A couple of years ago Brad Paisley was “not quite settled on the overdrive sound he was getting from his live rig”. So he contacted Brian Wampler from Wampler Pedals about custom making him a pedal to achieve a tone that was clean but could also “get crunchy with some ‘beef’ to it.” The final result was the Paisley Drive which in addition to sounding great, is a pretty sweet looking pedal as well.
Wampler was kind enough to send over one of these pedals for us to review. In the video below Guy Fenocchi walks you through the different settings,tones, and playing possibilities of this pedal. First, Guy will demonstrate the Paisley pedal on it’s own. At the end we’ll hear what the Paisley Drive sounds like in the context of soloing with a jam track. You can find out more about the pedal, it’s specs, and possibly win a free one on the Wampler product page. Below the video we’ve included a transcription of the audio.
Hi I’m Guy Fenocchi from FreeGuitarVideos.com. The following video is a demonstration of Wampler Effects. In this video we’re going to be looking at the Paisley Drive.
Alright, here’s our Paisley Drive. This was designed by Brian Wampler with Brad Paisley. The great guitar player, Brad Paisley, I’m sure you’ve heard of him. This is to his specs and Brian worked closely with him, and this has a lot of really cool features.
Along with your basic volume, gain, and tone knobs, it has a presence switch which can give you more treble or a higher end sparkle. Depending on the pickups you use, I would think that would be a crucial choice, whether you have the presence on or off. We’ll get back to that.
It also has a Mid Control Contour. So it has three positions. In the middle you get less of the mids. Up position gives you more and then the down position gives you the most. So with you presence and mid contour that gives you a lot of options. Again with how much gain you’re using to what style of pickup…whether it’s a single coil or a double coil, your choices may be with the presence and mid contour and then you can just dial in your tone.
What I’ve noticed about it and what I like is, I’m using Humbucker pickups. I’m also playing through a hand wired Panter Amp it’s a 40 watt amp with a 112 Celestian finished 30 in it. So we’re playing through some nice equiptment to test this out.
Let me show you with minimal gain, almost like a boost. I like for humbuckers: the presence on with the gain down with the mid control in the down position. (plays) It gives it a nice little bite. Cuts through. If I take the presence off, it darkens up a little bit. At that point, I like to add a little more gain. It cuts through, it’s very articulate. You can really hear each tone, each note really clear. It has nice bite and attack.
With chords, same thing. With the up position on the Mids, it starts to sound a little more throaty. Even with those big chords, you get those bass notes that really come through. With the presence up, that even cleans it up a little more. So you can really dial in what you like.
I’m on the treble pickup, the bridge pickup of my guitar. If I go into the neck poistion the presence is good in the same spot. Maybe a little more tone, turn up the gain.
Now back in the bridge position. It’s all your preference. I’m going with less mids and presence off and lowering the gain. Tone up.
Let me go back to my favorite position. Presence off. Mids on High. Pretty high on the gain. It’s not way overpowering but still stays articulate. It acts real nice with a volume roll off. It has great touch sensitivity with your volume control.
So those are things you want to play with. But I don’t think there would be any position, that any guitar player couldn’t find with this pedal.
Of course, this pedal has true bypass. The Presence switch and Mid Countour switch are really unique. I don’t know of many pedals that have those combinations. It’s 9 volt DC which takes about 9 mA so it’s not bad on batteries. I’m using the pedal power so it doesn’t take any strange power source and should be good on batteries. Let’s take a listen with our track.
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