Thursday, May 8, 2008

Keeley DS-1 Ultra mod

Ask any guitar player who’s been in the game for more than a couple days his advice on a good starter level distortion box and inevitably the conversation will eventually make its way to the BOSS DS-1. And why not? The DS-1 is a classic box. It’s been around forever and over the years has become the standard by which low price point distortion pedals are measured. I mean, let’s face it, the list of pedals that, for the price and quality can hang with the DS-1 is short... very short.
Now, enter Mr. Robert Keeley and Keeley Electronics, purveyors of
legendary mods such as the “Baked Mod”, the “Seeing Eye Mod” , the “Ultra Mod” and many more. Keeley came up with a way to make good better. He was one of the early pedal modders that really made a name for himself. Tubescreamers, Analog delays, various overdrives and of course the DS-1 helped make the name Keeley synonamous with tone. The company is of course bigger and better than ever; shipping to-die-for-tone to the ends of the earth.
As I mentioned before, the pedal that first caught my eye was the “DS-1 Ultra”. The Ultra Mod refers to a series of component changes that up the quality of and already great pedal by leaps and bounds. Metal film and poly capacitors are used in coupling sections to provide the true mid-range and high end frequency transparency your guitar tone needs while increasing the bass response of the pedal. on the Keeley DS-1, the Ultra Mod is enabled when the mode switch is down. The Seeing Eye Mod involves the use of an LED that is a part of a circuit that basically clips your signal and gives it a full, balanced distortion- all the beauty, none of the fuss. The light is essentially a dynamic monitor- the harder you play the brighter it gets. When the mode switch is up, the Seeing Eye Mod is engaged.
I’m a massive Keeley fan and I can’t wait to see what goodies they have cooked up for us at NAMM. Do yourself a favor and check these guys out- NOW! There is more and more great stuff coming out of the Keeley camp everyday. The DS-1 Ultra mod is just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to the Keeley universe.


DS-1 Ultra

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