I don't see it on Brian's website - can you add a link?
EDIT: Never mind. It's not accessible under "Shop," you have to click on "More" and then "Accessories/Parts":
I don't see a price, though.
Looks to be a clean boost. There's actually quite a bit of info. posted on it on Brian's site:
The Thick Air pedal consists of two simple Jfet transistor pre-amplifiers using limited supply/NOS
components, each with individual gain control and a foot-switch for each. Either pre-amp can be used
individually, or in combination.
Stage One – on the left (designated by the ridiculously obscure 'o' above the left LED) straight forward
single transistor preamp with gain control
Stage Two – on the right (also designated by an equally obscure 'oo' above the right LED ;o) same
basic pre-amp as Stage One, but with additional filtering as the Gain is adjusted, and the Air switch
which is essentially a subtle 'bright' switch.
When both Stages are on, Stage One is the initial stage, feeding into Stage Two. When both stages are
engaged, the gain is substantially higher than either one individually.
It's best if you try to put all your preconcived/habitual guitar volume and tone settings aside and
imagine this being the first time you tried it. Your guitar's volume and tone controls will behave
differently using the Thick Air pedal.
Here is a simple template for initial introduction/experimentation: (I do this as a check on every pedal
before it goes out the door) You should spend at least an hour or two with just your guitar, the pedal
and your amp, to start to get familiar with how the TA interacts with your setup. Note: The numbers
used to indicate settings on the dial, will change a bit depending on what gain levels are used in the
specific pedal... experimentation is the key.
Using only your guitar, the Thick Air pedal, and your amp/reverb: Set your amp volume so
that it's comfortable with the pedal off, and the guitar volume about 7. Set your guitar
tone in the middle somewhere. Play a bit and adjust tone and what not so that it's
sounding good with just the guitar. And now leave the tone controls completely alone for
the rest of the this bit.
Have both stages of the pedal at 0, or 7:00, with the Air switch to the right, 'More' position
(it only effects the signal from the second stage). Turn on the First Stage 'o' with the
footswitch. It will probably only bump the volume a tiny bit, but you should hear a
difference in the tone immediately. Start playing around different registers on the guitar,
different pup settings etc, as you occasionally bump the gain on the first stage small
amounts. The gain adjustments are a reverse log taper, so the first half of the dial doesn't
add much gain, but this first half of the dial alters the feel and tone in many different ways
(individually, but more so when both stages are engaged at the same time).
Now start changing the gain in 30 minute bits, ie 7:00 to 7:30; so turn it up to 7:30, you
will notice that it doesn't get much louder, but it's making noticeable tonal/response
changes. Keep doing that, check out how different settings sound in different registers,
different picking styles, etc...
When you get to 12:00 noon on the dial, it will start to be more gain responsive, and from
about 1:00 or 2:00 depending on your touch, it starts to leave the Jerry zone, and enter
the blues/rock zone. (Just a note: as you get into the higher settings, lighten your picking
touch, and you will be in a place where picking/attack/style/intensity controls the amount
of breakup you achieve, from clean to dirty) Anyway, go all the way up to 5:00, while
steadily decreasing your guitar volume to compensate.
Turn that first stage off and repeat the same thing with the second stage. You'll notice
that the tone/character of the second stage is different than the first.
After going all the way to 5:00, put both stages back to 8:00, and turn both on. Now just
try going in approximately 1 hour changes. Stage 1 at 9:00, stage 2 at 8:00; switch to S1
@ 9:00, S2 @ 10:00, then S1 @ 10:00, S2 @ 9:00 and so on, back and forth in different
ratios....To the end of both dials.
At this point you'll know there is a lot of new territory to explore tonally. Once you start altering your
guitar's tone, you'll note that you've got a whole new area to check out. The Thick Air pedal is very
interactive. It responds well to different pick attacks, fingering, and loves fretting hand/fingering that is
active, using vibrato, bends, nudges... try setting both gains around noon, both on, hit a 12th fret g,
holding it steady... it decays like a regular note... now hit the note, and bend it very slightly, you'll hear
it start to grow, and as you mess with it, you can get the note to bloom, just by goosing it with your
It is necessary to use a high quality, switching type, 9 volt power supply with the Thick Air
pedal (the type most quality suppliers currently use.)
Using sub-standard power supplies will result in a lot of noise, squealing, and the pedal may not work at all.