Wampler Triumph and Phenom: $99 Overdrive/Distortion Pedals
More $99 made in the USA pedals? This time from Brian Wampler
Wampler Pedals has announced the new ¢99 each Triumph and Phenom pedals. Brian Wampler has now entered the under ¢100 affordable pedal market and these look like they could be great drive pedals for the money.
The first new effect pedal is the Wampler Triumph, an overdrive based on the Boss SD-1 and Digitech Bad Monkey. This is one of Brian Wampler’s favourite circuits. However, the difference is not only the price but also the more effective EQ section, divided into bass, mid and treble.
In addition, it also has a toggle switch between smooth and punch. Plus a DIP switch with 2 slide switches that once again influence the effect sound. For the price, this sounds pretty good.
Next up is the Wampler Phenom. It is fundamentally based on the Plextortion circuit but was developed from scratch using JFETs instead of OpAmps and diodes.
This one is supposed to remind us of the vintage 5150 sound. In addition to the 3-band EQ, gain and volume control it also has a toggle switch to go between bright and normal modes.
The price point for both of these new pedals is fairly reasonable in my opinion. Though I must say that it is already a very crowded marketplace. As there are a lot of overdrive and distortion pedals out there at around this price point.
I guess if you like the particular drive and distortion tones on offer, then they will appeal. Plus, you should be getting great build quality from Wampler as usual.
In Europe they work out 119 euros each; Wampler Triumph* and Phenom*
Check them both out in the video below, where you can see Brian Wampler showing them off.
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- Similar to the Boss SD-1: Wampler
- A 5150 style distortion: Wampler