Sans Amp Driver vs J-retro same idea?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Steve Cat, Mar 13, 2002.

  1. Steve Cat

    Steve Cat

    Mar 19, 2001
    Are these essentially the same except one is a pedal and one is onboard(Both being preamps), except one works better for recording? Which one would make a better fretless growl on a fretted Jazz?
  2. jock


    Jun 7, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    The sansamp is an ampemulator that simulates tubeamps and speakers and the j-retro is just an eq. I would say the j-retro is the best choice IMO cause the sans amp cuts the mids too much and there is where the growl is.
  3. Steve Cat

    Steve Cat

    Mar 19, 2001
    Which one would sound more Hi-Fi, i.e. the clean sound of stainless steel strings?
  4. lowb


    Jul 27, 2000
    London, UK
    Having only one of those two products (sansamp) this is a bias view, however i can't sing it's praises enough.

    I would say that of the two the sansamp would be my choice, as it's not stuck in a bass, and so more flexible. I use mine for distortion when playing rock and also when soloing on my fretless.

    I havn't ever tried the j-retro, but i don't think it'd be as usefull, adaptable