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Wampler Plextortion able to sound like Plexi-Drive?

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From clips, it "appears" the Plextortion is simply the Plexi-Drive, but with way more available gain, and a little better eq? The Plexi-Drive clips sound awesome, but will the Plextortion go there? Anyone actually own BOTH? And simply because they are not as close as they seem? Thanks!!
 
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Agreed

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They are wwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay different internally, for what that's worth. Like, night and day, at least insofar as you can have night and day while still making for musically pleasing distortion that is intended to get Brit-in-a-box tone.

The whole way they feel is pretty dramatically different, but really, they're completely separate pedals in topology and functionality. And sound. Based on your username I'd recommend the Plextortion, maybe the Pinnacle though. :D
 

RockStarNick

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I own both. Both great pedals.

The Plextortion:
• has more available gain
• plays easier under your fingers
• slightly more compressed feel, because of the higher saturation/gain levels
• SUPER easy to dial in a great EQ

The Plexidrive
• less gain
• slightly less compressed and more open sound
• despite the single tone knob, slightly tricker to dial in the EQ (I run my tone knob really low)
• A little more organic sounding, and stacks well. takes OD's in front of it well.
 

LouRossi

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I own both. Both great pedals.

The Plextortion:
• has more available gain
• plays easier under your fingers
• slightly more compressed feel, because of the higher saturation/gain levels
• SUPER easy to dial in a great EQ

The Plexidrive
• less gain
• slightly less compressed and more open sound
• despite the single tone knob, slightly tricker to dial in the EQ (I run my tone knob really low)
• A little more organic sounding, and stacks well. takes OD's in front of it well.
& is the Pinnacle in between these two or a different pedal as well?
 

JTL

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Have both. Two different animals. And I cannot get the Plextortion to sound like the Plexidrive
 

rico1204

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So, it's high gain ie. crunch box?
Not familiar enough with the CB , but yes th Pinnacle is high gain (at least what I consider high gain). Check out the clips on YouTube or the Wampler site to get a feel of the different pedals.

IMHO, Wampler makes some of the best dirt pedals out there...
 

5150user

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Pinnacle is a different pedal. It's one of the best Van Halen "Brown Sound" in a box pedals.
So, it's high gain ie. crunch box?
I don't own any Wampler pedals, but from all of the YouTube videos I've watched recently, I believe Wampler makes some of the very best Gain pedals at any price.

However I'd like to give an opinion on "Brown Sound" and High Gain, based on my experience with a totally different pedal (Brownie), and listening to a lot of Van Halen songs all of my life.

Brown Sound = High Gain in the form of Bright Articulate Crunch. You can hear all of the individual notes in a chord.

From the videos I've watched, the Crunch Box is a thicker sounding, perhaps more distorted sound, than typical "Brown Sound".
 
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Thanks for replying folks. Yeh, sounds like I need both :)

I love that openness plexi ac/dc malcolm sound, and was hoping the Plextortion may be not so compressed sounding at lower gain levels. Sounds like this ISN'T the case.

So Plexi-Drive for my ac/dc thing, and Plextortion for my 80's metal sounds.

As far as the Pinnacle goes....I've owned the "arguably similar" Brownie. Even though I like hearing others play the Brown Sound, it doesn't suite MY playing. Wasn't a fan and sold it. I like Eddie for sure, but I'm more of a Plexi Lynch player.

Thanks for commenting. I gotta get both. Crap.
 
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RockStarNick mentiond stacking. Does anyone stack these two pedals together? Run the Plextortion kinda medium-ish gain, then click Plexi-Drive to solo?? or visa versa. Anyone?
 

rico1204

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RockStarNick mentiond stacking. Does anyone stack these two pedals together? Run the Plextortion kinda medium-ish gain, then click Plexi-Drive to solo?? or visa versa. Anyone?
I don't have the Plexidrive, but I run my Plextortion mid-gain and it stacks really well with my FD2 and my Skreddy LMMD.

Also from your previous post, the Plextortion can also nail AC/DC tones really well IMHO.
 

groovemeister

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Thanks for replying folks. Yeh, sounds like I need both :)

I love that openness plexi ac/dc malcolm sound, and was hoping the Plextortion may be not so compressed sounding at lower gain levels. Sounds like this ISN'T the case.

So Plexi-Drive for my ac/dc thing, and Plextortion for my 80's metal sounds.

As far as the Pinnacle goes....I've owned the "arguably similar" Brownie. Even though I like hearing others play the Brown Sound, it doesn't suite MY playing. Wasn't a fan and sold it. I like Eddie for sure, but I'm more of a Plexi Lynch player.

Thanks for commenting. I gotta get both. Crap.
plextortion nails highway to hell , back in black and on but won't do the early stuff convincingly -you can get the gain low enough but you wont get that classic jtm 45 sound out of the plextortion. i pondered for ages before i finally grabbed the plextortion thinking it would cover more ground for me etc- i have a dls mk 2 which can do the early ac/dc at a push but i would love to get a plexidrive - 3 marshall pedals on a board seems nuts to me though lol
 






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