Wampler Pedals Releases Black '65 Overdrive

(ctargia | Posted 2010-08-31)

Wampler Pedals Releases Black '65 Overdrive

It's here - the long awaited "Black '65 Overdrive" (formerly called 'Blackface Overdrive'). Wampler Pedals has been in the process of coming out with an overdrive pedal that emulates the sound of a cranked fender amp. They wanted to wait 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 they got one that they was 100% happy with, they took it to Brent Mason and brought a bunch of their competitors pedals that are supposed to do the same thing. Brent knows Fender amps like none other, and they knew if he thought it was good, they had a winner. Long story short, he LOVED it!

At this time, they will only be building 100 or so of these; so buy now!

A common question they 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 - some 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. It is described as 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.


  • 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

Wampler also has a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, and if you aren't satisfied with the tonality and performance of this pedal, send it back within a week of receiving it.; along with 5 year warranty coverage on any malfunction except due to abuse.

Purchase Now! ($199.97)

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