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KEELEY ELECTRONICS

Keeley Effects

With over 30 models to choose from, Keeley’s line of handcrafted and innovative effects covers a full range of sounds for professional and enthusiast musicians of every kind. Industry standard compression, expressive analog drive and fuzz, mind bending, lush modulation or expansive delay and reverb, all of Keeley’s effects have the finely tuned, soulful sound quality that you can only get from over 15 years of obsessive dedication to tone. Beyond that one of the industry’s most serious lifetime warranties ensures there will never be a time your Keeley pedal won’t be ready to perform.


Street Price: $99 – $299


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Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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