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Keeley Katana Pre Amp Guitar Effect Pedal 

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The Katana guitar pedal by Robert Keeley is a fat, harmonically rich boost. It operates in pure clean and high gain modes. With the speedo knob pushe...Click To Read More About This Product

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For those who like their tone and just want more of it.

The Katana guitar pedal by Robert Keeley is a fat, harmonically rich boost. It operates in pure clean and high gain modes. With the speedo knob pushed in, it's a volume control that goes to 20. With the knob out, it's a cutting boost with just a touch of gritty edge.

FEATURES
  • 9-volt DC jack or battery operation
  • Internal Power Supply Boost turns your 9 volts into 18
  • JFET design - clean tones that are tube like when they overdrive or clip
  • Push-Pull Speedo Knob side mounted so it can be adjusted with foot
  • Metal film resistors and caps for ultra low noise
  • Blue LED, a Keeley trademark!
  • Silver soldered and teflon coated wire
  • True-Bypass
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KeeleyKatana Pre Amp Guitar Effect Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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  • Excellent sound quality (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TONE KING!!

By Colin Tume

from Australia

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Comments about Keeley Katana Pre Amp Guitar Effect Pedal:

Awesome product. Makes me want to look at the rest of their range
I had a problem in that I needed to boost my volume but My Rig doesnt have an Effects Loop. I looked around for awhile eventually getting steered towards the Katana, everything I had tried previously just went muddy.

The Katana on clean channel just boosts the signal nicely and makes for an excellent lead boost. I have never been so impressed with a pedal before. Its robust and the side wheel just makes sense.
built like a tank. Although I would hate to step on the Speed knob whilst adjusting
For what it is a botique pedal its still a good price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Clear and smart.

By Diego S.

from Central America

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Comments about Keeley Katana Pre Amp Guitar Effect Pedal:

This pedal gives you a beautiful clear tone, however it could also provide a little drive if you want it, by pulling the knob out of the Katana. I would like to emphasize that I really liked the speedo knob that can be controlled with the foot. Clear and smart.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Highest rated? Duh.

By zJpNWU79U

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Keeley Katana Pre Amp Guitar Effect Pedal:

I now know why this pedal is the highest rated. I had to hear for myself. I got it today and immediately tried it. I played a Gibson Les Paul DC tuned down 1 whole step (DGCFAD) through a Fulltone ?69 then to the Katana. From the Katana to a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with a home made attenuator in the effects loop. What it does to the sound, is amazing. It pushes it up with a natural compression. Playing with the Fulltone ?69, I like to roll the volume down on the neck pickup to get a clean tone. The Katana gives this effect an even more crystal like clean sound. With the bridge pickup volume up and the speed knob on the Katana pulled, I get a wicked sick fuzz sound. I can?t imagine how good this will sound with a strat when I try it tomorrow. Get this pedal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Keeley Katana is a Keeper!

By jdd55

from Muscle Shoals, AL

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Comments about Keeley Katana Pre Amp Guitar Effect Pedal:

Extremely happy about this purchase and will always keep this pedal with me.
Again, I was looking for a pedal to increase my volume without added a lot of noise and distortion. Looked around at a lot of web pages, reviews, and music stores; then decided on the Keeley Katana. Just what I was looking for. Increases my volume without taking away from my tone. Also works great with my acoustic sound. Lovely pedal.
Haven't had it a year yet, but no problems to date. Seems well made. Didn't read about any problems when checking this pedal out.
As always with a Keeley pedal, pricely but worth it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Subtle, but very nice effects pedal.

By FrankK

from Midwest.

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Comments about Keeley Katana Pre Amp Guitar Effect Pedal:

With the dial pushed in, you get a completely clean boost. No noise, not distortion -- just a clean boost. Very nice.With the dial pulled out, however, you get some tone changes. Your tone will become a little fuller, rounder, and glassier. And if you dial up past five or so, you begin getting a little overdrive.In sum, a nice pedal for those who are chasing a round, full, clean, glassy strat tone -- the John Mayer "Bold as Love" cover tone.

 
5.0

This thing smokes!

By Alex Dumble

from Encino, CA

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Keeley Katana Pre Amp Guitar Effect Pedal:

      The Katana is just simply an incredible pedal. I like my amps sound but if I want to push it this is the best pedal to do it with. Its tuned well and keeps the sound of your amp intact, just turn it up.

       
      5.0

      Amazing Clean Boost

      By The Big Jay

      from New York, NY

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      Pros

      • Adds "fatness"
      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Gigging
      • Home Studio
      • Jamming
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Keeley Katana Pre Amp Guitar Effect Pedal:

      I LOVE this clean boost. I place this boost at the very end of my chain and it adds such great "fatness" and improves the overall signal. I'm probably going to get another boost to place in from of my OD's to drive them a little bit more also. Definitely recommend this pedal.

       
      5.0

      Get it

      By Jammy123

      from Northern, NJ

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

        Comments about Keeley Katana Pre Amp Guitar Effect Pedal:

        Use your earplugs! This pedal has warmth, great tone, and fattens and boosts your signal. This pedal will boost your signal to incredible heights. Great for semi-clean heavy riffs. It sounds a bit nasty in a good way with no distortion. Killer pedal. I definitely recommend.

        I was looking for a signal boost pedal and debating between this and a couple others, I'm happy with the Katana. If you're on the fence, get it.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible booster pedal

        By Jim-BGVFp

        from Indianapolis, IN

        Comments about Keeley Katana Pre Amp Guitar Effect Pedal:

        What can I say about the Keeley Katana boost other than "wow?" The JFET circuits let this pedal get loud and stay clean. It has added the sparkle back into my clean playing, and with the twist of the volume control, I can get a hint of overdriven grit from my amp. Note, like any booster, your amp should be near natural OD to maximize the pedal's effectiveness. With the knob out, the pedal functions like a great OD pedal. However, rolling the knob w/your foot doesn't work too well.

         
        5.0

        Katana Rules!

        By JUSTJOB

        from USA

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        Comments about Keeley Katana Pre Amp Guitar Effect Pedal:

        This is the best boost I have ever used ! I use it first in my effect chain driving a Carvin Nomad with a strat, mostly, And I also use with a Les Paul with P90's. I like the knob pulled out for a very very slight break-up. This thing is pure tone! It adds a dimention to my sound that I love without any extra compression. For me this is the perfect boost, a bit pricy but worth every penny. Robert makes some awesome stuff!

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