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Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Distortion Bass Effects Pedal   

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The Tech 21 VT Bass SansAmp Character Series Bass Pedal delivers the sound of a tower of power pumping through a stack of 10" speakers. The VT Bass i...Read More

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The Tech 21 VT Bass SansAmp Character Series Bass Pedal delivers the sound of a tower of power pumping through a stack of 10" speakers. The VT Bass is just the bass pedal for bass players who demand to be heard and want legendary bass tone. From chunky funk with the ubiquitous flip-top to the higher-gain growl of indie rock, this Tech 21 bass effects pedal has range to spare. Still need more? Lean on the Character control for the fat, distorted sound of Crimson and King's X-it all sounds massive. From clean SVT thump to dirty, earth-quaking crunch, with the VT Bass pedal you just dial it in.

Each effects pedal in the Tech 21 Character Series, including the VT Bass Pedal, is loaded with tonal DNA for a specific style of guitar amplifier. By simply twisting a few knobs, you can build those sought-after tones or hot-rod your own. From rare vintage classics to roaring modern icons, every variation is delivered in the distinctive voicing of that amp style. The intuitive amp-like controls on Tech 21 Character Series pedals let you get your hands dirty from the get-go while you explore decades of blistering tones.

Being a genuine SansAmp, each Tech 21 Character Series pedal is way more than a stompbox. Each pedal can be used as a standalone preamp to drive a power amp, a studio mixer, or a PA system, with the rich SansAmp cabinet emulation that sounds huge, even straight into a computer soundcard. Or plug the Tech 21 VT Bass into your bass guitar amp to take your tone on the road.

Funk, growl or crunch: The VT Bass stompbox has your back.

FEATURES
  • Character control sweeps through an entire range of tonal possibilities, modifying frequency response, attack, and drive
Character Control settings:
  • Below 12 o'clock: '70s powerhouse SVT sound
  • Around 12 o'clock: the studio-staple flip-top sound
  • Above 12 o'clock: increases gain and crunch for modern-rock and indie bass sounds
  • Full-up: distorted bass tones ranging from Yes to Crimson to King's X sound
  • Level, Low, Mid, High, and Drive controls

Add some Character to your bass lines! Order the VT Bass today.

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Tech 21SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Distortion Bass Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (3)
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5.0

Very pleased with this purchase

By Skittles

from Oklahoma

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Distortion Bass Effects Pedal:

    Excellent sound quality. Very versatile.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass Technology

    By Mike

    from PA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Distortion Bass Effects Pedal:

      An amazing piece of gear for bass players.Dusty Hill.John Entwistle,Geddy Lee,and Gene Simmons sound all in one pedal.Its fantastic!

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      5.0

      UPDATE: LOVIN" IT!

      By Tuna27

      from Connecticut

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backline
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Distortion Bass Effects Pedal:

        Just an update to my review from 1-9-13. After two years of hard use I am totally into this pedal. Felxible, reliable, and REPEATABLE tones. No failures, no noise. It is capable of making just about any amp sound anyway you want (ok, it depends what you want and what you're working with). It has become the most important pedal I have except for the tuner, and that simply sums up a whole lot of praise. Fantastic value. If you like SVTs you will love the VT BASS. It delivers that and way more.

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        5.0

        Excellent sound, fun to use.

        By Old bass-man

        from South Jersey

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Distortion Bass Effects Pedal:

        I really enjoy this pedal. I am able to achieve a wide range of sounds. Playing through with passive pickups gives such warm tones. Really fun.
        Bought the DC 2 power supply to go with it. Its a no brainer. Buying from Musicians Friend was, as always, an ideal experience.

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        5.0

        GOOD STOMP BOX FOR BASS

        By John

        from KCMO

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Big Sound
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Practice Amp

        Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Distortion Bass Effects Pedal:

        I am not usually a fan of stomp boxes. They do great things for guitars, but usually they just make basses sound funny. The BOSS Compression/Sustainer is good with taming an acoustic on overdrive/feedback, but doesn't shape tone much. I've always wanted the big warm cabinet sound out of a smaller solid state amp. This pedal hits the mark!

        I'm able to dial up some good tube sound and some nice controlled distortion. (Yes- I'm old school.) Ride up on the character and drive and you get a clean version of dirty, fuzz without static. A wide range of classic or new sounds. This pedal is pricey, but worth it.

        Note, this pedal does a lot of the thinking. Plug into active circuit since this bumps up the signal. You can flatten out amp drive and EQ. Do sound control at the pedal and in your pickup. Works like a charm. I'll be working with this one for quite a while. Good product.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        So glad I bought this pedal!

        By Scottymurk

        from KCMO

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Everything
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • No power supply included

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Distortion Bass Effects Pedal:

        Warm up before you first plug in because this pedal is so much fun to play through you won't want to stop. I have pretty good pre amps on my interface and bass sounded "ok" plugged straight in, but this pedal takes it to a 'whole nutha level'. Fat and warm tones like you've heard on recordings you love. Just buy it.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not Bad At All

        By Tuna27

        from Connecticut

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        Pros

        • Almost Tubelike
        • Smooth And Quiet
        • Wide Range Of Effect

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Distortion Bass Effects Pedal:

          After trying many boxes on a search to emulate the warmth of tubes in whatever I plug into, this is may be about as close as you can get without an actual tube in the preamp. In my opinion, this sounds better than the MarkBass Distorsore which actually has a tube driver (but not a 12AX7)! As is often the case, the controls are quite sensitive. The results from careful tweaking range from a fairly warm and wide Hi-Fi sound to the velvet of an SVT to the whatever wild overdrive one might be seeking. Close to "Tubeyness", but still just a touch synthetic. It seems fairly well made: the pots have just the right tension, the jacks have a positive feel, the stomp activation has a light touch (maybe too light)and the case is rugged metal. This is a keeper, but I still prefer the TubeWorks BlueTube which has not been made in years; it runs a 12AX7 tube with an internal AC supply. Still, my old BlueTube is noisy, and the VT Bass is nice and quiet. But if you want the organic warmth of tubes, you need the tube that does it.

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Even Better Than I Expected

          By Al

          from Burke, VA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Live performance
            • Professional Recording
            • Rearsal - Direct To Mixer

            Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Distortion Bass Effects Pedal:

            I rarely find that pedals/effects help a bass guitar sound better in a busy band mix. When I do, it's usually something like compression or EQ - I occassionally use a Diamond Bass Comp, Aguilar Tone Hammer and/or Aguilar TLC Comp. However, I have to admit that the VT Bass has become an exception. It is an excellent tool for both "sound shapping" (used prior to a bass amp as an effect) and for "direct to PA/power amp/recording console" applications. Since getting the VT Bass I've yet to play a gig without having it in line before my amp. My Warwicks and MM Sterling along with my Mesa Carbine amps/PH cabs and GK MB amps/NEO cabs combinations all tend to have a more "modern, high fidelity sound". Although I enjoy their quick, punchy response and how distinctly they sit in the mix, I've always wondered if there was a way to get just a touch of tube warmth added in (a little more like my Mesa Walkabout, but without the "soft edged, blooming bass" characteristic). The VT Bass allows me to dial in a bit of that "old school tube warmth" and still deliver it with a fast, clean, clear punch that helps the bass sit nicely in the mix. I play everything from Rock to Country to Bluegrass and I find the VT Bass addds something I like to all those styles. This is one of my favorite pieces of gear and, for the money, there isn't a single thing I can think of that can provide so many useful/useable options to re-shape your sound in real time. While it certainly doesn't do everything the amps/cabs it seeks to model can, you would be hard pressed to find fault in a live performance situation in terms of what it delivers versus what it was designed to do. Additionally, it's analog (which also helps with long battery life), introduces no noise (either when on or off) and doesn't alter the basic tone of the instrument when I have it in line, but switched off. Having this newer version which allows the cabinet simulation to be switched on or off is a big plus over the original as I tend to like using the pedal without the cab sim engaged. Deisgned and built in the USA, great price and a great sound - I'm not sure it gets better than that for me.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best money any bassist can spend.

            By Jim

            from Southern New England

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Outstanding tone
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording
              • Sounds good everywhere

              Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Distortion Bass Effects Pedal:

              The Sansamp VT Bass makes any bass rig sound better. It utilizes a combination of eq, overdrive, unique tone circuitry, and cabinet emulation to achieve exceptional tone from your bass guitar. While I am not sure that it will make any bass rig sound like an SVT amp and a 8x10 cab, it certainly translates the positive characteristics of this setup into whatever it's put inline with.
              Build quality is top notch, as is the case with all Tech21 products.
              Price is well worth it. If there is only ONE thing you can afford to buy to make your bass sound awesome, make it this.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Totally A Tone Box!!!

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              By JDM2010

              from Winchester KY

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              Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Distortion Bass Effects Pedal:

              This little pedal has everything I need in it and it works like a charm. The tone you get from this little box makes any disadvantages almost non existant. I wish it would come with a XLR out though. Great product Sansamp!
              The character control is very useful for me. I play mostly rock and this little box has everything you would need out of a high priced Ampeg Bass Rig.
              Lets just put it this way. I have dropped it several times over the first 2 weeks of owning it and it still works fine. It even survived a fall off of my dad's tool box on his truck to the pavement below. It still works like new and will definetly be a part of my sound for years to come!
              For a measely cost its worth every penny for a Versitile tone pedal. Don't think about the price just buy it your bandmates will thank you later!

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