The Weehbo Plexface is an overdrive-distortion that allows you to benefit from four historic sounds within the same pedal. It offers you two independent channels, Plexi and Blackface, which each recreate 2 different amps on each channel.
The Plexface adopts a "dual" box with, on the left, the Plexi slice which can be controlled through the classic Drive, Level and Tone. And on the right, the Blackface slice which revolves around a volume knob which controls the output level and also the amount of gain applied, as well as a 2-band EQ (bass, treble). Each channel has a toggle switch. They let you choose between Blackface '65 / Tweed '57 and JTM '59 / JMP '87. Finally, there is a last switch that allows you to adjust the amount of overall gain (Flat / Pushed). Inside, it's very very pretty, with PCBs and components of excellent quality and a precision assembly. German quality!
Small detail that is important, the pedal can be powered by 9V and has an additional button that allows you to raise this voltage internally to 18V. What does this change? Well in 9V you have a softer sound, a little warmer. At 18V you have more headroom and increased dynamics. We leave the choice to you and it couldn't be nicer!
Connected to a Two-Rock Studio Signature with a Super Strat and a configuration for the cleanest possible clean base, we start with the typical Fender channel. As always with Weehbo, the pedal gives off very little breath, which is nice. By pushing the Volume to 11:00 and the EQ to 12:00 in '65 mode, we obtain a light, fluid drive with a lot of harmonics and a rather impressive natural sustain, even with a reduced gain. The pedal is extremely dynamic and articulate, allowing this mode to be used for arpeggios, blues/country sounds and more. All with very dense notes. By activating the '57 mode, the Plexface gains in gain and brilliance, with a slightly fuzzy drive, like any good self-respecting Tweed.
By switching to Plexi channel 59, you automatically get a typical British drive with a very rich lower midrange and an open upper end. This drive brings a lot of binder and a nice fluidity. It's actually a very easy and fun channel to play. By activating the '87 mode, we boost frequencies in the top which contribute to more brilliance while making fuse the harmonics. You can easily get typical 70's / 80's sounds with huge sustain and impressive distortion. Even pushing the gain to its limits, the Plexface stays straight in its boots with detached, articulated notes and excellent dynamics. Cherry on the cake, it cleans perfectly with the volume knob and keeps a very significant touch sensitive side.
Wait, it's not over! And yes, the little surprise is that you can stack the two channels on top of each other! This option allows you to further expand the range of sounds available and you can, by measuring well, access a more high-gain register while keeping an old-school voicing with a warm drive that will perfectly match your 335, Les Paul or Strato favorite.
The Weehbo Plexface stands out from the competition with its impressive versatility and the profusion of sounds available. We will appreciate the way in which the different slices combine by having the equivalent of 3 accessible channels. Small note for the curious who want to go even further: the pedal benefits from small modifiable trimmers and jumpers, remove the 4 screws to experiment and find your favorite sounds!