FROM D-STYLE CLEANS TO LEADS - THIS PEDAL'S GOT IT ALL!
When it comes to Bluesy cleans and fat lead tones, the Vertex Effects Steel String Supreme (Slight Return Edition) — based on serial #001 of a legendary six-figure Dumble Steel String Singer — is the only tone shaper you'll need in your arsenal. Whether you're front-ending a stage amp with the Supreme expanded all-analog preamp, feeding a little D-style sugar into your Amp Modeler, or even running straight into a Cab Simulator/IR Loader, this pedal is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Just like the amp it's named after, the Steel String Supreme (Slight Return Edition) is characterized by a fat and glassy tones sound that absolutely marinates signals in tubelike harmonics as you ramp up the gain. The Slight Return Edition's active EQ and Bright/Deep + Rock/Jazz switches add new tone-shaping capabilities from the original SSS and bring you a bit more available top end "glass" and a little more low-end "snap" to this latest addition to the Steel String family. From subtle fattening and clean compression to full-on overdrive, the Vertex Effects Slight Return Edition is the next best thing to having the real-deal SSS in your rig.
BASED ON THE ORIGINAL DUMBLE STEEL STRING SINGER (SSS)
Players like Eric Johnson, John Mayer, and Santana have all sung the praises of a rare 100-watt 6L6 blues machine that achieved legendary status in the mid-1980s. And whether it's the ultimate cleans that you're searching for or a lead tone with slight overdrive but tons of BODY the Vertex Steel String Supreme Slight Return Version — successor to the Steel String MKI Slight Return Version is packing 500% more tone-shaping potential — faithfully captures that "SSS" (that's "Sparkle, Squish, and Saturation") magic in a pedalboard-friendly stomp.
Below is the actual amplifier we used to voice the Steel String pedal, Dumble SSS #001:
D-STYLE CLEANS WITH GLASS AND SNAP
With gain settings below 1:00, the Slight Return Edition makes a highly versatile fat boost, with an active EQ section to dial in that D-style midrange shaping your instrument demands. Above 1:00, the Slight Return Edition sweetens your signal with the perfect bluesy crunch rhythm or lead tone. Wide open, this pedal packs enough juicy gain to take you well into overdrive territory. All the while, true bypass operation preserves your dry signal whenever you don't have the Slight Return Edition engaged — though, if you're anything like us Blues fanatics, it's pretty much a nonissue, since you'll never want to turn this thing off. The SSS Slight Return Edition is assembled in California and comes in a rugged steel housing with authentic D-style appointments of the classic Dumble Steel String Singer.