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Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

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A wide range of dynamic tones from supple and clear to warm and punchy

The Pork Loin Overdrive Guitar Pedal incorporates 2 distinct tonal pathways that are blended together - a modern soft clipping overdrive and a modified classic British preamp for clean. At the heart of the Pork Loin's overdrive path is a soft clipped BiFET overdrive gain stage with a passive Tone control, rounded out by a Curve function that gives the user freedom to fine-tune corner frequencies. The Volume control regulates the masses of pork power that exude from its space age circuitry, leaving room for the Clean control to blend in its warm glistening clean tones. Additionally, the Pork Loin has three internal mini controls: Filter and Voice deliver extensive tonal shaping possibilities, while the overdrive Mix control allows the Pork Loin to be run as a clean preamp. With a wide range of dynamic tones from supple and clear to warm and punchy, the Pork Loin's outstanding features make it one extremely in-demand guitar effect pedal on the market today.

Each Way Huge effect pedal has been rigorously tested to ensure quality, durability, and reliability and will deliver many years of exceptional performance. All pedals feature: heavy-duty footswitch with quiet relay-based true bypass, blue LED indicator, 2.1mm power jack with AC protection, easy access (non-detachable) battery door, super-duty .09 aluminum anodized chassis, high grade components, great tone and cool name.

Launched in 1992 by Jeorge Tripps, Way Huge Electronics began as a result of Tripps' search for great tone, and his desire to perform with reliable, rugged and pedal board-friendly effects that had the magic of his coveted vintage pedals. The very first pedal - simply labeled "Fuzz Box" - was quickly followed by such staples to the product line as the Red Llama Overdrive, Foot Pig Fuzz and Green Rhino Overdrive II, which quickly found their way into the hands and onto the pedal boards of the world's guitar elite. Ensuing years would see the introduction of pedals such as the Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz, Aqua-Puss Analog Delay, and the Saffron Squeeze. Over the span of a few years, Tripps helped revolutionize what would later be known as the 'boutique' effects market. In late December 1999, the company closed its doors as Tripps pursued other opportunities, sending demand for Way Huge products soaring, and driving online auctions well into the hundreds - sometimes thousands - for used Way Huge pedals. Now teaming up up with Dunlop, Way Huge pedals will once again be available to the masses, so all can enjoy their finely tuned electronics, high-grade circuitry and road ready construction, built under the watchful eye of Mr. Huge himself.

FEATURES
  • Heavy-Duty footswitch
  • True bypass
  • Blue LED indicator
  • 2.1mm power jack with AC protection
  • Easy access battery door
  • Aluminum anodized chassis
  • Cliff jacks
  • Military spec Teflon wire
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Way Huge ElectronicsWHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 22 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (9)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Compact (3)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tasty as Belly-Bacon with the Cracklins

The pig covers a lot of ground, but personally, I like it for situations where you want a touch of grit, a touch of breakup...where you want your chords noticeably dirty...Read complete review

The pig covers a lot of ground, but personally, I like it for situations where you want a touch of grit, a touch of breakup...where you want your chords noticeably dirty and your single notes a bit more "there." And as I'm primarily using Fender amps right now (a 59 Bassman LTD and various black faces), I use it when I want that top-boost Vox flavor. When it comes down to it, keepin Porky on board is a lot easier than carrying two amps and some sort of switcher.

As a blendable dirt, it differs from the other guys (Voodoo Sparkle Drive, Wampler Hot Wired v2, T-Rex Moller and TC Nova Drive) in two major ways.

First, your clean isn't clean (per se). The clean path goes through a classic-voiced British preamp...kinda like a top-booster, which is obviously very Vox-y. A side effect of this is that unlike the Sparkle Drive, Moller and Nova, which can all sound a bit like two amps when you're blending the clean/dirty, the Pork Loin's two signals sound more cohesive, a lot like one classic-British-flavored amp pushed hard, allowing you to get just the right amount of breakup rather than the right amount of "blend."

Second, your dirt side is a flat, BiFET soft-clip OD with controls for tone (flat to bright - according to my ears) and curve (focused and tight to loose and fuzzy). In many ways, it's like a perfected Korean-era Boss BD-2 Blues Driver with a bit more saturation on tap. On the other OD hands, Sparkle Drive is all 808 (+ with MOD). Moller leans TS-9. Nova sounds kinda brown, like a Mojo Mojo (obviously). Hot Wired sounds like whatever amp you're driving, driven hard.

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Disappointing

I used this pedal at a local music store while I was looking for a new pedal to add to my arsenal. This was a disappointment because it has little to no effect on...Read complete review

I used this pedal at a local music store while I was looking for a new pedal to add to my arsenal. This was a disappointment because it has little to no effect on the sound or tone. It seems way too expensive for so little from a pedal. I think a much better route to go would be the Boss Blues Driver. The Blues Driver still has a nice earthy organic sound but has a significant effect on the tone of your guitar for a much better price.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tasty as Belly-Bacon with the Cracklins

By Frank Lee

from Chicago

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Getting British Flavor
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Pushing Pre-amp Tubes

    Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The pig covers a lot of ground, but personally, I like it for situations where you want a touch of grit, a touch of breakup...where you want your chords noticeably dirty and your single notes a bit more "there." And as I'm primarily using Fender amps right now (a 59 Bassman LTD and various black faces), I use it when I want that top-boost Vox flavor. When it comes down to it, keepin Porky on board is a lot easier than carrying two amps and some sort of switcher.

    As a blendable dirt, it differs from the other guys (Voodoo Sparkle Drive, Wampler Hot Wired v2, T-Rex Moller and TC Nova Drive) in two major ways.

    First, your clean isn't clean (per se). The clean path goes through a classic-voiced British preamp...kinda like a top-booster, which is obviously very Vox-y. A side effect of this is that unlike the Sparkle Drive, Moller and Nova, which can all sound a bit like two amps when you're blending the clean/dirty, the Pork Loin's two signals sound more cohesive, a lot like one classic-British-flavored amp pushed hard, allowing you to get just the right amount of breakup rather than the right amount of "blend."

    Second, your dirt side is a flat, BiFET soft-clip OD with controls for tone (flat to bright - according to my ears) and curve (focused and tight to loose and fuzzy). In many ways, it's like a perfected Korean-era Boss BD-2 Blues Driver with a bit more saturation on tap. On the other OD hands, Sparkle Drive is all 808 (+ with MOD). Moller leans TS-9. Nova sounds kinda brown, like a Mojo Mojo (obviously). Hot Wired sounds like whatever amp you're driving, driven hard.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Review

    By luke.

    from California

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    Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I just bought this pedal today. It is so easy to get a great tone out of it. Obviously, the best feature is the ability to mix in clean tone with overdrive sounds. As stated in other reviews, this really fattens up the tone AND adds in sparkly sounds. This pedal is great for medium gain sounds, it is definitely not for metal though. So many pedals have too much unnecessary gain. This one gives you just a hair more than you need so that it's easy to find that sweet spot you want. This is a great pedal - couldn't be happier with it!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BEST IN IT'S CLASS

    By guitarsonist52792

    from Nashville, TN

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      One thing about this pedal that needs to be said... WOW! Whether I'm playing through my strat, tele, PRS, anything... it adds BALLS to my sound. The pedal is so versatile it picks up any dynamics you throw at your guitar. Whether you're a heavy player or a light picker. This pedal is meant to played through a CLEAN channel on your amp. Maybe light break-up in the tubes. But as far as versatility that can cover a "green" OD to an actual amp being overdriven with a "green" OD on top of it, then this pedal is for you. I HIGHLY recommend this pedal to ANYBODY who wants a true overdrive sound.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome overdrive for bass

      By Stephane Verreault

      from QC, Canada

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      Pros

      • Ease of Use
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

        Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Yes, this is mainly a guitar pedal. But you can get an awesome sound with a bass as well. I have a Gibson Thunderbird, and with 2 humbuckers, the Pork Loin has a 'killer' sound. Great buy!

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        dig it on bass

        By MountEverest

        from New England

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        Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I have always struggled to find an overdrive that doesn't leave my low end out on bass. I tried many that were made for bass, but everything just washed out all the punch. Frustrated with bass overdrives I started asking guitar players if they had gotten anything interesting recently and thats how I found this thing. You get a ton of control with this pedal (the 3 interior pots are a really cool feature) and it does everything for me that pedals made specifically for bass could never do. It keeps my punch intact and growls nice an warm. I finally found it!Plus it looks cool

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great for Bass!!!

        By JV-OStAj

        from Philly area

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        Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I use this for bass. I love it. My use is to kick some bad ass vintage overdrive into my sound. I play with a fairly 'modern' sound, very aggressive, but bright and with a lot of 'bite'. I use the Pork Loin to dial some of that back and take a little of the edge off, while at the same time add a lot of angry tense tube-like overdrive. This pedal retains the lows and can do anything from a squeaky clean boost up to a thick mean overdrive (but not up into distortion territory).

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pixies in a little purple box!!

        By Hoogie

        from South Carolina

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        Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is an awesome little box! I run it into a clean tube amp to add just a little pixie dust to a cleanish sound. The harmonics are amazing! Play with your fingers and you'll hear 'em. This is no metal pedal. Very subtle. Can be used as a nice clean boost, too.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Bass OD

        By M. Wiles

        from Cincinnati, OH

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Mix Control
        • Retains Low End
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I've been looking for a good overdrive that is bass-friendly. This pedal certainly is. The control layout is about the most bass-friendly I've seen on an overdrive pedal. It has 2 circuits, each with their own parameters. The clean has a tone filter (giving control over a bright or deep tone for the clean preamp), both a presence and passive tone for the drive circuit, and then a blend to control the ration of the dry and wet signal. And after setting the internal mix trim pot, you can further control the clean level with the knob on the front of the pedal. This pedal is capable of light drive to thick saturation, bright or deep, all while the clean helps preserve the punch of your bass. Being true bypass helps a lot too, especially since I use this pedal in conjunction with a few others. And the metallic purple pain is just plain sweet.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            very special pedal

            By Nateh107

            from Northern New England

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This pedal does somthing very special it is very hard to describe . Another review I read nailed it "sprinkles just the right amount of pixie dust on anything". I admit I was disapointed when I first got this as it is so subtle and requires some work to get it dailed in but when you do it is worth it . This is the best pedal in the Way Huge line I bought most of them and this is the only one I kept .Love the look, design built well and will never leave my board .

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              If you cant make the sound you hear in your head

              By ChrisShoe

              from Eugene, OR

              Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I am an active musician, and have been playing for a while. I am young, and have only had the opportunity to play with a few different types of overdrives. I have always heard what my guitar should sound like in my head, and then tried to make it happen. I tried all sorts of Boss pedals, and all worked great, but never quite there. So I tried the Way Huge Pork Loin and with all of its tone options it was the perfect pedal to play with and find your sound. I reason I dropped the value was because it was a little spendy for being a stomp box, but its a tank. Probably one of the sturdiest on the market.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Review

              By beezneez item 9

              from Broken Arrow, OK

              Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Im a sucker for anything with more than three knobs. The pork loin from Way Huge is a must for anyone who cares about their tone. Very versatile and sounds great. Turn the overdrive all the way down and it acts like a clean boost/line driver or crank the overdrive and you get a nice punch. Its very easy to dial in the sound you're looking for and on top of that there are three trempots inside the pedal for further fine tuning. Enjoy!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Pork Loin

              By GCabrillas

              from Indiana

              Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This pedal is outstanding! My board consisted of a Boss TU-2, Ibanez Tubescreamer, Boss DS-1, ModTone Atomic Phaser, Line 6 Echo Park Delay, Marshall Supervibe Chorus, and a Marshall Reflector Reverb. I needed a clean drive pedal, and it was between the Pork Loin or a Sparkle Drive. I chose the Pork Loin and couldn't be happier. Now, you wouldn't want this to replace a Tubescreamer. You would however want to run your TS9 into the Pork Loin and be amazed. Add a nice delay and reverb for a great sound. I'll still probably be picking up a Sparkle Drive for fun, but this pedal is the perfect accent for any board.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Throw away your Tube Screamer

              By Brain Maggot

              from Nashvegas

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              Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This is an amazing pedal. Takes the place of your 808 TS. This pedal allows you to fine tune your overdrive sound. Turns a good clean amp into slighty overdriven boutique amp bliss with amazing clarity and flexibility. The clean knob allows you to blend your clean sound w/ the overdriven sound in a great way.Not for metal players- but if you're going for a Stevie Ray, John Mayer, or Joe Bonnamassa sound this pedal is at the top of the heap.Build quality also seems excellent.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great pedal...tweakers heaven!

              By name and faceless

              from MI

              Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This pedal has a lot of tonal options, your standard volume, distortion, tone plus 2 external and 3 internal mini-pots for more tone tweaking. You can add/blend clean tone to your dirt tone for awesome clarity. This overdrive is VERY thick and spongy, yet retains clarity...the tone control is more like a treble cut and this pedal is a bit dark, but not muddy.Built like a friggin tank, the guts look like very good quality componants. Definitely a keeper and a reason to try more way huge pedals!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Sweet Sounding

              By Gus-Lx3ML

              from Florida

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              Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              It is not a smooth overdrive, so don't think this will replace a Tubescreamer. It sounds very good. The ability to tweak the clipping with a knob is amazing, and the blending of a clean signal sounds really good too. At high gain it gets a pretty mean distortion. And it doesn't color the sound in a negative way like a lot of overdrives tend to. Overall, this is one of the better overdrives I own.

              (1 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Disappointing

              By violinmaster108

              from Farmington, NM

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              Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I used this pedal at a local music store while I was looking for a new pedal to add to my arsenal. This was a disappointment because it has little to no effect on the sound or tone. It seems way too expensive for so little from a pedal. I think a much better route to go would be the Boss Blues Driver. The Blues Driver still has a nice earthy organic sound but has a significant effect on the tone of your guitar for a much better price.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Addicted to Pork

              By Suhredstrat62

              from suburbs of Chicago

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              Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              After spending a fair amount of time learning the sonic impact of the various controls, this little box has become my "always on" favorite. It's proven itself when used into tubes as well as when I have to play at a "quiet stage" gig. My sound - a Gilmour meets Morse kind of a thing - was found with some tweaking of the internal pots and having the Pork Loin first in my effects chain to maximise it's fine touch response. The build quality and wide-ranging musical capability of this pedal more than warrant its asking price, imho. A brilliant design available to the masses - thank you Jeorge and the folks at Dunlop.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              love it!

              By JTangelo

              from ohio

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              Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              i live out in the middle of nowhere, so its hard to go to a music store and test pedals out, but i listened to just about every overdrive pedal on the market, via youtube. i came across this, has a weird name, but the tone is outstanding! i run it with a sparkle drive, then a line 6 verbzilla, tc electronic nova delay and aboss tr-2. if you play worship music, or any kind of ambient pop music. this is perfect.

               
              5.0

              A Great Overdrive

              By Smokey Ray

              from Atlanta, Georgia

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                A great overdrive pedal addition to my for my bass pedal board. Maintains the bottom very well!

                 
                5.0

                Unlimited possibilities

                By Dan14

                from UIO-ECU

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE201 Pork Loin Soft Clip Injection Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    At the first three days I felt dissapointed because the pedal wasn´t responding the way I imagined. But after I decided to tweak the settings I started to really know how the Pork Loin´s really works. After that everything is history, PL is my favorite overdrive pedal and every sound of it is a pleasure for my ears.
                    Give a an entire half hour to the pedal straight to the guitar and the amp withount nothing else between and tweak as much as you can, when you find the sweetspots you won´t choose any OD pedal again.

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