Young Thousands Effects

I build effects pedals for guitar and bass. I work an unrelated job and drink an unrelated quantity of beer.

Dude From Rivers of Nihil Inspires, Shames Other Touring Musicians Just By Being Cool


So, this is really cool. Brody from Rivers of Nihil, instead of spending his downtime on tour as all other musicians do (looking at the internet on their phones and reading the funny stuff aloud to others in the van, who are all wearing headphones and can hear nothing), is offering guitar lessons. At the quite-reasonable rate of forty bucks a session. Brody can shred and Rivers of Nihil make quality death metal that owes a debt to At the Gates, which is a decent debt to incur. They also have some lovely dreamy half-speed intervals, their songs go places and repay the listener generously.

He’s not coming closer than Charlotte and I expect to have my hands pretty full in December so I probably won’t be signing up for a lesson myself (though, honestly, if they were playing Durham I totally would) but I wanted to spread the word because this just seems like a super-cool thing to me; metal bands at the Rivers of Nihil level aren’t bringing home big paychecks, metal is largely a labor of love and I’d guess any coin he takes in from this will go straight back into the gas tank. All the information and dates are at the link (in the title of this post) and I hope at least one person shares my “damn, that’s pretty cool” reaction and maybe goes and gets a lesson from this outstanding young death metal guitarist.

Does he trade lessons for pedals? My riffs are tame and my grind lacks game…




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St. Vincent 2014 Pedalboard

by Nice Rack Canada

A MasterMind GT10-controlled, Ableton-sequenced, 8×8 Matrix System built for Annie ClarkSt. Vincent.

A two-pedalboard system to serve the aesthetic and logistic needs of a touring musician, each half of the rig travels in a Pelican case under checked-weight cut-off to facilitate greater net revenue from touring. With the entire audio path responding to MIDI commands, the signal board lives offstage with the guitar technician and the controller board onstage at Annie’s home position.

The RJM Music MasterMind GT-10 Controller is used in a home page fashion, with one page of buttons assigned as presets with some audio functions revealed in IA (instant access) mode. Each of the next 15 pages of buttons is assigned as instant access switches to provide quick access to routings in the audio matrix and favorite presets in the 2xH9s.

The SoundSculpture 8F 8×8 audio matrix gives this sonic palette the ultimate in creative flexibility. The 8F can store 120 different audio routings in its local memory. The Eventide H9s are essentially hosts for 100x Eventide studio quality effect algorithms, allowing the user to add and subtract effect types as needed.

With dynamic routings and effects hosts, the rig presents the user with infinite possibilities for tone shaping.

Powered by VoodooLabs Pedal Power 4×4.

System Design and Build by Nice Rack Canada.

A.R.A.G. (Always Reblog Annie’s Gear)

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Negative-ground PNP Rangemaster breadboard. Love those orange drop capacitors. So tempted to just build this into my strat and leave it always on. Which would eliminate the need for the charge pump, as it would run off battery.

Negative-ground PNP Rangemaster breadboard. Love those orange drop capacitors. So tempted to just build this into my strat and leave it always on. Which would eliminate the need for the charge pump, as it would run off battery.

Modded SparkleDrive for OtherBen. Cosmetic upgrades (blue LED, clear knobs) plus 3-position clipping switch: stock 4148s, no diodes (clean boost) and 1N60Ps for a louder crunch

I don’t believe it. It’s that shit-box Dodge again.

I don’t believe it. It’s that shit-box Dodge again.

trivialad asked: You should probably listen to your proctologist, Tom.

He’s just gonna tell me I’m full of shit.

admiralbeamish asked: Good morning and thank you. A while ago I bought an I ONLY LISTEN TO THE MOUNTAIN GOATS tee and since I've been asked for random high fives and whether or not I am some bizarre goat whisperer. My question is whether the shirt is a binding contract?


It is. However, checking out, digging, grooving on, rocking out to, being moved by to the point of obsession with, or just enjoying other music is still perfectly fine under the terms of the shirt. 

Someday my two-line bio for solo appearances, which is a companion piece to the I ONLY LISTEN TO THE MOUNTAIN GOATS shirt/tote bag, will emerge in the wild, and together we will all ponder what the third pillar of my Triforce of  Exaggerated Claims ought to be.

I think of it more in ideological than musical terms. I don’t listen to teachers, politicians, policemen, meteorologists, tax collectors, money changers, prophets, profiteers, proctologists… only the Mountain Goats


oh and maybe Neil deGrasse Tyson, he’s pretty awesome too.


Annie is a woolly, splatty fuzz with a hefty kick of low-end up its sleeve. Tight, gated fuzz that you might recognise if you listen to a lot of St. Vincent. And if you don’t listen to a lot of St. Vincent, what the hell is wrong with you?

Especially proud of this one - this is the first pedal whose circuit is made entirely on vero board, rather than a pre-fabbed circuit board. This meant translating the schematic into a horizontal design, and not a little troubleshooting (side note: I am petitioning both AP and Chicago to recognize “troubleshat” as the past tense of “troubleshoot”).

I love these super-bright white LEDs. My phone camera, apparently, does not.

L-R, switch controls: Bass boost bypass (can work in tandem with or separate to the fuzz), fuzz bypass, gate override

The gate override is a wonderful little mod - like any great modification its effectiveness belies its simplicity. The gate control sets the threshold at which the guitar/bass signal cuts through - at maximum rotation it’s wide open and your playing dynamics are preserved completely, at minimum rotation you have to pound the strings to break through. The footswitch is a momentary bypass which pushes the gate to either fully open or fully closed, depending on the position of the toggle switch above it. So you can be rocking out with the gate tightly closed for a stuttery, rhythmic effect but want to open up to let the feedback do its thing for just a moment, or tighten up the sound to kill any noise while you let the drummer do her thing. Or whatever.

This was made for a guy named Ian, hence the caption on the rear of the backplate…

Encroaching Darkness



A few months ago this happened. And then this, and this.

Shortly after, I went to see the Mountain Goats at Space in Evanston, which is a beautiful, tiny venue with a grand piano. The piano is not important except to the folks who attended that show.

After the show, I waited in line to…

I tell people when they give me anything: “It takes me forever to get around to things.” Which it does. The only things I work quickly on are songs - those happen fast. Everything else just waits until some accidental moment happens and I get real amped up and say TIME TO DO THIS, LET’S ALL DO THIS and if it’s a big project then it takes a while and if it’s a new toy that’s been waiting for its moment then it gets this post.

so yeah. after the Evanston show on the duo tour, I was given this pedal, and I brought it home. I think I may have plugged it in once to check it out briefly, but to really get to know a pedal, you have to have a session with it.

just now me and a certain two and a half year old went down to the basement with this pedal, a T-Rex Bloody Mary distortion, an Orange Tiny Terror, and a G&L ASAT.

THANK YOU, YOUNG THOUSANDS EFFECTS, FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR VOLUME-LOVING HEARTS, FOR THE OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE WE HAD OVER THE PAST HALF-HOUR. I foresee long hours tweaking the configuration (should I put an overdrive in the chain? just because? maybe?) in The Future, which is a nebulous time constrained by All The Other Stuff, but anyway. it is a remarkable delay and ‘verb with an infinite repeats option and seriously appealing funereal doom applications. simply wonderful. 

THIS RULES, THANK YOU. May your pedals find players across the earth!

p.s. no we didn’t turn it up loud enough to do any further damage to grown-up ears or initial damage to young ones so be of good cheer.

My heart is swelling with unfathomable joy right now.