What defines early classic amplifier tones? Well now it’s the Keeley 1962.
We all know the power of British made black and gold amplifiers. Powerful, crunchy, classic. Now take the incredible tone of a blues breaker and wrap a Keeley Katana circuit around both sides of it and you have the Keeley 1962! Yeah, it’s heavy, cutting, the very definition of classic distortion tones.
Layering gain sounds is one of the most tried and true ways of getting a deep rich tone. A tone that has a smoothness to it, has sustain to it. It let’s you sing! That’s exactly what keeley has done here in this hybrid of circuits. They have taken one of the most popular boosters out there, the Katana, and split it in half. Using both JFETs like valves in a British amp, they create pre-amp and output tube distortion characteristics.
This unit is crafted from precision components and workmanship. Even the surface mount JFET transistors are placed and soldered by hand. A very low noise op-amp was selected for this tone-tool. You’ve come to expect brilliance from Keeley pedals, this one delivers. It sparkles with life and energy, but doesn’t have the noise that takes away from that clarity. This ain’t a tube screamer! But it sure as heck goes well with one! Want a dual overdrive system? Take the Red Dirt and couple it with this monster. Flat out heavy guitar tones and then click on the Red Dirt for that mid-focused saturation…infinite sustain territory. That kind of love comes from the guys and girls at Keeley that make it their life to create fine musical instruments. Keeley engineered effects are tools that you can depend on and make music with.