051 | Wampler Dual Fusion: A Closer Look at this Tom Quayle Signature Overdrive Pedal | Transcript

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Scott Schwertly:
Hello and welcome to episode 51 of the Sonic Renegades podcast. We're exploring renegade pedals that have changed the music landscape. Up for today's discussion, we're going to be talking about the Wampler Tom Quayle Dual Fusion Overdrive pedal. This one's a good one, it's packed with so much sonic goodness and we are excited to unpack it on the other side.

Hey guys, Scott Schwertly and Eric Wilson of Siren Pedals with you today. Hope you are having a great one and hopefully you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather. Today, we're super pumped because we're going to be talking about another Wampler pedal and this happens to be the Wampler Tom Quayle Dual Fusion Overdrive pedal. Eric, I had this on my board for a couple of days just to test it out and I really, really love this thing. It's super cool. And just the tones you can get out of it have been pretty wonderful.

Eric Wilson:
It's really a great overdrive pedal. I was really skeptical because I won't lie, I used to love the Wampler Ego Compressor, but for the most part, a lot of the drives that I've tried of theirs, I've just felt they've either had a little bit too many options or things like that. But honestly, getting to try this one and just checking it out, it sounds really good and I've actually really enjoyed it. I think there's a lot of versatility in it and just a lot of utility, in the way that the whole pedal's set up, kind of how it's packaged and it just really makes a great overdrive for pretty much any situation.

Scott Schwertly:
Oh definitely. For those of you that actually follow us, not only here on the Sonic Renegades podcast, but also over on our YouTube channel, it's pretty clear that I am a huge Wampler fan. Like you mentioned Eric, I do love the Ego compressor. My first pedal that my wife got me for Father's Day, was the Wampler Pantheon. I have a lot of warm fuzzies towards just the Wampler brand. It's exciting to actually again, get to sort of utilize another one of their pedals. Again, this being sort of a dual pedal, which has been just a lot of fun and I'm actually missing the pedal right now because I know you've been borrowing it for the last day or two prepping for this episode.

Eric Wilson:
I'll make sure to bring this one back is as soon as we're done with this episode, but I'm not sure I want to.

Scott Schwertly:
It's definitely a fun one and it had me hooked really from day one. Well, if you guys aren't familiar with this Dual Fusion Overdrive pedal, it's basically merging really two popular circuits from Wampler. The first circuit being a Wampler's Euphoria, which really is just a great overdrive pedal that has a foundation built behind the Dumble. For those that are really big Dumble fans, you're to love the Euphoria. And then it's coupled with the Paisley Drive, which got a lot of fame and popularity because of Brad Paisley and Wampler or in this case, Brian Wampler working with Brad Paisley on that circuit.

It's really taking really two popular circuits, merging them into one. And the reason behind this is Tom Quayle actually had both pedals on his board. He's been a huge Wampler fan, had these all the way back. I think it goes back to 2012. And so Brian Wampler and Tom Quayle decided to spark up a conversation, noticed that he was running both of those circuits. Tom had a couple revisions he'd like to make and so they made those revisions, made those tweaks, those value changes and combined those two circuits into one. And what you have here again is the Dual Fusion Overdrive Pedal.

The one that we're talking about specifically today is version one. There is a version two, not a whole lot of big differences between them, maybe just some subtle things aesthetically, but really at its core they're kind of the same thing. But again for today's conversation, we're going to be talking about version one. Again, this goes all the way back to 2013-ish and it's a fantastic steal. If you think about the Euphoria, it runs for about 199, if you think about the Paisley Drive, it's about 220, so you can get both of these pedals combined in one for about 259 street price. It's an amazing deal. It's an amazing pedal and it's a ton of fun.

Eric Wilson:
Really having both of those on there and then also you're able to independently route them and control them like they are two separate pedals, it really does give you a lot of versatility to where if you don't mind giving up just a few of the extra features on the Euphoria and the Paisley Drive, it really does make a great fit.

Scott Schwertly:
Oh yeah. It's fantastic. It's a fantastic price for two amazing circuits. Obviously what you get though, I know a lot of people have sort of mixed feelings about dual pedals. On the positive end, it's fantastic because you do get this really discounted price for two amazing circuits. It saves more space on your board, but also the problem with that is you're kind of locked in. If you like to put things in between them, maybe a volume pedal or something similar, it can be a little bit of a headache or a little bit frustrating on that front.

Eric Wilson:
But really with this one, you don't even have to deal with that because of the independent ins and outs. You could go into side one, come out of side one, go to a volume pedal or whatever and then into side two and then come out of side two and go wherever you want from there. Having those independent ins and outs really changes the game as far as dual pedals are concerned and takes away almost all of the issues that I would personally have with them. Other than, well and even with this one, it's in a casing that makes a little more sense to me than your typical dual pedal enclosure. Which on that note, the V2 did change it, added top mount jacks, things like that. The V2, the upgrades that they did were just wider layout, soft switches and then top mount jacks and that was kind of it.

Scott Schwertly:
I'm glad you brought up both those topics. I totally forgot to mention the whole idea of the the ins and outs there. That dynamic definitely makes it way more versatile than your standard sort of generic dual pedal option out there. Thanks for bringing that up, Eric. All this to say collectively, it's a really great pedal. You're getting just two amazing pedals all in one and if you like to stack a Dumble with a great other overdrive, this is the way to go. Not to open up a whole nother can of worms, Eric, we've been talking personally a lot about Dumble options. We're even thinking about making one ourself here at Siren. And then obviously, we haven't released yet a Klon as well. Again, another one of those things that we're talking about internally, but just between, I guess well all of us, Eric, are you more of a Dumble guy or a Klon guy, if you're going to have sort of your first overdrive pedal?

Eric Wilson:
This is really the first Dumble pedal quote unquote, that I've tried. And I like it, but I do have to say there's something about a Klon and just the fact that it's all mids, that I really love. Just running that in a amp that's on the edge of breakup is just something that I can't get away from. I'd have to say I'd probably prefer more of a Klon type of pedal.

Scott Schwertly:
I've been kind of going back and forth recently. I guess historically have preferred a Dumble-esque type pedal, whether it's a steel string drive or this like the Euphoria in this case being half of this pedal. But lately I've kind of been on the Klon bandwagon. I've actually got a Klon clone on my board right now and I'm really enjoying it. But, with that said, when I had this plugged in a few days ago, I missed that double type tone that you get with the Euphoria and of this pedal. I'm always torn on that front for sure.

Eric Wilson:
The controls on this thing are pretty simple. They're just slightly modified from the Euphoria and the Paisley Drive. Pretty much, you have drive, volume and tone for each side and then you have a clipping switch on either side. On the Euphoria side, there's a smooth and a fat switch and then on the Paisley Drive side, there's a throaty and a natural. And so what those do is just, change the characteristics of the drives, but overall the drive controls, my favorite setting and I'll make sure to cover this in the demo. But my favorite setting was actually running them both at fairly low gains and then stacking them. Running the Dumble is just kind of like your quote unquote, I hate using this term, but always on tone and then just stacking on the Paisley Drive, just to give it a little bit more punch, a little bit more grit. It kind of warms it up a little bit so you can add the grit and the punch without adding harshness to it. They're just overall, and you can get a lot of gain.

Eric Wilson:
I was watching a demo Pete Thorn did of this where, obviously the stuff he plays, he plays into Suhr amps and play Suhr guitars and does a lot of high gain stuff and he was using this just cranking the gain and it sounded great even up there. A really versatile pedal. And then in the middle you have your order toggle, which basically enables you to control it independently via the independent in and outs, go the Euphoria end of the Paisley Drive or Paisley Drive into the Euphoria.

Scott Schwertly:
This one is packed with a whole bunch of stuff. It's super solid, loved both of these circuits and if you guys have never heard of this pedal, if you're maybe considering buying one, I'm excited for you guys to actually hear the sample of this as we transition into that. Eric, what guitar are you going to go with today?

Eric Wilson:
I'm going to use the Strat For this one.

Scott Schwertly:
Perfect. Well, we're going to get this set up guys and we will see you on the other side.

Eric Wilson:
All right, that was the Wampler Dual Fusion, just a great all around dual overdrive. You should really check it out if you're looking for a great all in one, you need two overdrives and you don't got that much space and you want some independent options or you have a looper. It's really great for a lot of situations. I definitely would recommend checking this one out.

Scott Schwertly:
And for some additional inspiration, check out Tom Quayle. Obviously this is his signature pedal, we didn't really talk much about Tom. Kind of just assume some of you guys knew who Tom Quayle is, but if you don't, do a quick search. He's an amazing guitarist. I remember seeing a lot of his videos for Dawsons on YouTube back in the day. I think he's kind of gone off and done his own thing now, but he's an amazing player. Great inspiration, particularly if you want to pick up something like this, because he really makes a pedal like this shine. Awesome.

Well with that said guys, that's what we wanted to cover today with the Wampler Tom Quayle Dual Fusion Overdrive pedal. Join us next time, we're going to get into another fun pedal. I know this is one we've been wanting to cover for quite some time. It's the Greer Amps Lightspeed Overdrive pedal. And it's another fun one to play. Excited to be talking about that. And should be a good one.

Eric Wilson:
I've owned the Lightspeed a couple of times and I always kick myself for selling it so it'll be nice to be able to try it out again and see why I sold it, I guess.

Scott Schwertly:
Well, I actually have a special edition of it, so it's not the classic blue and white. Still sounds the same, but it's fun to look at. I wish you guys could actually see it, but obviously this is a podcast so you can only hear it. But it's a good one. I've enjoyed it and right now it's on my board and it's been there for the last probably two weeks or so. It's surviving at the moment. Haven't cut it yet. All right. I'll stop rambling and we will cover all of these great details in that next episode. All right, until then, see you guys later.

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