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Tech 21 XXL Guitar

Obese, megalithic, dynamic distortion is what it’s all about. The XXL’s Warp™ control manipulates the structure and balance of odd and even harmonics and influences their relativity to the dynamics of your instrument and your playing style. Translation:  you can achieve a variety of results, even within the same setting, depending on the manner and force of your pick attack. Originally in production from 1995-2000, some guitar players considered the XXL a little too over-the-top(!). Oddly enough, certain bass players seemed to like it just fine. So we decided to split the atom and try to make both camps happy.

 

Tech 21 XXL Guitar
 
 
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The Bass Edition features a level-compensated Tone control. At maximum it’s flat. As you go towards the mid point, it boosts the low end, compensating for the drop-out typically associated with effects not specifically voiced for bass. Decreasing from the mid point cuts highs, without changing the output level. The Bass Edition is an excellent companion to the SansAmp Bass Driver DI, especially for those times when considerably more distortion is desired.


XXL Sound Sample

Guitars First Half:
Rhythm guitar: Tyler Telebastar (Tele-style guitar)
XXL Settings: Level 10 o’clock, Tone 12 o’clock, Warp 11 o’clock, Drive 10:30.
Amp used: Tech 21 Trademark 30, set up with a clean sound, miked with a Soundelux Mic.
Lead Guitar: Tyler Studio Elite with same amp, etc.
XXL Settings: Level 10 o'clock, Tone 12 o'clock, Warp 12 o’clock, Drive 11 o’clock.

Guitars Second Half:
Rhythm guitar: Gibson Les Paul
Amp used: Tech 21 Trademark 30, set up with a clean sound, miked with a Soundelux Mic.
XXL Settings: Level 11 o’clock, Tone 12:30, Warp 12 o’clock, Drive 11 o’clock.
Lead Guitar: Gibson Les Paul with same amp, etc.
XXL Settings: Level 11 o’clock, Tone 12 o’clock, Warp 1 o’clock, Drive 12 o’clock.

Bass:
Recorded direct with a Millennia TD 1 pre-amp and the XXL Bass Edition pedal.
XXL Settings: Level 11 o’clock, Tone 11 o’clock, Warp 11:30 o’clock, Drive 10 o’clock.

All tracks written, performed and produced by Alex Garcia.

Note: Names of sample settings from the owner's manual are intended for descriptive purposes only and should not be construed as an endorsement or affiliation with the companies or artists named.

 

 

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