If you've been poking around the pedal market you're bound to come across 1 or 30 copies of the mythical Klon Centaur Pedal. While it's great that pedal companies are trying their best to give you that sound without the vintage price tag, only Robert Keeley set out to create a circuit that could best it. The Keeley Oxblood is the result, and it is a jack of all trades overdrive pedal. With only three knobs and a couple toggles you can navigate the full spectrum of creamy midrange overdrive from a tight clean boost to crushing fuzz-like distortion.
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The Keeley Oxblood is like most Keeley pedals: the perfect size, tastefully decorated, and a ton of fun. The Oxblood was a combined effort by Robert Keeley, Craighton Hale and Jack Orman to perfect the sultry midrange overdrive voice sought by so many and make it more versatile than ever. There are three controls on the Oxblood: Volume, Tone and Drive. Volume is self explanatory but in this circuit the voltage doubling produces a ton of headroom, not just ear piercing output. The Tone control is very responsive and acts almost like a treble dial for shaving the ice off your sound or adding in the right amount of singing sustain. The Drive knob controls how much saturation you have in your tone and it produces the full spectrum from clean sparkle all the way to border-line fuzz.
There are two toggle switches that provide even more tone shaping opportunities:
The Phat Switch drops out the bass response and bumps the throaty midrange voice to a second level of cutting harmonics. This voice is somewhere between a TS and a Klon, where the punch is less brass knuckle and edgy. This also produces absolutely stunning amounts of sustain.
The Clipping Switch is essentially a gain boost. Push the sustain of your notes or just make some more thunder for your lightning. It's a noticeable bump that doesn't color the tone much but will give your amp a real kick.
In our opinion the Oxblood totally succeeds in giving you a midrange voice that cuts like butter, with many ways of making it your own. There really are no limits to this pedal in terms of genre and it's guaranteed to a turn heads and ears.This is a brand new product, and we are an authorized Keeley Electronics dealer and keep a good stock of product on hand at all times. Please feel free to browse our listings, or contact us about other Keeley products.