You might ask, "How fully natural, warm,
and sweet does Keeley's regular TS9 sound?" Peter Frampton had
Keeley modify his TS808 to
Keeley's specs. He loved it so much he planned to do the same
thing with his other ones! Jon Herington of Steely Dan uses this deluxe
Willis of Frank Zappa uses this mod! This is THE Mod To Have!
THIS IS NOT YOUR BASIC CLASSIC 808 Mod, It's much more, read on Tube Screamer fans!
Well, LARRY CRANE is using one as his main pedal! Yep, Guitarist for John Mellencamp
for 15 years, he defined heartland rock and a guitar tone for it. Larry earned his elite
sideman status by working with such artists as Steve Earle, Rosanne Cash, Bonnie Raitt,
Lou Reed, John Prine, William Golden, John Fogerty, and legendary producer Bob Johnston,
Keeley Effects use the TI RC4558P like the old TS808 and they all come with a BLUE LED.
- Keeley has the TI RC4558P integrated circuit for your Ibanez TS-9. This is what came in
some early TS808 pedals. This will give your pedal TRUE TS808 sound. Many collectors agree
that the TS808 with the TI4558P chip are some of the finest sounding pedals in the
production. This is the same kind of pedal SRV used.
- Keeley starts with the TS808 mods. They include the change of IC to a really nice sounding
one, better than the JRC and that of most regular users. Keeley also changes the
output resistors, but don't use noisy carbon comp resistors. They don't add tone! They add
noise and they are not within a close tolerance. It is an engineering/physics fact that
these types of parts will add noise to your system. Keeley uses metal film resistors, only wire
wound resistors (which won't fit in your pedal) would have a chance of being quieter!
- PLUS, Keeley increases the bass response so that it it is not cut off. A TS9 with full
bass response, how sweet and full sounding! Keeley increases the overdrive range. Players
stated they wanted to have either more gain on the TS9 or the ability for it to clean up
better when the drive was set at zero. Keeley did that. You now have the best of both worlds!
CLEANER when turned down and TWICE THE GAIN AND DRIVE when turned up with all of the stock
TS808 sounds in the middle. Beautiful vocal sweet woman tone in the mid-section!
- METAL FILM FOR HIGHER FIDELITY. As the sound goes from stage to stage in your pedal,
Ibanez used electrolytics to couple it. Well, there is a much less harsh sounding way of
doing that. Use metal film caps! Keeley also uses metal film in the tone circuit for added
fidelity. Very groovy!