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Tech 21 Releases the dUg Pinnick DP-3X and VT Bass 200

The collaboration with the King's X bassist includes a chromatic tuner, headphone capability, and an XLR output.


Clifton, NJ (January 23, 2018) -- The dUg Pinnick DP-3X Signature Pedal is a super-compact adaptation of his Tech 21 Ultra Bass 1000 Signature head. Both recreate the sound dUg originally developed way back in the ‘80s, merging high-end distortion with low-end bass. Prior to his signature head, this involved running a guitar amp and a bass amp together, along with rack full of effects.

Wanting to further streamline his gear for occasions when his full Tech 21 rig simply isn’t practical, dUg collaborated on the development of the diminutive, all-analog DP-3X pedal. Personally beta-testing the DP-3X on a recent European tour, dUg encountered a different backline in each and every venue. But no matter which amp was on stage, dUg was able to nail his immense tone each and every night.

In addition to achieving dUg’s unique tone, the DP-3X has the flexibility to provide traditional bass amp sounds as well. Mix mode engages Drive to bring in distortion and Chunk for upper harmonics. A Gain button provides additional distortion and compression. In clean/full-range mode, Drive and Chunk disengage, while Comp and Gain remain active. Other controls include 3-band active EQ with switchable Mid and a master Volume.

Other features include chromatic tuner, headphone capability, and an XLR Output to go direct to the PA desk or studio board without compromising detail, warmth or responsiveness. Rugged all-metal housing measures 7.75”l x 2.5”w x 1.25”h and weighs just 12 oz.

US Street price: $289

The VT Bass 200 is a 200-Watt bass combo amp with an all-analog SansAmp™ pre-amp and Class D power amp. Housed in an easily portable, lightweight, rear-ported 1x12 cabinet, the VT Bass 200 offers an exceptional range of vintage and modern bass tones.

Like its pedal predecessors in the SansAmp Character Series, it has a unique, continuously-variable Character control that moves seamlessly between decades of different voicings. It alters the entire sonic structure of the sound to achieve some of the most distinctive bass amp tones on the planet. To offer an even wider range of bass amp styles than those in the “VT” family, there’s a Shift button to alter the frequencies within the Character circuitry. This flexibility brings an additional crop of distinctive bass amp tones to the table.

Other controls include Drive to adjust the overall amount of gain and overdrive, similar to when the output of a tube amp is being pushed. The Bite switch activates a presence boost, which tightens up the sound when you are in distorted settings. It also adds definition to your notes when the Drive is set for cleaner tones.

For studio and live applications, our proprietary, 100% analog SansAmp Tube Amplifier Emulation technology enables you to go straight into the mixer of a recorder or PA system via the switchable XLR Direct Output. Other features include active tone controls, cut or boost 18dB, with switchable mid frequency, a piezo-friendly 1/4” high impedance 4.7 MegOhm input, Tweeter with on/off switch, Effects Loop, Auxiliary Input, Headphone Output, Extension Speaker Output, and worldwide power supply. Measures 17.5”l x 14”w x 17.5”h and weighs just 28 lbs.

US Street price: $499

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