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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 14 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (13)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Responsive (9)
  • Compact (5)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (11)
    • Home studio (7)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Professional recording (5)
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sovereign

    By Dave

    from San Diego

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    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

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      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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      (2 of 2 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

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        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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          (4 of 4 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

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            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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              5.0

              Try it and other Wampler staff

              By Aleksey

              from Moscow, Russia

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive

              Cons

              • Non

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              One of the best sounding pedals with rich and smooth own voice. Amazing behavior control. I agree, it is excellent with Fender clean but, at the same time, good with Messa.

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              5.0

              you should not buy this pedal

              By Rick N. Bacher

              from Wisconsin

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Really Solid Construction
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I have owned a lot of distortion pedals and almost had given up that any of them was really worth adding to my rig. This has earned a place. Don't buy it unless you want your sound to be stellar.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sounds in your Head

                By Denny

                from Pennsauken NJ.

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                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.

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