The Wampler Pantheon gives you all the unmistakably British break up and tonal nuance found in the best of these revered circuits…. But with some fresh features and modern functionality which are all WAMPLER!
A Powerful EQ Section so you tailor your sound for any gig – Includes an active Baxandall bass control so you can match the pedal to any amp/cab and fill up any room, coupled with a beautiful Presence Control gives you just the right amount of Sparkle and Sweetness.
With all the controls right up there on the front, not hidden away inside, the Pantheon is all Wampler – a fresh take on shaping this amazing circuit, and instant access to all the different harmonic and overtone structures you could ever want.
If you’re looking for a classically inspired drive pedal that mates perfectly with any rig, that plays nice with all your modern tone-tools, can retain all the personality and feel of your playing, AND also delivers everything from sweet and creamy push to cranked British Grind….. Go Pantheon.
Some pedals are classics.
Some pedals are instant classics and… well… some transcend both of these states and instantly pass on into the realm of legend.
Marshall introduced one those classics in 1991, the infamous BluesBreaker, and guitarists all over the world instantly fell in love with its natural yet ballsy break up… loved the way it responsed and just loved how it just made them still sound like them, but just that little bit cooler. And ballsier.
For reasons only know to themselves, Marshall discontinued it after only a few years and ever since countless versions have come to take its place.
Each one of those claim to update and improve on it. I don’t know if you noticed, this was attempted from just about every pedal company you can think of – and some you can’t – except one… Wampler.
Here’s what you need to know
Brian has always passionately loved this circuit, it just does almost everything it needs to do and does it so damned well. Almost.
For that reason a version of this has been growing and devel- oping on the breadboard at WampHQ… he got so completely lost in it, got so completely lost in researching all those that came in its wake that when he finally found his way out of the labyrinth he knew exactly what he had to do to make the perfect Wampler BB style pedal. And so… the skies cleared, the sun shone down, the birds sang and the concept of the Pan- theon was born.
Here’s where he landed.
Firstly, all controls should be on the front and on display for easy tweaking. Secondly, there should be 3 stages of gain to give you all the gain you could ever want and, finally, 3 different overdrive voices for those who love all of those pedals that have followed in its path… with those 3 voices a lot of players will end up looking at their boards and think “well, those can go” because once you have all that mixed in with the legendary Wampler EQ stack, the ultimate version has finally been realized.
The home of the dirt. The more you turn it, the more dirt you get. This control is extremely susceptible to the EQ stack and of course, the switches. If you set it someplace and then play with the EQ or one of those switches, this might need a little tweak to bring it back to where you like it.
Straight up at noon is unity. From there you can either add some low end in or take it away. This active control will fatten your tone right up or when you bleed it out make your tone as cutting through the mix as you can.
High end… find the balance with the bass control with this, balance that tone.
This is the one you’re gonna have to watch. We think that most players will leave this all the way off, and only those who dare to venture into the realms of darker and more mysteriously moody set ups will need it.
3 levels of dirt. At the bottom you get a regular amount, the original amount. At the top, you get the modified amount – the young pretender’s version – in right there in the middle is the high gain version. Faces will be melted. Names will be taken.
Brian has perfectly crafted three independent overdrive voicings (soft clipping, hard clipping and both) for you that are classic and contemporary BB style tones. In order to enjoy the full versatility of the Pantheon, it is best to tweak this control along with the ‘Gain Level’ switch… for the classic, original, BB tone have both switches in the down position. For the newer modded tone it’s best to have the ‘voice’ setting in the middle and the ‘Gain Level’ down – For those higher gain sounds, put the gain switch in the middle and then try the voicings all the way into that rabbit hole of tonal perfection
Requires 9 – 18V Dc supply. Draws approx 19ma