Keeley Electronics

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Keeley Electronics is an American manufacturer of effect units for electric guitars. The company, founded by Robert Keeley and operating from Edmond, Oklahoma,[1] also sells modifications for effects by Boss and Ibanez.

History[edit]

Keeley Compressor

After graduating in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Robert Keeley started his company from his home in Oklahoma City in 2001. He initially hoped to build guitar amplifiers (he tweaked his father's Peavey Deuce[2]), but found the market "highly saturated and becoming more so every day".[3] Instead, while teaching at a small technical college and employing "some of his best students",[2] he rebuilt and modified old effects units, starting with a Ross compressor. The industry for makers of hand-built effects at the time had few major players (Keeley named Mike Piera of Analog Man and Mike Fuller from Fulltone as his only competitors), and his business soon took off, aided by a reputation for quality and customers such as Brad Paisley. Rebuilt versions of the Ibanez TS9 were used by Peter Frampton, Jon Herington and Ike Willis; Keeley said he got his ideas for improving and tweaking existing effect pedals by reading commentary on various forums for guitar players. Since then, he develops his own pedals, starting with a boost pedal; his most popular effect is a compressor (first built in 2001), selling more than 27,000 copies.[3]

According to Guitar World, Keeley Electronics has grown into "one of the world’s top sellers of guitar effects pedals".[4] Keeley claims that part of his success is due to carefully selecting electronic components with low tolerance.[2][3] They opened up a second factory, where they make flight cases and guitar pickups; in 2009, the company briefly moved production of effect pedals there after a fire in the first factory.[4][5]

Keeley still builds custom-ordered and modified effects; assignments include tweaking an MXR Phase 90 for Donald Fagen[3] and building a combined distortion/blues driver/wah for Neil Zaza.[6]

Notable products[edit]

Keeley pedals at NAMM 2014:
FTW-109 (Fuzz), Seafoam+ VibratoIChorus, Phaser (6 stage), Bassist Compressor, Compressor Pro, Luna II Overdrive, Red Dirt Overdrive, 4 Knob Compressor

Modifications[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Keeley Electronics Factory Fire". Premier Guitar. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Salter, Trent (October 2004). "Interview with Robert Keeley". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tucker, Lindsay (November 2011). "Builder Profile: Keeley Electronics' Robert Keeley". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "The Keeley Electronics Factory Fire: Damage Photos". Guitar World. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Keeley Electronics Survives Fire". Premier Guitar. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Artist Profile - Neil Zaza". Premier Guitar. March 2006. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Kirkland, Eric (7 February 2008). "Keeley Electronics Katana Clean Boost pedal". Guitar World. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Buzz Barrage". Guitar Player. February 2012. pp. 100–112. 
  9. ^ Riario, Paul (27 December 2011). "Guitar World Staff Picks: Paul Riario's Top 10 Effect Pedals of 2011". Guitar World. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Keeley Phaser Pedal Review". Premier Guitar. July 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Jordan, Oscar (March 2009). "Keeley Electronics Mello Wah Mod Review". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 

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