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Wampler Black '65 vs Tweed '57

rschultz13

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Would anyone care to compare/contrast these two pedals. Been thinking about getting a Black '65, although the Tweed '57 also looks interesting too.

I'm currently playing into a Billm Blues Jr, also building a Tweed 5E7 Bandmaster head. I typically play into a fairly clean amp using pedals for added color/character/dirt. I'm fairly certain the '65 will do what I want, but I don't know much about the '57.

Thanks.
 
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Tweed 57 sounds more like a high-gain pedal, the 65 makes a wonderfull sparkling clean, better than a clean boost IMHO because of the flexibility of the volume. And I prefer the 65 in a edgy clean setting, as far as pedalboard organization goes....
 

Adagietto

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If you are familiar with Blackface vs. Tweed, you've got the contrast. Both pedals are great at their respective tasks. Both have flexible TMB tone stacks and the quality you expect from Wampler.

The '65 has a gain switch that takes the gain pretty high. It can get some Tweedy-ish tones with the gain and mids cranked. The '57 has a switch to select normal/bright/linked emulation, which allows a broad range of tones.

A big advantage of of the '65 is getting over-driven BF tones at lower volumes. The advantage of the '57 is turning your BJ into a Tweed when needed.
 

Smacky the Frog

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Tweed 57 sounds more like a high-gain pedal, the 65 makes a wonderfull sparkling clean, better than a clean boost IMHO because of the flexibility of the volume. And I prefer the 65 in a edgy clean setting, as far as pedalboard organization goes....
Agree with this. Though I love my Super 17's clean sound the added boost and color with the 65 on is simply fantastic. The only time I use the gain boost option is when I get the urge to play Neil Young "Weld" jams.
 
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I love this "welfare mothers" tone, with more grit and overdrive than fuzz. :JAM
I do this with a Lovepedal Les Lius, which is the base of my tone to play mainly Black Crowes and Pearl Jam/Neil Young stuff with my band. And cleans sounds so organic... Let's say that it the "cheapest" way to sideways..
But I wonder if I should get it off my board and replace it with both 65 and 57. I've tried both and it would definitly offer more flexibility, espaecially when it commes to volume because the LL is just like an amp : the louder the gainier, no master volume at all. Really organic.
But the Wamplers are actually my next GAS, as a conclusion... :bonk
 
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