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ThorpyFX Vintage Reimagined

ThorpyFX Vintage Reimagined


ThorpyFX is proud to announce the launch of two exciting new additions to their lineup: the Have Blue and Tacit Blue pedals.

Have Blue

Unveiling the Have Blue limited edition boost pedal, a standout in the ThorpyFX "Vintage Reimagined" series. The ThorpyFX Have Blue opens the door to a world of vintage inspired tones, integrating into your pedalboard setup without monopolising valuable real estate.

The ThorpyFX Have Blue boost presents a distinctive interpretation of the classic germanium boost pedal. Its strength lies in versatility, rooted in a meticulously modified Rangemaster boost circuit. Whether you seek a subtle note enhancement or crave bold, resonant frequencies, the ThorpyFX Have Blue boost delivers.

Tacit Blue

Introducing the Tacit Blue, a vintage inspired pedal within the ThorpyFX "Vintage Reimagined" series. The ThorpyFX Tacit Blue stands as a germanium fuzz pedal, offering a fresh take on the timeless fuzz sound. Immerse yourself in a realm of sonic flexibility as the ThorpyFX Tacit Blue imparts its enchanting touch to your music. Whether you desire a nuanced note enhancement, a robust, wild fuzz, or a rich lower gain overdrive, the ThorpyFX Tacit Blue is your go to solution for adding character to your sound.

We caught up with Adrian Thorpe to ask a few questions about these two new pedals. 

Hi Adrian

Congratulations on the launch of the new Have Blue and Tacit Blue.  We hope these new additions will be a huge success forThorpyFX.

The Have Blue incorporates a highly modified Rangemaster boost circuit. What inspired you to reimagine this classic circuit, and how does it contribute to the pedal's unique vintage inspired sound

I've always loved Rangemaster circuits, every flavour type just makes a crunchy amp sound glorious and the feel you get back from the overdrive when a Rangemaster is used is addictive. The first pedal I ever built was a Rangemaster.    

In comparison to the traditional Rangemaster circuit, how does the wide tonal spectrum provided by the RANGE control on the Have Blue benefit players

Some amps have an optimum frequency that they “enjoy” having boosted, allowing the frequency of the boost to be tailored to your amp makes it loads more useful for loads more players and ultimately can give you control over the sound you want. 

The Have Blue incorporates a small transformer mimicking the ideal pickup placement. How does this feature enhance the pedal's versatility, and can you share any specific applications where players might harness its full potential in their setups

The transformer isolates the front end of the circuit from what comes before it, it also presents the front of the circuit with a dummy coil that acts like a pseudo pickup with the necessary impedance, capacitance and resistance.  

The choice of components in the Have Blue is impressive, including the NOS Germanium Transistor. How do these high quality materials contribute to the pedal's consistency, reliability, and tonal performance

I like to give our pedals the best that we can, this is to allow them to be consistent and keep the noise floor as low as possible. Noise is inevitable when you use a lot of gain, but it cascades and multiplies as it goes through the circuit. So, by using components that keep the noise floor low I can control the multiplication factor and ensure your signal is more present vs any unwanted noise.   

What aspects of vintage tones were specifically targeted in the design, and how does the Have Blue capture the essence of classic sounds while offering modern flexibility

It needed to work and sound like a Rangemaster so that part was key. But I wanted it to be functionally better (control over frequencies), more pedalboard friendly, (both in sound quality and where it could be placed on the board) and finally I wanted it to look killer!

The Tacit Blue is described as offering a unique twist on the classic fuzz sound. Can you delve into the specific design choices or innovations that set the Tacit Blue apart from traditional fuzz face circuits

A traditional fuzz face can be awesome, but typically a lot of them were built to a spec without any thought about optimising the transistors used. They were also very much “one trick ponies”, frustrating when there is so much potential in the circuit. I wanted the Tacit Blue to be more malleable, and you can get everything from a thick overdrive through to a full on fuzz out of the 4 controls.  

Unlike traditional fuzz face circuits, the "Fuzz" control on the Tacit Blue has a broader range. How does this expanded range benefit players, and are there specific tonal territories that users might discover by exploring the full extent of this control

We like all our controls to be wide ranging and useful for the majority of their travel. This makes it possible to experiment with the sound available and drift away from the usual tried and tested sounds. roll it back and use in unison with your guitar volume control, you’ll find loads of options to explore.  

The "Bias" control on the Tacit Blue adds an extra layer of customisation. How does this control impact the pedal's aggression and overall character, and can you provide guidance on achieving specific tonal outcomes by adjusting the Bias control

So, it changes the character of the fuzz somewhat, it actually doesn’t bias the transistors but it makes sense to be able to vary this control as many versions of the fuzz face circuit can be had from one infinitely adjustable control.   

The Tacit Blue features an internal trimpot for experimentation. Can you share any unconventional settings or tweaks players might explore to uncover hidden sonic gems within the pedal

Actually, the trim pot is a set and forget device, but…. it can be useful for people to change if they prefer a character from their fuzz different to how I set it, I’d just advise they note where it was set to begin with before they tinker.   

The "Smooth" control on the Tacit Blue adjusts the input impedance for a tailored fuzz experience. How does this feature contribute to the pedal's adaptability across various guitars, and can you share anecdotes of players discovering unique tones by experimenting with this control

It acts as a “global” control to tame the grit the fuzz can provide, lower settings change the fuzz into an overdrive and full clockwise settings optimise it as a fuzz…everything between is fun to experiment with.

Thank you to Adrian and Georgia for their unwavering support to FX Pedal Planet Online Store and the industry.  For more information on the Have Blue, Tacit Blue and others within the ThorpyFX range, please click, THORPY.

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