Keeley Monterey Workstation Multi-Effects Pedal

It's Hendrix in a box! Keeley's Monterey Workstation brings together rotary, fuzz, wah and vibe in one pedal, for '60s psychedelic swirl and beyond.
With the Keeley Monterey you take one step back in time and two steps forward. The Monterey is a surrealistic envelope of neo-vintage effects. It combines classic sounds with interpretations to create a modern timbre and audio spectrum for guitarists.

The Keeley Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe has a vintage fuzz, rotary speaker, vibe, harmonic and auto wah, an octave up or octave down, as well an expression control to allow you to create a rich array of sounds.

There are two channels on the Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe, and these can be configured to give you five different sounds.

The right stomp switch activates the fuzz channel. The fuzz channel has been designed to give you a rich, full, classic two-transistor fuzz sound that is accurate yet has a touch of smoothness added. It is very responsive and dynamic. It plays well in any position on a Strat or Les Paul style guitar. At the heart of the fuzz are vintage Fairchild Semiconductor transistors. These moderate gain transistors offer the perfect fuzz tone and do not have the temperamental temperature related problems that germanium devices exhibit, while still giving you incredible tone.

The modulation channel is where the fun really starts. The Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe offers an Octave effect with both the Vibe and Wah sounds. With those two sounds you can either have Octave Up, Octave Down, or No Octave.

In the Center Position of the Octave Control you have NO octave up or down. If you turn the Octave Control up (or clockwise), read more you have an increasing octave up sound. As you turn the Octave Control down, you have an increasing amount of octave down sound added. Again, if you do not want an octave effect added, simply set the Octave Control to the center position.

The Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe features a very rich and deep vibe sound. The "Kool Vibe" setting is perfect for getting complex phaser-like sounds. It combines phasing and tremolo at key frequencies to give you incredible depth and rhythm. Not only does it match the frequency response of a vibe, it simulates the unique pulsing of a photo-cell based effect. You can add the Octave to the "Kool Vibe" for an amazing doubling effect or for an incredibly deep synth bass type sound.

The "Les Rotary" sound in the Monterey Fuzz Vibe is both very accurate sounding. Like the original cabinet, this simulation joins both the lower drum and the upper horn into a rich, dimensional effect that generates an unmistakable chorus and tremolo soundscape. Not only is the cabinet itself simulated with very short reverberated reflections that offer a doubling effect, the Doppler Effect provides a soothing chorused sound that is clean and ethereal. The Octave Control in the Rotary cabinet simulation controls the volume of the horn or tweeter sounds. It does not produce an octave effect here. This allows you to get a very chorus-like effect with ample high-end detail when simulating a "Les Rotary" style cabinet. Set the Rate OFF for no rotation, turn the Fuzz on, and the Depth and Octave controls give you a wonderful speaker cabinet simulation. It's fuzz with tonal control like you've never had before! Perfect for matching any size of power amp with the pedal's fuzz to give you anything from dark overdrive to hard, edgy, squared fuzz!

The "Harmonic Wah" section combines several more sounds from Keeley in the Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe. It is a fixed or cocked wah sound, an auto wah, a harmonic/tremolo wah, and even a regular foot-controlled wah when you add an expression pedal. With the Depth Control turned all of the way down/off you are in the Wah Mode. The Wah Mode gives you control over the frequency you boost by adjusting the Rate Control. If you have an expression pedal connected, it becomes a regular Wah Pedal. Turn the Depth control up a slight amount and the Monterey becomes an Auto Wah. In the Auto Wah mode, your pick attack and strength creates an envelope filter sound. After the noon/center position on the Depth Control, you have the Harmonic Wah. It is like the harmonic tremolo on a brown face amp, but the frequencies are centered around a wah pedal instead. It's ideal for players who like the rhythmic back-and-forth rocking sound of a wah pedal.

Features

- Dual Effect Pedal
- One Side, an all analog NOS Silicon Fuzz
- The other side, a multi effects unit with Wah, Octave, Rotary, and Vibrato
- Use an expression pedal (not included) for a full wah pedal.
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- Dimensions: 4.74" x 3.88"
- Power: Runs off of a 9VDC center negative power supply (75mA+)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): KEE WSMONTEREY
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 405-341-2025
Web: https://robertkeeley.com/contact
(1 ratings)
Submitted August 1, 2016 by Dennis M in Elkins, WV
"Beautiful vintage tone with a modern twist"
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The pedal arrived in a nice black, velvet bag. The appearance is beautiful. The real beauty of it, is when you plug it in! The fuzz, is dripping with vintage feel, that's rich with harmonics. Even the highest setting on the fuzz is useable, which is really nice. The rotary speaker setting is one of the best I've ever heard, and being able to set the volume of the horn, and bass makes it super realistic. The vibe is just as gorgeous as the rotary speaker. I can't say enough about it. The wah is beautiful The auto wah setting tracks perfectly, and with an expression pedal, it's as good as it gets. The cool, modern twist, is the octave up/down. It works flawlessly, and adds rich, dimension to your tone. The size of the pedal is surprising, for all that's in there. Very pedalboard friendly! Don't hesitate to invest in this pedal.
Musical Background:
Semi retired, professional musician. I've been playing guitar for more than 40 years.
Musical Style:
I've played a little bit of everything at one time or another.
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