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Offline SavingAtlantis

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Anyone try any of the Keeley pedals??
« on: December 27, 2007, 08:51:12 pm »
Anyone here try any of the Robert Keeley modded pedals?? I've been looking into getting a DS-1 modded by him but I have no idea how it sounds. Steve Vai uses/used one but I'm not too sure how it'll sound in my rig and what to expect from it.

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Re: Anyone try any of the Keeley pedals??
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008, 06:11:55 pm »
I have an old "Seeing Eye" modded DS-1.  It sounds pretty much like a JCM 800 in a box.  Has more warmth than the stock versions also. Definately worth investing in.
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Re: Anyone try any of the Keeley pedals??
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008, 11:54:34 am »
You can find the mod online for you to do it yourself. Robert Keeley posted it online somewhere to share but you could probably find it at diystompboxes.com or something like that.
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Re: Anyone try any of the Keeley pedals??
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2008, 06:42:32 pm »
How much money you looking to spend?? You can do the seeing eye mod yourself. From what I understand, the biggest change is changing the clipping diodes to LEDs or something like that. Shouldn't be too hard if you're handy with a soldering iron.

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Re: Anyone try any of the Keeley pedals??
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2008, 09:53:07 am »
Depends on your amp and how you want to use it.

I personally use it as a lead boost from Crunch to lead.
I have an old first Gen Dual Rectifier 2-channel.  I don't use much gain on my Rhythm sound so to boost the gain durring solo's I use the Keeley DS-1.  Vai and Satch do the same thing.   Its very smooth sounding, not harsh.   

If you want to use it as a straight distortion pedal, I don't know how it would sound.

Hope this helps

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Re: Anyone try any of the Keeley pedals??
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2008, 10:25:51 pm »
Ahhhh I see.. I always knew you'd want to use the DS-1 (or TS-9) as a booster pedal.. but I never thought about running the rhythm channel with lower gain and using the booster to boost the gain. Always thought it was used to give you that over the top gain for lead tones..

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Re: Anyone try any of the Keeley pedals??
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2008, 09:04:39 am »
Just ordered a Keeley TS9DX Flexi 4X2 pedal, now it's all about waiting...

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Re: Anyone try any of the Keeley pedals??
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2008, 10:00:14 pm »
When you get it can you let me know how's the TS9DX Flexi 4x2 different from the DS-1 that Keeley sells? That and is it able to sound like a normal TS-9?

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Re: Anyone try any of the Keeley pedals??
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2008, 08:42:58 am »
When you get it can you let me know how's the TS9DX Flexi 4x2 different from the DS-1 that Keeley sells? That and is it able to sound like a normal TS-9?

Sorry, but I don't have the modded DS-1 myself...

However, I can try mine side by side with a stock TS9 and/or TS9DX if you want...