I realize my last update was about this pedal, and while I generally try to make sure I’ve got something new to talk about I actually have some more thoughts on this that I wanted to share. I’ve been playing it along with my Zoom Tri-Metal for the last couple of days, and it continues to impress me. I’m hoping he makes it part of his regular line-up – please drop him a line on the comment box on the product page if you liked the clips. Pretty please with a topping of your choice; I have alternate toppings available for those who suffer from a peanut or tree nut allergy.
It turns out that I can get it to sound pretty much EXACTLY like my Zoom Tri-Metal on the Tri-Metal’s best settings. The Zoom Tri-Metal is a well-regarded pedal, one of the first pedals to actually achieve the goal of sounding a hell of a lot like a cranked high-gain Recto, coming along after the Boss MetalZone which borrowed from the basic idea of Mesa-Boogie’s high-gain amplifiers (cascaded gain stages) but didn’t really pull off the sound as their marketing implied. The Tri-Metal gets much higher marks in that category, wowing a lot of people with its brutal, extremely tight high-gain distortion. Of course it doesn’t really do anything else; even with its gain knob dialed all the way back, it’s still got more crunch than a JCM800, but it used to be that if you were after a really nice high-gain distortion pedal, you should keep an eye out for the Tri-Metal to try to catch one in the rare chance someone sold theirs.
The fact that the Wampler Triple Recstortion can match the Tri-Metal’s sweet-spot tone at certain settings could be really good news for a lot of high gain lovers. The Tri-Metal was made in very limited quantities and the price keeps going up and up for a complex, largely SMD constructed pedal that you don’t have any sort of warranty for if you buy it now. I was going to sell mine recently but the sound made me keep it despite my financial need with the move and everything. Now I’m almost wondering if I could go ahead and sell it after all, since the Triple Recstortion can do its best sounds and more? Certainly something I’m considering every time I check my balance, haha.
The Tri-Metal’s biggest weakness is that it has a few sweet spots on the controls where it sounds like high-gain brutality and then a lot of places where it’s too boomy, too piercing, too scooped or too boxy. The Wampler Triple Recstortion can eerily nail the Tri-Metal’s sweet spot sound, while giving you a lot more usable range of gain and tonal adjustment (and a lot of sounds that aren’t like the Tri-Metal at all but which sound great). The Tri-Metal doesn’t have jack for anything but the highest of high gain sounds, while the Triple Recstortion has very usable low-medium gain thick crunch all the way up to the really heavy stuff, with great tone adjustments. This is my third Wampler amp-like pedal, the other two being the Plextortion and Super Plextortion, and it’s clear to me that he is careful to design his pedals so that they are anything but one trick ponies. That kind of versatility is what will help his products find their way into peoples’ collections permanently, alongside the other greats of the industry. Shout-out to builders, y’all reading this know who you are!
But I digress.
Assuming Wampler does make it part of his regular line-up… and frankly, I don’t see how he wouldn’t want to since the 100 he made sold in three days, provided people leave him some messages letting him know they want one… this could be a way for people to get their hands on a highly regarded sound, in addition to a lot of other great low-medium to high gain tones, for a reasonable price.
Tomorrow I’ll make sure to record a pair of clips demonstrating what I’m talking about: the Tri-Metal and the Triple Recstortion side-by-side, into the same recording setup. It should be fun, and it’ll continue to demonstrate how a virtual rig can be a gracious host to physical pedals.