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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

     

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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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5.0

The Pedal With All The Gifts

By Moxxi

from Winnipeg, MB Canada

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Pros

  • AC on top not on side
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Satisfying Click
  • Sturdy Quality Knobs
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Recently switched over to a Blues Jr. III tube amp which has excellent blues overdrive (not too crunchy) and is awesome for 80% of the tunes I play, but my band requires a little more junk in the trunk for the remaining 20%. So the hunt was one for that perfect pedal. I rented the Boss Overdrive from the local pro shop on a recommendation, but that didn't do. Long story short I became the Goldilocks of distortion pedals, returning the pedals I'd rented every couple of days looking for that right one. The pro shop even allowed me to go outside of their usual "rental" only lines of pedals because I couldn't locate the right one. Then I turned 50 in December and my bro, a great guitar player, gifted me the Wampler Sovereign pedal without knowing the trials and tribulations I had been going through. Just a total coincidence. From the moment I plugged it in and sampled its distorted wares, I knew this pedal was just right. There isn't a wasted knob or switch on this. Even minute changes of the Mid Behaviour colours your tone allowing you to dial in the sound you need. For me, the Sovereign allows me the versatility I require in the band - from subtle blues crunch to Ozzy and Judas Priest distortion - it's the pedal that promises everything and keeps that promise. As a boutique pedal, of course it's not cheap (unless my bro buys you one too) and most likely if you forked out the cash you'd find a competing pedal that would suit your needs. Seems sturdy and well made - the knobs have a heavier, quality heft to them and the on/off switch has a satisfying "click". I have a couple of other pedals that have a soft click and I hate that - I need to know that pedals on without looking. For pedal board folks, I love the fact that the power in is on the top, rather than the side (like MXR). Just a personal preference.

     
    5.0

    nice pedal

    By jimihendrickson

    from Avon CT

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Been playing guitar for over 50 years. Was full time till 1985. Too old to rock, to young to die, got a day job but still play gigs. Was looking for a new toy. You know if your looking for an OD/distortion pedal and you're gonna spend over a hundred, there all gonna be good. Unless you get a defective one, you can usually dial in pretty much what you're looking for. The Sovereign isn't cheap but it does give more tonal options with a mid knob that actually works. I play out a couple time a month and have used this pedal for three gigs. I'm not a metal player and I guess you'd call what I do classic rock. I play an old LP Custom through a Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue which is not a heavy gain type amp. This pedal works well with it. Now it doesn't sound like a vintage Marshall at full grind but this one works for me.

       
      5.0

      The best Simply

      By Axegrinder

      from Oklahoma City

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is the king of distortions. Ive been through many over the years and this is the best of them. I love it.

         
        5.0

        Great Tone, Easy Set Up, Versitile

        By Joe

        from Tampa, FL

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          First off, the tone, sustain, and decay on this pedal are warm, powerful, rich and smooth.
          Each control offers a significant and obvious effect.
          There is nothing slight or nebulous about the variances, they are wide and highly usable.
          With some pedals you split hairs and struggle to find a sweet spot.
          This pedal practically steers you into the correct choice.
          Out of the many distortion pedals I've gone through,
          this one best allows me to dial in all my guitar and amp combinations with great ease.

           
          5.0

          The only distortion pedal you need

          By David

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Fantastic pedal, great tone, amazing ability to shape the sound and dial in the mids and highs. The boost switch is a perfect quick adjustment for when you need to dial up the nasty. This is all you need to cut through the mix and be heard crystal clear without sacrificing any of the distortion.

           
          5.0

          *The One*

          By Nick

          from Delray Beach

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • A distortion to always keep on your board
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I really wish I would have tried this thing before the hundreds of other amps and pedals I've gone through haha. It's really great. It sounds like I wish my Marshall sounded. Seriously, it's awesome. Easily worth the price tag. The low end is big but not muddy, the top end is clear but not shrill (unless you max the tone knob), and the mids are completely adjustable to preference. Love it, love it, love it :3

            (0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Bought open box. Didn't work

            By James

            from Ky

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

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

             
            5.0

            Finally!!! The Distortion to End My Search...

            By Aaron

            from Chico, CA

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I've been through numerous other distortion pedals. Considering what they cost, that's a lot of money to spend in the weeding-out process. Up until now, I had always felt as if I was "settling" for a pedal that "would do" until I could find something better.
              I have not found a bad setting in the Sovereign. The tonal sweep is outstanding and allows this pedal to take on absolutely distinctly different identities. It's so harmonically rich and amp-like, it's crazy.

              I'm so glad I found the Wampler.

              Do yourself a favor; spend a little extra for this pedal.
              You won't be sorry.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best distortion pedal yet!

              By aaron

              from Cleveland, Ohio

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Best distortion pedal I have found yet. I've gone through many over the years "chasing tone" and this has got to be the most versatile, best sounding distortion pedal I've ever heard and played through. You can get any kind of distortion sound out of it that you want. Everything from marshall and mesa to fender and peavey. Very organic and sounds brilliant through tube amps. Plenty of gain on tap for any style. Sounds crisp without having an ice pick sound like many other overdrive and distortion pedals do and can even get some decent fuzz out of it as well. At first I thought I had a defective pedal as the sound would get squashed hitting a hard chord or note but found that it was because I had placed it after a buffered pedal. Once I switched the pedals it no longer over compresses the signal. Just thought I would mention that if anyone is experiencing the same problem I had at first. You won't be disappointed getting this and will likely never need to buy another distortion pedal again!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Soveriegn Distortion

                By Den

                from PA.

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                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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