Way Huge Electronics Swollen Pickle MKII Jumbo Fuzz
Same classic jumbo fuzz sound, now in a not-so-jumbo size.
The Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz MkIIS serves up the same burly high gain fuzz as the full-sized MkII but in a more petite package. With a twist of the Sustain control, you’re taken from m... read more
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Not your typical fuzz!
Comparing this to the big muff doesn't do it any justice. Sure, its based off the big muff and it can do the muff tone, but this beast is so versatile that it is more than just a muff knockoff/spinoff. Thanks to the 5 knobs on the front and the two inside the pedal, there are countless tones that can be achieved through this box! It is a guitar pedal (it sounds beautiful on guitar btw, every guitarist friend I've talked to who has had one of these has loved it) but it works really well on bass and I can't even count how many times I got recommended this pedal for bass before I went out and bought it!
I feel like the two inner knobs could have been placed on the front, as that would make on-the-fly adjustments easier (although I will admit that the inner knobs are pretty forgettable once you find the sound you want, so if you're like me you'll set em and forget about em.) If you're an individual who doesn't like spending time adjusting the sound to make it perfect, this isn't for you. If you don't like really extreme distortion tones, this DEFINITELY isn't for you. However, if you're willing to try it and play with all its sounds, then you really won't be disappointed.
Billy Corgan in a box ... and so much more!
I was after Billy Corgan's guitar tone on Siamese Dreams. EHX had just reissued the op-amp Big Muff and that's what I wanted to buy in the first place. Then I thought it wouldn't cut in the mix in a band situation very well and thought I should try to find something with more tonal possibilities. So I've picked up a second-hand one (although in fact mine had been barely used by its previous owner). This is wonderful. I've heard of people who never managed to get a decent sound out of this. I think they may just be unhappy with the rest of their setup. I've found my sound in five minutes after plugging it. Scoop is in-between 2 and 3 o'clock, where the sound is less scooped (yes this is one of the tricky things on that pedal!), therefore with more mids, and Crunch is in-between 9 and 10 o'clock, where this sounds like a real fuzz. There are internal trim pots as well, that help expand the tonal possibilities of the Crunch and Scoop knobs, respectively. I've set them where I liked and did not think about them afterwards. With this settings, I get a very classic Big Muff sound that goes from the Black Keys, if I play something bluesy, to Dinosaur Jr or the Smashing Pumpkins if I try to play harder. This is beautiful and easily usable in a band setting, not unlike the excellent Hoof Fuzz by Earthquaker Devices and much better than the current US Big Muff, which I find too scooped for my tastes. The pedal is sturdy, the switch and knobs look solid. It is highly recommended for anyone who wants to get a serious fuzz tone that is reminiscent of late 80s-early 90s indie rock but also wanst more tonal possibilities. I might be using only a small part of what this pedal can deliver but that sound is what makes it a staple on my pedalboard.
It makes you awesome
It is important that you know that when you bought this, and you told your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, other human companion, that you were "Going to go home to play with your Swollen Pickle" that you were being super funny and original. I love you for that joke. It makes you awesome!
Also this fuzz is pretty nice. It gives me a swoll... well you get the picture. It's like a Russian Big Muff had a green alien baby. And that little green alien baby has a little more soul and tone than dad.
I haven't tried many Fuzz pedals, I've only tried EHX Big Muff. But I have to say this is one really versatile pedal, and I love that. You get 5 knobs plus 2 internal knobs to change voice an clip. You can get some really classic fuzz tones in a Hendrix style, to something really opposite. Built like a tank. A must if you are looking for something that has a wide range of tones.
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Swollen Pickle mk II
EDIT: literally every other fuzz I've played since has sounded better and had a way more user friendly amount of knobs. I no longer love it. WHOOOOOPS.
This pedal is Loudest, thickest, punchiest Fuzz I've Played so Far. I love it.
Grab one whether you think you need one or not
A truly wonderful pedal. This is easily the most versatile pedal right nest to the Fuzz Factory. I'll let you all read the list and description of the controls off Way Huge Electronic's site, but a couple of points to mention. If you plan on having the crunch knob turned all the way counter-clockwise, know that you'll fall way back in the mix, even with the mid knob on full. perhaps this can be corrected by turning the internal voice knob clockwise. Other than that, this is probably the best fuzz pedal ever made. It's anything but a one trick pony.
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Same classic jumbo fuzz sound, now in a not-so-jumbo size.
The Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz MkIIS serves up the same burly high gain fuzz as the full-sized MkII but in a more petite package. With a twist of the Sustain control, you’re taken from mild crunch to Armageddon. The Filter control retains its trademark insane range of heavily bandpass-filtered tones, distinguished by remarkable girth and sizzle, and the Loudness puts out enough volume to clobber any amp. The Scoop tone stack control elicits classic Swollen Pickle mid-scoop or a flat mid-frequency sweep, and the Crunch knob adjusts the compression intensity of the fuzz. Finally, under the hood, the MkIIS has two internal mini controls: Voice sets the intensity of the external scoop control from light to heavy mid cut, and Clip varies between two sets of clipping diodes for smooth or opened fuzz sustain.
- Smaller, more pedalboard-friendly housing
- Take your signal from mild crunch to high gain Armageddon