Wampler Hot Wired V2 Overdrive/Distortion Pedal


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Wampler Hot Wired V2 Overdrive/Distortion Pedal

Gearank High Notes

  • 2017.12: Highest Rated Combined Overdrive Distortion Pedal

Gearank Recommendation

The Wampler Hot Wired V2 appeared on our now defunct recommended list for Combined Overdrive Distortion Pedals from December 2017 until January 2020 when we stopped publishing that list.


Wampler’s Hot Wired V2 Overdrive/Distortion Pedal has a very warm and balanced voicing, both on its overdrive and distorted channels. Like the Fulltone PlimSoul, the Wampler Hot Wired V2 also allows you to blend the overdriven and distorted channels together, opening up a whole new world of tone.

The cool thing about this pedal is that you get individual controls for volume and tone on both channels. This makes it easier to switch into different tones. You can have a smooth distorted tone for rhythm, and then use the overdriven channel to pump up the volume, gain, and high-end for solos.

Something that makes this pedal especially attractive for musicians who use single-coil equipped guitars is the Hot Wired’s Bass Boost switches, which boost the pedal’s low-end signal response. This is great for single-coil instruments, which have the potential to sound a bit thin when used with higher levels of gain.


  • Controls: Volume 1, Tone 1, Gain 1, Volume 2, Gain 2, Tone 2, Bass Boost 1, Bass Boost 2, Blend
  • Analog
  • True Bypass
  • 9-Volt Adapter/Battery
  • Special Features: Bass Boost Switches
  • Artists: Brent Mason, John Fogerty, James Burton
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