ThorpyFX Scarlet Tunic review

One man’s quest for early Pink Floyd sound resulted in this stompbox emulation of a long-forgotten 1960s British amp

ThorpyFX Scarlet Tunic
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

If you’re looking for that Selmer sound or want to recreate early Floyd, then ThorpyFX’s latest pedal nails it. What’s more, it’ll get you into AC30 and Hiwatt territory, too.


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    Solid build quality.

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    Welcome revival of a vintage amp.

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    Comprehensive control array.


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    Silver legending on a silver background is hard to read.

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It may not enjoy the same kudos as an AC30, Plexi or Hiwatt DR103, but the Selmer TruVoice Treble-N-Bass 50 was another fine British valve amp from the 1960s. This was the amp of choice of original Pink Floyd guitarist Syd Barrett, and can be heard on the opening notes of Interstellar Overdrive from the band’s 1967 debut album, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Roll on 55 years from that album and Lee Harris, guitarist with Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets band, wanted to recreate the exact tones and looked to Adrian Thorpe for help – the result is the Scarlet Tunic Analog Amp Emulator.

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.