Tech 21 SansAmp Character VT Bass Deluxe Preamp DI Pedal (Discontinued)


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Tech 21 SansAmp Character VT Bass Deluxe
Tech 21 SansAmp Character VT Bass Deluxe

For bassists who switch between two different electric bass guitars, having a two channel preamp is no longer a luxury, but a requirement. And the SansAmp Character VT Bass Deluxe is meant to meet this need, and provide digital flexibility as a bonus.

As expected, each channel is equipped with SansAmp's tube amp voiced analog preamp circuit, and to get more out of the unit, they opted to equip it with a digital brain where you can save and load presets from.

This unit offers six presets, which is two times more than what the SansAmp PBDI has to offer, which means more tones to conveniently switch between.

It also has a 3-band EQ for tone shaping and sports Tech 21's "Character" knob, which lets you dial different amp voicings, from vintage clean to modern tones.


  • Preamp: 2-Channel SansAmp Preamp with Overdrive
  • Controls: Drive, Character, Level, Phantom & Ground Switch, XLR Out Pad, 1/4" Out Boost
  • EQ: Low, Mid, High,
  • DI Function: XLR Out
  • Input: 2 x 1/4"
  • Output: 1 x 1/4", 1 x XLR
  • Power: Optional Power Supply, 9V Battery, Phantom Power
  • Dimensions: 10.8" x 6.8" x 2.2"
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs


One user aptly put it, the SansAmp VT Bass Deluxe takes the muzzle off your bass. Most of the many positive reviews point to its balance of versatility and sound quality as its best attributes. A lot of users also commended the unit's intuitive controls, which allow for a wide range of tones with little tweaking. Many were impressed with the way the character knob is implemented and how the six presets make good use of its versatility.


There were a few who nitpicked on some of the tones. While a few others were a bit concerned with the overall build of the unit, which they feel is not as robust as other SansAmp designs.


If you're into the SansAmp tone and want two channel operation and more versatility, then check out the Tech 21 SansAmp Character VT Bass Deluxe.

Unfortunately this has been discontinued, so if you're looking for a new one then check out the top rated alternatives in our guide to The Best Bass Preamps.

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