Though now distributed by Jim Dunlop, Way Huge Effects Pedals was actually started in 1992 by Jeorge Tripps, a guitar player and effects pedal aficionado who, like many effects pedal designers, got into the business by building pedals that he wanted to use himself and that subsequently filled a need in the market. Known for their military-grade build quality, excellent audio quality, and creatively named pedals (such as the “Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz” or “Fat Sandwich Harmonic Saturator), one could argue that Way Huge Effects helped usher in the fascination with high quality, hand made “boutique” effects pedals.
Though very popular in the effects pedal community, Way Huge unfortunately shut down in 1999. After a stint working for Line 6 as a senior developer in their own successful stompbox line, Tripps was eventually courted by Dunlop, who has since resurrected the Way Huge effects pedal brand. When new Way Huge pedals were unavailable, the demand skyrocketed, with online auction prices sometimes reaching into the thousands of dollars for used Way Huge pedals.
Now, thanks to Dunlop (where Jeorge Tripp is currently employed), you can once again have a “Fat Sandwich” to go along with your “Swollen Pickle.” Current models also include the Aqua-Puss delay, Green Rhino overdrive, Pork Loin overdrive, and Ringworm Ring modulator.