Kurt Cobain’s Tech 21 SansAmp (Original Vintage)

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Allegedly, Kurt used a Tech 21 SansAmp as his main distortion pedal in the In Utero era. However, it is important to note that at least during the live performances, he also had a Boss DS-2 on stage.

This means that the SansAmp was likely used just on In Utero songs, while the Boss DS-2 was there for songs from Nevermind and Bleach.


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1 year ago

Kurt never used a “SansAmp Classic”, but the original Sansamp without the classic tag.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2bTfH2Bmdw – 0:29

” The “original” was built from 1989 until 1992, and we added the word “Classic” in 1993 (to this day). There are essentially no differences in SOUND between the two models, although production methods have changed slightly over the years.” – Lloyd Schwartz, Product Manager
Tech 21 USA, my inquiry with Tech21, 2016

1 month ago
Reply to  Sebastian

I have sansamp ’93 model, and it’s no adding the classic tag. ’93 was the last year of production the vintage orginal.

8 months ago

He had a proco rat that was used on terrestol pissings.

Charles Willis
Charles Willis
6 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

I think the rat was Krist’s, he used it for his bass.

10 days ago
Reply to  Alvin

I’ve read he plugged straight into the desk