ThorpyFX The Field Marshal review

Adrian Thorpe and Dan Coggins' latest fuzz box will make Lovetone fans stand to attention with Big Cheese-y grins

ThorpyFX The Field Marshal review
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Guitar World Verdict

An expanded range of fuzz sounds encompassing the unique feel and tonal character of its much-loved predecessor.


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    The ThorpyFX build is the crème de la crème.

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    Expands on the original Big Cheese fuzz palette.

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    It's cheaper than an original '90s Lovetone!


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So far, Dan Coggins’ ongoing collaboration with ThorpyFX has yielded two modulation pedals, The Deep Oggin chorus/vibrato and The Camoflange flanger, and The Fat General compressor, a design that evolved directly from his now-discontinued Dinosaural OTC-21 compressor. 

In a similar vein, the Field Marshal fuzz harks back to Dan’s long out of production Big Cheese fuzz pedal circuit. Building upon the enduring success of the original 90s boutique boomer, not only does this ‘MK II’ ThorpyFX versions feature additional ranges of sound and function, it also comes in a more rugged, compact and pedalboard-friendly format. And without a several hundred quid price tag! 

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Rod Brakes

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 WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.