Keeley D&m Drive and Boost

Keeley gives for­mer Gui­tarist edi­tor and the man be­hind TheGigRig their joint dream pedal

Guitarist - - Contents - Words Trevor Cur­wen Pho­tog­ra­phy Neil God­win

Many of you will be fa­mil­iar with That Pedal Show on YouTube in which for­mer Gui­tarist edi­tor Mick Tay­lor and TheGigRig’s Daniel Stein­hardt play through a bunch of stomp­boxes and wax lyri­cal about them. Now the duo have their own sig­na­ture pedal with Keeley Elec­tron­ics, a dual-for­mat de­sign fea­tur­ing over­drive and boost sec­tions that can be used in­di­vid­u­ally or stacked – with the op­tion of putting the boost be­fore or af­ter the drive. Ex­tra flex­i­bil­ity comes from in­put and out­put jacks that will take TRS ca­bles to al­low the two cir­cuits to be split, so each can be used in a dif­fer­ent loop of a switch­ing sys­tem, ef­fec­tively hav­ing two stand­alone ped­als.

sounds

Mick’s con­tri­bu­tion is the Boost sec­tion, and as he likes his Tube Scream­ers and Klons, there’s more than a hint of that in how this gets more out of your amp. For starters, there’s em­pha­sised midrange with a fris­son of fre­quen­cies that add more au­thor­ity to the sound of sin­gle coils, sound­ing great on our Strat and with P-90s. There’s plenty of head­room here to push your amp and you can dial a lit­tle low-level over­drive with the Gain knob. It’s an ex­cel­lent re­source for en­hanc­ing a clean amp, but can also give a kick to an al­ready-driven amp.

The Drive sec­tion was spec­i­fied by Daniel to of­fer a bit more drive than his favourite Ana­log Man King Of Tone. It can go from low-level gritty raunch to the throaty sound of a full-on driven amp with all of the sus­tain and rich har­mon­ics that en­tails. There’s plenty of pres­ence in the sound and the Tone knobs fo­cus that top-end to suit your rig. Stack­ing the two sec­tions to­gether of­fers more op­por­tu­nity – both rout­ing op­tions have their rel­a­tive mer­its, but we re­ally like the way that the Boost be­fore the Drive ups the sat­u­ra­tion quota.

ver­dict

With func­tion­al­ity and sound con­jured up by a pair whose col­lec­tive knowl­edge about how ped­als work in front of an amp is com­pre­hen­sive to say the least, the D&M Drive has turned out to be a real gem among dual over­drive ped­als, each side be­ing suf­fi­ciently in­di­vid­ual to give you quite dif­fer­ent tonal op­tions, while com­ple­ment­ing the other per­fectly. Stick one of these be­tween your gui­tar and amp and you won’t be dis­ap­pointed. Pros Two drive cir­cuits in one chas­sis; stack­ing ver­sa­til­ity; func­tions as two ped­als (with a switcher) cons Po­si­tion of nine-volt power in­put could make the use of some types of con­nec­tors awk­ward

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