Tech 21 SansAmp Character Blon B-Stock

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  • Overdrive pedal
  • Character series
  • Speaker simulation can be switched on / off
  • 3-Band EQ
  • Power supply via 9V battery or with power supply (both optional)

Further Information

Overdrive Yes
Distortion No
Fuzz No
Metal No
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No shortage of character!
Dr. T, 01.06.2011
Ordered Sunday, the Tech 21 "Blonde" box was already there yesterday. I have already had very good experiences with his "Leeds" brother over half a year and so I dared to test the newly arrived part under the worst conditions, namely as the only sound-shaping element between my Firebird and a (transistor) power amplifier downstream broadband box. This means that the Tech21 device has to carry the full load - only from him the actual sound can be shown ... together with the guitar, of course.

To anticipate it right away: it worked brilliantly! I do not miss anything - for my taste, the small box replaces perfectly a (good) amplifier. This is the same with the "Leeds" part - in fact, the character is different and not bad at all with the visual references to Fender and Hiwatt.

Does "Character Blonde" really imitate steplessly different fender amps with the change of the character controller? I am not very knowledgeable here: although I've played a lot of different Silverface and Blackface Fenders for 25 years (from Princeton to Deluxe, Pro and Super to Bandmaster, Twin and Showman), in addition to the classic Marshall and Vox Amps no longer a blonde or tweed amp. Anyway, the Tech21 "Blonde" device in "Character" settings under "12:00" clearly reminds me of my old fenders - except that it sounds far less problematic and cleaner in the bass range, and really good gain compared to the Fender amps. Has reserves. With higher "character" settings, it gets progressively bluesier and heavier (but never so heavy) - so the device comes to the standards probably quite well. Personally, the higher gain and character settings make me feel a bit like early mesa boogie amps, especially if I do not press the "Speaker" pushbutton.

The active hi, mid and low controls are incredibly effective (again as in "Leeds") and I handle them very sparingly - especially since I hardly need any further sound correction. Bein Hi-Regler I would have liked to have a higher starting point to be able to generate a little more "sparkle" - but I'm also more than happy with the part.

Even before a regular amp "Blonde" cuts a fine figure and together with already existing good sounds offers another great and flexible color. The "Speaker" pushbutton provides useful support for customization here - I am glad that it is now included in version 2.

Processing and appearance are first class - but you can expect that at the not-so-low price of the Tech21 parts.

All in all, the Tech21 "Blonde" device is a complete success for me. It underlines again my experience from the last 10 years that I just do not need the old tube amplifier, because cleverly constructed semiconductor devices can give all their qualities - and beyond that even more. Only with the charisma is there something else ....
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C14, 05.05.2012
In plus: Who has adjusted his attitude is rewarded with a classic full, lively, powerful amp sound. Good clean, good crunch. Good basis for upstream distortion. Good speaker simulation.

In the minus: Unclear sound and drive control, roars easily. The overtones / presences are not detected by the right middle treble control, so I need an additional external equalizer for this. The button for the speaker simulation is wrongly polarized. When power is on, the device is always off, you have to remember to turn it on. Expensive.

No reverb, no loop-in. What the "Character" - poti produces except mud, is completely unclear. But it is not possible without him. Yes, you can use the "blonde" as a distortion - this can be "real" overdrives but better.

Conclusion: Only predominantly successful preamp. Excellent sound.
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