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Keeley Electronics combines modulation, octave and fuzz with Monterey guitar multi-effects pedal

Keeley's Workstation line of multi-effects pedals has us intrigued - so much so that we featured several in our round-up of NAMM 2016's best effects pedals - and the Monterey is the latest to join the range.

Offering three types of modulation (rotary, uni-vibe and harmonic wah), as well as octave up/down and fuzz, the Monterey shoots for Hendrixian blues and rock tones, as you can hear in the vibe-y demo video above.

Rate, depth and volume control the modulation effects - adjustable via an external expression pedal - while the fuzz side uses vintage 1960s Fairchild transistors for a wide range of smooth fuzz textures. You can switch the order of the effects internally, too.

The Monterey is handmade, true bypass and available now for $299.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is editor-in-chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He's spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, and a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.