- Keeley Baby Red Dirt – Mini Pedal
- 4 Drive Modes – Tube Screaming Heaven!
Keeley Red Dirt Mini Pedal
In a time long ago, 2001 to be exact, Keeley’s mods for the TS9 Tube
Screamer became pretty legendary. They set the standard for a complete
set of changes, a dozen in fact, that took any screamer to the next
level. Those mods included an increased bass response, a fine-tuned
tone control, greater cleans when turned down, and much higher gain when
needed. The Keeley Mod Plus was born.
In fact the mod was crafted so well that it didn’t change one bit in
nearly 14 years. The circuit and mods have been on some incredible
stages, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Brad Paisley, John Petrucci, heck who
hasn’t toured with a Keeley TS Mod in the 2000’s?!?!
The Red Dirt came out in 2012 and is currently on tour with John
Petrucci and Devin Townsend to name just a few. It is essentially all
of the Keeley mods wrapped into one pedal. It also features one really
important addition, the JFET input buffer. A mod that couldn’t be done
to the old screamers is a JFET input buffer change. Now the Red Dirt
and Red Dirt Mini are more open and dynamic… and let your pickups
breathe in a way that you’ve not heard.
The four modes of operation are completely new for the Red Dirt Mini.
The pedal’s base-line tone is configured by taking the bottom plate
off and adjusting the DIP switches. These switches allow you to change
the clipping diodes which give you either a more compressed sound, or
give you a more open tube-amp like sound and variations in between. The
different overdrive styles are: Distortion, Overdrive, Crunch, and Amp.
Going from the high gain Distortion Mode where you have 2 to 3 times
screamer gain, they give you progressively cleaner, more open and bolder
sounds. The Red Dirt Mini is huge on tone and flexibility.
Red Dirt Mini Size and Power
Huge tone and small size in the Red Dirt Mini. It’s the working
man’s overdrive in a small package, just 1.5′ x 3.6′ Needs only a 9
volt negative-tip power supply and 7.5mA of current.