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FDP Forum / Non-Fender Gear Reviews / Wampler Tweed "57 pedal review.

telegib

Canada

Jan 31st, 2014 09:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love this pedal! Just received it this evening. I never had much time to tinker around with it so I just plugged my 2007 Am Std Strat with Lace Sensor Hot Gold pups into it and into my older Peavey Bandit amp.

I was amazed at how warm and responsive this pedal sounds. With the gain knob all the way down and all other controls set at noon and with the 3 way toggle switch set at "normal" I just got slight warm grit with the Lace pups. Increasing the gain just brought up the drive and response.

This pedal responds just like a good amp.

Then there is the "bright" position on the toggle switch which is like plugging your amp into the bright input of a Fender tweed amp as well as the "linked" position which sounds like linking together your normal and bright channels with a small patch cord.

The sounds from this pedal inspires me to play the blues. And if you want to nail the early old Keith Richards Stones tones this is the pedal for you.

I also own a Wampler "Hot Wired" pedal and although it sounds good it doesn't match the Tweed "57 pedal for me. It's a great little pedal but I have to fiddle with it to get the tones I want.

The Tweed "57 does what I hoped it would. Produce great warm overdrive tones.

I watched the YouTube videos like the one I'm posting below but this pedal even sounds better than the demos.

You really have to try one out yourself through your own amp. This pedal is no toy.

I guess you can tell that I'm impressed. Hope you get a chance to try one out.

Wampler Tweed "57

Wampler Tweed "57 demo

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

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Feb 4th, 2014 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice demo - thanks for the review and the link! I have a Paisley Drive which I love - trying to decide if this would give me anything really different from that pedal.

telegib

Canada

Feb 4th, 2014 02:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't own the Paisley Drive but I think the Tweed '57 would be noticeably different from the Paisley.

I own the Hot Wired V2 and the Tweed pedal is completely different. It's warmer and can provide more bass response if needed.

I think that just about everything Brian makes is good and unique from each other.



reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

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Feb 4th, 2014 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I think that just about everything Brian makes is good and unique from each other."

No doubt about that - I've also played the delay pedal in the orange housing - very nice sounds and delays. Just haven't plunked down the cash for it yet...

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Feb 14th, 2014 11:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

telegib,

Just noticed in your profile (and your looooooong list of gear) that you have a Yamaha SA 2200.

I just picked up a left-handed SA 1000L ('L' for lefty) - all the way from Ishibashi in Tokyo - and I absolutely LOVE IT!!! It was made in '82 and it's practically in mint condition (a couple minor nicks and some minor hazing in the finish on the sides and back) - frets are fine, pickups sound very good, and it's all original in the original case (including the original warranty card in Japanese). Shipped to my door for under $1K!

Just wondering how much yours gets played, and how you'd rate it compared to your other semi-hollows (I noticed you have a 2010 Gibson 335...)?

More pics in profile

telegib

Canada

Feb 15th, 2014 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My SA 2200 is a really great guitar. The stock Alnico V pups sound great too. The neck is nice and slim and the action can be set nice and low with no fret buzzing and choke off.

To be quite honest in blows away the ES 335 for playability and feel of the neck. The ES 335 though is louder acoustically than the SA 2200 for what that's worth and the Classic 57 pups on the 335 sound different than the Yamaha. They are more middy sounding. To be quite honest they don't sound as appealing when playing both pups together than the SA 2200.

The SA 2200 craftsmanship is also exceptional. No finish rough spots or rough binding. I actually had to file the nut slots on the 3 top strings on the 335 when I bought it. It sounded like a sitar when playing the strings open.

The 335 has problems with the high strings popping off the fingerboard when playing mostly around the 1st and 10th frets. That's pretty typical with the Gibson's though. I think they have improved that in 2014 with the absence of the fret binding. The Yamaha plays like butter. No issues.

If your ever in the market for a high end 335 style guitar do not pass up checking one of these out. The SA 2200 would cost you around $2300-$2500. Still less than a ES 335 though. And you may even get one used at a good price.

Congrats on your guitar. Sounds like you got a good one too.

Now back to the Wampler Tweed 57. You gotta check it out. Great pedal.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 07:27 PM, Feb 15th, 2014)

reverend mikey
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Feb 15th, 2014 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the review. I'm VERY happy with this SA 1000 - don't know if I could find a lefty of the SA 2200 or not.

I may have some time on Monday to check out the Tweed '57...sorry about the thread hijack!

telegib

Canada

Mar 1st, 2014 07:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No problem. If you have further questions about the SA200 put all questions on the non Fender topics thread and I will answer any questions you may have.

telegib

Canada

Mar 1st, 2014 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Did you try out the Tweed 57 reverend mikey?

reverend mikey
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Mar 2nd, 2014 09:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not yet - maybe tomorrow (Monday). AND...our local store has a used one in excellent shape, they're asking $149 for it - might be able to get it for even a little less than that (my "good guy" price).

I'll let you know.

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

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Mar 24th, 2014 12:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I did bring the Tweed '57 home and tried it out side by side with my Paisley Drive. It has some nice tones in it, but I feel like I can get similar tones which I actually like better (not as much sag? not sure how to describe) from the Paisley Drive, which is how I have it set up most the time anyway (just some grit to dirty up the clean tone - also as a boost with my Full Drive 2).

So I took the Tweed 57 back and saved myself about $150 for other stuff... (just spent over $600 for car repair - "vintage" cars aren't as practical as vintage guitars and amps!)

telegib

Canada

Mar 25th, 2014 04:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the report. I don't own the Paisley Drive (yet!)

However I do own the Wampler Dual Fusion which has the modified Paisley Drive as well as the Euphoria pedal. I also own a Wampler Hotwired.

But my favorite for warmth and fat tone is still the Tweed 57.

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