The Keeley Katana Clean Boost is one of Keeley's oldest designs, trusted by pros and tone freaks alike. The Katana uses a dual Class-A JFET circuit to make the absolute most of your guitar signal while offering you enough power for pristine overdrive. Just like the Red Dirt Mini, the Katana Mini features internal dip switches that give you a 4 modes of operation.
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Clean boost pedals are a sore subject for many because for such a simple concept, they vary wildly. Keeley knows a thing or two about a clean boost circuit as it's another one of his landmark designs that remains almost unchanged. The Katana uses two JFETs (Junction Field-Effect Transistors) in series to give you the most transparent boost possible. Your tone keeps its integrity no matter how you use it so this can be anything from an "always-on" pedal or a transparent overdrive.
The real secret to the Katana is its charge pump. This doubles the operating voltage inside the circuit to a whopping 18 volts, which is part of the reason the thing can put out 35dB. This is true for the regular sized Katana and the Mini, but this version features two internal dip switches that give you a total of 4 operating modes. There is a high gain switch to give you real overdrive power, and a treble cut switch to take the harsh edge off of single coil pickups and super hot humbuckers. If you engage both switches you'll get the ultimate version of the Katana: The lows are fat and rich, the mids are held up with just the right amount of muscle and the high end is clean and smooth, all while giving you enough output to blow the house down.
There's a reason the Katana has been a pedalboard favorite for over a decade, and it's not uncommon to see multiple minis on the same board. Great things comes in mini packages; pick up a Katana today.
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