Keeley Red Dirt Mini review

  • £125
  • $199

Modded mini Tube Screamer-style pedal

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Our Verdict

Robert Keeley designs a better mousetrap that's red not green.


  • Practical tonal options. Tasty, natural overdrive.


  • Mini tone/level knobs could be hard to see.
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Robert Keeley has been modifying Tube Screamers since 2001, and has seen Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, among others, use his modded pedals.

"It's a classy take on a TS-style overdrive with practical added options"

His own Red Dirt put all of those mods into a single pedal and added a JFET input buffer for a more dynamic sound, and now it's available in mini-pedal format.

With a large knob for drive and smaller ones for tone and level, it follows the standard TS configuration.

Tucked away under its four-screw baseplate, however, are two DIP switches that allow you to change the clipping diodes for four different modes - distortion, overdrive, crunch and amp - each cleaner than the next and all delivered with great string clarity. It's a classy take on a TS-style overdrive with practical added options.

A tasty overdrive that naturally complements your sound, with versatility galore inside.

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Tech Specs

Battery/Adaptor TypeNine-volt mains adaptor
Country of OriginUSA
FeaturesTrue-bypass, 4 modes of operation
Dimensions42 x 48 x 92