I had bought this pedal a little over a year back & have just recently taken the time to sit down, tweak, & utilize it within my bass rig/fx.
I've never been much a fan for big muff circuit on bass. Having had the OP amp version built for me (mainly for guitar) it sounds alright on bass, but not what i would go for entirely. Played various types of fuzz & nothing really sounded right (again, am more overdrive/distortion than fuzz on bass). Found this at a small local shop for next to nothing & had to swipe it up, & once back, playing my then gf's active squier dimension bass it sounded good. I was able to tweak the internal controls to give a more open tone. Fast forward to now, while building/reconfiguring my new bigger bass board, i felt i wanted to try to utilize the pickle & i spent more time tweaking the internal controls (Clip & Voice) to my liking, & then set the filter & sustain, followed by the scoop & crunch controls. The key to having this pedal work on bass is determined where you set the internal controls (& with which fx before/after it affect it). I run mine after an MXR 10 band EQ (which is set with a low mid cut & mid boost to cut through while not boosting/bloating gain), & right before an mxr bass d.i.+ (which serves as my low gain drive). Since my clean bass tone is pretty midrange heavy (Old school punk oriented music with some hints of other genres), i wanted the swollen pickle to retain that midrange but have its nice fuzzy tone. It has significant volume on tap, & personal taste - i keep the sustain low around 9 oclock. Its just enough fuzz to rumble.
It's built solid, works like a charm, i give it 4.5 due to it needing more time spent to find a usuable tone for ones sound because every control is very interactive. It's not for everyone, but if you're looking for a green/black russian muff variant, with a little more flexibility - this is a good alternative.
Way Huge Swollen Pickle Mk Ii
- 4.5/5, 4.5 from 1 review
Where a big muff is a pickle, Way Huge is Swollen, & can even reach fried.
Next level Muff
- 4.5/5, 4.5 out of 5, reviewed Dec 1, 2021
- Build Quality:
- + Large tonal Palette, Solid construction, top mount jacks,
- - Takes time to tweak/set up, finicky with certain pedals in chain (tone wise)
- Pedal Type:
- One 9V or boss style adapter
- EQ / Controls:
- Output (Volume), Filter, Sustain, Scoop, Crunch, Clip & Voice (internal)
- Internal controls to set voice of midrange & clip range of gain
"More than just a few simple component updates, the Way Huge Swollen Pickle mkII Jumbo Fuzz packs the same amp-melting snarl you know and love with new features for carving out tone. Added Scoop and Crunch mini knobs let you slap the midrange right out of the mix for classic sounds and compress your tone into a finely-tuned arrow of sonic mayhem."
Output - Volume of the effect (lots on tap)
Filter - either adds or removes high frequency (without sacrificing low end when boosting clarity)
Sustain - how much fuzz/saturation you want
Scoop - Dictates where the mids sit: From mid scooped to open mids
Crunch - this is more of a compression knob (off/left is open/uncompressed, right is compressed)
Clip: Alters the sustain/fuzz character (from something smooth like a muff, to glitchy almost fuzz face esque - interactive with the filter & sustain knobs)
Voice: Alters the midrange (from a very scooped signal, to more open character - controlled by the scoop knob)