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The White Sands Luxe Drive is in a way a transparent cousin of Keeley's famous Red Dirt Overdrive. The focus shifts to the highs and lows on the White Sands to provide a smooth overdrive that lets your natural guitar tone take center stage. The circuit is designed with a JFET input buffer to prevent signal degradation, and the tone control network keeps the mid range frequency fairly static while tightening the bass response and making the high end sparkle.
The White Sands Circuit uses asymmetrical clipping and by distorting half of the guitar signal more than the other, simulates tubes on the edge of breakup. The mini-toggle switch from Clean to Sandy modes lets you get a little meaner and provides a good amount of gain on top of the signal. The best way to think of this pedal is in Keeley terms: A little Katana Clean Boost, a little Red Dirt Overdrive and a whole lot of fun.