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Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass Deluxe Distortion Effects Pedal

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The deluxe version Tech 21 SansAmp VT Bass Distortion pedal boasts a combination of a warm, all-analog signal path and convenient digital recall. There are 6 program locations and dual inputs for 2 in... Click To Read More About This Product

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The deluxe version Tech 21 SansAmp VT Bass Distortion pedal boasts a combination of a warm, all-analog signal path and convenient digital recall. There are 6 program locations and dual inputs for 2 instruments to be online, ready to go. Create 3 custom tones for each input or use all 6 locations for a single instrument.

You can program the FX loop to engage your favorite effect each time you select its designated preset. The SansAmp VT Bass Deluxe is super-simple to operate-changes can easily be made on the fly-without having to refer to the owner's manual. You just turn the knobs to a setting you like, double-click on a footswitch, and it's saved in that channel.

The Tech 21 SansAmp VT Bass Deluxe distortion pedal's level and drive controls work like a traditional, well-equipped amp. Low, mid and high are active controls, providing a wider array of tonal possibilities. The Character knob is continuously-variable moving seamlessly between different model voicings, covering vintage, high-gain, and face-melting lead tones.

The 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.

Tech 21 SansAmp products 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 setup, or run directly into the mixer of a PA system.


  • True Bypass
  • Level dial
  • Mid dial
  • Character dial
  • Drive dial
  • Low dial
  • High dial
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By Jay Omega

from Seattle

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

I've been using the Sans Amp Bass DI for a few years as my preamp and was very satisfied. I bought this because of the switchable effects loop, it's ability to get power from mixing board, and programmable switching scheme. So far it's been amazing. It's more responsive to touch than the Bass DI. That is, you can set it so that it's on the threshold of breaking up with normal picking/plucking then when you dig in you can make it grind real nice. Love that! I like being able to switch between a normal rock sound, and more distorted sound, and then to a more radical grind. Very nice! The programmable effects loop is a great feature too. The only complaint, and it's very minor, is that there's a slight delay when switching setting via footswitch. Not a big deal considering all the pluses. This pedal has replaced my Sans Amp Bass DI. It's a winner.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Best Sound I've Heard!!

By Barry Conaway

from Palm Bay, Florida

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

Honestly, this predal/preamp is the best money I've spent on bass gear yet. I've only ever messed with the tone controls on my bass and amp, never even considered a preamp. However, after reading some reviews, I decided to try out this amazing gizmo. My rig has never sounded so good. I managed to get the tone of Justin Chancellor (Tool) and Dean Bernardini (Chevelle) something I've always strived for but, never really fully achieved. I also tweaked some sick, nasty distortion on this thing, making my old boss bass distortion look amateur. I highly recommend this preamp to any and all bass players. You'll never hear a better sound or tone.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Wow- Oh my goodness!!! A powerful roaring machine!!!


from Long Beach, CA

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

Incredible product- just scooped this bad boy up last week to pair with my Squier jazz bass and WOW!!! The power and explosion that this product delivers is off the charts. I'm a huge Rush/Geddy Lee and Yes/Chris Squire fan and wanted a classic growling tone that was somewhat in the same galaxy as those guys- I was able to do it with this!! All the knobs are incredibly sensitive and powerful, allowing you to dial in on a limitless amount of tones from soft jazz bass sounds to grungy and distorted sounds to a classic and progressive rock growl like I desired. The 'Level' knob will turn your small "8" inch Fender starter amp into a Marshall stack that will blow out your neighbors!!! Six presets allow you to save your favorite tones- A truly special and amazing product- worth the money and couldn't be happier!! Thanks Tech21/Sansamp!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


All you need to get a classic tone out of a sterile amp

By John B jr.

from Sunnyvale, CA

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

    This pedal brings all kinds of life to a solid state amp and/or a passive bass. As you know, it takes up a lot of space on a pedal-board but maybe not as much as a separate DI plus a three band EQ plus an ABY switcher. Now add in the Character, Drive and Level knobs that interact with the EQ to produce a variety of sounds that you can assign to presets with or without an effects loop in play. That would take a half dozen little pedals.

    Other than min, max and the center detent, it's not easy to find the same settings on the guitar or amp so having these shortcuts gives me less to worry about on a gig and more to play with while practicing. There is a reward for tinkering with the knobs to find the best mix to keep handy.

    There are others that you may want to consider if you don't really need/want everything this one does. Any of the other "Character" series Sansamps, the Darkglass B7K, the Radial Tone Bone along with new pedals from Ampeg and Two Notes are among similar pedals with slightly different feature sets.

    Outside of a full-on processor, I don't think any of them have six distinct tones under foot. Do you need that many? Do I? I use the first one for nice thick blues notes, the second for mid-rangy rock and the third has a touch of dirt. The second bank is set up like the first but with a little more of whatever I'm aiming for. This allows for a weaker bass to be put into the second input or just having a way to punch up the sound.

    I also use the direct out for the board and the parallel out for a second channel that can be clean or spiked with whatever effect I like. Two ins and three outs is just right for me. The loop, of course, is yet another I/O pair. That's how I keep my tuner out of the signal path. So the VT Deluxe or it's cousins can operate as the central element of a pedal board or can effectively be the board without a board and all the pesky little cables that go with it.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Amazing pedal


    from North East MD

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

    My main stage rig is powered by the Tech-21 VT-Bass 1000 amp head. My biggest problem was reproducing the character sound(s) I wanted with my smaller gig/practice amp. I had the Sansamp pedal but it wasn't doing it. I did not realize that the same tone circuitry was available in a pedal, until I was browzing the Tech-21 site one day. This pedal gives me my big rig sound in a smaller, more portable package. You can get ANY character bass sound you want out of this pedal. IF you plug it into the return input of the fx loop on your amp (do NOT use the send) it bypasses your amp preamp controls and you get just the pedal an your preamp. PLus it has an fx loop itself that works great. Another plus is its direct box function for recording. I highly recommend this pedal.


    Holy Faerie Dust, Bassman!!!


    from Salem, Oregon

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

    Makes a whole world of difference in available tones, that are usable and relevant, even on my $300 Ibanez GSR206 (which was mis-marked @ $197 and the GC staff insisted on honoring the lower-marked price a couple of years back during their local Grand Opening weekend). The VT Bass Deluxe lives up to all of my expectations, and it brings out the best in my bass, and gives me the ability to have any tonality I can think of when playing my favs. I use the Parallel Out to a second amp for live, or into a second channel on the mixer when recording direct, and the sound is so full, rich & textured, that it fools me into thinking that I'm not playing along with the music (bass mostly stripped from the tracks) until I make a mistake or stop playing and realize that all those sounds of the "Rickenbacker" or hot "Fender Jazz" I was admiring was coming from my inexpensive Ibanez GIO 6-string bass, my Rotosound strings (SM666 Swing Bass) and my own fingers. The box is sold, the siwtched sturdy & smooth as butter, and it changes instantly with no clicks or pops from switch to switch & bank to bank. No discernible noise at rest, either. Very happy with my purchase!

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