Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 134
VG APPROVED GEAR
Wampler's Tumnus Deluxe
& Paisley Drive Deluxe
lready road-proven overdrive stompboxes, the Wampler Tumnus and
Paisley Drive have received a makeover for
2018. But, is there is anything new to gain?
The original Tumnus was intended as a
Klon-type "transparent overdrive" pedal,
but at a manageable price (a '90s Klon
Centaur can set you back $2,000). The new
Tumnus Deluxe adds a broader tonal palette
with three-band EQ section and a Normal/
Hot switch to take signal from a cleaner
boost to serious scorch. Another factor is
that while the Treble control is passive, Bass
and Mid are active, offering greater range.
Lastly, the box has a new button on the side,
offering the original buffered bypass (to
maintain signal over long cable runs) or a
true-bypass option to completely remove
the pedal from the path.
The heart of this pedal is that it reacts
with your amp and playing style to create
a more-nuanced, dynamic overdrive, with
ample clarity and headroom. Setting it
initially to mimic an amp's natural tone
provides a base to create new dirt flavors.
With just simple adjustments and the Gain
down (with switch on Normal), it was easy
to find big, clean boosts that accentuated
the tone without coloring it. Kicking it up
a notch with the Level maxed out and the
Gain off, the Tumnus Deluxe delivered
a fiery overdrive punch, ready for any
hard-rock riffing you can think of. It was
surprising how much gain this Wampler
yielded without much effort.
This is entirely before getting to the really dirty stuff, increasing gain for hairier
overdrive tones and for incendiary guitar
licks. Next, pop the center switch to Hot
and listen to the Tumnus Deluxe conjure
up some perfectly metal-ish sounds. One
of the best finds was Bass and Mid all the
way up and Treble backed down, generating a cocked-wah texture that would make
Michael Schenker smile.
Also newly updated, the Paisley Drive
Deluxe combines Wampler's Paisley
Drive (co-created with Brad Paisley) with
the company's discontinued Underdog
overdrive. It's not unusual to find two
pedals in one chassis these days, but this
Price: $199 (Tumnus Deluxe);
$259 (Paisley Drive Deluxe)
box lets you mix and match each circuit
with complete independence. You can
set it up as regular stompbox on your
pedalboard, or just as easily, wired it into
effects switching systems. More than that,
you can send signal to Channel 1 first and
then Channel 2 - or switch that order.
That's serious f lexibility.
Channel 1 is the Paisley Drive, a gain
machine that'll go from light overdrive
to fully saturated heavy rock. There's a
three-band EQ, as well as Level and Gain,
while on the side of the unit, look for a Fat
button to alter the midrange and add a small
boost. Channel 2 is essentially the Wampler
Underdog overdrive and, just on its own,
it's already a feisty crunch box, with more
of an emphasis on classic overdrive sounds.
Also look for the Voicing button, which is
its own unique tone-mod tweak.
Both boxes offer a soup-to-nuts array of
overdrive and EQ textures, from just the
barest hint of gain to full-on saturated fury.
The Wampler Tumnus Deluxe and Paisley
Drive Deluxe are a fine pedals that will kick
any pedalboard into blissful overdrive. -