Keeley Mini Katana review

  • £89
  • €145
  • $119

JFET-loaded boost pedal

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Our Verdict

A practical 'more' pedal that you can slip into your signal chain.

For

  • Hi-gain and hi-cut switch offer lots of tonal shaping options. Solid build.

Against

  • Quite expensive for a mini pedal.
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The Mini Katana puts Keeley's dual-class A JFET-equipped Katana clean boost into a mini pedal, while adding a pair of internal DIP switches that can be combined for a choice of four sounds.

"The hi-gain switch adds an extra 10dB, which effectively turns the Katana into an overdrive pedal"

With neither switch engaged, the Katana adds a pleasing hint of extra treble and ran from a unity gain point at about 10 o'clock through to boost levels that took our small Fender amp from clean to full-on raunch, albeit with an inevitable increase in hiss.

The hi-gain switch adds an extra 10dB, which effectively turns the Katana into an overdrive pedal, while a hi-cut switch takes a carefully wielded scalpel to treble frequencies for a more transparent boost, which could be useful if you want to take the edge off bright single coils.

An excellent tone-conditioning boost to take your amp or pedal up a notch.

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Tech Specs

Country of OriginUSA
Dimensions42 x 50 x 92
FeaturesTrue-bypass, 4 modes of operation