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Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator

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The Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator costs less than the original Sans Amp, and it's easier to set up. So they compromised on sound quality, right? Not as far as we can tell! GT2 purrs and screams with the same kind of fat, warm, glowing-glass sounds heard in the original, but cost-effective manufacturing brought the price down. You select amp type, modification, and mic placement. Find the tone you want using high and low EQ, set your level, dial up distortion with the drive knob, then hit the "on" switch. The Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 is a truckload of tube amps in just one pedal!

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Tech 21SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator
 
4.8

(based on 46 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (8)
  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

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Incredible tube amp simulator!

First of all, I'm surprised at how many people think it's a "distortion box" and are plugging it into their amps like one. That's NOT what this is - it's...Read complete review

First of all, I'm surprised at how many people think it's a "distortion box" and are plugging it into their amps like one. That's NOT what this is - it's a tube amp simulator with a speaker cab emulator built in. It's designed to be used straight into a mixing board for recording or through a PA system INSTEAD of an amp, not with an amp. When used properly, it sounds EXACTLY like a cranked-up tube stack. No joke! There is nothing solid state about this sound from this thing. I play a cheap Mexican strat with DiMarzio HS-3s and I can get a MESA "rectifier" tone from this. The designer discovered what it is about tube amps that make them sounds that way. He's not giving out his secret, but he did say it's NOT the tubes. He knows what he's talking about, because this thing sounds exactly like one when used as a direct box, the way it's intended to be used.

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A Good Pedal that Breaks

This pedal definitely has good amp modulation, but I had mine for just over a year before it broke. I took it in to the shop and they told me that the circut board...Read complete review

This pedal definitely has good amp modulation, but I had mine for just over a year before it broke. I took it in to the shop and they told me that the circut board would have to be replaced, which costs roughly the price of the pedal itself. I'm now using the pedal by that jerk from Godsmack or Disturbed or whatever and it seems a lot more solid and hasn't broken in 2+ years. The Sansamp is certainly not worth the money, unless you baby it, which I won't.

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(17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible tube amp simulator!

By OldGuitarGuy

from Winchester, VA

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Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

First of all, I'm surprised at how many people think it's a "distortion box" and are plugging it into their amps like one. That's NOT what this is - it's a tube amp simulator with a speaker cab emulator built in. It's designed to be used straight into a mixing board for recording or through a PA system INSTEAD of an amp, not with an amp. When used properly, it sounds EXACTLY like a cranked-up tube stack. No joke! There is nothing solid state about this sound from this thing. I play a cheap Mexican strat with DiMarzio HS-3s and I can get a MESA "rectifier" tone from this. The designer discovered what it is about tube amps that make them sounds that way. He's not giving out his secret, but he did say it's NOT the tubes. He knows what he's talking about, because this thing sounds exactly like one when used as a direct box, the way it's intended to be used.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

pleasantly surprised

By YadaYadaYada

from in the K Y

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Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

I've been searching for a simulator that was good enough to just use for practice with my bands, so I wouldn't have to pack my amp around everywhere. I've been through all the digital modeling stuff; Line 6, Vox, Boss, Digitech...... while they all had some positives they were just lacking in feel, and the Line 6 has serious latency issues. This GT2 will not replace your favorite tube amp (I'm just in love with my Mesa Boogie) but it sounds surprisingly good. I've tinkered with it quite a bit now and while it is very versatile it seems to sound best, to me, in the medium gain Marshall kind of sounds. (think old-school Rush, AC/DC, Cream, etc...) All in all I am very impressed with it. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a way to lighten the load.
Huge variety of tones you can get from this thing. Very versatile.
It's Tech 21 so it's built like a tank. No worries about quality.
Compare the price of this thing to the price of everything it simulates and it is an amazing value.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Must-Have Pedal

By Obed

from San Antonio, TX

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Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

I've owned the GT2 for a few months now and can't think of a single bad feature or experience I've had with it. I wish I had bought one of these years ago. When I picked the GT2 up at my local music store, no less than five employees who saw me getting it stopped to tell me what a good choice I made. The first time I used it on my church's worship team, the other musicians and the soundmen all asked me what I had done to make my guitar sound so good. I usually go direct with the GT2 first in a chain followed by two or three other stompboxes. At home I use it with my Peavy Transtube (not the greatest amp). Just recently I've begun to use it going direct into my Tascam 2488 for digital recording. All of these applications sound amazing.The GT2 is cheap enough for folks on a budget to pick up. And it sounds so good that I'd get it even if I had unlimited gear cash. This pedal is a must for any gigging or recording musician. It effectively eliminates the need for an amp.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great crunch, but beware of noise

By rknbacker4vr

from Los Angeles

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Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

I use the SansAmp GT2 to record directly to my Fostex multitrack recorder and the real guitar crunch/tube distortion type sounds are great. Very nice, very warm crunch. This pedal is really simple to use and the manual is easy to read (this may be one of the easiest out there). The only complaint I have is that this is a noisy pedal. There is a fizz sound that is there no matter how low you push the volume/drive level. I had to buy a noise suppression pedal to tame the fizz. So if you are looking to use this pedal to record direct, I recommend buying a noise suppression pedal / noise gate as well.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Headphone Amp!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

I originally bought this off a friend a few years ago who was selling off some of his guitars and effects to buy a high end guitar...his loss my gain! I was looking for a headphone amp to use (baby in the house) and nothing I tried met my needs, until my friend let me borrow this. Putting a headphone jack halfway into the output of the GT2 gives you a stereo sound, and the speaker emulation takes away that dryness you get plugging into a regular guitar amp. I even use this through a pair of high end computer speakers with a 100W subwoofer...WOW! If you follow the sample settings and go from there, you'll see how awesome this unit is. My friend didn't have the patience to get the settings right, so take you time and work with this one! The clean sound isn't my cup of tea by itself but works great with a chorus attached to it.I've recorded directly with this and for home hobbyists/practicing musicians you can't beat how great it sounds, especially if you play metal. The Marshall/Mesa tones are just phenominal! If you own one try it as a headphone amp, you may surprise yourself.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

old gt2

By Offline Strat

from Reno

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Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

I have the old version of the GT2 from early to mid 90s and it is a great analog amp modeling effect. It sound realy great with my tube amp and gives it a little more clarity and sustain. One thing, it can create the sound of various amps but only if your running it through an amp that has the frequency dynamics. For example, It can't get a true SRV type tone through an amp that emphasizes the upper mids and has no bottom. Nevertheless, this was the deal before digitech invented the digital modeling processors for amp modeling. Because it's analoge it works great with my tube amp.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME!

By boomshakalaka

from NY

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Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

this thing is the bomb! i got it about a month ago and it has improved my overall tone on and off stage. no matter what kind of amp you have, this little "god box" as my bassist and i have one (he has a different model for bass) can make tones form anything from blues to the heaviest metal you can think of.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pedal !!!!

By Felix Langstieh

from Shillong,India.

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Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

This is by far one of the greatest pedals I've ever bought.To me it sound far more better than any of the other bigger names!!!You can posssibly get any tone you want at any volume and the noise level is also very less compared to others.The only thing is that you can't store incase you want different sounds so you'll have to tweak everytime you want a change in tone.But ofcourse it's an analog pedal.That is why I am considering to upgrade to the PSA where you can also store your tweaks.But the GT2 will also always be in my arsenal whether as a backup or whatever!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply Awesome

By Philip John

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

I've gone thru a lot of distortion/overdrive pedals in my time (RAT, Tube Screamer, Overdrive, Metal Zone etc) and this blows them all away! I would not even consider another effect. I cant recommend it enuff.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best pedal

By ChevelleSS396

from New Bern, NC

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

I just got this pedal and al I can say is for the value I am truly impressed. The "tweed" setting is all vintage fender, which is a blues player's dream. When it comes to rock hit the "California" setting, which is made to sound like a Boogie. The distortion on the Boogie setting is absolutely what I was looking for. This is by far the best pedal I have ever purchased.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A Good Pedal that Breaks

By Infinite Tyler

from Tucson, AZ

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Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

This pedal definitely has good amp modulation, but I had mine for just over a year before it broke. I took it in to the shop and they told me that the circut board would have to be replaced, which costs roughly the price of the pedal itself. I'm now using the pedal by that jerk from Godsmack or Disturbed or whatever and it seems a lot more solid and hasn't broken in 2+ years. The Sansamp is certainly not worth the money, unless you baby it, which I won't.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome!

By Francho

from Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

This lil' black box is awsome, best distorsion i've ever heard from a stompbox, and if u dont like it, just turn some knobs and find ur sound is easy. the only thing i miss, and i know it wasnt build for this, is maybe the option of an extra footswitch to change between ditortions. but i know is impossible 'cause it would make it digital. anyway is amazing, about quality i know it will last for years, 'cause i bought it used and abused and still works perfect. This one really deserves a try.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Convincing tube tone!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

I own a couple of different tube amps, and when you plug this thing directly into the board, or your recording studio, it sounds just like a tube amp. The best direct distortion sound that I have ever heard in my life. It doesn't sound thin and/or digital like the POD or Boss units. Full, warm, thick, powerfull sound! Good focused bass, not muddy at all. Very smooth Treble as well. This is the only unit that makes my ESP baritone sound good direct, and I've tried plenty!Only thing negative that I noticed is that there is a very quiet hum on the highest gain settings. Very slight though. Most real tube amps hum a little anyway. If you use this with a graphic EQ, you will have all the tone you will ever need for recording, or even PA aplications for live gigs.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

6 nights a week

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

I've used this pedal a lot....... I mean alot. Gig after gig after gig. You can dial up almost any tone. The best part is it's analog. People forget what that sounds like and smells like in the digital world. Put this in front of a tube amp and it's butter. I will say I do have to replace the switch once a year but the people at tech 21 are very nice about it.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply the best

By Chuk

from Michigan

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

The only modeler that has too much distortion and sustain! All the others don't have enough. Sell your Pod and buy this!! Sounds great in the studio.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best pedal I've ever used

By Selly

from Nashville

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Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

This is hands down the end-all to anyone's distortion needs. Do yourself a favor and spend the extra cash for a pedal you can use for the rest of your life. Any tone you want you can pull out of this pedal if you use it right, and it's perfect for recording. I went through trying out a bunch of different digital pieces before I got fed up with their terrible distortion and then got this. I've never been more pleased.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The Best I've found

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

I've used everything from dan-o's, ds-1's, tube screamers, you name it, this pedal can do it and then some. absolutely the best pedal i've found.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedal

By The Offshore Accounts

from China

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Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

This pedal will give you great tone for recording or even live. It gives a lot of clarity and character to your instrument's tone. I've used it for recording both electric guitar and electric mandolin. The analog signal gives a definite pick-me-up to both, much better than any digital solution.For the price, they should have included a power supply. I'm afraid of wear and tear taking the battery in and out, since the chip board is also exposed when you take off the battery cover.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GOOD PEDAL!

By CTROCK

from Houston Texas

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

    this is a great pedal for rock or hard rock sound from the 70 or 80 sound, but for real heavy metal sound u cannot get a good sound from this pedal! i love the clean SRV sound from this pedal. check out my videos.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Works Grest

    By boomer1

    from dadeville, al

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

    I wish there were a way to switch from a clean rhythm to a dirty lead with a foot switch.

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