Geddy Lee Teams with Tech 21 for Signature SansAmp GED-2112

By Kevin Johnson, NoTreble.com, January 20, 2017


If you got to catch Rush in the past twenty years, you would have seen Geddy Lee on stage with household appliances in lieu of a bass amp. Going direct means relying on preamps for his sound, and now he’s helped to create a signature SansAmp with Tech 21.

The Tech 21 Geddy Lee Signature SansAmp GED-2112 is a bass preamp in a single rackspace unit that features parallel pre-amping – meaning two separate internal preamps that run in parallel. It has a Drive section based on the SansAmp RPM as well as a Deep preamp section that dishes out a low end boost.

“Saturation goes from clean in lower settings to increased harmonics and tube-like compression in higher settings,” the company writes. “To keep things lean and efficient, the EQ curve is pre-set to Geddy’s personal specs. You can use either section independently or blend them externally direct to a mixing board as well as to two amplifiers.”

Other features include a Blend control, a sweepable semi-parametric EQ, dedicated 1/4-inch and XLR direct outputs for each preamp section, an effects loop with Mix 50/50 switch, a tuner output, a clean 1/4-inch output, and a front panel A/B switch.

“The GED-2112 is really a continuation of my long-time approach to bass tone,” Lee says. “A ‘deep clean’ tone coupled with the ‘edgy crunch’ I get from the SansAmp RPM now all in one box. With selectable A/B inputs, and separate balanced and unbalanced direct outputs, this box is the foundation for great bass tone in any setup. Plus it’s green!”

The Tech 21 Geddy Lee Signature SansAmp: GED-2112 is expected later this year with a street price of $369.

Tech 21 Geddy Lee Signature SansAmp: GED-2112 Features:

  • Dual, all-analog SansAmp circuits
  • Drive Control
  • Blend Control
  • Saturation Control
  • Sweepable Semi-Parametric EQ
  • 1/4″ and XLR Direct Outputs for Each Preamp Section
  • Effects Loop with Mix 50/50 Switch
  • Tuner Output
  • Uneffected 1/4″ Output Switch
  • Front Panel A/B Switching