- Rotary, Vibe, Harmonic Wah
- Thick Vintage Fuzz, Octave Up/Down
The Axis For A Bold New Tone
With the Keeley Monterey Workstation you take one step back in time
and two steps forward. The Monterey is a surrealistic envelope of
neo-vintage effects. It combines classic sounds with new
interpretations to create a modern timbre and audio spectrum for
The Keeley Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe has a vintage fuzz, rotary
speaker, vibe, harmonic and auto wah, an octave up or octave down, as
well an expression control to allow you to create a rich array of new
and newer sounds.
There are two channels on the Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe, and these can be configured to give you five different sounds.
The right stomp switch activates the fuzz channel. The fuzz channel
has been designed to give you a rich, full, classic two-transistor fuzz
sound that is accurate yet has a touch of smoothness added. It is very
responsive and dynamic. It plays well in any position on a Strat or Les
Paul style guitar. At the heart of the fuzz are vintage Fairchild
Semiconductor transistors. These moderate gain transistors offer the
perfect fuzz tone and do not have the temperamental temperature related
problems that germanium devices exhibit, while still giving you
The modulation channel is where the fun really starts. The Monterey
Rotary Fuzz Vibe offers an Octave effect with both the Vibe and Wah
sounds. With those two sounds you can either have Octave Up, Octave
Down, or No Octave.
In the Center Position of the Octave Control you have NO octave up or
down. If you turn the Octave Control up (or clockwise), you have an
increasing octave up sound. As you turn the Octave Control down, you
have an increasing amount of octave down sound added. Again, if you do
not want an octave effect added, simply set the Octave Control to the
The Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe features a very rich and deep vibe
sound. The “Kool Vibe” setting is perfect for getting complex
phaser-like sounds. It combines phasing and tremolo at key frequencies
to give you incredible depth and rhythm. Not only does it match the
frequency response of a vibe, it simulates the unique pulsing of a
photo-cell based effect. You can add the Octave to the “Kool Vibe” for
an amazing doubling effect or for an incredibly deep synth bass type
The “Les Rotary” sound in the Monterey Fuzz Vibe is both very
accurate and surprisingly new sounding. Like the original cabinet, this
simulation joins both the lower drum and the upper horn into a rich,
dimensional effect that generates an unmistakable chorus and tremolo
soundscape. Not only is the cabinet itself simulated with very short
reverberated reflections that offer a doubling effect, the Doppler
Effect provides a soothing chorused sound that is clean and ethereal.
The Octave Control in the Rotary cabinet simulation controls the volume
of the horn or tweeter sounds. It does not produce an octave effect
here. This allows you to get a very chorus-like effect with
ample high-end detail when simulating a “Les Rotary” style cabinet. Set
the Rate OFF for no rotation, turn the Fuzz on, and the Depth and
Octave controls give you a wonderful speaker cabinet simulation. It’s
fuzz with tonal control like you’ve never had before! Perfect for
matching any size of power amp with the pedal’s fuzz to give you
anything from dark overdrive to hard, edgy, squared fuzz!
The “Harmonic Wah” section combines several more new sounds from Keeley
in the Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe. It is a fixed or cocked wah sound, an
auto wah, a harmonic/tremolo wah, and even a regular foot-controlled
wah when you add an expression pedal. With the Depth Control turned all
of the way down/off you are in the Wah Mode. The Wah Mode gives you
control over the frequency you boost by adjusting the Rate Control. If
you have an expression pedal connected, it becomes a regular Wah Pedal.
Turn the Depth control up a slight amount and the Monterey becomes an
Auto Wah. In the Auto Wah mode, your pick attack and strength creates
an envelope filter sound. After the noon/center position on the Depth
Control, you have the new Harmonic Wah. It is like the harmonic tremolo
on a brown face amp, but the frequencies are centered around a wah
pedal instead. It’s ideal for players who like the
rhythmic back-and-forth rocking sound of a wah pedal.
Add any expression pedal controller to the EXP input on the back and you
have control over the Rate of the “Les Rotary” and “Kool Vibe”
settings. In the “Harmonic Wah” setting, it controls the frequencies.
Want more sounds? Well OK, turn the unit over and take the bottom off.
There is a tiny DIP Switch that allows you to change the order of the
Fuzz and Modulation effects! Yes, you can get some crazy noise by
putting fuzz after modulation effects, but it works! And works well at
giving you insane tones that are thick and full. Let your ears gaze at
the strangeness. Alien amplitudes of gain and fuzz. Endlessly
The Monterey does not come with an expression pedal, as many players
already have one they can use. We do offer the M-Audio expression
pedal. It works well and is very reasonable. The Monterey is not
battery powered. You will need a standard 9V 100mA supply, negative
The Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe comes in 12 different graphic designs.
Just like music which can be surprisingly rewarding, you’ll be
surprised with a design. We will not be able to select a specific
pattern that you may want. It is wonderfully random. They are hand
made with the intention of becoming your new favorite instrument.