Tech 21 Character Series OxfordItem ID: SACSOxford
Guitar Overdrive Pedal with Amp and Speaker Emulation - SansAmp Character Series
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Your Ticket to Orange-flavored British CrunchThere's no such thing as a single "British" tone, no matter how many pedal manufacturers claim otherwise. In fact, the British-style tone comes in many flavors, and the Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series Oxford pedal is unmistakably orange! When you're looking for the creamy kind of boutique grit and vintage grind that's been rocking The Island since the '70s, Oxford is the answer. Hold back the juice and ride the waves of London Glam and post-disco grind, or crank it up and experience the psychedelic rush of classic Brit-rock distortion through a Vintage-style 4x12. With the Tech 21 SansAmp Oxford, everything from sweet and clean to frothy fuzz is just the click of a footswitch away!
Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series Oxford Amplifier Emulation Pedal Features at a Glance:
Get the smooth grit of '70s Brit-rock, with the Tech 21 Oxford Character Series Pedal!
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Reviewsbased on 5 reviews
its 90% of the way there!!
by Michael Bush from Seattle, WAFor 170 bucks you can't do better. I own an actual Orange th30, bought this baby from Sweetwater to use as a nightime recording replacement, and at church where amps are frownd upon. After recording m... read more [+]y amp and the pedal directly into my audio interface back and forth; and tweaking this pedal to get it as close to the sound coming out of my $1700 Orange+celestion cabinet+shure beta 27 combo, I would say I got it 90% of the way there!!!! The recorded amp tone has more high.end detail and life, whereas the pedal is a tiny bit muffled in comparison...However the character of the overdrive is absolutely spot on...It rips like am Orange, punches like an Orange, and responds like an orange, but for 10% of the cost...it was definitely worth the money. I no longer need to lug my amp, cabinet and microphone around everywhere I go. I can plug in and play and the audience doesn't even know the difference. For recording of course i still prefer the amp, but that's to be expected. close [-]
July 29, 2012
Music Background: worship leader, recording artist, general tone enthusiast
by andrew bordoni from st charles, ILYes. I am blown away by the Character Series from Tech 21 - I've worked hours in my pro-studio with digital modeling and direct recording and nothing comes close to the tone and sound these pedals wil... read more [+]l give you.
December 28, 2011
Music Background: Pro Musician
The OXFORD is an incredibly versatile pedal and can cover anything from Brit-Pop (Think Oasis) to Classic/Stoner/Hard Rock (Think Black Sabbath/Queens of the stone age and everything in between) to amazingly warm cleans. You'd swear it had tubes in it when it doesn't.
I use this direct to my macbook via a Mackie Onyx interface and again it's the best direct recording tool I have ever used.
Add a little reverb and it's simply beautiful. I also own the LIVERPOOL and in conduction with the OXFORD I get the most incredible layered guitar tracks.
The controls are extremely sensitive and you can get hundreds of usable tones out of it, so don't think of this as a one trick pony "amp modeler" - While it does model a specific brand you can achieve the sounds of most british amplifiers with this thing. Fantastic! close [-]
by fromExtremely great sounding pedal. I run my semi-hollow tele through it straight into a keyboard amp. I do a lot of multi-instrumental looping all through 1 loop pedal and I didn't want to sacrifice guit... read more [+]ar tone for my electric. This pedal does the trick, wide variety of beautiful british tones that sound thoroughly convincing. The footswitch is nice and quiet, has a sturdy build, and is an overall great value for what your paying for it. Only problem is is the battery life is rather short if you use it a lot, but you can always buy a power supply. Get this! close [-]
September 12, 2011
Versatile, simple pedal
by Alden fromFantastic pedal! I have used it both as a stompbox before a clean amp (ironically, an Orange, and also a Mesa F30), as well as a preamp for recording. Works great for both. Plug and play, but also, sp... read more [+]end some time with a piece of paper (to jot notes and settings) and the unit, and you will find a multitude of useful sounds, clean to heavy. I can easily mimic my Orange or the F30, or shoot for other sounds too! close [-]
February 17, 2012
Good if you're into the orange flavor.
by Steven J Goldman from NY, USAAt certain settings, with certain guitars, this pedal does very well. It has a very smooth distortion, especially with the mids turned down. You can hear every note played even at the highest gain. Th... read more [+]e cleans are also jangly and bright, as you'd expect from a good orange amp.
April 2, 2013
Music Background: Recording Engineer
I did have some issues with the character control on this one. Whether or not it responds like the f.a.c. knob from original orange amps, I cannot comment upon. I can note however, that I was only really able to get good tones with the character between 10 and 2 o'clock. Bringing the character up too high caused an odd amount of feedback tone in several different guitars, even with a good noise suppressor first in the chain. With the character too low, I had to overcompensate with the EQ section. Perhaps this is fully intended, and it makes for a tweaker's delight. It just wasn't up my alley in particular. Also - to get a smooth distortion character, the mids couldn't climb very high. Above a certain point, the tones become quite 'fat' for lack of a better word. Also intentional, but not a ubiquitous tone for all styles of music.
I know Orange amps have a characteristic tone to them, and when you dial this in just right, it can do quite a lot. This is a master of the mid-gain sound, and if that's where you want to be, then this could be your ticket to tone.
I found the Tech 21 Blonde pedal in conjunction with a good compressor/overdrive to do everything from clean to heavily distorted a little better, or at least more to my liking. I've tested humbuckers, p90's and texas-style overwound single coils on these pedals, and they respond to each pickup very differently with the turn of the character knob. close [-]
Henry, Marion, IL
Tech 21 Character Series Oxford
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