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Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator  

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It's less costly than the original Sans Amp, and it's even easier to set up. So the folks at Tech 21 must have compromised on sound quality, right? Not as far as we can tell! GT2 purrs and screams wit... Click To Read More About This Product

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It's less costly than the original Sans Amp, and it's even easier to set up. So the folks at Tech 21 must have 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. A truckload of tube amps in a pedal!

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Tech 21SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best pedal for the job

I cant say enuff about this pedal. I've tried them all; BOSS Overdrive, Ibanez Tube Screamer, Super Distortion, Metal Zone and many others and this pedal blows them all away. It can...Read complete review

I cant say enuff about this pedal. I've tried them all; BOSS Overdrive, Ibanez Tube Screamer, Super Distortion, Metal Zone and many others and this pedal blows them all away. It can make a small practice amp into a beast. You will NOT be dissappointed...GET IT!

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Not Impressed

First, let me say I a Tech 21 Bass Driver DI and a Tech 21 RK 5 Fly Rig, and those are outstanding products. I thought I would love the GT2, but I...Read complete review

First, let me say I a Tech 21 Bass Driver DI and a Tech 21 RK 5 Fly Rig, and those are outstanding products. I thought I would love the GT2, but I was let down with this one. It just sounds hollow and gainy. There is not depth to its tone. To me, when I run it direct into the house, it does not sound like an amp emulator. Instead, it sounds like I am using a distortion pedal as a preamp. Not good. I get the same sort of effect when I put it in front of an amp as well. I was getting better Marshall and Fender tones from a Line 6 Pod when compared to the GT2.

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5.0

Great sound...simple design.

By Eric the hack.

from Seattle

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

    I was looking for something that would help the sound of my customized tele (Dimarzio PAF-style neck pickup) direct into both my audio interface and my looping station.

    This thing does the trick beautifully. Great versatility, from the clean Fender to the raunchy Mesa settings.

    Very simple and easy to use.

     
    5.0

    Another Hit by Tech 21

    By PDA

    from Hartford, CT

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 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:

      As I bass player who plays rock music, I really enjoy using the family of Tech 21 sansamp products. The GT2 sansamp is unique from the other sansamp pedals in the sense that is has more distortion capability than the other sansamps and to me it seems that the GT2 has a much more fatter and deeper tube bass tone than the other sansamps as well. I primarily use the GT2 for heavy distortions for heavier rock songs as well as a nice deep, clean sounding tube amp sound for more mellow/funky style tunes for finger and slap style.

       
      5.0

      All I needed for some serious tone!

      By Jules

      from South GA

      About Me Novice

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

          I bought this to play my Epiphone through for recording. You can dial in whatever tube amp sound you are after. It's made in USA, too.

          The only negative thing I can say is that this thing feels a little light. I have an Ampeg SCR-DI and it is a brick and feels solid. In the real world, though, I am sure this pedal is plenty rugged. The only practical disadvantage to the weight is that I have it on a shelf and the weight of the cables makes me worry that is it going to be pulled off the shelf.

           
          2.0

          Not Impressed

          By Mike

          from Chicago

          Pros

          • Lots Of High-gain Tones

          Cons

          • Expensive For The Price
          • Hollow
          • Lack Of Clean Tones

          Best Uses

          • Direct recording

          Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

          First, let me say I a Tech 21 Bass Driver DI and a Tech 21 RK 5 Fly Rig, and those are outstanding products. I thought I would love the GT2, but I was let down with this one. It just sounds hollow and gainy. There is not depth to its tone. To me, when I run it direct into the house, it does not sound like an amp emulator. Instead, it sounds like I am using a distortion pedal as a preamp. Not good. I get the same sort of effect when I put it in front of an amp as well. I was getting better Marshall and Fender tones from a Line 6 Pod when compared to the GT2.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sansamp GT2 is a must have

          By BRUCE

          from Cleveland, TN

          Site Member

          Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

          I've been playing guitar for 40 years. This pedal completed my set up by providing true tube amp sound without the amp. It added balls and definition when placed at the end of the signal chain. I set it on Clean, Tweed and off axis, full volume with the drive set at around 10 o'clock, bass at 3/4, and flat treble. It comes after my Boss BD2 Blues Driver, which is after my DigiTech RP250. I play original roots, rock and blues - going from a slightly dirty blues tone, to a hard rock crunch depending on the song. I play in Nashville regularly and have gigged from CA to DC in the past few years. Along with my BD2, the GT2 has made a huge difference in my sound. I wish I had gotten one years ago! No more lugging around heavy amps for me!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Versatile pedal for many styles

          By MARTIN JUBB

          from Olympia WA

          Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

          First, let me say this pedal will definitely work in front of an amp. I put it in front of a clean tube amp and the sounds are everything from clean and fat to thunderous hard rock, even metal. It will sound like the best preamp or OD/Dist pedal you ever heard on a clean channel or pump up an anemic distortion sound from any amp. It also does great direct to console stuff, for recording nothing else is necessary, unless you want to. It works great just into a PA system for a no amp backup too. I love it with my American Standard Strat, it really like the single coils, but is at home on humbuckers as well. I am not saying it's perfect as nothing is, but it's the best investment in a pedal I can find. Throw a Tube screamer in front of it, and it's killer. I have tried almost all of them and it's as good as it gets, it even pulls off a decent bass sound. As far as amps go, it covers the classics, and I've owned Fenders, Marshalls, Boogies, Riveras, Peaveys, modeling amps, and I still love this little box. At least try it, you will probably love it.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Pedal!!

          By Mister Donkeypiss

          from NY, NY

          Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

          First off, I want to say that I greatly disagree with the reviewer that claimed that this pedal could not be played through an amp. I play mine through the clean channel of a tube amp and it sounds unreal! Yes, it was designed to go into a mixing console or P.A system, but I happen to know for a fact that a lot of guitar players use this as a standalone distortion pedal, especially metal players. This pedal can do everything from AC/DC type overdrive to full out heavier than heavy metal. If you're into heavy distortion, this is the pedal for you. Highly recommended!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Only Distortion Pedal I Will Ever Use

          By Nyk Bray

          from Statesville, NC

          Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

          I've had this pedal for over two years now and it's the best i have played on. In my opinion, if you like true heavy metal get this pedal with a Boss EQ and mess with them til you get your sound. I'm into Pantera and Avenged Sevenfold and the sounds i get out of the two pedals is fantastic for playing those styles but also its great for a high power distortion sound. I guarantee you will not send this pedal back once you play on it for a few weeks.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Simply mind blowing

          By Loren

          from Lynnwood, Washington

          Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

          The feel and sound of the unit is amazing. I have a '93 Fender Telecaster fitted with Noiseless Pickups. I use my Sansamp through the house and it responds just like an amp. The sound does not feel compressed and breathes. I use the Classic/High Gain/British setting. Lots of crunch and personality. Warm, ballsy and thick. I have had mine for over a decade now and it still is the number 1 preamp for electric guitar for me. Playing through the house is a joy with the Sansamp! Truly an innovation! Nice one Tech21NYC! I am going to try out the Sansamp Blonde now.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This can do anything you ask it to do

          By Rob

          from Tunkhannock, PA

          Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator:

          This pedal has just blown me away, The GT2 can do any distortion there is out there, whether its Angus Young - classic distortion, to Breaking Benjamin - hard rock distortion to even Killswitch Engage - metal distortion, this pedal will kill on those tones, i upgraded from a Digitech Grunge Pedal to this Sansamp GT2... and ill tell you the difference is AMAZING... the price is WAY worth it too.

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