Tech 21 partners with Geddy Lee for new YYZ Shape-shifter SansAmp to bring unprecedented levels of… Schmegilka?

MP40 Signature SansAmp and YYZ
(Image credit: Richard Sibbald)

In response to the huge success of its previous Geddy Lee collaboration, the MP40, Tech 21 has released the YYZ Shape-shifter Signature SansAmp, which is based on the limited-edition MP40, but with the color scheme and graphics to match Geddy’s existing SansAmp gear.

Besides the pedal's Master Volume, 3-band EQ and Drive controls, you can use the Mix control to set the blend ratio between deep (studio-clean) and drive (gritty bass tube amp tones), while a ‘Tight’ button lends some additional snap to your distorted sound.

It's the boost function that's the real USP, however – it adds a footswitchable 12db presence boost, while a Shape-shifter button adds a further 6dB of, um, Schmegilka on top. According to Geddy, Schmegilka "is an indefinable thing of awesomeness!” And who doesn't need more of that?

The manual also includes a list of Geddy’s own suggested settings, including Rickenbacker Shape-shifter, Camera Eye, Red Barchetta, YYZ, Warm Tube/Studio and Bi-amped Overdrive.

As with all SansAmps, the YYZ can drive a power amp and speakers, augment an existing amp set-up, or run directly into the mixer of a PA system. You’ll need a 9V battery or a suitable DC power supply to power it.

Tech 21 Geddy Lee YYZ Shape-shifter SansAmp

(Image credit: Tech 21)

The legendary Rush bassist first partnered with Tech 21 in 2017 to design a signature 1U rack mountable SansAmp, the GED-2112, which was later distilled into a pedal format and then re-launched as the limited edition MP40 in celebration of the 40th-anniversary of Moving Pictures.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.