Adrian Thorpe’s pedals are renowned for their robust build.
When the ex-British Army Major took his military training into the world of stompboxes he brought with him a trademark style that has drawn accolades such as ‘bulletproof’ and ‘bombproof.’
It’s a fair comment, given those distinctive holes in the sides of ThorpyFX pedals take inspiration from a type of anti-RPG armour.
“I had a career as an Ammunition Technical Officer, which is the full title of my trade within the British Army,” reveals Thorpe. “I was an explosives specialist.”
With names like the Gunshot Overdrive (opens in new tab) (ThorpyFX’s first pedal,) the Fallout Cloud Fuzz (opens in new tab) and the Veteran (Si) Vintage Fuzz and Boost (opens in new tab) it would be hard to overlook the firm’s distinctive theme.
They’ve even managed to militarize circuit designer Dan Coggins’s legendary Lovetone pedals (opens in new tab) during his ongoing collaboration, including the Bunker Drive (opens in new tab) (Lovetone Brown Source MKII) and the Field Marshal Fuzz (opens in new tab) (Lovetone Big Cheese MKII.)
While steadily expanding their range over the years, ThorpyFX units have been spotted on the pedalboards of many a notable guitarist such as Ed O’Brien (opens in new tab), Graham Coxon (opens in new tab), J Mascis, Ariel Posen, Joey Landreth, Dave Gregory and Chris Robertson.
For many, that would be testament to quality enough. Yet it seems ThorpyFX’s relentless R&D has no bounds.
With the help of Welsh guitar whizz Chris Buck (opens in new tab), the team put the ‘bombproof’ theory into practice by testing how ThorpyFX pedals stood up to a series of actual explosions.
“Everything is legal,” insists Thorpe. “Everything's above board. Everything’s safe. Don’t do this at home. Don't test my theories; we've done it so that you don't have to.”
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab), Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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