The ThorpyFX Peacekeeper is not exactly a Klon clone, but the sound and specs of the Klon Centaur were certainly in engineer Adrian Thorpe’s mind when he designed this low-gain overdrive circuit.
The circuit places an active treble and bass EQ after the overdrive and a Mids/presence control before the overdrive. While the latter can change the overall character of the saturation from smooth to crunchy, the former controls allow “around the edges” tone sculpting of the driven tone without affecting the crucial character of the mids.
We added the Peacekeeper to our article about the best Klon Centaur clones.
ThorpyFX Peacekeeper, Builder’s Notes
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.
This is the V2 version, sonically identical to the V1 version, the V2 is smaller and can only be powered via 9V power supply.
Size: (W)65mm x(L)125mm x(H)53mm (top of Knobs)
Current Draw – 25mA