In celebration of our 20th anniversary in 2009, we released a special relic-style version, the SansAmp Classic 20. The exterior design is taken from an actual “vintage” SansAmp pedal used on a world tour by a renowned artist. (We're not 100% sure exactly which artist it belonged to or we would tell you.) The main heart of the circuitry and inner workings were virtually unchanged.
Of the pedal formats, SansAmp Classic is the most sophisticated and a tweaker’s delight. Its unconventional design not only keeps the unit compact, it is key to the wide range of sounds you can achieve. There is a bank of eight Character switches to adjust tonality, harmonics and dynamics. A 3-position input switch gives you a choice of preamp styles: Lead (Marshall®-style),
Normal (Mesa Boogie®-style), and Bass (Fender®-style) which is excellent for rhythm as well as bass guitar. Four knob controls shape pre-amp contours, power amp contours, volume and final tone.
The SansAmp Classic was designed to recreate the natural sound of tube amplifiers -- without effects, so you can have a solid foundation of tone upon which to build. It is specifically engineered with a flat output to provide maximum flexibility and control with external EQ. The SansAmp Classic offers countless (we know, we’ve tried) combinations and permutations for you to explore.
size: 4.5" x 3.5" x 1.5" Weight 12 oz.
with 9V alkaline battery or DC power supply (included in US and
Canada only), Tech 21 Model #DC1
SansAmp Classic’s knob controls shape pre-amp contours,
power amp contours, volume and final tone.
Classic was specifically engineered with a flat output to
provide maximum flexibility and control with external EQ.
are countless (we know, we’ve tried) combinations and
permutations for you to explore.
3-position input switch gives you a choice of pre-amp styles:
Marshall®-type pre-amps with mid-range and highs emphasized
Mesa Boogie®-type pre-amps
Fender®-type pre-amps (excellent for rhythm guitar as well
knob controls shape pre-amp contours, power amp contours, volume
and final tone. With SansAmp Classic, there are countless (we
know, we've tried) permutations for you to explore.
style settings include: Vintage (AC/DC) and Hot-Wired (Van Halen)
Marshall®; Mesa Boogie®; Hiwatt®; Fender® Lead
(B.B. King), Rhythm and Bass; and Ampeg SVT®.
Musical Snapshots were produced by Gnome Productions, Los Angeles,
Synclavier programming and guitar performances are by Bruce Nazarian
and John March.
Note: These sample sounds were created in our infancy back
in late '90/early '91 and, unfortunately, no records were kept of
the SansAmp settings. Nor do we know what kinds of guitars were
We only know that the guitar tracks were recorded direct using only
a SansAmp Classic and standard studio outboard EQ and reverb equipment.
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