Tech 21 Steve Harris SH-1 SansAmp review

The New York-based pedal company delivers a stompbox that faithfully recreates the Iron Maiden legend's sound

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Guitar World Verdict

Fulfilling its claims admirably, the SH-1 is ‘Maiden’ heaven.


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    Accurate Steve Harris tone.

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    Loads of useful features.


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    It’s expensive, although the cost is justified.

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We’re self-confessed SansAmp champions here, having been consistently impressed by the range over the years, but that doesn’t mean we let their makers, the veteran amp-modelers Tech 21 NYC, get away with anything less than the very best. After all, they’re charging a fair chunk of change for their units, and they also make some pretty big claims - not least, in the last year or two, promising to make your bass tone resemble that of Dug Pinnick and Geddy Lee. 

The fact that these claims have proven to be entirely true (see our blown minds in the relevant reviews) have only made us more stringent when we come to their latest product, the signature SansAmp belonging to our cover star Steve Harris of Iron Maiden.

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