Win A Limited Edition Cymbals Eat Guitars Pedal/Prize Package

By Scott Lapatine / August 15, 2011 - 10:21 am

If you enjoyed Lenses Alien’s 8 mnute Polvo-meets-shoegaze opener “Rifle Sight (Proper Name)” and the shorter but no less ambitious “Definite Darkness,” you definitely want Cymbals Eat Guitars’ entire John Agnello-produced sophomore LP when it’s out 8/30. Today we’re giving away a unique prize package that includes not just the album, but a whole bunch of limited edition swag including a custom guitar pedal.

One of you lucky readers will receive:

  • Lenses Alien on four formats: CD, LP, MP3 and FLAC
  • Lenses Alien LP test pressing
  • Lenses Alien limited-edition cassette
  • Limited edition t-shirt
  • Two buttons
  • A unique (only twenty exist!) guitar pedal created by the band. Info & video below.

The smallsound/bigsound Poly-Grace is a mystery fuzz pedal with highly interactive controls that can create a variety of damaged sounds. Easily achievable “tame” fuzz tones give way to unpredictable sonic behaivior with the flick of a switch or the twist of a knob: heavy psych bass fuzz tones, shoegaze textures, volume swells, octave jumping, weird gurgles and buzzsaw sustain…

For the technically-minded, the Poly-Grace is an interesting pedal; it contains a bypass-able transistor fuzz section, a unique IC fuzz section as the heart of the circuit and a push-pull output stage with selectable voltage – making it a mini-amplifier in itself that will power a speaker! Plug it into a 4 or 8 ohm speaker cab for amplification from speaking to shouting volume suitable for studio recording or just playing at home. The circuit reacts slightly differently whether being used as a speaker driver or as a pedal… so experiment!

Pretty cool. All you have to do to enter is (1) be a fan of Stereogum on Facebook, and (2) comment with your favorite Cymbals Eat Guitars song via Facebook Connect (do not use your ‘Gum user account on this post — we’ll have to be able to check if you are a fan of Stereogum on FB when the sweepstakes ends). We’ll pick a winner from the comments posted here, at random. Deadline to enter is 8/29 at 5:30PM EST. Have your comment logged by then, and you’re in.