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That Pedal Show – Do You Think I’m Plexi? Wampler, Lovepedal, JHS, Fire & Rothwell

Published on Sep 9, 2016

In this episode Daniel and Mick compare five OD/distortion pedals all inspired by the fabled Marshall ‘Plexi’ sound. The pedal sounds and discussion begin at 08:49, so if you want to avoid all the preamble, go straight there.

The term ‘Plexi’ commonly refers to Marshall amps made from the mid 1960s to the early 1970s; non-master volume heads that featured a gold Plexiglas control panel. They include certain JTM45s (including ‘Bluesbreaker' combos) and of course the now legendary 50- and 100-watt Super Lead, Super bass and Major models. It’s a huge range of tonal ground when you consider that those amps lie at the heart of tones from Eric Clapton (John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Cream), Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Paul Kossoff, Edward Van Halen and many more, not to mention more recent stars including Joe Bonamassa and Eric Johnson.

How close can these pedals hope to get in evoking those all-time classic tones?

Pedals in this episode
• Wampler Plexi-Drive Deluxe
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• Lovepedal Purple Plexi
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• JHS Charlie Brown v4

• Fire Custom Shop Carpe Diem
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• Rothwell Hellbender
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• Providence Chrono Delay
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• Keeley 30ms Automatic Double Tracker
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As ever, all switching a routing is handled by TheGigRig G2.

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
• Intro background and context: 00:00 to 08:49
• Today’s amps, Mesa Lone Star: 2:00
• Today’s amps, Victory Sheriff 44: 2:50
• What the hell is a ‘plexi' anyway? 3:20
• Victory Sheriff 44 gain range, amp only: 10:11
• Wampler Plexi-Drive Deluxe discussion and sounds: 12:38
• Lovepedal Purple Plexi discussion and sounds: 16:12
• JHS Charlie Brown discussion and sounds: 21:09
• Fire Custom Shop Carpe Diem discussion and sounds: 28:02
• Rothwell Hellbender discussion and sounds: 33:00
• Rounding up and closing thoughts: 41:44
• All on? Surely not… 42:37

Guitars in this episode
• Fender Mexico 1960s Reverse Headstock Stratocaster c2007
• Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard c2002
• Collings 290 DC S c2013

Amps this episode
• Mesa Lonestar head into 1x12 cab with Celestion G12-75 Creamback
• Victory The Sheriff 44 into V212VH cabinet
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