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Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

A distortion pedal for those who refuse to settle when it comes to tone.

To a discerning and devoted league of tone chasers, Brian Wampler is The King when it comes to organic, convincing and inspiring dirt tones. Thus, Wampler thought it only fitting to name Brian' latest pedal”a simple distortion pedal”The Sovereign.

A little presumptuous, you might say? Wampler thinks this is a pedal that lives up to its name. From cream to ream, thrash to powder puff, hellacious burn to heavenly soothe, The Sovereign will do it for you. Truly.

You see, Brian was asked by a very convincing and influential client (whom we shall name later) to make a "simple distortion pedal." Think for a moment about the amazing distortion pedals Brian has already given us: The Plexi series, the SLOstortion, the ubiquitous Pinnacle and others. How could he top those?

For starters, The Sovereign does not pretend to be another (with all due respect) "A.I.A.B" (amp-in-a-box, for the uninitiated). This beast has its own thing going on. It has a mid control that is admittedly borrowed from other great Wampler pedals like The Pinnacle, but this one is refined, less fussy and instantly gratifying over the full range of its sweep. Seriously rich mids are to be found here, able to cut through the din of the bass and drums in an instant. Smooth, creamy highs”think stainless steel wings on your soaring solos”are a mere flick of a toggle away. The bottom end is tight but with just the right amount of sag to simulate a good tube amp going into orgasmic throes of heat.

Wampler thinks you're going to love this pedal, but you can only buy it at one place, Musician's Friend. That was part of the deal. A fair trade for an idea that inspired this king of pedals.


Get the Wampler Soverign pedal now and experience simple, pure distortion at its finest.

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WamplerSovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (24)
  • Versatile (21)
  • Responsive (19)
  • Compact (10)
  • Good selection of effects (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Amateur recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sounds in your Head

Knobs and switches really work well. Multiple sounds can be obtained. Works well with your amp. Plays well with your guitar, humbucker, soap bar or single coil pickups etc. Overdrive and distortions...Read complete review

Knobs and switches really work well. Multiple sounds can be obtained. Works well with your amp. Plays well with your guitar, humbucker, soap bar or single coil pickups etc. Overdrive and distortions are organic sounding. Can emulate boutique pedals costing alot more. I A&B quite a few of my boutique pedals costing $200 and up and it emulatd them extremely close. Almost unbelievable. Good quality components such as resistors, capacitors, diode, switches etc. This pedal is a must have for the serious musician. This is not a one trick pony. This pedal can be a real treat if you are not happy with your lead channel of your amp. It can be your go to lead pedal or rythm as well. Excellent for Soft Rock, Hard Rock, Blues and some Metal. Very happy with this. Brian Wampler has a great ear for vintage and modern sounds.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bought open box. Didn't work

Bought the open box item because it was cheaper. It didn't work.

Bought the open box item because it was cheaper. It didn't work.

Reviewed by 27 customers

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Like It!

By Rhythmrocker

from Bay Area No. California

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Just got one a few days ago. I like it. The mid-behavior (finally) lets you tweak it between a bright amp and a darker amp (for me, worked well with single coils in a MusicMan RD50 AND a '68 Bassman). My G&L pickups are slightly bright (ceramic mags) and it worked out just fine with a WGS and Jensen Neo speaker. This pedal can work for me as an alternate dirty sound as I don't really care for distortion generally (I'm more an OD kind of guy).

      The high gain on it is very impressive with nice harmonics that jump out and feedback too. Yes - I like it.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      distortion, with a fat and warm tone

      By B. Brazil

      from St. Louis Mo.

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I like overdrive and distortion that is both fat and warm sounding. This pedal delivers. It is extremely versatile. It is expensive, but worth every penny. Unlike many other distortion pedals that sound like razorblades thrown at your ears , this distortion box is very ear pleasing.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sounds in your Head

        By Denny

        from Pennsauken NJ.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Knobs and switches really work well. Multiple sounds can be obtained. Works well with your amp. Plays well with your guitar, humbucker, soap bar or single coil pickups etc. Overdrive and distortions are organic sounding. Can emulate boutique pedals costing alot more. I A&B quite a few of my boutique pedals costing $200 and up and it emulatd them extremely close. Almost unbelievable. Good quality components such as resistors, capacitors, diode, switches etc. This pedal is a must have for the serious musician. This is not a one trick pony. This pedal can be a real treat if you are not happy with your lead channel of your amp. It can be your go to lead pedal or rythm as well. Excellent for Soft Rock, Hard Rock, Blues and some Metal. Very happy with this. Brian Wampler has a great ear for vintage and modern sounds.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          gret distortion pedal

          By fgurdian

          from San Jose, Costa Rica

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Best only with fender amp

          Best Uses

          • 70's rock to 80's metal
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          amazing sounding unit that truly shines when used on Fender style clean amps and humbucker equiped guitars. Will sound muddy on Marshals, Mesas, and other high gain amps. When used with single coil pickups the bright swith is useful, but with humbuckers is where the magic happens. Love the flexible tone and gain structures, but its bass response is on the tight side. It really cuts through the mix in live situations. A must buy!

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worth the $$$$

          By Jeff

          from Hammond, IN

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Plays Nice With Others
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None Found

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I have owned many distortion/overdrive/fuzz pedals over the last 30 years and this is by far the best yet. It plays nice with my other pedals, it works well with my Egnater and my Fender amps, all which are tube powered. Compliments my Fender guitars and my Gibsons equally well. Single coil, humbucker or P 90's, they all benefit from this pedal. Well designed, all usefull features and really built solidly. Wampler delivers a high quality pedal and this one is a tone giant!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A very versatile distortion unit!

          By holLoWskull

          from upstate NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            The pedal seems to be well designed and well made. The controls are layed out intuitively and are very sensitive to adjustment. The two toggle switches in the Advanced Gain Structure have a dramatic effect on the overall sound. The pedal doesn't color the tone when off (true bypass). The pedal is extremely versatile and a good sound is easy to dial in. Standard mode has useful tones for Classic Rock (I find Even mode is Plexi tone, and Bright mode is more of a quasi-Hiwatt tone). Boost mode increases the saturation (Even mode is more 80's metal tone while Bright mode has a modern metal vibe). Even with the Gain knob maxed out additional hiss/noise seems minimal in Standard mode but becomes more noticeable in Boost mode (especially on Bright/Boost). I commend Brian Wampler for making a single distortion pedal that can cover so many different gain structures so well with just the flick of a couple toggle switches. MF offers a full money back return policy, so it's a no risk situation to check the Sovereign out for yourself.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This pedal will make your head explode!

            By Buzz

            from Walworth, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This pedal rocks! I've been playing for many years. I play a Strat and a PRS through a Marshall and perform in a rock band. While the Marshall is great for most classic rock overdrive this pedal really sings when you want that more modern chunking mid scoop sound. Very versatile controls get you a wide range of distortion. This pedal is the best distortion pedal I've ever used!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Sovereign

              By Dave

              from San Diego

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This pedal sounds great. I love that it is not trying to recreate an amp tone or be a remake of some old circuit design. It is just a straight forward, great sounding modern distortion. Just what I was hoping for.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Almost Too Versatile...

                By JB

                from NE Ohio

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clean Yet Raw
                • Diverse
                • Very Tweakable

                Cons

                • You Need More Than One

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  All the other reviews are accurate so I'll just talk about the sustain.
                  Maybe I should say SSSSSSUSTAAAAAAAINNNN!
                  We actually giggle at practice when I hold the last chord and we all wait to see when (if) it will end.
                  I swears there's a like a motor in this thing...
                  I wish there was one with double circuits - A, B or Both

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Soveriegn Distortion

                  By Den

                  from PA.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    Everything is said about this pedal. It just sounds so good. So versatile. I mean, it's not easy to find a bad sound in this box. Just get it and rock. Controls are very powerful. It may be the King of all Distortion/Overdrive sounds in a pedal.

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