Whatever came of the rumored Dunlop/Way Huge collaboration?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by rustynuts, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Or was it just that: a rumor?
  2. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    I believe Mr Tripps is working with Dunlop. Wasn't there a vid on Harmony Central showing off the new swollen pickle on guitar?
  3. Yeah....I was looking all over jimdunlop.com and couldn't find anything but I did find this on the Dunlop MySpace page:


    Another few days, it looks like.
  4. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    ...Awesome. I would have gone for one of the new Swollen Pickles if I didn't have the Fuzz i've got at the moment.
  5. BassJunkie730


    Feb 3, 2005
    At the end of the day - it'll be interesting to see if Tripp's designs are still relevant in the market place.

    When he started the effects landscape was a very different place - with hardly anyone to "vintage +" type designs and build quality.

    Now the boutique pedal market is just a juggernaut.

    However - I suspect his collaberation with dunlop is to take his circuits and deliver them to a larger base through dunlop's distribution.

    there will however - be trade offs - likely in the boards and component styles.

    It's one of the reasons I'm growing to hate the EHX XO line - from strictly a "modder's" point of view.

    SURFACE MOUNTED components.

    in terms of reliability - space saving - and overall cost - SMD components are GREAT.

    but if you want to "modify the circuit" like make an awesome guitar pedal have a bit more bass - forget it. You'd have to clone it.

    Rant aside.

    I'm not saying that the Way Huge/ dunlop pedals will use SMD components - but they WILL have some trade offs.
  6. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Yep, that's almost a certainty. The only reason WH pedals commanded high prices when they were in hand-made production was because they were made better than the mass-production circuits they were based on, and that included not just some values tweaks, but the quality of the specific components chosen. And of course those pedals became super coveted when he ceased production, which raised prices a lot more. It will be interesting to see whether Dunlop, which has a history of "cheapening" and "worsening" products in order to save production costs, can produce a Way Huge pedal that's worth anything even close to the reputation/value of the name.
  7. syciprider

    syciprider Inactive

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Dunlop doesn't have a reputation for cheapening anything. They have a niche in the market and that's the price point they aim for. They know that nobody is going to buy a $300 to $400 post Dunlop Way Huge pedal regardless of how true they stay to the original designs so why should they bother?
  8. syciprider

    syciprider Inactive

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
  9. i2k


    Oct 31, 2000
  10. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Dude, they absolutely killed the Rockman brand by reducing it only to the cheapest designs, and building it badly. And I don't think anyone who has played an original Fuzz Face, Phase 90, or Univibe would buy one of their current production models- not unless they intended to mod it with upgraded guts. They have a niche, sure, but everything they bring onboard has to be made to fit that niche; so my point (and I believe BJ730's point) was that a Dunlop Way Huge pedal will not be anything but a shadow of an original Way Huge pedal. So it will be interesting to see the price point, and whether we're wrong. :smug:
  11. OhThePeacock


    Sep 15, 2007
    Wausau, WI
    Looks like the one most people are looking forward to is the cheapest.
  12. syciprider

    syciprider Inactive

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    And for that money, you're a few bucks away from a Wren and Cuff Pickle Pie.

    Dunlop or Wren and CUff... Hmmm... Easy choice there.
  13. OhThePeacock


    Sep 15, 2007
    Wausau, WI
    I saw in a guitar world that they will be closer to 175 USD here. I'm assuming that site it an imported European price.
  14. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    Expensive GAS. Oh joy.
  15. shifter


    Jul 10, 2006
    somewhere else
    I'm a little slow to git in on this one, but i've sent an e-mail to dunlop/wayhuge asking about prices and where i can get one and i've recieved nothing so far....

    on the flipside........

    I've been hunting down a couple of way huge products and stumbled across the dunlop phenomena..

    I gotta agree with the water dog and say that dunlop aint going to do it any favours..

    Besides Mr "way Huge" was at line 6 why didin't he collaborate with them on his reissues...
  16. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    hasn't Jorge already been designing for dunlop under the MXR badge?
    i heard he designed the Distortion 3
  17. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    Some cool "Way Huge" related news: Recently I picked up a pedal called the Echo Clone from a company called "Atomic". I was under the impression it was a clone of the Aqua Puss.

    Turns out, the guy who ran Music Toyz, purchased all the remaining Aqua Puss parts, and put them in a new enclosure, and released them under the brand name Atomic. So what I have is actually a proper Aqua Puss - Just in a different case.

    It's the nicest sounding analog delay I've ever used, and it oscillates really nicely for those end-of-set wall of sounds ;)

    Best part is I got it for about third of the price that Aqua Puss' are going for now ;)
  18. dwh87


    Jul 31, 2007
    At the beginning of march i asked in my local guitar shop to order me a swollen pickle mkII. The call was made straight away and was told they would have it in a week.

    I am still waiting :crying:

    Every time the dealer phones the supplier he is told "there are a few teething problems with them but they should be ready to go soon" or "not enough are being made to cope with demand at the moment".

    I have now been promised it by this time next month :meh: