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SansAmp Classic

The design of the Classic inspired many of our products but there’s still only one original. Of all the pedal models, this is the most sophisticated. Its unconventional design not only keeps the unit compact, it is key to the wide range of sounds you can achieve. Made almost entirely by hand, the main module contains a bank of eight Character switches, which adjust the fine and subtle nuances of tonality, harmonics and dynamics. A three-position Input switch gives you a choice of pre-amp styles: Lead (Marshall®-style), Normal (Mesa Boogie®-style), and Bass (Fender®-style) which is excellent for rhythm as well as bass guitar.


The SansAmp Classic’s knob controls shape pre-amp contours, power amp contours, volume and final tone.

SansAmp Classic was specifically engineered with a flat output to provide maximum flexibility and control with external EQ.

There are countless (we know, we’ve tried) combinations and permutations for you to explore.

SansAmp Classic

Production suspended until further notice.

Actual size:
3.75" x 4.75" x 2.0" Weight 12 oz.

Operable with 9V alkaline battery or DC power supply (included in US and Canada only),
Tech 21 Model #DC1

The 3-position input switch gives you a choice of pre-amp styles:
For Marshall®-type pre-amps with mid-range and highs emphasized For Mesa Boogie®-type pre-amps For Fender®-type pre-amps (excellent for rhythm guitar as well as bass)
The 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.
Sample 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®.
SansAmp Classic - Musical Snapshots
Style Short Sample
Blues Listen
Country Listen
EJ Style Listen
Hard Rock Listen
Jazz Listen

To hear all full length SansAmp Musical Snapshots, click HERE.

SansAmp Musical Snapshots were produced by Gnome Productions, Los Angeles, CA. 
Synclavier programming and guitar performances are by Bruce Nazarian and John March.

Please 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 used...
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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