Wampler Triple Wreck Distortion Review
The Wampler Triple Wreck distortion pedal by Wampler effects was designed with the sound of a Peavey 5150 or Mesa Dual Rectifier in mind. It’s not quite in the same league as other distortion pedals.
This thing is like an amp in a box- seriously!
I’m not talking about your standard ‘amp sim’ type pedal, either. That isn’t what this is. It doesn’t try to emulate any other piece of equipment, it’s just its (heavy, thick, and crunchy-sounding) self.
Watch the video below to see just what this thing can do with an old, cheap 10 watt amp!
I mean, that isn’t a volume increase you’re hearing…that’s pure tone (in case you can’t tell, I’m seriously impressed with this pedal!).
As I said, the Wampler Triple Wreck was designed to sound like the Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier, with a tight, but thick high-gain distortion. It has a three band EQ- which means you can get that ‘scooped’ modern metal sound, and the gain actually rolls off as you drop the guitar volume…
…which is something you’d only really usually expect with a tube amp.
The pedal itself contains two distinct settings: ‘hard’ and ‘brutal’. The ‘hard’ setting is a more old-school, thick bassy distortion- great for more classic styles of metal and rock.
The ‘brutal’ setting, however, has a much more modern sound. Really, all it’s doing is letting a bit more high-end and higher harmonics into the tone. This setting is great for tones ranging from Iron Maiden, though Metallica and beyond.
In fact, as I demonstrate in the video, this pedal probably has more gain than you need!
Well, just in case this pedal isn’t heavy enough for you, there is also a boost switch. Originally I thought this might boost the mid frequencies (to cut through a mix better), but no…
…the boost makes the sound even thicker! Turning the boost contour control will take you anywhere from liquid, wailing lead tones, to meaty, doomy, fuzz. All in one pedal.
So, the idea is that with this one pedal you can sound like Metallica, the Smashing Pumpkins, or even Pink Floyd! There is just so much versatility in the one unit, thanks to the amount of controls and settings it has!
- Hand made in the U.S.A.
- High grade film capacitors and resistors
- True Bypass
- Battery connection and 9v power jack
- Boost Switch
- Hard/Brutal settings
- 3.50″ x 4.50″ (88.9mm x 114.3mm)
- 3 band EQ (treble, mids and bass)
What We Liked…
The Wampler Triple Wreck is an extremely versatile distortion pedal, with a really good range of tones. Not only is there a full, 3-band EQ on the pedal, you also have the hard and brutal options.
There is definitely a sound in there for everyone- especially if you’re looking for a heavy metal 5150 or triple rectifier type sound!
Seriously! You can get anything from a warm, bluesy tone, through to enough distortion to melt steel!
It isn’t a thin, tinny, buzzy distortion, either. The sound from this pedal is thick! I mean thick! It has the ability to be so heavy that only those who are worthy are able to lift it from where it stands! Then, you can tweak it again to get a classic hard-rock type sound.
All from one pedal.
Want a great metal tone, and don’t happen to have a few thousand dollars for a real life Mesa? Get this pedal! As I said, it isn’t an emulation of an amp, but it has a very similar tone and feel.
I also liked the little LED lights that come on to tell you that the pedal is working, and whether or not you have the boost engaged.
What We Didn’t Like…
This pedal is amazing. However, there are a few things that I didn’t like so much.
Firstly, the input and output sockets aren’t well marked. There are no printed ‘input’ and ‘output’ labels on the pedal itself, nor are there ‘in’ and ‘out’ marked. Instead, there are little triangles pointing in the direction that the signal flows.
Only a minor point, but it took me a while to find them and connect the pedal properly.
Other than that, the bypass and boost switches don’t click. True, there are LED indicators to let you know which mode you’re in…but that just isn’t as satisfying.
More than that, it’s very easy to accidentally hit the wrong button if your foot slips!
Again, a minor issue, but it’s there.
Conclusions on the Wampler Triple Wreck distortion
Overall, I really like this pedal. There are a few things that I would have personally designed differently, but that doesn’t detract from the awesomeness of this pedal.
It has a higher price than a lot of other effects pedals out there, but it’s worth it. It’s so worth it!