Claymore Overdrive

With the Claymore Overdrive, we have tried to pay tribute to our tone brother Alex Clay in the most fitting way we can. We have taken a classic low gain overdrive circuit, tweaked it to perfection, and created a limited edition run with special graphics. This circuit is a firm favorite in Nashville and Wampler’s take is everything you would expect it to be.
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The Claymore Overdrive

Alex Clay Tribute Limited Edition

Based on a classic low gain overdrive circuit which Brian has tweaked to perfection, The Claymore is a strictly limited edition pedal designed to commemorate the immeasurably sad passing of our tone brother, Alex Abernathy Clay. We loved Alex - theres no other way to phrase it - he was the baby in our team, the soft spoken gentleman with a wicked sense of humor, and everyone at Wampler Pedals is mourning his loss harder than anyone would like to admit. He was a devoted husband to his childhood sweetheart Jessica, and a proud loving father to Tyler and Grayson, and all of the profits from this pedal will go to them.

This pedal, yet to be released in its standard edition, is one that Alex really loved, and one that he kept very close to his heart during the development. We have tried to respect his influence with a design that incorporates the custom illustrated cartoon he loved with his massive love for paisley (the Paisley drive is what drew him to Wampler Pedals in the first place). The name? Well that's 100% Alex - he used to tell us how cool he thought it would be to have a pedal with that name, giggling away when he imagined people saying that they were about to step on the Claymore.

This circuit has been around for a long time in various forms but most versions of it have too much of a “Hi Fi” sound about them, they fail to get the right mix of clarity and bass that is needed to make this overdrive sing. Brian has added further gain capabilities to this circuit, and added a bass control that controls all the harmonics from smooth and creamy to tight and crunchy.

This circuit is a firm favorite in Nashville and Wampler’s take is everything you would expect it to be – high quality components, a beautiful enclosure, and a glorious tone.  If you set the gain low and the bass control up high, you get a wonderful clean boost sound that can rival any Klone circuit, but when you spin the bass down and the gain all the way up, you suddenly find yourself with an awesome transparent overdrive / medium distortion sound with all the crunch you need.

Please note, this is a limited edition and pre-orders are now sold out. Orders will ship in 3-4 weeks from launch.

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Shape your tone

The Color control is more than just a standard tone control and it’s pretty unique to this circuit. Dialling it right or left will either boost or cut the high and low end a little, but the midrange frequencies are left well alone.  Combine this with the Bass control and you have a very versatile tone shaping palette with Wampler’s legendary ease of use.

Flexibility at heart

This pedal is equally at home with both humbucker and single-coil equipped guitars. It can add some serious muscle to your country, some extra grit to your blues, and some soaring boosts to rock – it’s such a flexible and powerful drive that we are sure you are going to love stacking it with your favorite pedals as much as playing it straight through a clean amp.

Change it up

We have included a push switch on the side which will control the amount of compression and clipping structure in the circuit for some extra punch. Our Bass control alters the harmonics from smooth and creamy to tight and crunchy. This is a great pedal for all scenarios with its huge, open, balanced, responsive tones.


Brian Wampler’s attention to detail and commitment to bringing you the best-sounding & most usable Effects Boxes on the market is nothing new. Those qualities are on full display within the Claymore. We’re all tone-freaks, and we’re always trying new things, but we hope this pedal finds it’s forever home on your pedalboard, so we built it to last that long.

Technical Details
  •   Built in the U.S.A.
  •   High grade components picked for their superior sound and response
  •   True bypass
  •   9v – 18v power jack (no battery connector inside)
  •   Power draw: between 11.4mA (9v) and 14.1mA (18v)
  •   Five controls – Level, Gain, Color, Bass and Compression Clipping Switch – Disengaged (Out) for more compression, Engaged (In) for a more open sound.
  •   Includes Wampler’s limited 5-year warranty
  •   1.5″ x 3.5″ x 1.5″ (38.1mm x 88.9mm x 38.1mm) – height excludes knobs and switches
Customer Support
CUSTOMER SATISFACTION GUARANTEE. Wampler offers a 30 day no questions asked return policy on any pedal purchased through the website. In order to satisfy the requirements for the return the pedal must have the battery inside, complete with all original packaging and all in as new condition. Please contact us via to arrange (please include your order number) the return. Please note, any pedal bought through a dealer is not applicable – please refer to their specific returns policy.

WAMPLER Pedals Limited Warranty. WAMPLER offers a five (5) year warranty to the original purchaser that this WAMPLER product will be free from defects in material and workmanship. A dated sales receipt will establish coverage under this warranty. This warranty does not cover service or parts to repair damage caused by accident, neglect, normal cosmetic wear, disaster, misuse, abuse, negligence, inadequate packing or shipping procedures and service, repair or modifications to the product, which have not been authorized by WAMPLER. If this product is defective in materials or workmanship as warranted above, your sole remedy shall be repair replacement as provided below.

RETURN PROCEDURES. In the unlikely event that a defect should occur, follow the procedure outlined below. Defective products must be shipped, together with a dated sales receipt, freight pre-paid and insured directly to WAMPLER SERVICE DEPT – 3383 Gage Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255, USA. A Return Authorization Number must be obtained from our Customer Service Department prior to shipping the product. Products must be shipped in their original packaging or its equivalent; in any case, the risk of loss or damage in transit is to be borne by the purchaser. The Returns Authorization Number must appear in large print directly below the shipping address. Always include a brief description of the defect, along with your correct return address and telephone number.

When emailing to inquire about a returned product, always refer to the Return Authorization Number. If WAMPLER determines that the unit was defective in materials or workmanship at any time during the warranty period, WAMPLER has the option or repairing or replacing the product at no additional charge, except as set forth below. All replaced parts become a property of WAMPLER. Products replaced or repaired under this warranty will be returned via ground shipping within the United States freight prepaid. WAMPLER is not responsible for costs associated with expedited shipping, either to WAMPLER or the return of the product to the customer.

INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGE. In no event is WAMPLER liable for any incident or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability of the possibility of such damages, or any other claim by any other party. Some states do not allow the seclusion or limitation of consequential damages, so the above limitation and exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which may vary from state to state.

FOR YOUR PROTECTION. Please complete the online warranty registration within (10) ten days of the date of purchase so that we may contact you directly in the event of a safety notification issued in accordance with the 1972 Consumer Product Safety Act.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.

This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantees that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures.

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experience radio/TV technician for help.

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s warranty to operate the equipment.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT. Our dedicated staff is ready to help you with any warranty or product questions – please email us at or call us on (765) 352-8626.

Please remember to register your pedal as soon as possible after purchase at the following web page to ensure quicker service if you should ever need to make a warranty claim: warranty registration

(2 customer reviews)

2 reviews for Claymore Overdrive

  1. Gary (verified owner)

    This is an amazing tribute that deeply touched my heart this morning. Alex was one of my best friends and I’m extremely happy to see this. Couldn’t order fast enough!!

    • Wampler Pedals (verified owner)

      Thank you.

  2. Greg Clark (verified owner)

    Rock in peace, Alex.

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