Tech 21 Sans Amp Character Series VT Bass - Great Tone, No Amp Required

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The Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass

by Jacob Roberts

There are many good sounding bass amps out there, and I've had a couple nice ones of my own (Ashdown, Ampeg, Eden to be specific). However, when recording I have rarely used a bass amp and as a result end up getting a very clean but fairly sterile sound. I know many friends that like to plug direct into the DI when playing live and also end up with very little "character" in their tone.

I guess using the word "character" is a good segue into the Character Series from Tech 21. I came across the VT Bass pedal and was originally drawn to the cosmetic of the box. It looked like an SVT grill, which I thought was cool, so I tried it.

I could go on and on but let me just say that I have never encountered a pedal (or amp that wasn't filled with tubes and weighed a hundred pounds) that gave me that "dynamic grit" when I played it. By "dynamic grit" I mean that when you dig into the string you get a response that has power, meaning and yes... Character.

I have turned a few friends onto this pedal and they all use it as a direct preamp. I do this as well when recording and in live situations use it as the front end going into my Ashdown MAG300. It has become an integral part of my bass rig.

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