Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Tube Amp Emulator Pedal

All-analog Tube Amplifier Emulation Pedal with 3 x 3-way Voicing Switches, 2-band Shelving Equalizer, and Independent Gain and Drive Controls
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The Tube Amp Emulator Countless Artists Swear By!

After decades on the market, Tech 21's SansAmp GT2 is still the desert island pedal of choice for guitarists and bass players around the world. At Sweetwater, we've personally used this incredible stompbox on virtually every kind of guitar or bass we could get our hands on, and it has always performed like a champ. Need to run direct to the PA? No problem! All you need is a SansAmp GT2 and a DI box, and you'll never miss your amp. With the GT2's combination of three 3-mode voicing switches, a 2-band EQ, and a massive range of gain, you can conjure up just about any amp tone you can imagine.

Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Analog Guitar/Bass Amplifier Emulation Pedal at a Glance:
  • Tonal flexibility you won't find on any other amp emulator
  • A time-tested tone box for guitar, bass, and beyond
  • All-analog pedal design and construction done right
Tonal flexibility you won't find on any other amp emulator

The range of distinct amp tones you can create with the SansAmp GT2 is nothing short of amazing. A quick chat with a handful of Sweetwater guitarists and bass players yielded no less than a dozen or so favorite settings. That has a lot to do with the nature of the GT2's three 3-way voicing switches. First up, you get your pick of tube amp styles, selecting from either iconic American tweed sound, classic British drive, or an aggressive California-style high-gain tone. Next, choose from either the stock tube configuration, a gain boost you'd get if you tossed an extra 12AX7 in your preamp, or a hot-rod amp mod with a midrange scoop. Finally, you get to pick your virtual mic placement, with options for a full-range classic sound or close miking either on-center or off-axis. Top it off with a highly effective 2-band shelving EQ and a massive range of gain and drive, and it's no wonder the SansAmp GT2 has often been called the original Swiss Army stompbox.

A time-tested tone box for guitar, bass, and beyond

Unlike many modern guitar amp emulation pedals, which use a limited frequency range to cut component costs, Tech 21 built the SansAmp GT2 to be truly full range. In other words, the GT2's amazing tone-shaping capability spans the gamut from the lowest B on your 5-string bass to the highest note on your electric mandolin... and then some! All it takes is a quick peek at any of the dozen or so user forums devoted to this amazing little box and you'll find great recommendations for all sorts of tone setting for any number of instruments and pickup configurations.

All-analog pedal design and construction done right

As impressive as the SansAmp GT2's tonal range may be on its own, it's even more amazing that all of this tone-shaping takes place purely in the analog domain. This imparts a smoothness and natural dynamic character that even the most sophisticated digital pedals often struggle to capture. Nonetheless, Tech 21 built this SansAmp stompbox for the long haul, and many of us at Sweetwater have been using the same GT2s in our rigs since they first came out over 20 years ago.

Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 Analog Guitar/Bass Amplifier Emulation Pedal Features:
  • An all-purpose, all-analog tube-amp emulator for guitar, bass, and other instruments
  • Equipped with 3 x 3-way voicing switches, 2 shelving EQ bands, and independent gain and drive controls to give you an incredible range of tone
  • Amp switch lets you choose from American tweed, classic British, or modern Californian amp sounds
  • Mod switch lets you select either the default amp setting, a gain boost equivalent to adding an extra 12AX7 to the preamp, or a high-gain tone with scooped midrange
  • Mic switch gives you the option of either on-axis focused sound, off-axis sound with a mellower edge, or a balanced sound reminiscent of a distant mic-placement (without artificial room ambiance)
  • Independent gain and drive controls let you hit the preamp emulation as hard as you like and push the power amp emulation separately for a wide range of clean and overdriven tones
  • High- and low-frequency shelving equalizer bands give you additional general tone-shaping options
  • All-metal construction and quality analog components hold up to years (even decades) of heavy use
No matter what you play, you'll get more out of your entire rig with a Tech 21 SansAmp GT2 tube amp emulation pedal!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Analog Tube Amp Modeler
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Power Source 9V DC power supply (sold separately)
Batteries 9V
Height 1.5"
Width 3.5"
Depth 4.5"
Weight 0.68 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number GT2

Customer Reviews

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Best overdrive/distortion I've ever used

So I got my dr. z amp with my LP Black Beauty and my ernie ball vol. pedal > comp pedal > tech 21 pedal > TS9 mod > van amp reverb pedal > amp, and all I can say is WOW first off this replaces about 3 pedals in my f/x chain. This pedal is incredible. Yes it creates a lot of noise and hiss however, it seems to blast my proficiency 100 fold. I can play like Hendrix with this pedal. I know it may sound like a crutch but man I've tried literally ever overdrive pedal and I bought this just b/c I felt like it and it beats all my other famous, well known and popular overdrive/distortion pedals. the EQ is perfect I tend to boost the lows and cut the highs - just my cup of tea. I love to push the drive all the way to the extreme keep the levels low as possible (so i don't clip my mic's) and its just amazing. Do not underestimate this pedal. Do NOT do what I did and that is to buy a 100 overdrive/distortion pedals only to be totally dissatisfied, just get this one and you don't need tube screamers, nor blues drivers, nor OCD's, etc. Trust me on this you will not regret it. And with sweetwater's return policy you got 30 days to make up your mind.
Music background: lots o' stuff

GT2 performs great

I was previously using a Behringer amp sim pedal, which I still really like. But it is obviously a feature-per-feature copy of the Tech 21 SansAmp GT2. So, I knew I'd eventually want to try the real deal. Sure enough, once I side-by-sided them, one characteristic that jumped out at me right away was the depth of dynamics I could achieve with the GT2. I tend to use amp sim pedals to mimic a clean channel, then put distortion in front of that for metal tone. Just pristine, super dynamic clean amp tone, rich in harmonics. The other more "cranked" amp tones are nice too, I just don't use them. Great pedal.

The Best!

Looked for years for something as versatile and useful as this. So many tones out of such a small unit. And none of them unmusical. From clean sounds to hi-gain, this is the best.
Music background: Gigging muscian for an embarrassing number of decades.

SansAmp GT2

I landed on the GT2 after playing with several other solutions for recording. Over the years I have performed and recorded with a range of tube amps, moving between a Fender Deluxe, Boogie MKII, Ampeg V2 and a JCM 100. I ran the range from squeeky clean to grungy grind with it and have no complaints. This little box absolutely kicks it. The speaker emulation is always on, great for DI recording but may not suit if you're looking to use this as an in-line effect. As I was looking for an alternative to lugging my rig and dealing with the various mic issues that always occur the GT2 is the ticket.
Music background: pro musician

Solved my recording tone needs

I originally bought this just to add to my DI recording chain. It works perfectly for that, and now my recording sounds like a mic'd Fender amp. But now it's also become a permanent part of my pedal board as a pre-amp to my ZT Lunchbox amp for practices or for the small gigs when I don't bring the Fender Hotrod. It has some great distortion sounds, but I use it purely to achieve a sweet full clean tone (tweed hot, low gain) in order to sparkle and also receive my other effects pedals.
Music background: Hobbyist/semi-professional gigging musician
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