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Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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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, Wa...Read More

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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’s 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.


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

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WamplerSovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 17 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (16)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Responsive (11)
  • Compact (6)
  • Good selection of effects (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (14)
    • Home studio (8)
    • Professional recording (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
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    (1 of 1 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!

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      5.0

      Worth the price

      By Jasper

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I'm very skeptical of pedals that run for 200 or more, but when I think of how much time and money I've spent looking for a distortion that functions like the Sovereign, the price makes perfect sense.

        First of all, there is a really good balance of gain, sustain and noise control on this pedal. With many other dirt pedals, to get a singing sustain you'd have to turn up the gain to a point where it may start to sound muddy, fuzzy and noisy. That is not the kind of dynamics you hear on your favorite recordings. As you turn up the gain, it will sound bigger, heavier but will retain a pretty tight attack.

        The key to making this pedal work best is working with all of the options, including the two toggles (BRIGHT / EVEN) and (BOOST / STANDARD). Using these wisely will give you access to a variety of dirt sounds. I literally found a JCM style grind (Guns N' Roses, Rage Against the Machine), lightly overdriven hard rock crunch (Who's Next, "The Seeker") and smooth blues (John Mayer, Stevie Ray) all within a few minutes of fooling around with the toggles and my guitar's volume knob. This pedal also cleans up remarkably well, even on the boost mode.

        This is one of those desert island stompboxes. I now understand the hype behind Wampler pedals. This little thing really is a piece of genius.

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        5.0

        Wampler SOVEREIGN Paradise

        By Sleepwalker

        from Central,USA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          The SOVEREIGN Pedal is my 5th Wampler unit in my board.Since my main guitars are Stats or P-90 loaded I needed a pedal to bridge from all out burn to soft and not so fuzzy.The SOVEREIGN fits perfect sonically.If your after a distortion pedal that will not cover up YOUR TONE get one.This is one more Great pedal from Wampler.

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          (2 of 2 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.

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            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great tone, but...

            By Alaric Balibrera

            from Sebastopol, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This is a great pedal if you like the tone. Pretty easy to get a great Angus Young, kind of metal/nasal tone if that makes sense. I returned mine not because I liked the tone on my Mesa Express 5:50 better (which I did, but hey that's just taste), but because I'm not a terrific tap dancer and I was always afraid while playing that I'd inadvertently whack my volume knob when switching this bad boy on and off - switching it on and kicking the volume button accidentally at the same time = sudden death. I prefer, if the gizmo has two rows of controls, that a non-critical button, like tone, be near my toe when I'm kicking around down there.

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            (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

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Really Great Tones

              By Dr. Robert

              from Aberdeen, South Dakota

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Looks great
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Great for all lead distortion work. Works great with delay pedal. Very good at generating a lead tone that emphasizes lows when you need it. Controls provide ability to generate a wide variety of lead sounds. I am already recommending this pedal to friends. Brian Wampler's reputation for designing and producing great pedals is completely deserved.

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                (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

                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.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wampler Does It Again!

                  By axman53

                  from South Florida

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • I Can~~~apos~~~t Stop Playing It

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    If you're looking for a verstile mid-gain pedal, look no further. Couldn't be happier with it. I play it through the reverb channel of my vintage clone Deluxe Reverb. I use the Wampler Euphoria/Ecstasy for low gain and the Catlinbread Manx Loughtan for the Big Mu## sounds. Killer combination of dirt pedals, IMHO.

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                    (4 of 4 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!

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