Wampler Plexi Drive Deluxe Drive Pedal

Written by

Jed Van Wyngaardt

The original Wampler Plexi Drive really nailed down how to create that plexi style drive in a small compact pedal. What if there was no real limit on size however? What else could Wampler do to give you more control and a better interpretation of that classic crunch. Well the Plexi Drive Deluxe is the answer to that question with more control so you can get the exact tone you need every time.

Two Gain Stages

With the Plexi Drive you are not just getting the same old drive circuit...well not just that. The tone that we all love from the Plexi Drive is still here under the post gain switch and controls though this time with an active 3 band EQ and added bright and boost controls that give you easier access to pretty much any early Marshall like tone.

The second gain stage actually comes before the Plexi Drive circuit and is based on everyones favourite little green mid boosted drive pedal that has been kicking the front end of these British rock amps for many years. Both of these modes can be used independantly so you are really getting 2 pedals in 1 with the Plexi Drive Deluxe.

More Control

We mentioned the extra level of control which not only makes this pedal work with a much wider range of amps and guitars but means you can use this just like the preamps on those classic amps. Active Bass, Middle and Treble controls can be found on the front which have all been set up to follow the Plexi's own tone stack. You also have a bass boost which lets this amplifier emulate a powerful closed back 4x12 and a treble boost that lets you dial this pedal perfectly into your amplifier.

9v to 18v

Like a lot of wampler pedals the Plexi Drive Deluxe will run off everything from everything from 9v to 18v with the greater the voltage suppling better headroom. This extra headroom really lets you play with the controls so you can get stunning low gain crunches all the way up to more high gain lead tones.

Here's what Wampler say about the Plexi Drive Deluxe

Since the early 60's, Marshall Amplifiers have lead the way in rock tones with its legendary tight overdrive and coveted bass response. Early rock legends such as: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream, and AC/DC helped lead the way in creating some of the most iconic rock tones ever produced and catapulted Marshall into rock legendary status.

The Plexi-Drive Deluxe, is a direct descendent of the Plexi-Drive Standard but with a few upgraded features. Like the original, the Plexi-Drive Deluxe's unique gain structure can cover everything from Vintage '68 style Plexi tones to the all out massive rock tones of a JTM-45 cranked to ten, or even eleven...

With the addition of an all-new active 3 band Bass/Mids/Treble EQ stack - you can now have even more tonal control. With the bass boost option, you can emulate the feeling of the low-end thump of a 4x12" cabinet (or two) at the flick of a switch. The bass boost will allow you to dial in your low end at lower volume gigs or at bedroom volume levels. Along with the bass switch, We added a bright switch to add highs - which makes changing from bright to dark guitars a breeze. The Plexi-Drive Deluxe also features a one knob, pre-gain boost soft click switch that is voiced like that "famous overdrive with pronounced mids" - to help push your leads in to overdrive.

To this day, the original Plexi-Drive is still one Brian's favorite pedals and never left his personal pedal board. For a man who is said to be never satisfied with his tone, the Plexi-Drive has stayed with him throughout and is still inspiring him gig after gig, the Deluxe is taking on that tradition and running with it.

The Plexi-Drive Deluxe will fill your Marshall void and give you the crunch, response, boost and feeling that your rig begs for. Whether you are playing sold out shows or rocking out by yourself - the Plexi-Drive Deluxe will take your tone and allow you to create your own flavor of rock!

Your search for the perfect M.I.A.B. (Marshall in a Box) can finally be over.


  • Built In America
  • High grade film capacitors and resistors picked for their superior sound and response
  • Completely true bypass
  • Power draw: 22mA
  • Battery connection and 9v power jack (barrel plug like Boss)
  • Pre gain TS style boost for adding that lil' extra
  • 3 band active EQ: Bass, middle and treble.
  • Bass and bright boosts switchs for increased versatility
  • 3.5" x 4.5" x 1.5" in size (88.9mm x 114.3mm x 38.1mm) - height excludes knobs and switches
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