The Best Pedals In The World Today – ThorpyFX Fallout Cloud

Posted: March 15, 2017 in Guitar Pedals
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ThorpyFX Fallout Cloud

A major fuzz pedal based on the classic ‘Triangle’ Big Muff from UK maker ThorpyFX, the Fallout Cloud may prove to be the last fuzzword for Muff addicts everywhere.

ThorpyFX came into being in 2014 when British Army Major Adrian Thorpe turned his attention to stompbox building in order to relieve the stress of his high-pressure day job as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist. After his first pedal, the Gunshot overdrive, proved to be a big hit with players, he turned his attention to a different kind of drive pedal – the early Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi fuzz pedals built between 1969 and 1973.

Nicknamed ‘Triangle’ Big Muffs due to the orientation of the pedal’s three control knobs, there were approximately 17 variations on the circuit of the first production Big Muffs developed by Mike Matthews and Bob Myer. However, there was one particular vintage unit that Thorpe set out to beat, and the Fallout Cloud (previously named the Muffroom Cloud) is the result.

Because it doesn’t suffer from the over-cooked distortion levels of some modern Big Muffs and Muff-derived circuits, the Fallout Cloud makes it possible to retain a great deal more control, and stays responsive to picking-hand dynamics.

The presence of separate, active treble and bass controls is a real asset, allowing you to dial in the cutting high frequencies you need to be heard in the mix and then sculpt the body of the sound beneath; with a single tone control, most Muffs simply get thinner as you wind up the treble, but here you get to fine-tune the balance of girth and grit.

The Fallout Cloud stacks well, and in action, it’s capable of a great range of familiar fuzz tones, from Pink Floyd to Queens Of The Stone Age and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys – and it cuts through a band mix better than many fuzzy equivalents, too.

Key features
PRICE £185
DESCRIPTION True-bypass analogue fuzz pedal with active EQ, with Volume, Sustain, Treble and Bass controls, powered by 9v battery or adaptor

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