Keeley C4 Compressor
Voted 2004 Guitar Player Magazine's Editor's Pick Award.
Keeley's most popular pedal, the Keeley compressor has become an industry standard for stomp box compression. The sound will inspire, and... read more
Voted 2004 Guitar Player Magazine's Editor's Pick Award.
Keeley's most popular pedal, the Keeley compressor has become an industry standard for stomp box compression. The sound will inspire, and your music will flow freely-just plug the compressor pedal in and let your head, heart, and fingers fly. The sound quality of the Keeley compressor is rarely heard in the stompbox arena and is only seen in very expensive rackmount or tube equipment.
It is a true audiophile and studio-grade compressor, with exotic rackmount-quality in a stomp box. The Keeley compressor pedal ships with the 9V DC jack at the top end of the guitar pedal and use the same type of power supply used by nearly all guitar effect manufacturers.
Internal Attack Control
The compressor pedal has an Internal Attack control, designed for bass players with high-output active pickups or active pedal boards with buffers.
The Keeley compressor pedal also has an Input Sensitivity Control, meaning you can use this in your studio to run keyboards, drum machines, drum mics, even master recordings and other line-level uses. You'll raise your signal to a new level of sonic awesomeness.
True bypass switching circuit
True bypass means that when the effect is off your guitar tone will not be affected at all. The true bypass circuit makes sure you have absolutely no tone loss or signal reduction through the compressor pedal in the off/bypass mode.
Triple-pole double-throw switch
This switch makes sure you have absolutely no tone loss or signal reduction through the Keeley 4-knob compressor even in the off mode. Other compressors use a cheap switch and design that runs down your signal even when off or if the battery goes weak.
The Sustain Control
The 9 O'clock position should be barely noticeable. It will just take out really loud sudden peaks, this is great for protecting your speakers and the like. The 12 O'clock position provides the right presence for using the Keeley compressor pedal continuously while performing. The 3 O'clock position is great for solos. It really adds some cool effects to your playing dynamics. Only when really cranked do you get the pluck sound of your pick emphasized.
The Keeley compressor effect has nothing but tone-tested components and has true bypass switching. Effect switching incorporates a triple pole-double throw switch. You will have clean unaffected sound when in the bypass mode, with an LED for effect indication. Metal film resistors and capacitors ensure the cleanest compressor on the market. Hand matched transistors to less than 1% tolerance ensure you get a perfectly compressed signal, no chance for unwanted distortions. For those wanting a better tone than that of Trey Anastasio from Phish or David Gilmore of Pink Floyd or the Edge of U2 this is it.
The DC jack is the standard type fitting just about every power supply out there. The Voodoo Labs Pedal Power, MXR DC Brick, Boss, Ibanez, etc. power supplies work perfectly with the compressor
Keeley's compressors are completely hand built and tested to ensure that there are no failures. The guitar pedal is "semi-abused" to make sure there is nothing but bliss when you install your new compressor. Since each compressor pedal is hand made there might be small differences as improvements are made. Every attempt is made to make sure your Keeley pedal looks perfect and sounds better than you imagined.
- Internal attack control
- Sensitivity control
- Tone-tested components
- True bypass switching circuit
- Triple-pole double-throw switch
- The sustain control
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Versatile compressor but not built like a tank (Updated on 13/11/17)
Primarily used with my active bass guitar. Love the transparency of this pedal. Versatile adjustments for fingerstyle and slap/pop. But the controls aren't intuitive. Finally got it to work after reading the user manual.
Revising this review to comment on the pedal's electronics build. I was disappointed to find this pedal suddenly dead in my rig. What happened was that the screws on the input/output jack was lose. After tightening the screws, the jack moved and i suspect the soldering joint got disconnected. My 2007 unit was having scratchy pots. You can take this review as a pinch of salt since mine is an old unit. Not sure whether improvements has been made to construction.
First and Only Compressor
Needed a compressor, so I got the nicest one I could find. I don't use much compression, but when I do- this gets the job done well. With 4 knobs, it's not as simple as others on the market. Had to do a bit of experimenting before I could find what I liked.
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Why didn't I get this sooner
This is my most recent pedal buy but Keeley made a great pedal here. It provides clear sustain that doesn't get in the way. I have it on all the time as a constant on my board now and it really gives my sound that freshly recorded clarity you would hear on your favorite tracks. GO GET THIS PEDAL
Another great pedal...
I have been with Bob Keeley since he was just selling mods on Ebay. They take good care of me there. I only got this pedal because my gear was stolen outside of a show near Jacksonville, FL last year and my original 2 knob was taken. I'm still heartbroken over it
Anyway...I am a slide player, and for the way I use a compressor, this is simply the best one on the market.