BATCH 2 SOLD OUT. I’LL SEND ALONG UPDATES AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE. THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH FOR THE SUPPORT!
well, my band Cymbals Eat Guitars made a record named Pretty Years (out 9/16) and we released our first track Wish today. we worked with a pretty great producer named John Congleton. he used a Thermionics Culture Vulture (a stereo tube distortion rack unit) on a bunch of tracks and yeah… it rules. this pedal is my humble homage to such an iconic and amazing piece of studio gear. as with the last 2 preorders, i try to capture an idea or sound that defines the recording in my mind and for this one i wanted to make an homage to the iconic Culture Vulture.
Pretty Years is a high-gain subminiature tube based distortion/fuzz with an interstage resonant lowpass filter to not only filter frequencies, but also shape the texture of the distortion. combining switchable pentode/triode mode, low-voltage biasing, switchable feedback and active bass/treble controls – most drive textures from subtle to complete destruction are available. voltage control over the filter frequency allows for dramatic filter sweeps with expression pedals and total weirdness with modular setups, making Pretty Years a perfect fit for not only guitars, but all other instruments as well…
sound samples are forthcoming in the next few weeks.
$300 + shipping ($15US, $25 CANADA, $40 rest of the world) and limited to 50 (now 100) pedals, the preorder package includes the pedal, a limited color LP, smallsound/bigsound t-shirt (FACE MELTING SONIC DEVICES.) and various stickers and little treats. see below to see the shirt and LP mockups. PLEASE SPECIFY THE RIGHT SHIRT SIZE WHEN ORDERING!
the preorder package will ship approximately the last week in august or the first few days in september ahead of our 9/16 release date. rather than charge the full amount this far in advance, i will be accepting a partial, nonrefundable deposit of $100 due now and the remainder due when production starts in mid-july.
NOTE* as the circuit is still not 100% completed, there may be small details that may change in the final production unit. as always, i strive for rad sounds and lots of tweakability so please trust that any changes made will be for the best.
Pretty Yearsenclosure size is a 1790NS (around 5.7"x4.7") with top-mounted jacks. just slightly larger than the majority of my other pedals, which are 4.7"x3.7".
pretty years requires a 12V DC power supply (designed for musical instruments) with a negative center 2.1mm barrel and do NOT run at higher voltages.
frequency - changes the cutoff frequency of the lowpass filter.
resonance - changes the Q of the filter. (can self-oscillate at maximum settings)
gain - changes gain from cleans to heavy fuzz.
bias - changes the tube bias for varied textures and breakup.
volume - duh
feedback - adds feedback for non-linear distortion effects and oscillations.
bass - an active bass cut or boost.
treble - an active treble cut or boost.
pentode/triode toggles change the tube operation for different tones.
feedback type toggle switches between different feedback modes for weirdness.
bass cut toggle switches a pre-gain bass cut for tighter bass.
CV in controls filter frequency (and possibly an internal switch to select resonance...).
bypass and feedback stompswitches engage the sound.
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