Wampler Pedals Pinnacle Distortion Limited
Wampler Pedals Pinnacle Distortion Limited

Pinnacle Distortion Limited, Other guitar saturation effect from Wampler Pedals.

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nickname009 30/08/2011

Wampler Pedals Pinnacle Distortion Limited : la opinión de nickname009 (content in English)


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• High grade film capacitors and resistors picked for their superior sound and response

• Completely true bypass

• Battery connection and 9v power jack (barrel plug like Boss)

• Boost switch alters gain structure to take it from overdrive to distortion.

• High gain, crunchy and dynamic pedal

• Extremely tweakable EQ

• Can do scooped mids to 'honky' mids
to lo-fi

• High boost switch for using with
amps that are not very bright and
sparkly clean

• Ultra-bright LED's for ease of use

• 2.5" x 4.5"

• Powder coated durable finish

• Designed to get the best EVH "brown sound" possible within a pedal design

This is supposed to be an EVH in a box distortion pedal. To which, feature wise is great! Lots of knobs and the controls are all quite sensitive.

Controls: Tone, Volume, Contour, Gain, and a vintage/modern switch.


Pretty easy to use, just like any other distortion pedal, just plug it in and tweak the knobs till you find something that sounds good.


This is where it fell short for me. I know a lot of people will flame me but I don't think anybody truly knows what the brown sound is, and neither do I. But I definitely think this pedal sounds like a pedal. The distortion does not sound like EVH to me whatsoever. I played this through a few amps just to make sure I wasn't crazy, and then I got the chance to A/B this to a 5150 III side by side and I can definitely say with complete confidence that this is nothing compared to the 5150 III.

Yes of course it's a huge difference. An Amp vs a pedal, unfair right? I know.
So why do some players keep claiming this is EVH in a box? Isn't that unfair too?

On the plus side, yes it's a dynamic distortion pedal, very pick sensitive. It also cleans up OK, not so great but alright. And the distortion itself is not ice picky it's very smooth and vintage-esque sounding so it's great. I think it's a decent distortion pedal, but to my ears it still sounds like a pedal and doesn't sound like amp distortion, nor does it sound like the brown sound, but more like vintage distortion.


The build quality is good, the fact that it runs on a standard 9v operation is convenient. The distortion is smooth and not ice picky, it's also very tweakable and dynamic. Good stuff. Does it sound like EVH and the brown sound? No. Does it sound like natural amp distortion? No. It still sounds like a pedal to me.