A versatile and VERY tweakable fuzz pedal, the Way Huge Swollen Pickle!
Never underestimate the power of line manufactured SMD (surface mounted device) technology when it comes to pedals, especially of the Klon KTR. We’ve for way huge (see what I did there?) too long touted the importance of handwired electronics.
At the same time, handwired means that more care was taken in the production of the pedal. Not so with the Way Huge Swollen Pickle.
Why the Name?!
This is the 2nd iteration of this beloved fuzz pedal, and I dare say that it is one of the most versatile fuzz pedals out there to date. This is no Tubescreamer reissue. This is Fuzz all the way!
This pedal, along with the rest of Way Huge’s assortment of pedals, boast bent metal construction…solid, but not tank proof. The circuit board sits cozily inside of the case centered with great access to two internal trim pots that drastically change the tone of the guitar signal. The stomp switch is mounted o the metal, yet I always worry when the switch is almost touching the circuit board. It seems to be one hard stomp away from oblivion. I love, love the knobs Way Huge uses on the Swollen Pickle, they hearken to Klon fame as the Mythical Overdrive follows suit in knob design.
From buzzing, cutting Smashing Pumpkins grind a-la Big Muff to Black Keys-y choked fuzz, the Way Huge Swollen Pickle never ceases to amaze me. Like most fuzzes, this needs to be at the beginning of your chain otherwise it sounds wonky. The controls are quite responsive, especially the scoop which alters the mid-range content of the tone. Honestly, I’ve been looking for a reason to unload this, but it is so useful!!!
A Close competitor to this pedal would be the ubiquitous, yet far more distortion-y Proco Rat Pedal. There really isn’t a whole lot to say about this, just that there are a load of different tones within the circuitry of this pedal.
This is staying close to my board to fix my fuzz needs. Although there are plenty boutique pedals out there that could do more, this one is a keeper, and is road tested!
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|Value:||(5 / 5)|
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