Way Huge Effects
Way Huge Conquistador Fuzzstortion Guitar Effects Pedal
£65.59 off RRP
Way Huge Conquistador Fuzzstortion Guitar Effects Pedal Hola, soy el portador de la muerte! Much like the Conquistadors the pedal takes it name from, the Conquistador Fuzzstortion has come to claim and conquer your tone with force. Way Huge describe the sound of this pedal as the same as taking “a giant Velcro strip and tear[ing] it apart with great vigor”. Now if that doesn’t paint the full picture of tonal assault you’re in for with this pedal, I don’t know what will. However, that’s not the full story. Though this pedal can certainly kick your tone in the teeth if you’d like it to, it can also be reigned in to provide a lower temperature, buzzing, complex gated fuzz tone that a lot of its contemporaries fail to harness. En Garde! As the name “Fuzzstortion” may suggest, this pedal is primarily designed to provide an onslaught of heavy, sharp, and articulate drive. It does this through its use of gating the fuzz. This gating holds certain frequencies in check so that they don’t bloom out uncontrollably. This flavour of controlled drive can then be slammed with more devastating weight down upon your enemies without losing the plot of what you were actually trying to play. Although this pedal is more than capable of unleashing Hell at the drop of a hat, the gating does a fantastic job at preserving the sonic depth and nuance present within your tone. It doesn’t merely create a monster. You can still see the cute little puppy your tone used to resemble before it grew 3 extra limbs, sprouted flaming bat wings and quadrupled in size. Simple Destruction As with most of the Way Huge menagerie of pedals, the Conquistador is really simple to control. The control knobs are all very self explanatory yet expressive and dynamic. The pedal can be pushed to extreme points but, as mentioned before, you will never be overcome with noise. Melody and definition should still be present no matter where you set the controls. A Surprisingly Deep Beast The Conquistador from Way Huge is not a one trick Pony. Now, if you’d like it to, it can do the desired trick very well. However, for the brave, this pedal holds a great variety of nuanced and rewarding tones. You can travel from Queens of the Stone age style tones, to full on ‘60s sludgy scuzzy madness at will. It needs to be listened to and explored to fully understand it. Don’t judge this demonic book by it’s obviously brutal cover.
Way Huge Saucy Box Overdrive Hard Clip Edition Guitar Effects Pedal
£30.96 off RRP
Way Huge Saucy Box Overdrive Hard Clip Edition Guitar Effects Pedal A Condiment for any Meal The Saucy Box from Way Huge is an overdrive that’s heavy on the versatility front. When dialled up high, the pedal delivers smooth and full overdrive tones which are beautiful in their own right, but this is not the sole area that the pedal shines. As alluded to, the key to this pedals power is its versatility. Wherever you set the drive control you’ll get a stellar tone that shifts to suit the environment you’d like it to fit in to. Whether the sauce you require for your tone is a tangy ketchup, or more of a mellow mayonnaise, the Saucy Box is here to deliver. Keeping it Clean The secret ingredient in this versatile sauce is its preservation of the clean signal and its passive tone circuit. Stemming from the mind of Jeorge Tripps, this genius circuitry keeps the pedal from colouring the tone too dramatically and makes it very naturally scale-able. When winding the gain control down the whole way to the left, all of the gain is removed down to unity level. This allows the pedal to act as a unity gain buffer. Due to the prevalence of the original clean tone through the signal chain it will sound extremely natural and will leave your original tone intact, perhaps just gently lifting it to keep it heard. Boost As you roll the gain control up, you’ll soon move into clean boost territory. Here, again, the pedal will keep the characteristics of your clean tone fully intact but as you increase the gain, the character of the pedal will also start to reveal itself. You will start to hear more saturation and thickness. Again, it is dynamic and subtle. It is a really gradual, natural increase as you move up. Drive Once you get pretty high on the gain control you’ll experience the drive this pedal offers. As mentioned above it is a very smooth drive tone. Not too much grit and aggression. More saturated, full drive. Again, even when sitting this high on the control, you won’t lose sight of the characteristics of your guitar or amp. One Box The main promise of this pedal is its flexibility. The gain control balances the clean and gain signals dynamically to respond to any given position naturally. The pedal scales and shifts to match the environment you’d like it to suit. It’s a great option if you’d like to cover a range of levels of gain with utmost authenticity but don’t want to carry around 3 or 4 pedals to hit each crucial gain stage. It’s a very dynamic drive which preserves the character of your rig and you playing whilst delivering authentic drive tones at any gain level. Whichever tonal sandwich you’re looking to construct, the perfect condiment can be found within the Saucy Box from Way Huge.
Way Huge Smalls Aqua-Puss Analog Delay
£36.72 off RRP
Way Huge Smalls Aqua-Puss Analog Delay Effects Pedal Delay; the Way Huge Way The Aqua-Puss Smalls mk.III takes the beloved and incredibly pretty analog delay from the mastermind that is Jeorge Tripps at Way Huge and shoves it into a new “smalls” enclosure. That means that Way Huge’s classic Aqua-Puss is now much more pedal-board friendly. Despite this new smaller stature, you can still expect it to deliver traditional slap-back analog delay and authentic, jangly goodness in spades. It is no nonsense, no fat, just the good stuff. Lean Mean Repeating Machine The Aqua-Puss Smalls offers anything from 20ms to 300ms of delay time to create slap-back effects of all varieties. Whether you set the trail to immediately follow your note for use as a thickener or extend out to the realms of washy country, the Aqua-Puss will deliver solidly. There’s no flashy gimmicks or ambient swell features to be seen. The focus here is on utilitarianism and dependability whilst preserving tonal quality and analog authenticity. Simplicity One of the best qualities of the Aqua-Puss is its simplicity. Three knobs are all you’ll need to dial in a beautiful delay tone to suit any purpose. It’s quick and intuitive; perfect for manipulating on the fly in the heat of the moment. This simplicity does not come at the expense of flexibility though. Though concise, the controls are very dynamic and powerful allowing you to hone them for studio level precision. But that is all you have to contend with. The lack of extra switches and toggles eliminates the threat of option paralysis and encourages play. Controls Top left is your delay control. This simply controls the aforementioned delay time between 20ms at the low end and 300ms at the top. Turned to the left the repeat is more or less immediate and can be used as a handy thickener. Turning to the right increases the time from a nice subtle amount of natural room slap-back to a moderate amount of space. In the middle is feedback. This controls the amount of repeats the pedal will generate. This knob is a little less conservative than the delay knob and can get quite washy if you’d like it to. Top right is the blend control. This is a blend control for the level of the wet effect into your dry signal. It’s the final mix of volume overall to dictate how prominent the effect will be in your tone. Straight to the Point The Aqua-Puss Smalls mk.III is a no nonsense, practical slap back delay. More textural and rhythmic than spacey and abstract in intent. It’s a perfectly formed tool for generating a slight amount of natural room tone, a rhythmic jangle, or simply as a tonal thickener. The new small enclosure means that it is now available to fit into a much wider array of boards. This pedal is perfect for those who don’t want a jack of all trades, but instead, a master of one.
Way Huge Smalls Blue Hippo Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal
£36.72 off RRP
Way Huge Smalls Blue Hippo Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal Water, Water Everywhere The Blue Hippo from Way Huge is a staggeringly well-formed chorus/vibe pedal. It manages to toe the line perfectly between vintage sensibilities, modern possibilities and functionality, creative delvings, and functional tinting. The power to tailor the amount of watery fury it unleashes upon your tone is left at your fingertips through the use of its ridiculously simple controls. It’s an all-round killer chorus that’s a no-brainer to use. All Together Now! Chorus is the name of the game with the Blue Hippo. This particular chorus is fully analog which really helps to steep the tone in dark, full character and lush, unctuous depth. It’s a really musical chorus which widens and enhances your tone with ease. One of the benefits of analog circuitry is the added personality it imbues into the pedal. Digital circuitry provides precision, brightness, and predictability whereas analog circuitry tends to lean towards the organic. It seems to be darker, more complex and richer. You can dial in a light amount which will shimmer and cause your notes to dance, or you give it the beans and swamp your tone in movement. Wherever you end up settling, the chorus provides the goods. It stays thick, rich, and liquid. Vibe One of the coolest features of the Blue Hippo is the mini switch between the two control knobs. This allows you to switch from “chorus” over to “vibe”. Once this switch is engaged a vibrato effect enters the equation. This adds to the chorus effect to really kick things up a gear. It is inspired by the Univibe effect made famous by one Mr Hendrix. It was originally formulated to emulate the sound of a rotary speaker. This vibe mode expands the pedal out to another dimension and provides a whole other slew of tonal possibilities. The same analog focus is present in this mode and keeps the character of the pedal intact with all its oscillating, characterful goodness. Making a Hippo Small This Blue Hippo Mk.III is part of Way Huge’s new Smalls collection. This is a line which takes a lot of classic Way Huge pedals and puts them in a much smaller enclosure. This allows them to fit on a far wider array of pedal boards whilst still fully retaining the original pedals character and functionality.
Way Huge Smalls Conspiracy Theory Pro Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
£38.31 off RRP
Way Huge Smalls Conspiracy Theory Pro Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal What’s True? OK, here we go. Tin foil hats at the ready. The Conspiracy Theory Professional Overdrive by the Reptilians at Way Huge pedals is an overdrive pedal that’s out of this world! Sorry about that. Realistically, this pedal is Way Huge’s version of the much beloved Klon style overdrive pedal. Jeorge Tripps himself mounted a covert mission of high-level espionage to delve into the deep state and returned with this punchy, articulate overdrive. What Exactly is Transparent Overdrive? The term “transparent overdrive” has become somewhat of a buzzword in recent years. It’s been tacked onto a great slew of pedals which accomplish the goal of “transparency” to varying levels of success. When realised correctly the term refers to a drive tone which has bags of room and dynamism. You can turn everything up to 10 and give it the big’n if you’d like, but the tone is responsive and will sing just as beautifully wherever you set it. The pedal that really ignited everyone’s interest in the “transparent overdrive” phenomenon was the Klon Centaur. That particular gold (or silver) box can be seen on a dizzying array of show-stopping players boards. Was it an Inside Job? The Conspiracy Theory is a really spot on example of a good transparent overdrive. It responds in all the right ways to your volume control, the amp, your guitar, and your playing style. It’ll bite or purr whenever you choose, just like a good transparent overdrive should. Critically though, the tone at the heart of this pedal is fantastic. You’ll get a good amount of warm grit and snarl accompanied by a symphony of beautiful rich harmonics. It makes a fantastic boost into a crunchy valve amp or as a stand alone source of drive into a clean amp. Shape Shifter Keeping on the theme of versatility, the Conspiracy Theory’s controls, though simple, are extremely powerful. The gain and volume controls are fairly self-explanatory. You can use them to dial in the amount of aggression that the pedal can provide. How full and saturated the drive will be. The hidden powerhouse though is the treble control. This simple control allows the pedal to metamorphosize to perfectly blend in to its surroundings. Turning it up will add brightness and sparkle to cut into warmer, muddier humbucker pickups. Turning it down will curtail the brightness to allow sharper single-coils to sing without overwhelming the ear. It’s the final touch to add tonal flavour and ensure that it sits really snuggly in your signal chain no matter the other gear it is surrounded by. Get Your Hands on your Own Little Piece of Area 51 The Conspiracy Theory is a fantastic Klon style overdrive from the genius mind of Jeorge Tripps. Beautiful, dynamic, characterful drive tones await no matter what guitar, amp, or pick you use. For fans of an attention grabbing, articulate drive tone that’ll respond to their touch and playing style, look no further. The Conspiracy Theory is the perfect way to achieve Klon style transparent drive without needing to find a couple thousand pounds or storm Area 51 to harvest the off-world technology.
Way Huge Smalls Green Rhino MKV Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
£38.31 off RRP
Way Huge Smalls Green Rhino Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal The Greenfather In the world of overdrive pedals, nothing is quite as lauded as the Ibanez Tube Screamer. That little green box is one of the most widely used and highly regarded pedals ever to be conceived. Naturally, it is also one of the most widely imitated pedal designs in existence too. The Green Rhino Mk.V Smalls is Way Huge’s tasteful, yet distinct homage to this titan of the pedal industry. The Exact Hue of the Beast The Green Rhino Mk.V is a fantastic overdrive pedal that can slot in to any pedal board. The pedal provides gain which is saturated in beautiful clarity and glorious mid-range goodness. Whether the pedal is pushing and focussing an overdriven amp or simply lightly laid over a clean guitar tone, it will add precision and character. The tone control has a lot of sway on this pedal as well. It has been designed to be far reaching and dynamic allowing the pedal to sit exactly where you would like, tonally speaking. Where Way Huge have taken a stride away from the crowd is in the pedals simple to use, yet deeply effective flexibility controls. A Rhino that does Yoga One of the most killer aspects of this pedal comes from its “freq” and “curve” controls. The main controls alone are enough to inject a powerful and pretty punch into your rig. Way Huge went above and beyond with the two aforementioned smaller controls either side of the tone control. Firstly, the “freq” or frequency control. This control allows you to influence the specific fundamental characteristics of the pedal. The iconic “mid-hump” drive usually achieves its beautiful make-up by providing a hump in the mid-range frequencies around the 500Hz range. With the frequency control, you are able to manipulate the amount of push this frequency receives. With the knob at 12 o’clock it has the standard amount of boost but you can turn it either counterclockwise or clockwise to provide a cut or a boost. To make it even more powerful, there’s an internal control inside to choose between controlling the 500Hz point in the frequency range or the 100Hz point. This allows control over the signature “mid-hump” or the lower mids providing a boost or cut to the bassier section of your tone. Again, the focus is on control and flexibility. You can use the controls for flavour or for taming/boosting a specific guitar or amp. The “curve” control is a little more simplistic but just as useful. This control targets the high-end of the frequency spectrum. You can use it to curtail the harshness that can sometimes arise with certain amp/guitar/pedal combinations. This allows a final and specific defence against harshness. Smaller Footprint, Same Rhino This Green Rhino is part of Way Huge’s Smalls family. The Smalls line is a new line of pedals which takes some of the companies’ existing designs and places them within a much smaller footprint. This decrease in size makes them much more accommodating to a wider array of pedal boards whilst, crucially, perfectly preserving the same lauded tone and character. So, although this Rhino may be notably smaller, it still carries the same weight.
Way Huge Smalls Overrated Special Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
£48.91 off RRP
Way Huge Smalls Overrated Special Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal Killer Drive The Overrated Special by Way Huge, like most overdrive pedals, can trace its lineage back to the Tube Screamer. This particular pedal, however, is certainly not a mere Tube Screamer clone. It has a voice all of its own. The Origins of the Overrated Special The story starts with the longtime Way Huge player and lover Joe Bonamassa. As he transferred from a predominantly Marshall setup over to one based more firmly in vintage tweed Fender amps he found that his current line-up of pedals were not quite giving him what he was looking for anymore. He recruited his good friend and collaborator Jeorge Tripps (the mastermind behind Way Huge) to help him narrow down upon and create the perfect overdrive pedal to make his new array of vintage Fender amps sing just as he knew they could. The two of them started with the Green Rhino pedal (which is essentially Way Huge’s version of a modded Tube Screamer style circuit). Jeorge then set about tweaking and refining the design further to their shared specifications until it was just right. The result of their endeavour is the Overrated Special. The Tone Whilst the pedal could be described as a mid-focused overdrive, it has its own identity. Compared to other such pedals, it tends to offer a little more in the way of focus and grit. There’s more of a punch to its sound as opposed to the sag one might expect from a traditional Tube Screamer style pedal. It’s the perfect partner to an amp on the verge of breakup. It’ll give you a really tasty, colourful push with bags of character. Flexibility One of the things that makes this pedal so difficult to pin down is its clever flexibility. It can be used before a clean amp to provide a kick of grit and punch or it can be put in-front of an already pushed amp to slam it into harder levels of distortion. This flexibility is achieved through a combination of its stellar design and the controls at your fingertips. Controls With the volume and drive controls, you can dial in any amount of dirt and tailor it to suit the amp or the style of music you’re aiming for. These controls are powerful, dynamic, and versatile. Where things get really interesting though is in the two controls below the two main knobs. On the left you have the “freq” or frequency control. This allows you to move the focus of the traditional mid-push that’s aimed at 500Hz. This knob is really powerful as it hugely increases the pedals dynamism. By turning the frequency control from the middle, you can manoeuvre the 500Hz hump around in the frequency spectrum to help you to push up the low-mids or to help to tailor the pedal to a particular guitar or amp. You also have a master tone control which helps to shape the whole overall EQ to suit different flavours of guitar, amp, and music genre. Overrated? The Overrated Special Smalls from Way Huge is an all round drive powerhouse. It’s particular style of drive is really pretty and gritty all at once. Fans of Bonamassa’s blistering, beautiful lead tones will instantly be drawn to it. What’s more, with its recent reincarnation in the “smalls” enclosure, it can now be fitted much easier onto a far wider array of pedal-boards. If you’re in the market for a new drive pedal, you owe it to yourself to check one of these out.
Way Huge Smalls Pork and Pickle Overdrive & Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal
£43.92 off RRP
Way Huge Smalls Pork and Pickle Overdrive & Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal A Tasty Combination The Pork and Pickle by Way Huge is a combination of two of their existing pedal designs which are both extremely lovely in their own right. This pedal melds the two allowing bass players the opportunity to get both the soft-clipping British juiciness of the Pork Loin and the full fat explosive force of the Russian Pickle in one pedal’s footprint. You can switch between the two with the mini toggle switch between the two top control knobs. For a bass player seeking drive, this pedal offers a fantastic way to unlock a vast array of industry standard overdrive and fuzz aggression from one of the best pedal manufacturers currently working. Oink So, first things first. When the central toggle switch is up, you are in the domain of the Pork Loin. This is a pre-existing pedal from Way Huge which produces modern BiFET driven soft-clipping alongside a classic British voiced clean preamp. All of the original pedals functionality and voice have been perfectly preserved inside the Pork and Pickle. With the toggle switch up you’ll have beautiful soft, warm overdrive to sweeten and fill your tone. This overdrive circuitry is complimented by the clean, British-style, circuitry alongside it. This clean British circuitry affords clarity and sparkle to your bass tone. Comrade Switching the mini toggle switch down throws you deep into Mother Russia. You now have access to the Russian Pickle. This pedal embodies a huge, thick, driving, smooth fuzz tone. The Russian style of Big Muff fuzz, that Way Huge have so beautifully captured here, has become a standard among bass players worldwide. It’s power and low-end attack made it a must have in the grunge scene of the ‘90s and since then it has only grown in popularity. All of the original force and aggression are present and correct in the Pork and Pickle. Pork Loin with a Side of Borscht Now that we’ve covered what each of the sides of this pedal can do, it’s time to talk about how they interact. Predominantly, you’ll be using each mode one at a time. You can switch between them with the aforementioned mini-toggle between the “volume” and “drive” controls. All of the control knobs are voiced in a way to accommodate this switch though. There won’t be any devastatingly drastic shifts in tonality or volume when toggling between each mode. They’re both voiced to compliment one another no matter where the controls are set whilst still being wholly distinct and completely faithful to their predecessors. One of the cooler features is that the Pork Loin’s British voiced clean section is preserved and shared between both modes. This means that you can incorporate the sparkly British clean preamp into both the Pork Loin circuitry along with the Russian Pickle’s. This means that, not only can you get both of the original pedals' true voices from the Pork and Pickle, but that there are also a slew of new sounds and voicings to discover and explore. Adding the clean sparkle to the smooth, driving assault of the Russian Pickle can create hitherto unknown tonal possibilities and creative enlightenings. A Miniature Pig in a Ushanka As if the perfect preservation of two of the more popular Way Huge pedals for bassists plus novel and exciting modes of cooperation weren’t enough. All of this wizardry has been crammed into Way Huge’s new Smalls enclosure. This shrinks the traditionally large footprint of a Way Huge pedal down to something far more manageable and suitable for a far wider array of pedal-boards. None of the tone, circuitry, or quality of either pedals voice has been sacrificed in the amalgamation. If you’re a bassist and interested in world-class drive/fuzz tones, definitely check out the Pork and Pickle from Way Huge.
Way Huge Smalls Russian Pickle Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal
£40.71 off RRP
Way Huge Smalls Russian Pickle Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal An Abomination is Born In the ‘90s a pedal appeared. Spawned from within the belly of an old Russian military equipment factory helmed by two Russian colonels, the Green Russian Big Muff from EHX surfaced. It took the grunge scene by storm and quickly found its way onto pedal boards in the burgeoning underground aggressive music scenes of the era. Since then the pedal has become very widely used and regarded as a classic in the EHX family of Big Muff fuzz pedals. The Russian Pickle from Way Huge is mastermind Joerge Tripps’ homage to the classic Russian brute. It packs all the wallop of its spiritual predecessor all with the signature Way Huge polish and attention to detail. The Nature of the Beast There are a few key features a Sovtek Russian style fuzz must possess and the Russian Pickle possesses them well and truly. The features are tonal characteristics which voice the pedal to be less articulate. The sound is more powerful with less of a focus on clarity in the high-end and more of a focus on force and body in the bottom-end. The bass and low-mids this circuit can put out is almost intimidating. It’s perfect for sludgy, driving guitar (or bass) lines designed to test the foundations of the building they are emanating from within. Relentless The second notable tonal touch-point embodied by Russian style fuzz pedals is their smoothness. The notes will sustain beautifully with a roundness that is more pronounced than in some of their American counterparts. Again, the sludgy more powerful nature of the pedal lends itself to continuous thick and amorphous style of tone. Not a One Trick Monster Although the Russian Pickle by Way Huge embodies all of the classic punch and weight one would expect from a Russian style fuzz, it doesn’t mean that that is all that it is good for. You’ve got a simple set of controls to contend with but they can produce a good array of different tones with different flavours. The tone knob in particular can be used to take away any high-end focus to leave an even creamier sound, or it can be used to add back in a certain level of grit and articulation. The volume and distortion controls are also integral to sculpting how hard you want the pedal to kick you in the guts. Miniaturising the Russian Brute Although the pedal has been shrunk to new miniature proportions it doesn’t mean there’s less to be wary of. This pedal, even in its new Smalls enclosure, still uses the exact same original circuitry from the original bigger standard Way Huge Russian Pickle. That means you get all the bare-knuckle fire and belly in a smaller, more condensed package which is far more suitable to fit onto any pedal-board.
Way Huge Smalls Supa-Lead Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
£35.00 off RRP
Way Huge Smalls Supa-Lead Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal An Amp in Pedals Clothing The Supa-Lead from Way Huge is an overdrive pedal which is designed to respond like an amp. Ideally, it likes to be used in conjunction with a valve amplifier that is being pushed a little. In this setting the Supa-Lead acts as an overdrive channel in said amplifier. It is dynamic, sensitive, and tonally complex. It has character and clarity. You can use it to inject a good amount of boost into your signal to kick your amp into the next gear without it sounding too obviously produced or of a different timbre. Complexity The key to the Supa-Leads authenticity is the complexity and nuance it is overflowing with. The tone has layers and depth which affords it extraordinary dynamism. The pedal is extremely responsive to your use of your guitar’s volume control. Up high the pedal can deliver searing gain. Turn the control down though and the gain recedes revealing the clean tone it is built upon. Everything feels organic and intuitive. It feels like a good valve amp. Versatility Although the pedal may be most at home in front of an amp on the verge of break-up, it is incredibly well suited to just about any scenario. You can generate crunch tones from a clean amp, push a driven amp further into saturation. The key to this pedals robust authenticity, as mentioned above, is its tonal complexity. It doesn’t really matter where you set it. You’ll get a workable tone from anywhere. It’s a pedal to be played with. Putting it in different environments with different guitars and amps will yield lovely, fitting results. The way that you play the guitar and where you set the volume will also have powerful effects over the tone. That’s one of the joys of the Supa-Lead, it works with you to do some heavy lifting but blends into the background whilst doing so. Big Impact, Small Pedal This Supa-Lead pedal is part of the new Way Huge Smalls range. This means that the pedal enclosure is noticeably reduced in size compared to their standard enclosure size. This change allows the Smalls range to fit into more pedal-board gaps without taking up too much room. Crucially, none of the tone or functionality one would expect from a Way Huge pedal has been sacrificed to accommodate the smaller enclosure. You still get full Way Huge quality, just now in a smaller, handier package!
Way Huge Smalls Swollen Pickle Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal
£35.00 off RRP
Way Huge Smalls Swollen Pickle Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal Consolidated Swelling The Way Huge Smalls Swollen Pickle is a little box which packs a huge and versatile punch. Whether looking for vintage murk or modern clarity this is a pedal that can deliver it all. The power of this pedal (as with practically every other Way Huge offering) is in its ability to offer swaths of power and versatility whilst being immensely simple to use. Through three knobs and two switches you can dial in a whole universe of absolutely killer fuzz tone without compromising an ounce of authenticity. Control Knobs First things first, the control knobs. Top-left you’ll find the loudness knob. This one sets the volume level of the pedal. There is more than enough volume here to hammer any amp and so this is a very expressive control. Next up, top-right, is the sustain control. This sets the amount of sustain that the pedal throws forth. This can be used in conjunction with the loudness control to dial in the amount of aggression and power in extremely dynamic ways. Here is where you sculpt the rough outline which in and of itself is very powerful and fully-fledged. Between the two primary controls sits the filter control. This you could think of as a tone control. This control will darken the pedal to vintage murky depths of brighten it to shimmering, articulate, modern highs. Again, the main takeaway is that simplicity and focus can yield powerful and wide-ranging results. Control Switches Either side of the filter knob you’ll find two switches. These are on/off controls which toggle a feature from the Swollen Pickle Smalls’ big brother. On the left is the crunch control. When the switch is flicked up you engage the pre-sculpted crunch filter into play. This will crush up the pedals sound and increase the amount of compression on hand. To the right of the filter control you’ll find the scoop switch. This toggles in a mid-scoop for those scooped tones which behave beautifully with fuzz. Crucially, with both of these switches down, these filters are inactive and the pedal functions really simply as a 3-knob fuzz. There is still tonnes of depth and dynamism even without the switches. However, with the switches engaged, you get even more of a tonal landscape opened up to you. The All-Rounder The bottom line with this pedal is that it is a true and killer fuzz pedal that doesn’t try to emulate anything in particular. Rather, it produces incredible fuzz tones across a vast array of styles and flavours to suit any player and any genre. You can tap into Fuzz Face and Big Muff tones if you try to find them, but this pedal is one to be thought of more or less in its own right. It sounds glorious wherever you set it. It can deliver a quiet growl, or it can be dialled up to earth shaking degrees. The simplicity of its controls really help to ensure its approachable and fun to interact with. It’s a joy to delve in and see what you’ll discover.
Way Huge Supa-Puss Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal
£55.20 off RRP
Way Huge Supa-Puss Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal Pushing Boundaries Delay is one of the quintessential effects that can be found on almost every guitarists board. Whether being used to emulate slap-back room echo or dialled up to create other-worldly swimming ambient realms, delay is an invaluable tool for almost any occasion. Analog delay is one of the desirable types of delay thanks to its beautiful dark texture and natural sounding bloom and decay. Analog delay is capable of producing its beautiful musical soul through its reliance on physical analog components and wiring. Things done the old school way. Although this creates such pretty and sought after tonality, it comes at the cost of versatility. Typically, analog delays have fairly short repeat times, a fairly one dimensional sound, and limited deep interactive opportunities. The Supa-Puss from Way Huge sets out to change that. Time Consuming First and foremost, the Supa-Puss offers longer delay times than typically seen. Way Huge’s other delay offering, the Aqua-Puss, maxes out at 300ms. The Supa-Puss triples that to top out at 900ms. This is a huge amount of time in the world of analog delay pedals. The Supa-Puss achieves this by cramming six bucket brigade chips into its body. This ensures longer delay time possibilities whilst ensuring full and proper analog tonal goodness. Compartmentalising Secondly, the Supa-Puss boasts some really cool subdivision options. You’ve got a great number of subdivision types to choose from including dotted eighth, triplet patterns and a few others. Each of these types is selectable by pressing down the “feedback” control. You can choose which one you’d like, or, you can let the pedal choose for you. If you press and hold the feedback control for 3-4 seconds, the pedal enters “chase” mode. This mode has the pedal switch at will between the modes to create some really trippy, far-out patterns of swell that stutters and shifts between various feelings. You can set the speed at which the pedal switches between modes with the tap-tempo footswitch, but otherwise, all control is relinquished and you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride. Oscillation Thirdly, the pedal offers oscillation controls. This creates watery undulations over the delay tone to add a little extra depth and movement. Underneath the main “delay” control, there are two mini-controls labelled “depth” and “speed”. Dialling up these controls allows you to bring in a shimmering chorus/vibrato style textures atop everything else you have going on. The depth knob controls how severe the undulations are and speed control sets the rate at which they move through your sound. Grit To the right of the subdivision options is a control labelled “gain”. This control allows you to add dirt into your tone. This simple control colours the sound to add a little more darkness and edge. This is a pretty unique option to be found on a delay pedal but really helps to cement that dark and gnarly texture one would expect from an analog style delay. Tap Last but not least you have a tap-tempo control. This is something rarely seen on analog delays due to the difficulty in authentically integrating it into the circuit. This control allows you to easily and naturally set the rate of delay without having to fiddle with the control dial to get as close as possible. Setting the delay with the dial is a rather static and rudimentary way of setting the amount of time between each repetition. You get a rough abstract sense of where the delays are sitting and it stays there until you adjust it again. It also requires a free hand which means you have to stop playing whilst making any adjustments. With the tap tempo option you can use your foot to tap in the rate you want the delays to sit at. Tapping your foot along with the beat of the music will set the delay time to be perfectly in-sync with your surroundings. This is a fantastic feature to have and it’s made all the more usable by not diminishing the outstanding analog quality of the existing delay. No Stone Left Unturned The Supa-Puss from Way Huge is a really great evolution of what an analog delay can be expected to do. At its core, Way Huge’s knowhow and wizardry makes for a beautiful and rich analog delay tone which is a delight in and of itself. On top of that, Way Huge have laced longer delay times, a tap tempo control, gain functionality, modulation, subdivision choices, randomisation of subdivisions, trail toggling, and many more I’m sure I’ve neglected to mention. It is a formidable pedal for the kind of guitarist who wants options and flexibility without compromising on base tone and character. It can be as simple and straightforward as you’d like, or you can get very granular and create a totally unique space-aged tone hitherto unheard! This is a pedal all about options without over facing the user or shortchanging the tone in any way.