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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 7 reviews )
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Value For Money:Excellent
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iamqman's review

Tech 21 Leeds
This pedal is a very cool and a very unique pedal. This pedal is Tech 12's take of the vintage early Brit sounds from the 70's. Basically emulating a Hiwatt amp which was a very important guitar amplifier that was coming out of England with many bands of that day such as Pink Floyd, The Who, and Led Zeppelin. All guitarist of each of those bands played through a Hiwatt amplifier either on stage or in the recording session.

This pedal has some interesting control knobs such as the character control knob which takes the voicing of the pedal on a ride through different styles. Also the Fane speaker simulation which would have been the speaker of choice for Hiwatt amplifiers cabinets at the time and still to this day.


Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series Leeds Amplifier-emulation Pedal Features at a Glance:

The definitive tone of '70s-era UK punk, rock, and pop bands
Super-aggressive Fane-style speaker emulation
Speaker emulation defeat switch for use with a real amplifier
Level and Drive controls act like those on a traditional, well-equipped amp
Active Low, Mid, and High EQ controls let you dial in your sound
Continuously variable Character knob moves seamlessly among different voicings


This to me is a real sublte pedal and it doens't take over your natural tone of your guitar of your amp. It mostly just enhance the sound of the rig you are playing through and highlights the tonal characteristics of your rig with a HIwatt voice added.

I have to say this pedal sounds nothing like a real Hiwatt DR103 or any other Hiwatt amp. If you have played a real Hiwatt then this pedal is going to be a little bit silly. This pedal in a live setting doesn't really sound anything like a Hiwatt. I have not heard it in a speaker simulated output into a recording session so that feature might be a where this pedal can come in handy.


This isn't a bad pedal for some nice British tones but it doesn't sound like a Hiwatt to me. It still can be used as nice subtle overdrive pedal or something hat drives the front of your amp a little more.

At new these pedals come in at around $169, Not a bad price for the use of this pedal. You get a wide range of possible operations. This is a about the same price as the AMT pedals that do the same emulation speakers.

Jumikael's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" A must have"

Tech 21 Leeds
This is a pedal preamp analog. It can also serve as an od / crunch / distortion. Solid and well built.


The settings are very sensitive, numerous, relevant. A great success because the palette of sounds that one can have is just enormous.


I can not be noted by comparing an amp HIWATT original because I have not had a chance to try. But mashed potatoes, what does it sound good! What I find with this pedal: fun. I had previously had other SansAmp (old), and I like more the new series even if it is less versatile because each focused on one type of sound.


I've had it 6 months, I had to sell all my belongings. Some are highly sought after by a lot of pedal-freaks on AF and elsewhere. But I kept my SansAmp :)

Exceed's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" My Holy Grail?"

Tech 21 Leeds
Regarding features, everything has already been said, see the previous notices.


I emphasize the sensitivity of knobs, which cover a range of sounds quite impressive. The possibilities are immense ... Note that if you touch the button character, you have to adjust the drive, then necessarily the volume or balance frequencies.
It is not necessarily easy to make a quick adjustment, it is necessary to tweak a little. Therefore requests that pedal a certain period of adaptation, but it is a real treasure. Nothing is useless here.


This is what I was looking for my Telecaster, so it's always beautiful ;-)

Actually, I was looking for the "compression" lights including my sounds clear / slight crunch in arpeggios. I have a tube amp (Fender Deville Loadbox Koch), but in this register it was missing a more brit, without necessarily going to shine Vox.

It is something gained, at least with the simulation Fane engaged, because I have not had a chance to test it again, without the simulator.


I bought 10 days ago, but I'm so glad that I made a small demo here:

Material I have some (reasonably, is Assistant Treasurer Mrs. permanent member of the supervisory board at home ...), and this is the first time I really want to give my opinion on AF.

I think that there is no hesitation to have this pedal, it will also perhaps not the only series to join my pedalboard.

And yes I put my 10 everywhere, the day I have a Custom Jimmy Reeves, perhaps I will stoop down notes ;-)
Virtual Decadence10/28/2011

Virtual Decadence's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" The best of the series"

Tech 21 Leeds
Like all the series of Character Series Tech21 and all Samsamp is pure analog.

It consumes current slab (ie stack).

This pedal is part of the second generation of the CS with a switch to disengage the simulation of HP when used with an amp.


This is my 4th Character Series and the buttons are always the same:

- Three knobs for EQ
- An input level
- A drive
- Character and magic knob that lets you choose the signature modeling. so we here in the history of Hiwatt amps (ie The Who, Pink Floyd, but also much of the current British rock including Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys).

The small form still provides examples of sounds to boot. But when it's used, we do not need fast.
The knobs on Character otute the series is chronological: before 12am, you are in a more vintage (and more usable clean), you are at home to 12 Gilmour and after the 70's with Pete Townsend (or Entwhistle)


Agree with my friend Walkeur.

When you can not afford to buy a Custom 50, this pedal is ideal.

Of course, like any model, is approached her and especially her "snapshots." There was no equivalent of the original in all its finesse.

Anyway: The clean is really great, the crunch too.
And it fits perfectly with my distos, big muff, overdrive and boost.

I wanted to clean the sound of this guy:
... with a Vox amp like him and even Duesenberg. Ben this is done. just for that, already I am completely satisfied. But I think config home studio, I will use as its crunch (on stage I leave it clean).

OK it distorts the original sound of the Vox completely but who cares. It's been a wider range of sound.


As mentioned earlier I had 3 before this: the British (excellent), the Blonde (because eventually sold the Fender sounds less interested) and VT Bass is always on when I play the bass.
But the disengagement of the simulation of HP makes all the difference (the premièes did not have that option, they have the latest models in V2).
It's always very successful. No complaints.

I had tried to show the music (and Walkeur) so I knew what to expect signature sound. So the choice was an informed choice.

For the sound I want is for me the best of the series. But it is a matter of taste.

And of course the day I have the budget to buy a real amp Hiwatt, we'll talk.

Definitely a fan of Tech 21.

walkeur's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" great"

Tech 21 Leeds
I'll let you read the opinion of D_lex


Very easy to understand.
I just preferred to have the input power supply at the top of the pedal, not on the side, it's too boring in a pedal board; m'enfin most brands do the same ...

For now I use a Power Engine 60 Tech21 home, waiting to have a real tube amp. But already it's a hit though.

When I do not want to disturb the ptite family, I plugged into the sound card, and I play with headphones, it's just bluffing.

All the configs that I used so far have required that I keep the switch HP Simulation enabled. So I do not know what happens with the switch off, plugged into a real amp.


I confirm the opinion of D_lex

Whether it's with my custom shop relic strat 60, my Ibanez AS103, my bass! and I even tried with my electro Martin, it sounds great.

In clean: good clean which agrees very well with all the pedals I've tried, distortion, delay, modulation, compressor ...

In crunch: it's easy for me, Marshall is runny, it's garish Vox, Fender is ugly ... There, playing on the EQ you get super easy to get sounds that somewhat resemble each style, but mostly it was the Hiwatt crunch, which abandons any band, whether it's the bass, midrange, or treble, really great. The day I changed the amp to a tube amp, I will use this pedal to make me a channel crunch!

In disto: bah it's a distortion amp, it is not I find the pedals (rat, muff, fuzz ...) but the sound is still very good.

With the bass: either you can have a great sound and very clean with good bass, decreasing the treble. If not by connecting a low precision, and adding a bit of character and drive you directly to the Floyds live at pompei, exquisite!

Since it is not a programmable pedal, change the settings each time you want to change the sound unthinkable live. I rule in very light crunch, lowering the volume of the stratum 8, I find myself with a clean. If I want to slap it in chords, I turn to volume 10 of the stratum, and against the ca-note limit remains clean. Superb. For distos, I have my pedals.


It's been a year now I have. I am more than happy.

I have not tried the other models in the series, because from everything I could listen on the net, that's really what kind of sound I was looking for, and I really was not disappointed .

What I like most: the sound of course!
What I like least: frankly, apart from the scope of input power supply ... I'm still looking

Indeed, a head Hiwatt Custom 7 it cost 1300th. A 195euros pedal, the price / quality ratio is excellent.

Unless you have a team of roadies and full of dough, I would do what ever choice!

Negens's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Divine!"

Tech 21 Leeds
Hiwatt amp simulation pedal format.
All analog
EQ: Low, Mid, High
Character that changes the frequency curve.
Level and Drive
1 input, output
Ability to disable the speaker simulation.
Powered by battery or external transformer.


The setup is very simple and the manual provided by Tech21 is very well done, as usual at home.

Editing sounds is really very easy.


Another slap administered by Tech21 sound!
They managed to lock up an amp in a cigar box. Real gear heads at Tech21!

There is dynamic, it reacts like a real amp, the "je ne sais quoi" that gives wings when playing with a good amp.

I first tested with an Agile ST-802 (a strat what).

There is a jump in the past it smells good rock crazy at the time.
The clean tones are beautiful, deep, crystalline, with a very clear attack.

The more one pushes the drive, the more the amp ... forgiveness, the more Leeds appears to ask what drives him, as if it had a reserve of sick just like a tube amp that sounds way more beautiful than you push the volume.

All harmonics are beautiful, the mediums do not buzzing, treble supidement are not screaming, bass bring a well rounded without being intrusive.

There's this dirty side but clean rock typically own only Vox and Hiwatt can do.

I find myself playing the intro to Hells Bells by AC / DC and it sounds serious with Leeds. The definition of notes is superb. The grain and character of the guitar is beautifully observed

Obviously, the sound is there Gilmourien.
You do psychobilly, no problem, I am pleased with this Leeds.

Pushing the drive at the bottom, and putting a small delay to the output of the pedal, you get a lead overdrive sound with a depth and expressiveness that I had rarely heard.

In addition to the pedal, agrees very well be drivée an overdrive or a fuzz input for those who want more distortion.

I tested with my Jackson, and that is pretty too, with a more quickly saturated.

The character can move from its dark enough for a more flashy and aggressive.

You made a recording with a bass line passes through a VT Bass Deluxe side, and you'll take a monstrous slap so beautiful

Whatever you do, close your eyes and you can imagine over your monitor speakers, but you feel you have an amp in front of you. The presence of Leeds is impressive.

The quality is so good that I have no hesitation in taking up this pedal in the studio to make recordings

I'm even hoping for Deluxe version with XLR phantom power, memory and an effects loop.


Used for 3 days, I made some recordings for the test.
I can not believe it. How do they do?

I already had a Tri-AC which was not great in crunch sounds.
The VT Bass and demos have convinced me that the character series had reached a new milestone in the modeling "amp.
The line6 are the street with leuirs pod

The peculiarities that I love most:
- It's not bulky
- It's simple to use
- That sounds serious at serious! (Nice to tears!
- In nine, more than 6 times less expensive than a Hiwatt Custom 7

The specifics I like least:
- It does not cure my GAS crisis in Tech21 (J''en want more)
- I'll do some more sleepless nights because of it ..
- A deluxe version of those little boxes becomes essential

The price / quality ratio is excellent.
With experience, this is THE choice again. I advise everyone to make that choice.

Rifki's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tech 21 Leeds
It is a sensible pedal emulate a Hiwatt amp made famous by David Gilmour and The Who.

Analog technology.

I use it only plugged into a Korg D888 Multitrack and headphones or with small monitors for listening. So the impressions that follow are based only on that use.


Usage is simple. We have the volume settings (level), the drive, a 3-band EQ on (mid, low and high). Button character sort of presence control enables you to refine the contours of the sound.

There is also a simulation of HP Fane disengaged. Off mode gives a dull sound that can be used in certain circumstances. I do not really understand the interest but ...

In all cases it should not exaggerate about the settings (especially character) on pain of seeing a breath unpleasant. Same for the volume of the guitar because it goes quickly crunch.

Can I combine this with other pedal effects. The manual (in English unfortunately) said chaining adapted.

The Tech 21 Leeds you will address musical styles such as jazz, blues, rock and hard rock of the 70 or 80. For the most extreme sounds go your way today.


Does that sound?

As the saying goes, the sound is very warm, dynamic and reacts very well to pick attack. By adding a little reverb for a proximity effect one would really play with a tube amp head like most speakers. The grain is the Hiwatt and deluded in a record.

But the comparison stops. The original amp is ten times more expensive. It is assembled by hand, point by point with lamps and speakers Mullard Fane.Avec the real you'll have a multitude of shades of sound that you never have with this Tech 21.

Nevertheless we immediately obtain beautiful sounds clear and crisp crunch. The sound is right with the body.

I also tried with a bass and it makes good too.

To give you an idea I recorded a little song with its clear that you can listen here.

https://fr.audiofanzine.com/compos/a.play, t.10602.html

If you have the courage to go to the end you'll also hear a Rat distortion recorded on two tracks for the octave effect. I am trying to record bass for a new song. I certainly would put a sample thereafter.

Where I am more circumspect about it especially sounds "lead". I get that its pretty rough. I'll have a closer look at the settings.


The tariff in France is high (190 euros), especially as it's provided without adapter. If you have a friend traveling in the U.S., asking him to you back because one is about 60 euros cheaper.

Now I do not know if I'd really want. I think that instead I had to buy the Tech 21 VT Bass for the bass. Why? Because I have 3 years a Digitech RP350. A digital multi-effects with very realistic amp emulations, effects and memory locations. Honestly the sound quality through my use is very comparable. The Tech 21 is slightly higher because it sounds a bit more "natural".

What it does not detract from its charm anyway. If an amp sound you need and the grain you like, it suits you to record, for rehearsals or scene by connecting directly to a mixer. Very practical