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Steel String (Slight Return Edition)

Steel String (Slight Return Edition)
Steel String (Slight Return Edition)
Steel String (Slight Return Edition)
Steel String (Slight Return Edition)
Steel String (Slight Return Edition)
Steel String (Slight Return Edition)
Steel String (Slight Return Edition)

Steel String (Slight Return Edition)

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Features include

  • Based on Dumble Steel String Singer #001
  • Single-channel, pedalboard-friendly, edition of the SSS Slight Return Version Supreme
  • True amp-in-a-box design imparts D-Style clean tone to your amp
  • Versatile as a gritty clean boost or low-gain overdrive
  • Rugged steel chassis
  • True-bypass switching
  • 9-18VDC operation (center negative) @ 20mA
  • Dimensions: 4.5" x 2.2” x 1.8”
  • Weight: 1.0 lbs

Based on the Legendary Dumble Clean Tone

When it comes to Bluesy cleans and fat lead tones, the Vertex Effects Steel String (Slight Return Edition) — based on serial #001 of a legendary six-figure Dumble Steel String Singer — may be one of the BEST ways to impart D-style clean tone to your favorite amplifier.  

The Dumble amplifier we used to voice the Steel String series pedal, SSS #001:

Whether you're front-ending a stage amp with the Steel String (Slight Return Edition)'s expanded midrange control via the “Filter” knob or glassier highs and fatter lows via the Rock/Jazz switch, this pedal is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Just like the amp it's named after, the Steel String (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 with plenty of available top end "glass" and a little more low-end "snap" compared to the original Steel String MKII. From subtle fattening and clean compression to full-on overdrive, the Steel String (Slight Return Edition) is the next best thing to having the real-deal SSS in your rig!

D-Style Cleans Tweaked for the Bluesman!

With gain settings below 1:00, the Steel String (Slight Return Edition) makes a highly versatile fat boost, with an active midrange “FILTER” EQ section to dial in that D-style midrange shaping your instrument demands. Above 1:00, the Steel String (Slight Return Edition) sweetens your signal with vine-ripened drive characteristics of a classic D-style amplifier with added compression and warmth. 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 Steel String (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 Steel String (Slight Return Edition) is assembled in California and comes in a rugged steel housing with authentic D-style appointments of the Dumble Steel String Singer.

This Pedal it's perfect to play blues, rock, pop and make your clean sound amazing!
Riccardo Bergomi
This Pedal it's perfect to play blues, rock, pop and make your clean sound amazing!
Riccardo Bergomi
This is a great low gain overdrive pedal. Always on type of pedal that adds character and a bit of nice dirt to the plain sound of the guitar. Combined with other pedals make them sound better too.
Gokhan Altun
This is an excellent unit for those who don't want an over the top distortion or fuzz sound. this pedal gives a nice natural sound and will boost your clean sound in a very great way. Great product, the only one of it's kind on the market, I love it.
Michael J. McRae
Great sounding pedal, will improve your clean sound so dynamicly cause it's responsive, it really listens to your playing Another amazing job from vertex effects , thank you mason for bringing peace to musicians
M Sh
I've bought many pedals. This, by far, is the best pedal I've purchased so far. these folks know what they're doing.
Frank Russell
Performs as advertised. I am very pleased with this product.
Scotty Reddin
Used it live at Church Sunday, got a few head turns from the band
This lived up to my expectations and actually surprised me with it's versatility. After only having tried it through headphones at NAMM, it is immensely satisfying through tube amps and provides excellent tweakability on the gig. It's a permanent fixture on my board now.
Daniel Murphy
One of the best ...
Garry Cheung
Amazing! Brings my tone to life.
Best low gain pedal I've ever had! Nice sounding sparkling gain with strat pickups, but still great with P-90s on ES-330. I had the Archer(Klon copy) on my board, but THIS vertex SS immediately replaced it. Better work with other pedals, tone is way much more balanced, comfortably nice compression and just enough mid pushing, And I'm using this as preamp. I prefer this sugar like gain to my fender Blues deluxe and Marshall's preamp. There is nothing I can complain about this pedal. Now I'm buying another one for my friend.
John Lee
Simply a great pedal, and a ‘must-have’ in my opinion. We’ve all tried l o t s of pedals over the years and the SS gets me exactly the range of tones I need from it, so it was easy to take one of my Klons off my pedal board ;) Reading other reviews, it’s hard to come up with any additional praise for this great pedal!
David K
I am a big fan of blues and have been chasing Overdrive tones like this pedal can produce for years! With Strats, this pedal is smooth and gets a really nice edge of break up tone going. With Telecasters and humbucker guitars, it gets a nice extra push into clipping and gets you to that dirty blues/rock realm. Excellent tones, excellent pedal, and great customer service by Vertex!
Eric Cooper
Without any doubt the best low-gain drive I've played so far. She sprinkles magic dust on everything I'm playing with.(telecaster-Gibson Midtown-Gibson ES330) Sounds great with achtop jazz guitars with flatwound strings too!
Bertrand Gallaz
Without any doubt, the best low gain, non-transparent (she's rubbing your mids in the right way), I've bought so far! (and I've bought many). Great clean fat boost too! Great tone in front of my Taurus Stomp-Head 2 Classic Sound amp and my 1972 Fender Bandmaster Reverb. Equally good into my laptop in front of amps from BIAS Amp 2.
Bertrand Gallaz
I found it works best as a boost with a bit of gain. It does give that Dumble Stevie Ray sound in that case with my tele playing through a tube amp with 6L6’s. It is definitely a CLEAN gain so be aware it’s not a replacement for your overdrive channel or a tube screamer, but alone or with a tube screamer it has a great round sound with nice compression that is still full of tone. I would say if you’re thinking of getting a boost like the EP boost that can add a little gain if desired and has nice tone shaping, this is highly recommended.
Ryan Benton
Great pedal! I love it. Add something to my sound that I love. A keeper.
Jacques Bureau
yeah, the "Steel String "pedal is always on, it adds something,a little boost,compression maybe, I don't really know it just makes my already great sounding Marshall 205H sound even better, I really don't like the bright ass LED light that lets you know it's on,but a little piece of tape solved that issue, so now we're good
Roland Finley
Very happy, using this with a Fender 64 Custom Deluxe Reverb. Just a great cleanish boost that adds body and sustain. Something I couldn't get with dirt pedals with the gain low.
Tim Hintz
So, this is my 2nd Vertex Pedal and I now want to make my whole board Vertex. GREAT!
Johnny Russler
I've had my Steel String for 2 weeks. This is my first Vertex pedal. Once I dialed in my settings, this pedal is amazing. I like clean tones and this pedal takes it to a new different level of clean. Its a warm fat clean which I couldn't get from any of my amps or other pedals. Its works well with all my other pedals and its built like a tank. Worth the investment.
Bill Sims
Steel String Is the best pedal I have ever purchased. Most pedals are muddy and kill tone. This thing has enhanced my playing. The first time I plugged it in, I was mesmerized. Awesome job!!
Matk Gaudet
Great pedal. Plays well with others in my board. I like the chime for a lot of clean stuff I do. Vertex makes great stuff.
Anthony Steele
Steel string made my guitar sing like crazy and sustaing all night long. Killer pedal!
Tom Samiec
Nothing short of awesome! The missing link in the search for the ultimate tone. Not at all a distortion pedal, but more of a pre-amp (IMO) to get you that early signal break up with a big beefed up tone. They nailed that elusive $100k Dumble tone everyone is searching for!! I couldn't be happier and am looking forward to owning the entire line up of Vertex pedals! Kudos for an awesome job done flawlessly, Vertex crew!
now the first pedal in my chain, really fattens my sound playing through a mesa boogie love this pedal!!
thomas strickland
Liking it so far. Still haven't been able to dial in the Mayer tone - but I know it's possible. Dialed in a pretty sweet clean with grit tone for church though - added some delay and reverb, and it's sounding pretty great for U2-ish style leads.
Ryan J
The Steel String is an amazing pedal. I play it through my clean channel of a Mesa Boogie F50. The sound was already great but holy cow. It really fattens up the tone. The sustain sings for days and you get that full sound that everyone is chasing after. I put it at the front of my signal chain before the OD’s and compressor and it really takes my tube screamer to another level. This has quickly become an "always on" pedal in my chain. It handles reverb and delay and other modulation effects beautifully. Well worth every penny you spend on it to get that authentic Dumble tone for two hundred bucks. Thanks to Mason and crew at vertex for taking the time to get this right.
Zack R
The position of "pedal number one" on my board has been filled. Steel String is exactly the right kind of booster for my guitars and amps. Not too clean, not too dirty, plenty of highs and ballsy lows.
Brian Chapman
I’ve had time to use this pedal in the studio and in live applications, covering different genres, parts, and rhythms. I’m pleased with how it performs and I have a hard time turning it off because of how much I enjoy using it. It pairs very well with a Strat and a Deluxe Reverb and at the end of the day I would recommend it to anyone.
Dalton Harvey
the best booster overdrive pedal I ever played! ....telecaster over princeton amp..... killer sound!
Sacho Fender
I have to say this is must have pedal. In my case I specially play strats and the tone I had was great but now with this one it is like a strat on steroids. Richer, Fuller, I used it in tube amps and solid state amps and they both sound great. I honestly don’t regret at all buying this pedal.
Ian Archibold
Killer pedal. Makes my already great Milkman amp sound even better. John Mayer/SRV fans will enjoy this pedal. Big round tone!
Casey Milham
Really digging this Steel String Clean Drive! Killer tone through my Fender Deluxe, getting that 25K Dumble amp sound for under $200 bucks! Nice range of light and delicious crunchiness.
Dave Preston
Honey to my ears! Adds a lovely "zing" to my clean tone with lots of underlying depth. I'm finding it quite flexible (unlike many other "one-trick pony" pedals), so this covers a lot of territory. I'm probably just going to put it near the beginning of my signal chain and leave it on permanently!
Andre from Dubai
Yeah, Got this as a Christmas! really happy. I like playing SRV songs like Texas Flood, Pride and Joy and Cold Shot to name a few...This really gave me that fat sound I was looking for... the ads where you see the guys playing getting those different artist sounds....yep all true; even made me sound better!!!
Tony Ludwig
Great sounding pedal. It works equally well with all of my guitars. (Humbuckers, Single Coils, P90's). I've used it in front of both tube and solid state amps. I'm having a hard time turning it off. It just adds "more" to my tone. Could not be happier with the purchase. Customer service was excellent. I sent an email after my order confirmation and received response the same day. Looking forward to adding a couple more Vertex pedals in the near future.
Scott Davidson
FINALLY!!!!! Been chasing Jimmy Page's live tone for decades...what a relief!!! THANK YOU VERTEX!!!!
Bob Erickson
I have a pedal graveyard full of attempts at "clean drive". FINALLY someone got it right. Touch sensitivity is dead on, and it adds a tonal characteristic that is rich in harmonics. I’ve also added this thing before my distortion pedals in the signal chain with surprising results. It’s so nice to hold a note and hear it develop and bloom instead of dying out. It also rolls off fizz and makes it more natural. I’ve already begun to evangelize about the Steel String to my guitar buddies. The $200 price is quite reasonable for a boutique pedal, and the 30 day return policy makes it a no-brainer. And yep, you can NAIL the SRV tone. Getcha one!
Jim Gentry
This pedal is pretty incredible. I use a bogner uber which has a terrible clean channel which is super dry and the output is so much lower than the gain channel. The Steel Stringer is an always on pedal when using the clean channel. I put this head to head against a $2000 dollar Dumble inspired clean amp and i honestly couldn't notice enough difference to keep a dedicated amp. Many pedal claim to be a Dumble in a box, but this is the only one that I have found that delivers it.
Anthony Best
I love the the Vertex Steel String pedal. It brings the clean out, and has a lot of grit when you want that sound.
Jim Bailey
Totally digging the Steel String Singer pedal - Mason nailed it on the Dumble tone. It has got me liking my amp (Fender Hot Rod Deluxe) much better than before - that clean overdriven Dumble tone is so sweet!!!! And sure beats spending bookoo bucks on the real thing...Keep up the fine work Mason and Vertex....
Chris Scallon
The "Steel String" just brings everything to life. I would compare it's effect to a good mix that has been mastered. Love it!
Gerry Ricci
Love it so far!!! The Steel String effects pedal made my new USA Pro Tele come alive!!!
Jeff Blanton
The Steel String clean boost Is awesome!! I played an early 60’s Fender combo that was modded by Dumble when he lived in Santa Cruz. A friend brought it over and said you’re not going to believe this amp!!! He was right! This amp had so much touch response and sustain for days it was crazy! I have been chasing to get this sound and feel since. The Steel String and a Hermida Zendrive going into my 68 Deluxe Reverb is the closest I’ve come to duplicating what I consider the best sounding and touch responsive amp I have ever played!
I can't say I played a lot of SSS's or even one but this padel does one thing a pedal should really do; gets my creative juicies going. Amazingly, its able to make my tweed deluxe break beautifully even in a bedroom level volume which no other pedal can.
I bought the Vertex Steel String clean Drive and also the Lenny Boost pedal. The Lenny is a good mid boost clean boost but that's all it is. The Steel String CLean Drive feels like an amp, it's powerful and clean with just a bit of breakup when pushed. I prefer the pedal with 18 volts. It truely is a great pedal.
Yannick Lapierre
This pedal is a beast. If you like John Mayer o SRV kind of sound, you have here an easy way to reach an incredible tone. I love the way you can use it with a strato and a ts808 tubescreamer. Nice tone, a lot of control with the gain and very dynamic!
Fausto Morell Mateu
Love the warm huge tone!
Tab Bartling
This pedal took my ultra clean Fender Deluxe reverb sound & turned it into a "cranked amp" edge of "Break up " !!!!!
Lance Tarrance
works exactly like it said. Used with a Deluxe Reverb or Twin = Heaven. Will definitely buy more products from Vertex!
Steven O
Preliminary review is positive so far. Getting ready to track lead guitar(s) for a cd project I am working on. Will be running into (2) DeluxeReverbs and Blues Deluxe into a custom made speaker cab with a Weber 15" AlNiCo . I like how the pedal pushes the front end of my amp.....I am not a big fan of pedal box od or distortion.... but the Steel String pedal is unlike anything I have run across in my 40+ years of playing. Stay tune for update :)
Michael Kinser
Love the filter on this straight to a Les Paul sounds great
Nicholas Panichelli
Love it. Works as advertised. Put my sound over the top!
Dana Gaynor
As I have only played a couple of hours with my new Steel String Clean Drive so far I've barely scratched the surface of the true potential of this amazing little device. My first test was with my Stratocaster. I was so impressed to say the least. As expected it seemed like they were made for each other. Just playing through an old 1960's Blackface Princeton Reverb at a low volume the sustain is so sweet. I am using a little added compression but the Steel String is the perfect spice to the sound. Just now I tried it out with my Les Paul and everything else exactly the same and what a surprise. The sound is awesome. Can't wait to try it with some other players. Thank you Vertex!!
Dennis Helms
Far exceeded my expectations, having played through actual overdrive specials,this is the only pedal that truly captures the dumble tone
Sammy Simpson
I use this pedal at unity gain after my overdrives as a tone-enhancing tool. Honestly, I don't know how close this pedal is from the real #001 Steel String but it does a wonderful job at giving fullness and body to a thin guitar sound, even on bedroom level. I just have one negative point: used with humbucker (57 classic) the pedal distorts on low gain settings (below 9 o'clock) for bassy notes. I fixed this by running the pedal on 18V. So, as a possible enhancement for future version, I would add an internal charge pump so it is always running on 18V.
Stephane-Olivier Guillaume
Nice solid box that provides a nice push into the tube amp. You get a bit of grit and really rounds out that blues and basic rock tone you need. It's found a home on my pedal board and I use it heavily for classic rock tunes for both rhythm and leads.
Tim Vansickle
All I can say is WOW very organic.
Steve Guc
I used it with two different amps this weekend , very easy to dial in , sounded great , the tone I've been looking for . Thanks good job!!!
Barry Slayton
LOVE this pedal. The more I play with it, the more I love it. The dynamics are awesome. Chime to crunch by just digging in a bit. Role off guitar volume a bit for total clean, Great tone genie! Home Run, Vertex!!!
Ron Davis
These pedals are amazing! The way they respond to pick attack is phenomenal. And the tone is literally out of this world!
Gregory Spear
The pedal you've created is special, really special. I just got it yesterday, so I haven't had a chance to really explore all of the options, but I was able to quickly turn a pretty regular-sounding Princeton reissue into a monster sounding Dumbleesque beast. The best part is that I don't really play any boutique gear. I have a 1980s MIJ strat with Lollars that goes into a newer Princeton Reverb reissue with a few tweaks. The SSCD took a regular rig completely over the top.
Ilan K.
Ive found this to be an excellent addition to my board. Not only do you get a great and round tone which harks back to it's namesake, but it works equally well as an overall boost. I'm using it more so as a booster with my overdriven sound coming from a TS9. The Steel String provides an awesome push for my overdriven signal, yet can also be gentle and rounded.
Owen D
This pedal thickens up tone at lower volumes without sounding buzzy.
Vern Warta
Having recently received my SS pedal, am very happy with its performance ! Using a Fender Supersonic ( 60 watt-1x12) it really brings the nuance out of my amp & playing - sort of a '3-D' effect to the sound ! In these days where everything is miked up & soundmen love small amps, the SS gives that extra boost you sometimes need on the fly at live gigs !
Barry Stone
I own many other distortion/overdrive pedals and the Vertex Steel String Clean Drive is now my favourite drive pedal. This one will definitely stay on all of my pedal boards. Amazing clean tones and versatile.
Tim Lee
pretty much as promised so far, ive used it a cpl times since i got it, def an instant kick in the ass boost and tone but im finding out the bottom line is, its in the hands, the pedal aint gonna give what the hands dont deliver, so im hoping i can eventually get up to speed with what this pedal can deliver!
Johnny Price
Fantastic pedal!! Turned my Fender Hot Rod Deville 4x10 into a beast!! It's my main clean amp with the pedal it makes it sound so much bigger and more full.
Steel String is the Secret Sauce! Just plugged in my new Vertex Effects Steel String Clean Boost and I am blown away! I plugged it into the clean channel of my Marshall Joe Satriani head with an American Deluxe Telecaster and it just made the amp come alive. It's subtle and not subtle at the same time. The effect is transparent yet adds that "extra" bit to the tone that makes it impossible to put your guitar down. I kicked it over to my first crunch channel and kept the effect on. It added almost no noise and just warmed everything up on the crunch while making the highs higher and the lows lower, all the while focusing the tone. I think this will become as essential as my guitar cord. I am never turning this thing off!
Paul Jacques
The Steel String Clean Drive does EXACTLY what I hoped it would. I can truly say that it is the first pedal that stays on pretty much all the time for me. Mainly I play through Black and Brown Fender amps.Sounds DAMN good on TV Front tweed too. It's as if Mr. Dumble has modified my amps. The immediacy of response, the HUGE sounding notes, the compression that is so subtle yet so magical.. Wow. And, wether it's trying to achieve cranked amp tone at very low levels, or pushing the amp half way and letting the pedal make it absolutely roar, I am very happy with what I hear. What I love most about this pedal is that it perfectly flatters the harmonic spectrum throughout. Rock solid lows, strong but non obtrusive mids, and dancing, swirling,complex colorful highs.I put it right before my amp, then if i want more juice I turn on the AC Booster, Soul Bender, or TS808 in front of it. They ALL sound juicer with the Steel String Clean Drive in line. Pure magic. Thanks Mason and co. No wonder there's a bit of lead time on these. This one is a keeper!!
Joel Hatcher
The Dumble amp is much like the Geddicorn*; an almost mythical beast whose rarity and specialness mean that, although I will agree to the fact that they exist, it is highly unlikely I will ever find myself in the same room as one. Because of that I can’t really speak to how closely the Veretex Steel String cops the sound of the Dumble it was modeled after (#001!). What I can attest to is that i’ve had it in my pedalboard for a couple of weeks now and in that time have not stepped on a distortion or overdrive once. My clean tone has a personality and presence that i am totally enamored with. To many guitarists the term clean = sterile/lifeless/boring. With the SS in my signal path my guitar’s clean tone sings. It kinda takes me back to the first time i heard a Sonic Maximiser™ - I can’t articulate how it accomplishes it, but things just sound better. I love the result.
Mark Christensen
Purchased this pedal with the hopes it would breathe life into my 57 Tweed and I gotta say, it sounds much better than I even expected. The filter control is brilliant and allowed me to tweak my midrange to my liking. I love this pedal and its one of the rare boxes on my board that is always on. Cannot recommend it enough.
Ron Brenay
Just a quick word, man. The Steel String pedal is amazing for small amps dude. We haven’t been able to stop using it on all the small amps around this place. My favorite is, of course, my old Tweed Deluxe. Everyone uses a boost or OD somewhere, but this thing takes that amp to a whole other world. It pushes it just enough and makes it sound huge. Every note is 10 miles wide. We also managed to hear it through an old 15-watt Matchless too. Again, these amps are awesome all by themselves, but this pedal is voiced just right and takes things to a whole new world.
Austin Skinner
Awesome pedal! really a big sound! keeps great bottom end with the tone/filter knob all the way up. I personally like it on lower gain and crank the level with filter all the way. I also found running a clean boost in front of it allows the boost to act like a second gain stage!! my current clean boost will be replaced by a Vertex Boost in 3-5 days! lol
Justin Taylor
Mason, Killer Sound!! Great for acoustic guitars, too! Nice and Fat! Makes slide guitars really sing! It can get a nice clean fonkified grit on a Resonator, too. Thank You! A++++
Chris Gill
love it !!! cant believe the change in tone of my 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue. well worth the wait. nice work Mason !
HUGE sounding! It sweetens up the overall tone while making R&B and jazz lines sound big, even with single-coil pickups. A must for Strat and Tele players. The best pedal I've heard for creating a big, beautiful Strat bridge sound. That's hard to achieve, especially with a vintage style pickup. Placed after the Dynamic D, with minimal gain from each pedal, the Steel String Clean yields a firm, dynamic, and punchy Robben Ford style tone. Beautiful, Mason!
Michael H
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