Best Tech 21 Pedal for Direct & Pedals

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  1. ClassicLP

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    Hi Everyone,

    Would someone please recommend a Tech 21 pedal for direct in the PA. I would like to run it with my pedal board from where my dirt and modulation would be generated. I typically use a Mesa Boogie on the clean channel for gigs with pedals. The Tech 21 would be used the same way in some practice settings.
     
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    Blonde. Of all that I've tried (Liverpool, British, Leeds, Blonde) the Blonde is the most versatile. Great for live or recording.

    Cheers!
    luk
     
  3. chrisjw5

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    It depends on what you're going for. They're all good, but they're all different. I have a Leeds on my board, a Blonde in reserve (as part of the FR5). I'm looking at a Liverpool and an Oxford, mostly for versatility.

    I set my Leeds for a Townsend "Can't Explain" studio tone, which is pretty clean, and use Barber pedals to add in OD and Gain.

    If you like the Mesa clean, the discontinued Californian might be good for you. I don't know if the US Steel reproduces those Californian tones.
     
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    I love my Blonde. I have a friend with a Liverpool, and a friend with the Joyo AC Tone (Liverpool clone) and they both dig them. Very nice as clean platforms. They take pedals well.

    I'd like to try mine with a cab emulator (Carl Martin Rock Bug, or such) and run my Line 6 M9 after the blonde--in the "effects loop" so to speak.
     
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    I have direct experience with the California and the Leeds. I have a Boogie Mark 2B and a HiWatt combo and these things are a great approximation of the real thing. Fun units! The feel of them is especially great considering you aren't moving actual air around.

    Note: the California get definitely get into Recto territory if that's your thing...more gain on tap than a real Mark.
     
  6. ClassicLP

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    Thanks guys! I ordered the blonde.
     
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    Do these take dirt pedals in front of them well? I like my dirt pedals and want to continue to use them, I just want an option to go direct to the PA.
     
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    I have a Liverpool for many years; it works fine with my dirt pedals IME

    TC Nova Drive, EH BMPwTW, Damage Control Liquid Blues, TCE VPD1, TC Nova System...I even used my Liverpool in the insert loop of my G-System for awhile!
     
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    I can say that the Blonde and Liverpool do wonderfully with dirt, though each one likes different pedals. For instance, the Blonde loves my WFRI Rat, while it is just kind of ok with the Liverpool.
     
  12. ClassicLP

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    I got the blonde and put a mxr cae line boost after it. The sound is pretty good. Not an amp but decent.
     
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    If only the sansamp paradriver had amp sim/speaker sim onboard! The character pedals seem cool, but I'd like to use it with bass or acoustic too. And have an XLR out.
     
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    They do like pedals! I have a Blonde, Liverpool and British and they all get along with pedals, but each one does sound a little different(like the amp it's emulating).
     
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    I think a thread for sans amp pedalboard would be beneficial to a lot of people. It would be nice to see how and what people use with them. Whatcha think?
     
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    Good idea!

    A "Show your SansAmp Boards" thread.
     
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    I wonder how a Blonde would be with a Zendrive? Dumblish?

    I have owned the Liverpool at least five separate times. Great pedal. I just am not a Vox guy, and that's what it does well.
     
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    I got a Blonde years ago for direct to PA to teach guitar classes, and quick reference recording, just for convenience. Great results. I have recently been using it after my pedalboard direct to PA for some Duo gigs. Takes drive pedals well. I use it cleanish with pedals for drive, modulation, delay and reverb before it. Sounds great, easy to dial in.
    For my band gigs I use my amps, CAA OD 100 Classic +, or '63 Deluxe, Bogner New Yorker. But for the Duo things I find in the PA is better to balance and the Blonde sounds good.

    Gary
     

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