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Wampler Sovereign Distortion Pedal

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To many people, pedals such as the Euphoria and Plexi-Drive projected Brian Wampler well on the way to be the king of dirt. This inspired him to take...Click To Read More About This Product

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A distortion so versatile, you won't believe the amount of tones you can get from one pedal.

To many people, pedals such as the Euphoria and Plexi-Drive projected Brian Wampler well on the way to be the king of dirt. This inspired him to take that crown and sit it on the head of distortion to finalize the deal.

Wampler took apart what is required for a great distortion, and when they put all the parts back together, they discovered that not only was Brian the King of Dirt, but his new circuit was the king, The Sovereign.

The distortion available from the Sovereign is so versatile you will wonder how so much can be available from one small box. Two gain stages, a mid contour, bright switch and tone control allow you to dial in virtually any sound from modern distortion all the way back to classic OD tones.

With the pedigree this pedal has, Wampler wanted to make sure it stands tall among the other heroes of dirt. They think the Sovereign is the finest in its class, and with a versatility you won’t find on another pedal that sounds as organic as the Sovereign, you’ll agree that this truly is the sovereign of distortion.

FEATURES
  • Built in the U.S.A.
  • High grade components picked for their superior sound and response
  • Relay true bypass with soft switch
  • Top mounted input and output jacks
  • Battery connection and 9v power jack
  • Power draw: Between 9mA (9 V) and 17mA (18 V)
  • High gain, crunchy and dynamic pedal
  • Extremely tweakable EQ
  • Advanced Gain Structure, amazing array of sounds
  • 2.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 in. (63.5 mm x 114.3 mm x 38.1 mm) – height excludes knobs and switches

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WamplerSovereign Distortion Pedal
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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5.0

New fav distortion

By Wild Indian From Outer Space

from Charlotte, Nc

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Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Pedal:

Super versatile pedal. Does everything from clean boost, to overdrive, to distortion. Very accurately captures the feel of both vintage and modern tones with the flip of a switch. Blues and hard rock are fine, whatever, but I primarily play punk and metal. Prior to purchase I was apprehensive as it whether or not it would actually sound nasty enough to for those genres, rest assured this thing can and will.

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5.0

Top Shelft Destortion

By Gyitar Dave

from NC

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5.0

A Gift From The Distortion God's

By Moxxi

from Winnipeg, MB

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Pros

  • Sounds Great
  • Sturdy
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Doesn't Currently Ship To Canada
  • Expensive
  • Only available at a few select places online

Best Uses

  • Blues, Classic Rock, 80s Metal
  • Live
  • Practice
  • Recording

Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Pedal:

I received this pedal as a gift from my bro for my 50th birthday last year and to say it was exactly what I wanted, is a total understatement. I had recently purchased a Fender Blues Jr. III amp that I use live but as you may (or may not know) the overdrive in a FBJR is a tad on the bluesy side (well, duh!). Because the band I'm in runs the gamut of rock tunes, I require slightly bluesy overdrive to more 80s metal sounds and everything in between. I went on a quest to find the right overdrive/distortion pedal and nothing was cutting if. I finally settled on something else when Wampler's Sovereign Distortion Pedal literally Dues Ex Machina'd the whole thing and saved my sound!

Yes, it's on the expensive side but it's a boutique pedal, so you know what you're getting into price wise. The fact that I didn't have to pay for it, was a blessing certainly, but now knowing how good it is, I would have bought one anyway had I been able to try one out. Trust me, I tried a ton of pedals (on rental at my local pro shop and went back every couple of days saying "Nope, what else you got?") looking for that right one and was always close, but not close enough.

The pedal is well made, features a satisfying crunchy engaging click and has enough knobs to dial in a multitude of sounds. If you've got a bright guitar, there's a switch for that, if you've got a not so bright guitar, there's a switch for that! The Mid Behaviour control allows you to subtly arrive at just the right tone - and you really have to see the difference it makes shifting a bit to the right or left. It's touchy but in a good way. Same goes for the Tone control. Crank the Gain all the way and you'll be at that satisfying 80s hard rock / metal sound. Bright, punchy and cutting.

Watch some videos on it and see if it's the pedal you're looking for. Worked wonders for me!

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5.0

The only overdrive/distortion pedal you will need!!

By Pete

from Louisiana

Comments about Wampler Sovereign Distortion Pedal:

This pedal is the only pedal I use for overdrive! It can get very distorted or you can get a very clean boost! I personally use it as an overdrive because it gives me more of an edge that a normal overdrive doesn't! It's amazing for your late 60s and your 70s rock!

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