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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, rig...Click To Read More About This Product

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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)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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5.0

Nails it every time!

By wisedog

from Indianapolis, IN

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

    I like to use the GT2 in front of my tube amp(clean channel), or, as a pre-amp into my effects return. It sounds great all by itself, straight to my board... but the tubes in my amp warm up & compress the sound even more! This thing is great for your foundation tone. It cleans up nicely when you roll off your guitar volume... the only thing I put in front of the GT2 is my eq & wah pedals, to boost the gain(the GT2 has plenty of gain, all by itself!). I think it's one of the best pedals in it's class available.

     
    5.0

    Amp Emulator

    By mickietee

    from Brainerd MN

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Straight through to sound system

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events

      Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

      Using to go with pedals etc. straight through to the sound system. Truly sans-amp.

       
      5.0

      Exceptional Sound

      By ET, Shredder

      from Southern Indiana

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

        This unit can run off a 9 Volt are you kidding?!!!
        No joke race fans, this is thee best analog amp modeler out there. The hi gain British setting is to die for!!
        I currently use this as a practice tool and soon to record my demos with it. No it's not a real tube amp, but wow does it come close to the tone and feel. If I had this and an amp set to ultra clean or run through the power section, any problems with sound and direct to soundboard problems would be over very quickly.
        For the cost, size, power requirements and use make it a great buy.
        Tech 21 was suggested to me when I used to play through Soldano amps. I find the ease of connecting to my home audio setup much more affordable than to replace tubes every six months.
        I have over 30 yrs live playing experience, if you young metal heads want more gain, just push the front end with your choice of overdrive pedal.

         
        5.0

        Sansamp GT2

        By Guitarshark

        from Jacksonville,Florida.

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

          This pedal will give you some great amp options but I still have my amp set-up the way I like to perform different material during a show,because I like my amps natural sound...

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GOOD PEDAL!

          By CTROCK

          from 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.

             
            5.0

            The best I've found

            By swampy

            from AZ

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

              While this is a modeling pedal intended for recording, I find that it works equally well for live performance. The output which has some compression on it, produces a lush, quality tone that fills the stage -- without being too piercing. It may take some getting used to if you have not played through a compressor much. I use it with a Brit made AC30TB. Definitely, it should be used with a clean amp. Let the pedal do the work.

               
              5.0

              SANSAMP GT2

              By DJESR313

              from Knoxville, Tn

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • No Low Impedance Output

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

              Great recording device. Sounds great thru the front end of tube amps. Clean sounds, classic rock drive and hard driving distortion. This pedal covers it all. I wish it had a low impedance output, but it still gets a 5 star rating. Try it, you'll like it.

              (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.

              (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.

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