Keeley turns to the Dark Side for Pink Floyd-inspired multi-effects pedal

David Gilmour is a guitar icon, not just for his playing, but also his immense, pedal-loaded tone - something Keeley has sought to capture in its new Dark Side Workstation multi-effects pedal.

The Dark Side pairs an analogue fuzz with a 24-bit DSP engine, which handles delay, rotary, uni-vibe, phase and flange tones.

While the fuzz promises more transparent 1977 Big Muff-style sounds, the delay section offers 12 syncopated multi-head echoes with various filter settings, as well as expression pedal control.

Modulation, meanwhile, offers the ability to blend the pedal's flanger and rotary, and uni-vibe and phaser effects, all of which are voiced to Floydian sonic specs.

What's more, you can insert effects between the fuzz and modulation/delay section via a TRS jack, too.

My oh my. We like the sounds of this very much indeed.The Dark Side is available from 9 September from Keeley Electronics for $299.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 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.