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Featured Tech 21 Introduces Steve Harris SH1 Signature SansAmp

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    A true hands-on professional, Steve Harris not only formed Iron Maiden (in 1975!), he writes the bulk of their songs, plays multiple instruments, mixes recordings, directs and edits both live and production videos, and sings. As if that wasn’t enough, Steve somehow finds time for British Lion, which he describes as a side project that’s more mainstream rock than metal.

    When it comes to Steve’s rig, surprisingly it has barely changed in almost 40 years. What has never changed is his handmade custom pre-amp, the “Alectron,” as well as his prized custom vintage Marshall cabs loaded with EV speakers. While this collaboration began as a solution for touring with British Lion, as it wasn’t practical to travel with his full rig for smaller venues, the SH1 has earned a place as a component of his live sound on Iron Maiden's Legacy of the Beast 2019 tour.

    When Tech 21 sent the original prototype of the pedal to Steve while in rehearsal with British Lion, he had this to say: "The tour is going fantastic. And the reason it's going fantastic is this little thing here. It's unbelievable. [Andrew Barta] is a real boffin [translation: technical expert]. Because he's managed to simulate my EV speaker sounds, which I love so much. And it's in this little box. Whatever he's done, he's made this thing sound like my sound. So, well done, mate."

    Known for his galloping fleet-fingered bass lines, Steve’s distinctive style and tone have, and continue to be, required reading --whether you’re into metal or not. Like Tech 21’s other signature gear, the SH1 is not just for one single tone or genre. The controls are designed to provide an expansive range of adjustability so you can dial in a wide spectrum of bass tones as well.

    The Steve Harris SH1 features all-analog SansAmp technology, two channel modes with individual Gain and Level controls, Blend, 4-band active EQ, and a Bite switch to activate a “Steve” boost for extra clank and clarity. Other features include chromatic tuner and an XLR Output to go direct to the PA desk or studio board. Rugged all-metal housing measures 7.75”l x 2.5”w x 1.25”h and weighs just 12 oz.


    US Street price:  $299
    Designed & Manufactured by Tech 21 USA, Inc.
    E-mail: info@tech21nyc.com. Website: tech21nyc.com.
  2. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
  3. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    Would like to hear a demo
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  4. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    Oh, so that's why he sounded like such poopie on this tour...
  5. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    Oh yeah. I’d love to see Eddie on the pedal.
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  6. dannoman

    dannoman Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    Saw them in Dallas last month and he sounded great.
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  7. Adam Wright

    Adam Wright Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    Roscoe Basses, 64 Audio IEM, GHS Strings
    Stranger in a Strange Land..best bass tone ever.
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  8. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    That was the first Maiden song I ever heard. It was like 1987, and I was blown away by the bass. Bought “Somewhere In Time” album next day and have been a fan since.
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  9. Joepcat


    Oct 9, 2019
    Been a maiden fan since killers. The trooper is the best song ever, though there are countless others too
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  10. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    Assuming you saw them in the same kind of shag off huge arena they played at in my neck or the woods, you must have been in an assigned seat.

    Sound in the mosh pit was abysmal and now I know its exactly because he was trying out this ampless BS.
  11. dannoman

    dannoman Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    I did have a seat, but was on my feet for the whole 2 hours.

    I've learned that most larger venues (in Dallas at least) has very crappy sound the closer you are to the stage. Sound is mixed from center house, that's where i was. Everyone sounded great. Especially Nicko's drums
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  12. fourstringburn

    fourstringburn Supporting Member

    Jun 30, 2009
    New Mexico
    I can only wonder what this stomp box sounds like. Would it be the more modern clangy clacky tone like I heard live or the more in your face tone like the Killers and Number of the beast records?

    The Killers album is to me the best of his playing and sound on record. The intro to Wratchild is one of the greatest opening Bass riffs ever! I love the 1st album too but the tone is thin and clacky but the Bass playing is awesome and was really unique for the times.

    Now that we know the history of some of those songs dating back to the late 70's, it's not surprising the differences in style and playing on the following records.

    I lost interest after Seventh son and I'm not into that album either. I do like the X factor album with Blaze Baily even though many songs have too long of intros. There isn't much stand out Bass parts like the early records but it shows a maturity in their song writing.
    Blood on the worlds hands is my favorite track on that record. Sadly, we finally hear a Bass solo on a record and I hate to say, it's lame.

    No matter though, Steve Harris is and will be always up there with the greatest and influential Metal Bass players!
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2019
  13. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    Had the chance, in 2008, to win a contest and the prize was to go on stage during Heaven Can Wait and sing the ooh ooh ooh part behind Steve Harris. The sound was at best OK at the venue, but on stage, best bass sound I ever heard. So the sound in the venue, regardless the gear you use, is highly dependant on the venue itself (there is a place in my town where EVERY band sounds like crap), then on the soundman. If Mr. Harris gests the same sound with this unit that he has on stage, it will be a fantastic unit.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2019
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  14. ruju


    Dec 9, 2017
    Yeah...not quite how that works. Just because his names in a pedal doesn't mean he's using it at live shows.
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  15. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Thanks for pissing on my parade.:D
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  16. ruju


    Dec 9, 2017
    Lol.no worries..I have the dug Pinnick pedal and it sounds great. I have no doubt the Steve Harris preamp is equally great...
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  17. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    From the post: "the SH1 has earned a place as a component of his live sound on Iron Maiden's Legacy of the Beast 2019 tour."

    I can tell you for a fact he was ampless on this tour. Regardless of how much he was/wasn't using this pedal, the fact that he was ampless is what ruined his tone for me.
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  18. ElectricMatthew


    Aug 19, 2009
    Fixed. ;)
  19. jfh2112


    Jun 18, 2013
    Brookhaven, MS
    Here you go.
  20. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    Sorry - Stranger confused me in the earlier post! Once again, my fingers are faster than my brain (and I don't have especially fast fingers... o_O)

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