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Wampler Sovereign Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
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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.

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  • Best Distortion I have Played

    As reviewed by STANLEY RUTKOWSKI on 9/11/2012

    This Wampler Pedal is the BEST distortion that I have played. Cleans up great with the guitar volume. You can adjust very well from slight dirt to all our metal. I took my OCD and vintage hot tubes off of my pedal board as this just does it better. I stack with an EP booster (before and after) to adjust. Before gives it more girth and after a very nice rounded blues tone. I have tried hundreds of dirt boxes and this is the stays on my board.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great Distortion but...

    As reviewed by Kenneth Gwin on 1/29/2013

    I love this pedal when it is just me and the guitar, but when I am practicing with my band, I cant seem to find the right setting that makes it sound full. It also just seems to not clean up enough for me. It always has a buzz saw distortion even at lowest gain settings. I do bow down to this pedal, but only to make adjustments, then I eventually turn it off after getting a few looks and I kick on my Sparkle Drive. I hope I can find a Mod for the Sovereign that will make it more smooth whith the low gain settings. I know its not an overdrive, but even for my high energy solos with the band, it doesnt cut it for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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  • Killer Tones

    As reviewed by Jeff Crook on 2/25/2013

    I've been playing for about 30 years. During this time I have owned several different distortion, fuzz and overdrive pedals. My electric guitar arsenal is dominated by American made Fenders and Gibsons and my amps are both tube powered, a Fender and an Egnater. This pedal is the best distortion pedal I have ever owned or heard. It has a wide range of tones and can easily emulate the tone from any other high quality pedal on the market. It works well with single coils, P 90's, or humbuckers. It works well on it's own or when stacked with other fuzz/overdrive pedals. It can be smooth with just a hint of distortion or it can be an in your face monster or anything in between. Best of all, that tonal animal can be controlled or unleashed by rolling the guitar's volume control of by your pick attack. The Wampler Sovereign is just a well designed, well made pedal with fantastic sound and it will forever have a place on my board.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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