Thorpy FX Peacekeeper Low Gain Overdrive Pedal

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Elliot Stent

Thorpy may be relatively new on the scene but that has not stopped them creating a handful of absolutely stunning pedals. The Peacekeeper is a brand new low gain overdrive that works great as a boost to your dirty amplifier or as a pure overdrive that sits on the edge of crunch.

Thorpy FX Peacekeeper Low Gain Overdrive Pedal

Highly Controllable

A lot of pedals will place the entire EQ circuit in the same place within the circuit. It is the easiest way to make a 3 band setup but it is certainly not the best way. To get the most out of the controls available Thorpy moved the midrage control before the pre-gain circuit. This is the control that you will use to fit the pedal to your guitar and amplifier. From heavily scooped to nice a present the Peacekeeper can fit in to almost any rig.

The high and low EQ controls are part of an active stack that sits after the pre-gain circuit. This gives these controls the widest range possible as you can go from completely cut frequencies to heavily boosted tones that really cut through the mix.

Clean Boost to Moderate Gain

With the pregain set low and the volume pushed you get some really stunning clean boosts that can push your already driven amp up a notch for your leads. You can also use this pedal with a bit of extra pre-gain to really start pushing the amplifier with a soft almost driven sound that sounds beautiful for blues and softer rock styles.

Here's what Thorpy FX say about the Peacekeeper:

The PEACEKEEPER is our take on a low gain overdrive designed to suit all guitars and all amps whilst delivering the sweetest on the edge to crunch tones you have ever heard. Hyperbole aside, this pedal has some very cunning tricks up its sleeve, by combining a post gain active Treble and Bass circuit with a pre-gain Mids/presence control you are able to tailor the overdrive character and tonality to your exacting needs. The pre-gain mids control allows you to move from a very smooth mid scooped gain type to a more pronounced mid humped gain with all the subtleties in between. Post gain the active treble and bass controls adapt that focussed gain stage to achieve the tonality you desire/need. Used as a subtle boost into your amp (ala Klon style) or as an "on the Edge" overdrive, the PEACEKEEPER will make you wonder how you sound so good!

Aside from achieving fantastic sonic credentials the PEACEKEEPER is built like a tank with physical features such as recessed knobs and top mounted jacks. Robust build does not have to come at the sacrifice of looks, the PEACEKEEPER uses a combination of a beautiful stainless steel laser etched centre console wrapped in a tough baseplate.

Internally the pedal is immaculately built using premium 1% metalfilm resistors, Wima and Panasonic capacitors, Neutrik jacks and a Burr-Brown Opamp. These are the crème de la crème of the electronics world and when coupled with a robust gold plated PCB and dust sealed potentiometers the recipe is as good as it can possibly be.


  • Size: (W)70mm x(L)145mm x(H)60mm =(2.75"x5.7"x2.36") designed to fit perfectly across two Pedaltrain spars.
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