Looking for that elusive “tall font” black Russian fuzz tone? Unless you can find a collector’s piece, the Way Huge Russian-Pickle Fuzz pedal is as good as it gets — possibly even better. Born out of Jeorge Tripps’s desire to create a Swollen Pickle model with the essential vibe of that ’90s Sovtek classic fuzz pedal production, the famous effects wizard ultimately tracked down the source of its smooth and creamy distortion to a long-discontinued BC183 silicon transistor. As it happens, Way Huge stockpiled NOS BC183s while they could, making it possible for the Russian-Pickle Fuzz to hit the market.
Just like the original — only better
In most respects, the Russian-Pickle Fuzz is perfectly true to the original, or at least one from a batch of the best-sounding fuzz pedals to leave Russia in the ’90s. According to Sweetwater’s in-house guitar-tone gurus, the Russian-Pickle appears to have a bit more gain on tap, and the EQ is slightly more pronounced, but the vibe is 100% spot-on. It’s exactly the kind of pedal you want at your feet if you’re playing grunge or shoegaze rock, and if you’re part of a 2- or 3-piece garage band, there’s no question — just tie on your flannel and grab a Russian-Pickle. By the way, this thing also sounds monstrous on bass, so feel free to unleash your favorite 4-string on this fantastic fuzz.
Way Huge Russian-Pickle Fuzz Pedal Features:
- A true-to-life re-creation of the famous ’90s-era “tall font” black fuzz pedal
- Captures the fat, smooth, and wooly sound of the coveted Sovtek production
- Made with NOS of the same discontinued BC183 silicon transistor as the original
- Includes hints of the gain and EQ structure of the Swollen Pickle