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Wampler Black 65

Guitar planet tests this little box ideal for replicating the american bluesy tones of the 50s and 60s.

Thursday, 4. August 2011  -  by  Fabrizio Barale

The Black '65 was designed to be used as a stand-alone gain box for those who want American flavored overdrive yet don’t have the capable hardware in their amp. Or those who are just a little hesitant want to turn a blackface style amp to its tipping point.When the pedal arrived here at the Guitar Planet offices we were more than impressed with the packaging and found it snugly wrapped and carefully placed into its box with an additional cloth case to avoid scratching.


The pedal features control knobs for Volume, Gain, and a 3 band amp-like EQ consisting of bass, mids, and treble. There is a toggle switch that will grant you additional gain boost should you find yourself lacking.The down position is the normal operating mode of the pedal, while moving the switch up gives you a substantial boost in gain. The only complaint we could find with the control interface was the LED power indicator, which glares just a little too bright and could be distracting when getting to know the pedal.


We fed the pedal into our Vox AC30 and were immediately pleased with its ability to play nice and enhance the tone of our amp. The pedal provided excellent dynamic. The sound is ideal for replicating the American bluesy tones of the 1950s and 60s. The 3 tone controls were effective and simple in helping shape and enhance the characteristics of the overall sound.

Overall Rating

Brian Wampler has been in business since 2005, creating an impressive range of pedals that are revered by countless big name players. The Black 65 is no exception; well worth the cash for any player looking to add some blues to their tone.


Fender american standard telecaster, Vox Ac30 with celestion Greenback.


Video recorded at Piave 34 studio, without any type of equalization and compression, little reverb added.

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