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Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > Jun-18 > WAY HUGE BLUE HIPPO MK III, RUSSIAN PICKLE MK III & AQUA-PUSS MK III


When is a Way Huge pedal not way huge at all? When it’s been squeezed into a compact enclosure. Richard Purvis tries on some slinky new Smalls…


Let’s get this out of the way, no matter how much we might like them to be, these pedals are not a signature range in honour of Spinal Tap bassist, Derek Smalls. Instead, they’re much more broadly appealing – a new range of classic Way Huge effects shrunken down to more board-friendly proportions.

The Smalls were launched to some excitement at this year’s NAMM show, and given that ‘Way Slightly Less Huge’ wouldn’t really have worked as a name, we’re left with the oxymoronic Way Huge Smalls.

One of the most respected indie makers of the 1990s, Way Huge is now part of the Jim Dunlop empire – but founder Jeorge Tripps is still very much on board on the development side. In fact he’s in charge of product development across all of Dunlop’s brands, including MXR and Cry Baby. So while these pedals aren’t ‘boutique’ any more – apart from anything else they’re made in Taiwan – with Tripps at the helm, and the promise of no circuit changes from the Mk II versions, we’re still expecting plenty of way hugeness in sonic terms.

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The June 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! Inside we celebrate 135 years of Gretsch, check out a pair of the company’s sparkling new Anniversary models and trace the history of some of the most famous and affordable guitars ever to deliver ‘That Great Gretsch Tone’. We also find out how Jonathan Wilson became a go-to guitarist and producer for artists as diverse as Roger Waters and Father John Misty and get a close look at his killer live rig. Elsewhere, we get to grips with a breathtaking original Olympic White 1963 Stratocaster, rundown the world’s most popular fuzz pedals in our buyer’s guide and review a host of new gear from the likes of Universal Audio, Maybach, Eastman, Fender, Rift Amps, Way Huge and more. In this jam-packed special edition of the mag we also go behind the scenes with Crimson Guitars, interview the legendary Bill Wyman about the home-made bass that powered early Rolling Stones hits, give a mystery vintage Fender amp a makeover, go into the studio with up-and-coming UK roots duo Ida Mae, salute the genius of former Gibson president Ted McCarty… and give you the chance to win a road-ready Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV combo worth £849. Phew! Get your copy of the June 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine now.