Quick Hit: Keeley DDR Review

A few of Keeley’s greatest hits reimagined and packed into a supremely useful box.

Recorded using a Schroeder Chopper TL plugged into a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV miked with a Royer R-121 feeding an Apogee Duet going into GarageBand with no EQ-ing, compression, or effects.
Clip 1: Modern reverb and Blues Breaker-style overdrive
Clip 2: Vintage delay
Clip 3: Vintage delay and Tube Screamer-style overdrive


Tons of useful tones. Great spring reverb emulation. Smartly designed effects loop.

No reverb and delay option. Difficult to move modes on the fly.


Keeley Electronics DDR


Ease of Use:



Legendary pedal guru Robert Keeley dropped a few new stomps on us at this past Winter’s NAMM show, and one of the more utilitarian offerings was the DDR—a single, easy-to-use device that offers drive, delay, and reverb. This two-headed pedal combines a wet side with delay or reverb and a distortion side that serves up some of Keeley’s greatest hits. The control setup feels instantly familiar with a standard three-knob array for the dirt, and blend, decay, and time controls for the delay and reverb. (In reverb mode, the time control serves as a tone knob.)

The delay and reverb tones are classic Keeley: warm, spacious, and authentic without drifting into an uncontrollable ambient wash. In reverb mode, a vint/mod switch shifts between a spongy spring or a reflective plate, while in delay mode it selects either tape delay emulation or a pristine digital sound. Those hits pop up again on the dirt side with a more nuanced and useful take on the classic Screamer tone, and a robust version of Blues Breaker-style crunch. The latter has a bit more top-end clarity and some pronounced midrange punch—perfect for medium-gain AC/DC riffs. The Screamer side delivers rich harmonics with a thick low end. Even at a time two-in-one pedals are becoming de rigueur, the DDR stands out in terms of quality, utility, and features.

Test gear: Schroeder Chopper TL, Gibson SG Classic, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV

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Slinky playability. Very nice construction quality. An attractive, celebratory mash-up of Fender style elements.

Neck feels slightly generic.


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