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A distortion that gives you tons of headroom, sustain and of course, fat tone.

The Fat Sandwich represents a new era in pedal design for Way Huge. In addition to carrying on the Way Huge tradition of amazing tone, rugged construction and cool names, the Fat Sandwich delivers heaps of crunchy distortion goodness via its innovative multi-stage clipping circuit. Meticulously designed from the ground up, the passive tone stack was tuned to bring out the “sweet spot” with any guitar and amp combination. The Volume control produces tons of output, making it ideal for driving the headroom out of the most powerful tube amps. Additionally, the Fat Sandwich has two internal mini controls: the Curve knob lets the user fine-tune the corner frequency of the overdrive filtering and the Sustain control adjusts the gain of the final distortion stage. The Fat Sandwich is versatile and over the top—the consummate distortion pedal for any genre or playing style.

FEATURES
  • Innovative multi-stage clipping circuit
  • Passive tone stack
  • Tuned to bring out the “sweet spot” with any guitar and amp combination

Order a Fat Sandwich today and never go hungry for tone again.

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Way Huge ElectronicsWHE301B Fat Sandwich
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (14)
  • Responsive (12)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Good selection of effects (6)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (13)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

wonderful tone machine

I'm just scratching the surface with this but I am enjoying the process immensely and if I don't review it now I never will. The only other distortion boxes I currently own are an...Read complete review

I'm just scratching the surface with this but I am enjoying the process immensely and if I don't review it now I never will. The only other distortion boxes I currently own are an old Ibanez Sonic Distortion and Tube Screamer (reissue) - I have had a few other cheap ones that I have given away but none that intoxicate me as this does. It was a SDOTD (the version with black paint job, not that it matters to anyone listening including me). It is a distortion box, I couldn't really call it an overdrive - though it is subtle for a distortion pedal. It's all about the volume knob on your guitar with this thing - you can get great sounds full-on, but there are several levels of touch sensitivity that keep me tweaking until it's past bedtime. It's not exactly linear - your full-on level doesn't exactly morph into something mellower, it's almost as if it reaches a certain level from you pickups and "switches" to the next tone. This is not a bad thing - depending on the guitar I use (Carvin DC127, G&L Ascari P-90, old Ibanez Artist, Steinberger Spirit, antique single-pickup Danelectro DC) I can get 3 to 5 distinct "levels" of tone, all of them touch sensitive according to how hard I pick - and all tweakable with 3 EQ mini knobs and a volume that can also hit the front end of a clean amp (which is apparently what it was intended for). I have been having so much fun with it I have yet to plug it into my "real" amp (Egnater Rebel 30 which I enjoy a lot). I'm currently playing it at home through a small Peavey closed-back practice amp (intended for bass) which is fairly neutral and good for testing funboxes like this one. I have to say I was hoping this was more of an overdrive-to-distortion pedal as I don't have any need for really heavy distortion but it's so musical and singing for leads at almost any level I can't complain - though I will try the other Dunlop-made Way Huge pedals just in case. You can get closer to overdrive by using your volume knob or lightening up on the pick attack. This thing just sings on the treble notes, there's more crunch on the lower strings but it never seems to get muddy unless you back way off on the tone knob.
There are a couple of internal trimpots (easily accessible by brilliant screw-off rubber feet at each corner and a label on the inside bottom cover explaining function and factory preset positions). I haven't touched them yet, I was going to see how it sounded with the gain backed off but it was set at the lowest level at the factory. It's got easily enough gain for me but I am not playing any heavily distorted styles so I left it where it was...but I will tweak that along with the two internal EQ knobs as just about everything I have experimented with so far has made me smile. Highly recommended.
PS - the graphics on the box are hilarious as well!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Alters Tone Even When Not Engaged

I got this pedal for when I wanted to put a little extra "oomph" onto my cleans, but I ended up being sorely disappointed. One of the reasons I play...Read complete review

I got this pedal for when I wanted to put a little extra "oomph" onto my cleans, but I ended up being sorely disappointed. One of the reasons I play my Strat is to have the bright highs that it can provide, but plugging into this in front of my amp (set to clean) took that away. The most shocking part of this experience is it happens EVEN WHEN THE PEDAL IS NOT ENGAGED. I'm all for altering my tone for certain songs, but only when I want to. In addition, the overdrive/distortion was weak.

It may have been a bad unit or only needed me to mess with the internal pots as described in the insert included, but I'm of the mind that if a pedal needs you to mess with it that much to make it work, it's not the one for you.

On the plus side, it's actually really aesthetically pleasing (with an awesome name) and would've fit my pedal setup both in terms of design and function quite well; but, this only further drives home the disappointment when it didn't work for me.

So, buy with caution, or at least get it when it's on sale like I did so you don't put too much money into a pedal that might not work for you either.

**FYI: Musician's Friend's return service worked like a charm, so you don't have to worry too much if you have the same issues.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fun Sandwhich

By TyMer

from Kansas City, KS

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Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE301B Fat Sandwich:

This is a really fun distortion when you get it dialed in correctly, assuming you know how to use it. I start with the hi and lo (presence and resonance if you have the yellow version) at max and dial the hi back until it just loses the "hairy-ness" from the top end without losing bite, then dial the lo back until it doesn't sound muddy any more (for reference: hi = ~3 or 4 ; lo = ~10 or 11 [o'clock] with my setup).

I put the gain at lower settings for a good "crunch" on big chords (i.e. chords that utilize most of the strings) without losing much clarity; I turn the gain up past noon for really nice, "bitey" leads.

I find that it's not tight enough for power chords or "chugging" palm-mutes, but that's not really what it's intended for and tightening it up would most likely ruin the aspects of the pedal that I really like.

I haven't tweaked the internal trim pots yet but for right now I'm happy enough not to bother, which is rare for me. Normally I'm messing with everything to the point that I get distracted from the music, so it's nice to have a good "plug 'n' play" pedal every once in a while.

[gear used:2011 PRS Studio -> Egnater Renegade 212]

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wonderful tone machine

By kenren10

from Claymont, DE

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Fun To Tweak
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Just plain fun
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE301B Fat Sandwich:

    I'm just scratching the surface with this but I am enjoying the process immensely and if I don't review it now I never will. The only other distortion boxes I currently own are an old Ibanez Sonic Distortion and Tube Screamer (reissue) - I have had a few other cheap ones that I have given away but none that intoxicate me as this does. It was a SDOTD (the version with black paint job, not that it matters to anyone listening including me). It is a distortion box, I couldn't really call it an overdrive - though it is subtle for a distortion pedal. It's all about the volume knob on your guitar with this thing - you can get great sounds full-on, but there are several levels of touch sensitivity that keep me tweaking until it's past bedtime. It's not exactly linear - your full-on level doesn't exactly morph into something mellower, it's almost as if it reaches a certain level from you pickups and "switches" to the next tone. This is not a bad thing - depending on the guitar I use (Carvin DC127, G&L Ascari P-90, old Ibanez Artist, Steinberger Spirit, antique single-pickup Danelectro DC) I can get 3 to 5 distinct "levels" of tone, all of them touch sensitive according to how hard I pick - and all tweakable with 3 EQ mini knobs and a volume that can also hit the front end of a clean amp (which is apparently what it was intended for). I have been having so much fun with it I have yet to plug it into my "real" amp (Egnater Rebel 30 which I enjoy a lot). I'm currently playing it at home through a small Peavey closed-back practice amp (intended for bass) which is fairly neutral and good for testing funboxes like this one. I have to say I was hoping this was more of an overdrive-to-distortion pedal as I don't have any need for really heavy distortion but it's so musical and singing for leads at almost any level I can't complain - though I will try the other Dunlop-made Way Huge pedals just in case. You can get closer to overdrive by using your volume knob or lightening up on the pick attack. This thing just sings on the treble notes, there's more crunch on the lower strings but it never seems to get muddy unless you back way off on the tone knob.
    There are a couple of internal trimpots (easily accessible by brilliant screw-off rubber feet at each corner and a label on the inside bottom cover explaining function and factory preset positions). I haven't touched them yet, I was going to see how it sounded with the gain backed off but it was set at the lowest level at the factory. It's got easily enough gain for me but I am not playing any heavily distorted styles so I left it where it was...but I will tweak that along with the two internal EQ knobs as just about everything I have experimented with so far has made me smile. Highly recommended.
    PS - the graphics on the box are hilarious as well!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome dirt box!

    By Brad_NJ

    from Jerzey

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE301B Fat Sandwich:

        This is an awesome dirt box. It is a unique and soulful distortion box in a sea of sound-alikes. The Fat Sandwich has a very fat and warm distortion. At lower levels it imparts a sweet overdrive. At mid gain settings, you get a huge fat distortion tone. At high gain settings you get massive amounts of distortion, with a hint of fuzz style tonalities. This pedal would be awesome for rock, heavy blues, desert/stoner/doom rock, and classic metal. This pedal is not good for modern tight overdrive tones. I love it!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I'll have one with no cheese please

        By hotdotdog

        from Glendora, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Thick Rich Distortion
        • Very Adjustable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE301B Fat Sandwich:

          I play Teles, Les Pauls, and 335's and find the Fat Sandwich's adjustability very satisfying. Mainly the little Hi & Lo knobs allow me to dial out the high end brittle or shrill edges of the distortion and fatten up the low end to taste. This is what I've been looking for as I need different distortion EQ settings depending on which guitar I'm playing. I haven't played with the internal adjustments as I have not needed to. It's like ordering up a sandwich with as much meat and as little cheese as you want. This is a tremendous value. If you know what kind of sound you are looking for, just buy it. You wont be sending it back.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Humbucker Heaven

          By JohnnyNash

          from Nashville, Tennessee

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          Pros

          • Better Than Expected
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None Found So Far

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Great For All Uses
          • Performances

          Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE301B Fat Sandwich:

          I had not been able to hear or see any demos with this "Fat Sandwich" prior to purchase due to being new but was familiar with the earlier ones. I own several other Way Huge pedals and knew of the quality and the price was very hard to turn down. (Thanks Musicians Friend for stupid deals). Once hooked up I tried it with my strats and was able to dial in some great tones within only a few minutes but I was not ready for the tones I got with my Les Paul and ESP. This pedal with humbucker pickups will blow you away. I was dialing in just about any and every tone I was looking for. I lean toward 70's and 80's rock and this nailed them. Very happy with purchase

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Superb pedal

          By Part time Strummer

          from El Rio Ca.

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Very Adjustable

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Noodling
          • Performances

          Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE301B Fat Sandwich:

          I purchased this pedal on SDOTD, so the price was right. I also have a Boss Blues Driver, but this pedal delivers a greater variety of tones. Works well with my G&L with P90s, as well with my guitars with humbuckers. Very easy to dial in and set compared to my Line 6 where I have to remember the settings that I've used. Very good product despite the color, but then who's looking at it anyway.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Meaty

          By Mad Max

          from PCB, FL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE301B Fat Sandwich:

            Thick and juicy drive. Fuzz-like response that plays well with my buffered wireless signal and other drive pedals for cascaded gain applications. I use it (gain@11oclock, Hi Cut@10oclock,low and high just above 50%) in front of an Egnater Tourmaster on channel 2 (think pushed DRRI tone) to create the creamy first solo tone in Floyd's "Comfortably Numb". For the outro solo tone, I'll hit the front end of the Fat Sandwich with a TS808 for that extra crispy bacon sizzle.

            I think the best part is the ability to easily adjust the gain and volume controls on the fly with the edge of my shoe thanks to the larger knobs.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great on SDOTD

            By lao tzu

            from NC

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            Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE301B Fat Sandwich:

            Very good primary distortion. Works well with other pedals. Main board is all full size components. Can also sub for a tube screamer if you turn down the distortion and the lows. Terrible color choice though, especially compared to their other pedals.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fat's where the flavor's at!

            By Bob the Destroyer

            from Springfield, Virginia

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Low Noise
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Limited Selection Of Effects

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE301B Fat Sandwich:

            Saw this pedal as an open box deal, did the requisite internet research, and found it made smooth, creamy higher gain noises. When it arrived from MF and played with it a little, I also found it's touch sensitive at even the highest gain setting. It also cleans up well with the volume knob. Finally, I took the four screws off the bottom and tested out the three internal pots. Two of them are subtle, but the third one, for the second gain stage, made me emit an evil chuckle when turned up. As an extra bit of idiot-proofing, there's a chart inside labeling the pots and providing default settings.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amp like dynamics - Nice Pedal!

            By Davey Rocket

            from NC

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Way Huge Electronics WHE301B Fat Sandwich:

              Very nice dirt tones without being another fuzz. Dynamics and guitar tone preserved more like a good overdrive, with drop of guitar's volume knob. "Amp like" is a good description.

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