Stompbox Emulates A Cranked Blackface Fender Amp

Wampler Pedals releases the Black '65 Overdrive   01-Sep-10

Wampler Pedals have introduced the Black '65 Overdrive (formerly called 'Blackface Overdrive'). Here's what Brian Wampler has to say about it...
I've had tons and tons of folks ask me when I was coming out with an overdrive pedal that emulates the sound of a cranked fender amp. I wanted to get it JUST right, and spent a good 9 months breadboarding and prototyping tons of different ideas and a/b-ing with various fender amps to make sure it was accurate.
Once I got one that I was 100% happy with, I took it to Brent Mason and brought a bunch of my competitors pedals that are supposed to do the same thing. Brent knows Fender amps like none other, and I knew if HE thought it was good, I had a winner. Long story short, he LOVED it! At this time, we will only build 100 or so of these.
A common question I get is "What is the difference between the Ecstasy and the Black '65?" The ecstasy is completely different from the Black 65. Tonally, the black '65 is going to sound more like a fender type of sound - I've heard guys say they hear twin, some say vibrolux, some say deluxe reverb. Regardless, it still has that "Blackface" type of sound. When you turn it up, it's going to break up more like the amp would if you turn it up. The boost switch is basically adding a booster in front of this circuit to give it more gain.
The Ecstasy is a completely different sound than the blackface. I would describe it more like a cross between a Timmy and Zendrive tonally, with a switch that gives you a compressed overdrive, a crunchy overdrive, or a light fuzzy type of tone, perfect for Eric Johnson type stuff.
Circuit-wise, they are in completely different camps too. The ecstasy is using opamps with diode clippers while the black '65 is a JFET based circuit.
Specifications
  • High grade film capacitors and resistors picked for their superior sound and response
  • Completely true bypass
  • Battery connection and 9v power jack (barrel plug like Boss)
  • Controls: Volume, Gain, Bass, Mids, Treble, Gain boost switch
  • 2.5" x 4.5" in size
  • Ultra-bright LED for ease of use
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Powder coated durable finish
  • Completely original circuitry
  • Stacks VERY well with other pedals
Pricing and Availability:
$199.97 More information:
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