nashville, TN

I have had this for two years and It sounds great.I can get tones like Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Brian May and Eric Clapton. Even sounds like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. It sounds great through tube and solid state amps.

 
4.0

Awesome...but

By Jboogie

from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I just got the Tech 21 classic and it's worth the money BUT I wish I wasn't afraid to use it in a live situation. It is not inexpensive so the fear of it getting wrecked or ripped off is a concern. I haven't begun to tap into the true sonics of this device but so far THE BEST pc. of equipment I have bought in the last year or so...

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

tinny tinny tinny

By Turnips In My Bottom

from Brownwood, TX

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I got this in 1992. Seeing the stellar reviews I've always heard about the SansAmp Classic, I can only remark that there's got to be something wrong with mine. From day one I was blown away by the basic sound, EXCEPT for the fact that it has always been really THIN-SOUNDING. Once in awhile I'll dig this thing back up again and try to mess with it. If I try to goose the bass to compensate it doesn't work; it just sounds weird. Yes, I've tried every conceivable combination of slider settings. Yes, I've tried it direct and thru amps. Same basic result. It's really too bad 'cos it's got a realistic, raw amp sound to it, except it's too tinny. If the sound was fuller, it would be the best box ever made. Yes, I've tried EQ's before it AND after it. It's useful for making muddy-sounding guitars (such as Gibson SG's) sound like Squier Telecasters.

 
5.0

Newer doesn't mean better

By mfergel

from Richmond, VA

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I've had this unit since they were first introduced. It's amazing at the number of amp/cabinet simulators have been released since then. However, just because those units are newer doesn't mean they are better. Sure, a lot of them now contain onboard f/x processors, etc., but if you need a great sounding direct to tape amp emulator, this is it. I have gotten some of the best recorded guitar tones with this unit.

 
5.0

Really Good Distortion

By Wiseman of the New Rising Sun

from Orange County, CA

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This pedal is really useful for distortion. I've never gotten such a great sound with anything else. That's why I never gave it back to my friend!

 
5.0

Amazing Pedal

By FenderRocks-cZT9m

from Clarkesville, Ga

This pedal is made for gigs!!... Amazing pedal. I use it for my main distortion... it gets a real powerful thick distortion and the best that I have ever heard.. I've used a lot of different types of distortion and this is by far the best!!

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