He’s the man behind the internet’s most famous purple Fender Telecaster and the hands behind a style that has inspired throngs of players to take their noodling to the next level. This week on TPS, Dan & Mick hosted none other than Peter Honoré, or as he’s better known in YouTube land, Danish Pete.
While Dan & Mick’s new space is just a few minutes away from Pete’s place, his visit to Schwangrilla was not only about a neighborly drop in. Pete has partnered up with Thorpy FX to develop and release a new custom drive/boost pedal. It was also to settle a score in an epic faceoff of YouTube’s most fabled Fender Telecasters: Dan’s cherry red axe vs. Pete’s posh purple six string.
From Subtle to Insane: Meet “The Dane”
The prospect of a signature pedal for Pete was something that was percolating for years but needed the right partner. As Pete described, he’s a fan of overdrive pedals that are “transparent, organic, all of that stuff, but I wanted something that looked different.” So when the prospect to collaborate with Thorpy presented itself, Pete found his ideal tag team.
Buzzwords aside, what’s The Dane sound like? As Pete described, “I like things to be really dynamic,” so the pedal responds to the force of playing and reacts to a nice volume roll off. The Dane can trick you into thinking there’s almost no drive dialed in until you dig in and the circuit elevates into a natural, articulate, medium overdrive with headroom for days. The pedal’s also a twofer with a second footswitch for added boost that runs into the gain circuit. As Pete described, hitting the boost with the gain on low provided an almost Mayer-esque tone that “gets the amp to bloom.”
Not only is The Dane brand-new under the hood, Thorpy took the opportunity to rethink the footprint of his pedals by developing a smaller, more streamlined stompbox enclosure. The Dane still has the exterior DNA of a Thorpy box—polished metal, etched designs, and classic chicken head knobs—but the size is strategically shrunk to make it more pedalboard friendly. As Pete reflected on Thorpy’s conclusion on the design he noted that, “It’s not like anything he’s ever done before.”
All in all, The Dane is a major win and worth a look, particularly for fans of Thorpy’s work but looking for something different from the ground up.
Pete and Dan’s Take on the Fender Telecaster
I’ll confess: I’ve never owned a Telecaster and haven’t connected with the right one just yet. If you’re like me, never fear, at least Mick still identifies with us! However, as Dan and Pete compared their Telecasters and talked over their experiences with this classic Fender design, I found myself starting to understand why so many players gravitate towards this model.
As Pete demoed both his and Dan’s Telecasters, it became clear that the model is crazy versatile. From cutting country cleans to Strat-like pops, it’s easy to forget that the entire range of sounds is cranking through just two pickups and a three-way switch. So where did it all start for Pete?
At age eleven, Pete found himself in a school band room with an Ibanez T-style guitar. “I loved that guitar and…there’s something about the way [the design] accentuates and makes sounds come out.” As Mick reflected, “the Telecaster is probably the ultimate guitar for that kind of thing: you’ve got so much treble, so much bass, and everything in between.” For Dan, “it’s the ultimate rock machine!” To which Pete summed up, “the Telecaster is a grown-up’s guitar.”
Great. Thanks guys. Now I need to go buy a Telecaster…
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TPS Rig Rundown:
Guitars: Fender Custom Shop ’52 Telecaster, Fender Custom Shop 1963 Telecaster, Fender Custom Shop ’52 Telecaster Heavy Relic, Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard, Collings I-30LC.
Pedals: Fulltone Clyde Standard Wah, Boss TU-3S Tuner, Analogman Sun Face BC183 Fuzz, Fulltone Octafuzz, Thorpy FX Warthog, Thorpy FX The Dane, ProAnalog Devices Manticore, Free The Tone Tri-Avatar Multi-Dimensional Chorus, Analog Man ARDX 20 Dual Analog Delay & Amazeo, Supro Tremolo, New Instruments Mini Vent II.
Amps: Fender Super Reverb reissue, Audio Kitchen Big Chopper and 2×12 cabinet.