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Wampler Pedals SLOstortion

Brian Wampler knows a lot about capturing the sound and feel of an amp in a stomp box. He's had plenty of practice, and the results speak, sing, scream, and roar for themselves. When he puts his mind to making an amp-in-a-box pedal, you're not getting just another distortion. You're getting a master class in tone. - - Somewhere between the classic distortion tones and the ultra-modern high gain sound, there was an American amplifier that redefined gain. Soldano® amplifiers have been heard on some of the best guitar-god albums, and Brian couldn't resist the challenge of capturing an authentic SLO-100® inspired tone in a pedal. Brian's refined ear and wealth of experience designing pedals has led him to take what he feels are the killer tones of that amp and bring them under foot for guitarists with any setup. - - The SLOstortion brings the awesome tone of those killer high-wattage heads and famous preamps together into one package, with a voicing that will be maintained across virtually any setup. No need to worry whether you'll have a good clean tone and a good distorted tone. Just your favorite amp and the SLOstortion to take your tone places walked by some of the best guitar-slingers from the 1980s to today. - - It features a great three-band EQ to make sure you can have "The Tone" through YOUR setup, whatever it may be. The gain is switchable between two separate modes to capture the nuances and flavor of its inspiration. The normal mode will go from a nearly clean tone to a tight, defined crunch, and the high gain mode goes all out. It's responsive, too, and to top it off, even when the tone is as heavy as it gets, the pedal doesn't squeal and hiss with noise. No sacrifices for your rig. - - To top it off, the pedal features a specially tuned clean boost. It's an op-amp boost circuit Brian's worked on for some time, and even at unity output, it will add a little something extra to the sound. Stand out for your solo, or just give it that little extra kick. To complete the package, it functions independently: a true two-in-one pedal, offering great value, our way of showing our appreciation for the faith you place in our products! - - We think you're going to love this one. Brian's worked on it as hard as he's ever worked on anything before, and the results are apparent: an authentic American roar, with all the gain and tonal adjustments you need to take you and your rig wherever you need to go, and reliability that won't let you down. Rock on, powered by the Wampler Pedals SLOstortion!

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Ease Of Use Pretty straightforward controls like most other pedals. Footswitch, Volume, Gain, Treble, Middle, Bass plus the nifty extra pedal feature---the Boost footswitch and Boost knob. There is also a toggle switch for changing between clipping diodes: Overdrive and Crunch. Brian Wampler always includes a useful instruction manual with all of his products, and also gives advice on how to use them.

Sound For this review, I used my 1987 Ibanez Roadstar II Pro540 Power. I have not upgraded the pickups yet, so for this review--it still has the stock IBZ/USA pickups. I used the humbucker for the entire review. I did not use an amp! I recorded straight from the guitar--into the pedal--then right into my mulitrack recorder. I used a completely dry track with no modelling or effects.
As a proud fan of anything Brian Wampler comes up with--I had to try this out. Some of you may remember my fairly recent review of the Wampler Plextortion V2--"The distortion pedal to end all distortion pedals!" Well, that was before the SLOstortion was introduced back in September. Always the tone junkie--I'm chasing high gain, 80's metal tones that can completely makeover an amp's distortion section. Guess what? I found it! You can make a good assumption of the tones Brian was after when designing this monster--the Soldano SLO. I think he nailed it. The controls really let you dial in some sweet, high-gain distortion. If you want something a little less nuclear, just flip the toggle switch to the Overdrive setting. From there, you can get some nice and creamy overdrive tones to push your amp a bit. What's more, is that Brian has added that one little thing most guitarists wish they had in their signal chain--a BOOSTER! Yep--the SLOstortion has a built in booster with it's own dedicated footswitch, LED indicator and level knob. I like the fact that I can adjust the level of the booster from something just a bit louder than the distortion circuit to much louder--great for leads or just pissing off the

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Reliability As with all of Wampler's other pedals--this one is build tough. The screaming circuits are housed in a durable metal enclosure, and stomping is a breeze with the industrial strength 3PDT footswitches. The knobs are nice and big, and have set screws if they ever get a little loose. The input and output jacks can take a beating, as well as the DC jack--if you decided to run this on a powered pedalboard. Bottom line--I can always count on any Wampler pedal to take a beating and last forever.

Customer Support N/A for product support, but I always love talking with Brian about pedal builds, ideas, and just inspiration. On a side note--he's the one that got me started in building my own pedals.

Liked about it 1. The tones! That's what you usually buy a pedal for, isn't it? I wanted the famous Soldano tones, and this pedal delivers!
2. I love the added boost circuit with it's own LED and level knob.
3. I also like the Overdrive/Crunch toggle. I always mod my pedals with a DPDT switch and two diode clipping sections--Brian already took care of it for us tone junkies.

Didn't like 1. It's not purple!
Seriously--there is nothing wrong with this pedal at all, and I can't find one thing to complain about. C'mon, Brian--the Plextortion pedal is purple sparkle!

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By AlaskaBat
Dec 09, 2011
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