Wampler 30 Something Overdrive Pedal

Overdrive Pedal for Electric Guitar with Gain Boost, Headroom Switch, and Top Cut Tone Control
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Classic-sounding Amp Overdrive - in a Pedal!

Wampler spent over three years designing the 30 Something overdrive pedal to bring you the epic tones of rock icons like Brian May from Queen, The Beatles, Brad Paisley, The Edge from U2, and countless others. The 30 Something is made to give you the chiming overdrive of classic VOX amplifiers in a compact pedal, ready to inject into your favorite amplifier. Play it soft, and you've got a gentle, singing tone. Dig into it, and you've got gloriously cutting overdrive with a beefy midrange bump. For clear, defined overdrive that would make even Brian May smile, Sweetwater guitarists can recommend the Wampler 30 Something overdrive pedal!

Wampler 30 Something Overdrive Pedal Features at a Glance:
  • Overdrive pedal for electric guitar
  • Designed to give you the sound and feel of classic VOX amplifiers
  • Top Cut EQ gives you the smooth response you'd expect from a VOX amp's tone controls
  • Headroom switch gives you control over how quickly your tone starts distorting
  • Gain Boost switch can be engaged to hit your amp harder, even when the overdrive is bypassed
Classic amp tones are yours with the Wampler 30 Something!

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Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
True Bypass Yes
Power Source 9V DC power supply required (sold separately)
Batteries 1 x 9V
Width 3.5"
Depth 4.5"
Manufacturer Part Number 30Something

Customer Reviews

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Just acquired this pedal. Amazing. Accessible Vox tones that are easily contoured; Instantly responsive to little "tweets." Let me elaborate. I fronted an indie/college band all through the 90's. We were signed, toured under all conditions, promoting each album. A Rickenbacker through a Vox AC-30 was my mainstay. The Class A chime was essential to the sound...and no, the pairing (with a touch of compression) never disappointed. And here's where Wampler's 30Something comes in. Everything that was regal, "fab," and storming about the AC-30 finds it's sonic equal in this pedal. I kid you not. The pedal is a true work of art. You will not be disappointed. Massive "thanks" to Sweetwater rep, Aaron Regenold on this acquisition. Aaron's knowledge of the gear and his professionalism are exceptional. Also, have benefited greatly from Don Carr's demo videos. Bravo Wampler pedals & Bravo Sweetwater Sound.
Music background: Singer-Songwriter/performing & recording artist/producer for 25 years

Multi-use Pedal

Fantastic pedal for getting that Chimey, V_X sound from a Marshall amp. This fills a spot on my board and keeps me from buying another amp. The 30 setting delivers clean bright headroom and the 15 setting gets into the crunch. Pop in the boost side of the pedal and it gets nice. To me the pedal seems to work best with single coils. The boost circuit is a stand alone pedal in the same box. I also have a TC Electronic Spark boost. To my ear the Thirty Something sounds much warmer and full. There's a place for the Spark but it's in danger of being neglected with the Thirty Something on my board. This is a well made, quiet, amp in a box pedal that delivers fantastic tone. If you like the 30 or 15 amps, this will get you pretty close at half the price of the 15 and about 45 pounds less weight to carry.
Music background: 38 years of guitar

Flexibility On The Fly

I purchased this pedal hoping to add some classic AC tones to my Fender based rig. I use a 90's model twin amp. The results have been fantastic. Not only will theThirty Something get you into AC30/15 territory but, it does it very convincingly. If your willing to take the time to turn some knobs and tweak a little here and there, this pedal will not disappoint. The only thing IMO that is a must is that you need to have a good strong clean channel on your amp. This thing can transform great Fender cleans into really nice AC tones eliminating the need to lug around another amp. Wampler's amp in a box series has transformed my rig into a Swiss Army knife of tones. This is a great product.

Thirty Something Great

Superb pedal. Take it from a certified tube amp snob. I'm too spoiled by tube amp tone and don't usually like pedals, but this one is great. Excellent at low and high volume both. Great fun for practice and gigs. Losing sleep staying up too late from not being able to stop playing. Great for an all-around boutique-type tone. Love to bring it to jams using it with house backline amps.
Music background: Pro guitarist 30 plus yrs

Missing Link

Just like an AC15, it breaks up early on that setting, but what got me was that sizzling top end when set on the 30 wt. position. I can even get a plausible Strat out of my 335. (It has a little help in that I have SHPR-1's installed) Either way, being a Beatle fan, I can set it for a decent break up and play "And You Bird" or "She Said" type of songs and roll back my volume to clean up the verses. I also get great early Beatles sounds by cleaning up the pedal........but wait! We have a boost too which puts a 3rd option in the line.....and, unlike another popular pedal that's getting all the raves at the moment, you can use the boost whether the bypass is in or out. I'm using a Strat, SG, 335 and a 56' reissue Paul w/P90's, a Marshall 20 wt. 2061 and a TA15 Mesa. While it's good sounding stuff, this pedal opened a whole new world and is the missing link.
Music background: Pro
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