Tech 21 Character Series Blonde V2Item ID: SACSBlonde2
Overdrive Pedal with 6 Control knobs, Speaker Emulation, and Speaker Emulation Bypass Switch - SansAmp Character Series
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Classic American Amp Sounds, Through Your Rig or Direct!The Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series Blonde V2 overdrive pedal gives you incredibly authentic-sounding silverface and blackface tone, as well as satisfying tweed sounds. Go from sparkling clean to punchy to dynamic overdrive to sizzling lead using the six effective controls you'll find on the Blonde (Level, Mid, Character, Drive, Low, and High knobs). All the pedals in the Character Series are much more than simple stompboxes; you can use them as preamps or take advantage of built-in speaker emulation for quiet, hassle-free recording. A speaker simulation bypass switch lets you use the Blonde V2 as a straight-up overdrive effect for your amplifer rig.
Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series Blonde V2 Overdrive Pedal Features:
The Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series Blonde pedal gives you classic amp tones and modern versatility!
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Reviewsbased on 10 reviews
Plays well with others!
by Steven J Goldman from NY, USAAt first, I couldn't quite find the tone I wanted with this pedal. The cleans were nice and creamy, but I needed some bite and jangle for a client's tracks. Throwing a good compressor or overdrive bef... read more [+]ore this pedal turns it into a BEAST.
April 2, 2013
Music Background: Recording Engineer
With the character halfway up, a good overdrive with some brightness to it turns this into instant Stevie Ray Vaughan with a single coil neck pickup, and stunningly punchy Foo Fighters style distortion with a good bridge pickup. You'll be surprised just how good even higher-gain tones work out with this pedal.
The big surprise for me is how well it responds to a compressor or overdrive run before it. Digital amp models don't seem to saturate realistically when driven, so I assumed the same would have been true for a solid state stomp box. And thankfully, I was quite wrong. You can channel practically any style (maybe not hardcore metal, but that could be possible with the right distortion/overdrive) with this one.
I have been using this as a preamp (cab sim disengaged) into a tube power amplifier hooked up to cabinets for studio recording. Fender amps are quite versatile, and the same can be said for this preamp. close [-]
Great as a pedal or DI
by Steve Powell from Dallas, TXI got this to allow me to get some crunchier Fender tones in my studio- my old '64 Princeton has to be pretty cranked to get nasty. This is just the ticket- I can set it up to sound just like a louder... read more [+] version of my amp, dial the character back for loud clean tone, or set it at about 2 o'clock for great tweedy tones. The drive let's you go from squeaky clean to "12". I love the sound thru my amp with the speaker emulation turned off the best, but it does work great as a DI. Also makes a great bass DI- set it up for a little blackface Bassman grit, add a compressor and you're got a great, punchy tone. The EQ lets you go from old school to modern. Very versatile. close [-]
April 30, 2012
Music Background: Recording engineer, live sound, studio and stage performance
Butt Kicking Preamp
by Knelt from Calgary AB CanadaFlexible Pedal, can be used in a thousand ways. However it's greatest value in my opinion is direct into the power amp of a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe or DeVille. This combination gives you an AMAZING so... read more [+]unding single channel Fender amp with the ability to get a cranked up tone at reasonable volume levels. Being in a Canadian band that has to do alot of flying to the U.S. this thing is worth it's weight in gold, as I can guarantee a great sound with whatever amplifier a venue can provide me with. Worst case scenario I also bring along a Radial DI box and can go straight to the board. When we're at home I bring two of them as emergency backups in case either of the bands guitar amps blow up on stage (which happens). A ridiculously useful product. close [-]
February 29, 2012
Music Background: Guitarist, Producer, Music Director.
by Kyle from Zanesville, OH USAThis pedal sounds amazing. Don't let purist snobs keep you from using modeling gear. It all depends on what you plug it into. I am currently running through the return jack of a cheap Fender FM210 con... read more [+]verted to a head/cab with a Warehouse Veteran 30. It sounds amazing! (speaker sim turned off, of course) I have an Eminence Delta Pro speaker on the way to work as a flat frequency monitor so I can use the speaker sim. I plan on buying the British and Leeds pedals as well. Tech 21 Rocks! close [-]
November 29, 2011
Music Background: Musician/Recording Engineer
An extremely versatile Fender-style amp simulator
by from Arlington, TX USAThis pedal makes it very easy to get a wide variety of Fenderish amplifier sounds. The speaker simulator is pretty convincing and the DIed sound is excellent.
November 18, 2011
Music Background: recording engineer and veteran musician
Upside: makes it alot e... read more [+]asier to get sounds.
Downside: might make me alot lazier about miking up an amp!
Speaking of amps, with the speaker sim defeated this makes a great overdrive or distortion pedal.
The sample settings on the card that comes in the box aren't that great, it's really best to sit down with it and roll your own.
The Character knob, as on the other pedals of this series, seems to be where 80% of the tone-shaping power lives. Experiment with settings and instruments. I'll be keeping this for many years. close [-]
Cheryll, Lott, TX
Tech 21 Character Series Blonde V2
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